KAUA’I – The Nawiliwili Yacht Club (NYC) celebrated Labor Day weekend with two sailboat races: one on Saturday from Nawiliwili to Hanalei and one on Monday from Hanalei to Nawiliwili.
A fleet of eight boats left Nawiliwili at 9 a.m. Saturday. With a steady 20 knots of wind on a nearly flat sea, all of the race boats enjoyed an exhilarating ride to Hanalei. The Race Committee boat, Mansgold, with John and Karen DeVo aboard to time the finish, was stationed off the Hanalei pier.
In the Multihull class, Malihini/35′ Catamaran took first in 3 hours, 32 minutes, 29 seconds (corrected time). Meshach/44′ Trimaran came in second with a 3:47:45.
Coyote/C&C and Speedy/Olson 30 were the first two boats to finish in the Monohull Class. Coyote/C&C took first in the time of 3:55:11 (corrected time). Speedy/Olson 30 came in second with a 4:02:46. Mapuana/Wells 35 took third, 4:03.55. Sarangani/Beneteau fourth, 4:08.42. Moondance/So.Cross 31 fifth, Jammin/Santana 25 did not finish due to gear failure.
On Monday, Mansgold conducted a 9 a.m. start in a nearly windless rain shower. Seven boats made the trip back to Nawiliwili. It took them a while to find some wind, but once it filled in, they enjoyed a relaxed race home in a 12-15 knot breeze.
In the open class, Mapuana/Wells 35 took first in the time of 5 hours, 29 minutes, 10 seconds (all times corrected). Malihini/35′ Catamaran was not far behind with a 5:53.33. Kilo Hoku/Yamaha 33 took third with a 6:00:04. SPEEDY/Olson 30 took fourth, and Moondance/Sp.Cross 31 turned on their motor and was counted as not finishing. In the Sports Cat Class, Chick at the Helm/Prindle 19 won with a 5:48:00.