Saturday, November 11, 2017

Witches Brew Race- Dress for Success!

J/120 Emocean celebrating Witches Brew race on Halloween (Charleston, SC)- Every Halloween weekend, the Charleston Ocean Racing Association hosts its annual “Witches Brew Race”.  This year, it took place on October 29 in Charleston Harbor in a for-fun, random-leg race around various government markers.  The regatta rules stipulate- “all helms-persons shall be female.  Boats without female helms-persons shall be disqualified.”

In addition to the highly competitive harbor course racing, there was a costume contest adjudicated by the Race Committee (note- the Race Committee does not take candy for bribes, just rum!).  Special prizes were awarded to the top three “Best Dressed Boats” and “Best Dressed Crew.”

J/105 enjoying Witches Brew Halloween raceThe start time at 1300 off the Carolina YC dock saw the PHRF A fleet take off in good breeze.  Ten minutes later both PHRF C and PHRF D classes were also on the track, the first two fleets sailing Course 7 (longer) and Class D sailing Course 1

The conditions for the race were a bit rough on the women skippers and mostly women crews!  In the end, they held their composure in the 15 to 30 kts winds at the top mark!

In the PHRF A class, the Self’s J/105 RUCKUS took the silver.  Then, in the PHRF D class, the Hanckel’s J/120 EMOCEAN also took silver, followed by the Swatta’s J/30 LAS BRISAS in third place.

However, the most important trophy for most boats was the Costume Contest for “Best Dressed Crew & Boat”.  By popular vote, it was a tie for second place between the “Astronauts” (on the J/105 RUCKUS) and the “Wonder Women” (on the J/120 EMOCEAN).  A great time was certainly had by all afterwards with copious amounts of Halloween food and refreshments.  Sailing Photo Credits- Priscilla Parker    Follow CORA’s Facebook page here   For more CORA Witches Brew Race sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.