‘Malihini’ sweeps Offshore Series

“Malihini,” a 35-foot catamaran skippered by Doug Gibson, had a chance to fly this weekend.

Taking advantage of 5-15 knot winds out of the North-Northeast, “Malihini” commanded the Nawiliwili Yacht Club’s Offshore Series, Races 5 and 6.

On the Nawiliwili-to-Hanalei Bay race, “Malihini” finished in 4:03:01 with a corrected PHRF time of 4:09:09 for first place.

Following the overnight stay in Hanalei, “Malihini” repeated the feat on the return leg back to Nawiliwili on an elapsed time of 5:17:46 (5:25:47 PHRF) for the 30-mile race.

“Lelele,” a Wells 30, finished second for both races, logging a 4:21:20 sail (4:20:32 PHRF) for the Hanalei race and a 5:35:27 elapsed run (5:35:25 PHRF) for the Nawiliwili leg.

“OZone” and “Fast Company” battled for the third and fourth places with “OZone” controlling third place with a 4:28:39 sail (4:38:57 PHRF) in Race 5 and posting a 5:56:14 elapsed (5:56:47 PHRF) in Race 6.

“Fast Company” posted sails of 4:38:31 elapsed (4:38:57 PHRF) and 6:00:58 elapsed (6:01:31 PHRF) in races 5 and 6, respectively.

“Anela Kai,” a Pearson 36, rounded out the field with a 6:27:09 sail in Race 5 (5:39:09 PHRF). She did not take part in Race 6.

With that race in the logbooks, NYC invites the public to the first of three races in the Wahine Series which starts Thursday at the Nawiliwili Harbor.

Sharon Gibson, the NYC scorekeeper, will be at the helm of “Malihini” when the first flags fly at 5 p.m.

There is no charge to view the competition from the jetty wall area of the harbor.


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