Wednesday, November 16, 2016

J/105 Dominates Hot Rum Race I

J/105 SANITY wins Hot Rum RaceJ/70 Shatters Class Four!
(San Diego, CA)- Twenty-seven J/Teams (24% of the 115 boat fleet) just completed the first of the West Coast’s most famous “pursuit-style” events this past weekend- the Hot Rum Race hosted by San Diego YC.  Winning by over two minutes (a country mile in this race) was Rick Goebel’s J/105 SANITY, also taking the Class 3 win!

Taking fourth in Class 3 was Dag Fish’s J/105 VIGGEN, followe by Tim Fuller’s J/105 STEADFAST in seventh.  In Class 2, the top J/120 was Mike Hatch’s J-ALMIGHTY in sixth, followed by Rudolph Hasl’s HASL FREE in ninth and Chuck Nichols’ CC RIDER in tenth.

Perhaps an even bigger story than a “classic sprit” boat winning overall was the amazing performance of the smaller J’s.  Winning Class Four quite handily was Fabian Gomez-Ibrarra’s J/70 VAGAZO, and also taking 9th overall!  They were followed by Steve Wyman’s J/70 NUNUHUNU in fourth place and Dave Vieregg’s J/70 SOGGY DOLLAR in fifth position!

The teams all enjoyed their celebrations on the San Diego YC docks in the post-race festivities.  Next race takes place on November 19th.   For more SDYC Hot Rum Series sailing information