Abrams celebrates birthday with win

Louie Abrams’ birthday was complete when Marcie Millet, at the wheel of Papa‘au, pushed the Express 27 to a corrected first place in the opening race of the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Wahine Series, Thursday.

Alison Fornari was at the wheel of OZone and pushed the first of three Olson 30s to an overall first place with an 56:31 elapsed sail, but the PHRF correction put OZone in second place at 56:36 below Papa‘au’s 55:09 PHRF correction (57:37 elapsed).

“It was a pretty close finish and the corrections created a few surprises,” said Sharon Gibson of the NYC Race Committee.

Fast Company, with Jakki Nelson at the wheel, finished third overall on a 59:25 elapsed sail, but corrected to fifth place at 59:30 PHRF.

Bonjolea, with Bonnie Tiffany at the wheel, finished fourth overall on a 59:31 elapsed sail, but corrected to third with a 57:14 PHRF correction.

Coyote, with Karen Cole at the wheel, brought up the field on a 1:02:58 elapsed sail, but catapulted to fourth place following a 58:58 PHRF correction. She additionally corrected to 51:10 Club for top honors in that class.

Following Fast Company, Lelele, with Sea Peterson at the wheel, crossed on a 1:00:47 elapsed sail and corrected to 1:00:36 PHRF followed by Speedy, piloted by Sara Thompson on the wheel, crossing on a 1:01:54 elapsed sail and correcting to 1:02:00 PHRF.

F-24, a new entry into the Nawiliwili Harbor waters, finished with a 1:01:51 elapsed sail, but finished last because no rating is set for the F-24 trimaran.

“The breeze was nice and all the boats had a wahine on the helm except the F-24 trimaran who raced the course, but just tried to stay out of everyone’s way,” Gibson said. “The F-24 didn’t have a wahine on the helm and they are not yet rated by PHRF. They get last, plus two points for no wahine.”

The public is invited to view the races as the NYC Race Committee hosts its second race of the Wahine Series, Thursday at the Nawiliwili Harbor jetty wall area.

First flags fly at 5 p.m.

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