Hot Rum sailing series

The second of seven sailing races was held last Sunday (Jan. 26) by the racing fleet of the Schooner Cove Yacht Club.

It was a test out on the water during the second leg of the Hot Rum series as crews battled the fog and each other to see who would come out on top.

Tyson Taylor

The second of seven sailing races of the “Hot Rum” series was held last Sunday (Jan. 26) by the racing fleet of the Schooner Cove Yacht Club.

The races are conducted under the rules of the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet or PRHF, a recognized standard for racing in North America. This system penalizes a faster boat at the expense of a slower boat so that theoretically all boats are equal. The only variables are the weather and the skill of the crew.

The winds were as light as the fog was thick making it a very challenging contest for the skippers and crews of the four participating boats.

After the start of the race at 10:45 a.m., the competitors disappeared into the mists and many did not see one another until completing the course. Finding their way around the course in the fog proved very difficult for all of the crews. With almost zero visibility, blind luck was the extra factor for all the crews involved.

The next race in the series is scheduled for February 9.

Jan. 26 results:

Vessel               Skipper                 Time

1. Calais            Wayne Stremel     1:47.47

2. Freewind        Ian Watson           1:54.27

3. After Five       Andrea Bourdreau   1:59.10

4. Shingebiss    Neal Berger            2:00.32

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