Greetings Racers! It’s time for one of our last regattas for the winter season. This month’s themed race is the Pot of Gold Regatta. The format will be a pursuit style race with the boats with the higher PHRF ratings starting first, and the faster boats starting last. In essence, the long boats are chasing the short boats. If everyone sails a perfect race, all boats should cross the finish line at the same time. This format is a blast to sail! Moreover, if you’re like me and have spent a lifetime chasing that illusive pot o’ gold, the pursuit style format seems to be a perfect fit for this month’s theme.
Skipper’s meeting: 12:00
First start: 1:30
As for the event’s history, Charlie Clifton tells us:
Murphy also invented the Pot o’ Gold Regatta (surprise!) in 1981. The leprechaun pot trophy was found by Pat in a mystical East Indian curio shop. Pat said, “The idea was that the winners would drink the pot of beer but they usually ended up pouring it all over each other. Even when I washed it beforehand.” Your scribe first saw it drank in 1991 by Bob Winters and has drank it himself but has noticed a squeemier crop of winners lately.
Hopefully we’ll have some of the Squadron’s leprechauns on hand to keep the pot of beer tradition going. Sail fast!