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We have an annual race - The Rat Race - in the fall. It starts in a pursuit format (based on PHRF handicaps) that ends at a port about 16 miles away. Boats used to have to start from anchor, but that must have gotten stopped by someone on the Race Committee with a slow windlass. 20 minutes of total engine time is allowed to be used at any time after the start. The race is timed (as much as is possible) to finish just about when the sun gets over the yardarm. Everyone rafts up for a cocktail party, and there can be prize for the best hors d'oeuvres. I like to rig up a line from the end of the spinnaker pole for swimmers to swing from.
The prize is an enormous plush rat in a hideously stained plywood frame that has row upon row of brass plaques with winners' names on it. A great tradition that YOU could start at YOUR club too!
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