First boats expected around 2:30 p.m.

NAWILIWILI — Speedy, an Olsen 30, took advantage of the near-perfect sailing conditions, Saturday morning, to get a jump start at the opening of the Nawiliwili Yacht Club’s Annual Labor Day races.

More than a handful of people, including a pair of elderly anglers watched as Speedy took advantage of the five-minute flags to jockey for position that would give her a good tack line at the mark, that jockeying relegating Malihini, a catamaran, to a regrouping maneuver leaving her behind in the start.

“She’s a real fast boat,” Sharon Gibson, the NYC starter commented. “She’s owned by Haviland Wright and skippered by Graham Bamberry for this race.”

The skillful maneuvering also put Speedy ahead of Malia, with NYC Rear Commodore Wel Wills at the wheel, the Malia rarely getting a second seat at the club’s series races.

Although only three boats started the Nawiliwili to Hanalei course, Gibson explained that a lot of the boats were already in Hanalei, and will probably be part of the Hanalei to Nawiliwili leg, Monday, Labor Day.

The boats will spend the weekend in Hanalei with NYC members hosting a series of pot-luck dinners as well as a day of fun and activities, Sunday.

“This is going to be a fast race,” Gibson estimated. “The three boats are fast so they’ll be in Hanalei just a little past lunch.”

First finishers should be rounding the jetty wall around 2:30 p.m. with Gibson explaining that the fleet might be spread out a bit due to their differences in speed, and the distance they need to cover.


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