‘Manu Kai,’ ‘Lelele’ top NYC finishers in Kaua‘i Channel Race

NAWILWILI — The Nawiliwili Yacht Club earned first place in two of the three categories of boats sailing in the Kaua‘i Channel race which finished Friday afternoon.

Andy Evens, captaining the “Manu Kai,” a 56-foot Aikane cat, repeated his 2007 showing with a first finish for 2008 in the Kaua‘i Channel race hosted by the NYC.

The catamaran crossed the finish line at 3:45.01 p.m. for a 8:45.01 elapsed sail based on the 7 a.m. start from the harbor entrance of the Ko Olina Marina for a distance of approximately 78 miles in winds that blew from 15-25 knots.

With the win, “Manu Kai” repeats its first place showing in Cruising Class.

Second finish went to the “Hana Hou” of the HYC, a J-160 who crossed the Nawiliwili finish line at 4:01:08 p.m. for a 9:01.08 elapsed sail.

But with the PHRF adjustments, “Hana Hou” was relegated to third place in the PHRF A class, first place honors going to “Kai Mana” of the MBYC, a Farr 44, which crossed about five minutes following “Hana Hou.”

With the PHRF adjustment, “Kai Mana” topped that class with a 10:35:44 PHRF sail (9:06.44 elapsed). Second place in the PHRF A class went to “Boomerang” of the HYC, a Sydney 41, that settled at 10:39:19 PHRF (9:18:40 elapsed) followed by “Hana Hou’s” 10:46:34 PHRF adjusted time.

“Lelele,” a Wells 30 out of Nawiliwili,” continued to battle NYC competitors in the PHRF B class. In the Kaua‘i Channel Race, “Lelele” topped that class on a 10:13:03 elapsed sail, and with the PHRF adjustment finished at 10:33:31.

“Fast Company,” an Olson 30 out of Nawiliwili, filled in second place (10:16:06 elapsed, 10:39:43 PHRF) ahead of “OZone,” another Olson 30 out of Nawiliwili who crossed at 10:55:32 elapsed (10:55:32 PHRF).

“Mapuana,” another Wells boat out of Nawiliwili, returned to the water to finish fourth in the PHRF B class on an 11:13:28 elapsed sail (11:03:16 PHRF).

“Speedy,” an Olson 30, rounded out the NYC showing with a sixth place in the PHRF B on an 11:27:56 elapsed sail (12:06:10 PHRF).

Following “Manu Kai” in the Cruising class, “Hana Hou,” a Norseman 447 out of NYC, finished fourth on an elapsed sail of 11:48:08.

With the completion of the Kaua‘i Channel Race, the public is invited to view the next series of races, the Horse and Pony Series, which starts Thursday.

This is one of the more exciting races hosted by the NYC as it involves a yacht and a Laser with a crew member from the yacht at least 21-feet long (horse) transferring to its corresponding Laser (pony) to finish the race.

Last year’s series saw the brisk trades play havoc with the tethered Lasers as the yachts battled out on the water.

The pubic is invited to view the excitement from the jetty wall where the first flag flies starting at 5 p.m. For more information, call Bruce Heckman at 332-6101.

There is no admission charged.

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