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Rumblings in light trades and flat seas triggered the convening of a Nawiliwili Yacht Club protest hearing committee and took its toll on two of the eight boats in the Pete Peterson Memorial Rum Series, Race No. 4, Thursday.
“There was a protest between Speedy and OZone at the end of the first lap,” said Sharon Gibson, the NYC starter. “There was some discussion and lots of rule book reading at the clubhouse, but the protest was filed so there will be a hearing to determine if a foul took place between the two boats, which may affect these race results.”
Additionally, Gibson said although no protest flag was flown, Papa‘au reported at the conclusion of the race that both Coyote and Windspan had failed to cross between the start and finish line at the end of the first lap, a requirement which is stated in the Sailing Instructions.
Both boats admitted to the infraction and were awarded an RAF, or Retired After Finish.
Fast Company, always in the thick of excitement, managed to stay clear of the fray, crossing the finish line first overall on a 1:02:31 elapsed sail and correcting to 1:02:37 PHRF. That was a little more than a minute ahead of OZone, which crossed on a 1:03:53 elapsed sail and corrected to 1:03:59 PHRF for second place.
Speedy, involved in the protest with OZone, crossed in third at 1:06:10 elapsed and corrected to 1:06:16 PHRF, followed by Bonjolea at a 1:09:22 elapsed sail and correcting to 1:06:42 PHRF, a Bonjolea corrected to 57:57 Club for top honors in that division.
Malihini, the 35-foot cat, followed on a 1:07:41 elapsed sail, crossing ahead of Bonjolea, but correcting to 1:09:23 PHRF and 1:06:09 Club. Both corrections put her behind Bonjolea.
Papa‘au rounded out the leaderboard on a 1:14:35 elapsed sail and corrected out to 1:11:24 PHRF and 1:05:57 Club for second place in that division over Malihini.
Coyote and Windspan took an RAF for this race.
The Pete Peterson Memorial Rum Series, Race No. 5 runs Thursday and the NYC invites the public to view the competition and excitement at no admission fee.
First flags fly at 5 p.m.
Visit www.nawiliwiliyachtclub.org for more information.
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