Sat Jul 22 2017
The 2017 Rum Challenge Regatta, hosted and organized by the Essex Yacht Club, is an Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association sanctioned event and is one of the five qualifying races for the ECSA Long Sand Shoal Cup.
For the last twenty years the Rum Challenge has been known for competitive racing and some seriously enjoyable post-event festivities thanks to Gosling's Bermuda Rum and EYC's executive chef, Michael Stafford.
The 2016 regatta was raced by 34 boats including 11 EYC members. There were 11 boats in the two spinnaker classes and 23 boats in the three non-spinnaker classes. Although temperatures on shore were in the 90s, the conditions on the water were outstanding with a southwesterly wind that ranged from 10 to 20 knots.
Over 300 sailors and friends attended the post-race awards party held on a beautiful summer evening on the lawn of the Essex Yacht Club overlooking Essex Harbor. Chef Michael's pulled-pork slider and Essex Red chili were a perfect accompaniment to beverages supplied by Goslings Rum. Commodore Tom Whidden presented the awards which concluded with a drawing among the class winners for a special bottle of Gosling's Family Reserve sipping rum.
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