“MUSICA” CAPTURES HARVEST MOON’S BACARDI CUP
At the 25th racing of the Harvest Moon Regatta from Galveston to Port Aransas, 150 miles south across the Gulf of Mexico, “Musica”, a 38’ Aerodyne owned by Cliff Haddox of Crosby, claimed the coveted Bacardi Cup Trophy at the Oct. 15 Awards Ceremony.
According to Lakewood Yacht Club’s Harvest Moon Co-Chair Andrea Todaro, 176 boats showed up at the start line on Thurs., Oct. 13, off Galveston Island. With light winds, all but 23 completed the race.
When asked what the main ingredient was that allowed “Musica” to capture 1st place in the most competitive fleet, Haddox replied “a lot of boat preparation! In fact, the boat was in the shipyard up to two days before the race start. I had a very clean bottom and the rig was fully tuned. Another important factor was using Commander Weather which is a forecasting software. It predicts the wind based upon your vessel design.”
Haddox reported that the calm environment aboard the vessel allowed his crew to focus on maintaining a boat speed of 10 knots all the way down to Port “A”. This required multiple changes of spinnakers. They elected not to push the start, but negotiated their way through the fleet like the offense of a football team. Then, they stayed close to the rumb line all the way to Port Aransas.
Haddox has been sailing the Harvest Moon Regatta since 1989 when he started racing with Lakewood members Jim Bradley and Don Kugle, but this is the first time he has won the Bacardi Cup. “Out of all the Harvest Moon Regattas I have raced, this was the most magical run ever with the weather and harvest moon right over our mast in Gulf of Mexico. Everyone was just in awe of the event! It was just a classic run – something you always hope for. It was even better than winning the Bacardi Cup!!”, he exclaimed.
“It was certainly a team effort and everyone had a great time,” Haddox added. Crewing on “Magica” with him were Pedro Gianotti, Mike McGagh, Brad Bain, Kevin Cook, Bridget Lane, Jay Sacco, Linda Weaver and Mason Crowell.
Other perpetual trophies in this year’s Harvest Moon Regatta were the Bill Hall Memorial (first monohull to finish) won by “Passion”, Steve Hastings; the Mayors Cup (first multihull to finish) won by “Abandoned Assets, Jim Van Fleet; the Commodores Cup (cruising spinnaker overall), won by La Isla, Al Poindexter; and the Cameron Cannon (cruising non-spinnaker overall), won by “C-Time”, O. J. Young. “Abandoned Assets” also won the Founders Trophy (multihull overall) while the Luna Trophy (1st all female crew), was claimed by “Sweet Sal”, Sally Webster.
Sponsors, in addition to Bacardi Rum U.S.A., who made this regatta possible include Nautic Yacht Sales, West Marine, Banks Sails, Sea Lake Yacht Sales, Texas Coast Yachts, the City of Port Aransas, Houston Magazine, O. J.’s Marine and KO Sailing.