There were 140 teams that completed SDYC’s signature Hot Rum Series over three races (November 4, 18, and December 2) this year. Aside from some light winds, the weather was decent and sunny during all three races. Similar to past years, the race utilized a pursuit start so boats could finish around the same time and head back to the docks for the infamous after parties.
In addition to winning Fleet 1, Jim and Heather Madden and their team on Stark Raving Mad VII (Swan 601) took the overall 2017 Hot Rum Series title. At this point, the Maddens have made winning this race an annual routine. Most recently they won the 2016 Hot Rum Series on Stark Raving Mad VII and the 2015 Hot Rum Series on the Ranger 33 Raving Madness.
Other fleet winners included Dennis Conner’s NM43 Menace (Fleet 2), Joe Markee’s Swede 55 Ohana (Fleet 3), Fabian Gomez-Ibarra’s J/70 Vagazo (Fleet 4), Karen Busch’s Ericson 35 mk2 Wani Racing (Fleet 5), and Mick Moore’s Ranger 37 Masquerade (Fleet 6).