The crew of the Papaau rigged the monohull for a spinnacker to take advantage of every wisp of wind on Wednesday afternoon as the craft jockeys past Red Can 6 along with the Malihini in preparation for the start of the Bart Simpson Summer Series held Wednesday evening at Nawiliwili Harbor.
The Wednesday race was the first of four races in the series, but most of the yachts were still in Hanalei following the Nawiliwili to Hanalei races held during the Memorial Day weekend said Sharon Gibson, race starter and secretary/treasurer of the Nawiliwili Yacht Club, the race host.
Gibson predicted that more boats will be on hand next Wednesday for the second in the series of four races which allows for one throw out.
Due to the windless conditions and flat seas, the Wednesday race course went on a single long course starting at the Green Can 7, turning seaward out to the Ninini Point Lighthouse can before coming back for a loop through the harbor.
Race courses are determined on race day, Gibson said, based on weather and wind conditions.
The Papaau was the sole monohull and the Malihini had the distinction of being the sole multi-hull, both winning their respective classes.
However, the race was between the two boats sailing in the Open division with the Malihini snailing out a lead off the can.
Using a spinnacker to grab every gasp of wind, the Papaau tried to navigate upwind for a sprint at the turnaround, but it appeared that the Malihini held on to its lead coming back on the finish leg.
Results from Wednesday’s event will be available in a future Garden Island issue.