NAWILIWILI — Brisk trade winds and calm seas provided for ideal racing conditions as six yachts took advantage of the conditions Thursday.
Malia, capitalizing on the brisk trades by hoisting their spinnaker on the downwind leg of the race, kept ahead of the pack overall despite a strong challenge from the catamaran Malihini.
The Malihini kept dogging the lead boat throughout the first leg, but on the final turn leading out to the Ninini Point Lighthouse, a tactical miscalculation increased the lead span for Malia.
Malia topped the PHRF Open class with an adjusted time of 53:46 with OZone filling in second at 1:00:10, and Bonjolea coming third at 1:00:59.
Coyote topped the Club Open class on an adjusted time of 54:18 with Papa’au taking second at 56:37, and the Malihini filling in third at 1:00:40.
According to starter Sharon Gibson of the Nawiliwili Yacht Club, only two more races remain in the seven-race Harvest Series on Thursday afternoons, but she plans to have a Halloween night race on Monday, Oct. 31.
“This is a good time for people to come out and see the racers get dressed up,” she said, recollecting other years’ events when boaters appeared as Homer and Marge Simpson.
Start time for the race is 5 p.m. for both the remaining Thursday races as well as the planned Halloween race.
This allows spectators a lot of time to spend the evening out on the jetty wall, and for Halloween, Gibson promised she’ll try to plan the course so spectators will have a good look at the crews.