‘Fast Company’ squeaks past ‘Papa‘au,’ afternoon rain

Just 28 seconds separated the first and second overall finishers at the second race of the Junior Series, Thursday.

Racing in steady easterlies blowing in the 2-9-knot range, “Fast Company” picked up its second close race in as many weeks at the weekly event hosted by the Nawiliwili Yacht Club.

The Olson 30 skippered by Jim Saylor crossed the finish line with an elapsed time of 57:01, but with the PHRF correction, settled at 57:06 for first place.

“Papa‘au,” an Express 27, was third overall with a 1:00:08 elapsed time, but with the PHRF correction finished in second place, just 28 seconds apart from “Fast Company.”

Her PHRF time was 57:34.

“OZone,” another Olson 30, was strong in the leader field, but finished second overall at 59:11, but her PHRF correction sent her to third place with a corrected time of 59:16.

“Lelele,” a Wells 30, (1:00:12 PHRF), “Speedy,” an Olson 30, (1:00:54 PHRF), and “Malihini,” a 35’ catamaran, (1:06:12 PHRF) rounded out the field that cleared the finish line just ahead of an afternoon rain.

The Junior Series continues on Thursday with the first flag for Race No. 3 flying at 5 p.m.

The public is invited to check out the close action for free from the Nawiliwili Harbor jetty wall area.

The NYC will host its annual Father’s Day fishing contest from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the NYC Clubhouse at the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor.

Registration is $5 for anglers between 3 to 13 years old and includes a hot dog and soda.

Anglers need to provide their own gear as none will be available at the contest.

For more information, visit the NYC Web site at nawiliwiliyachtclub.org

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