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Fast Company pulled off a first place finish by a slim margin, Thursday evening at the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Gene Wells Memorial Series, Race No. 6.
Sailing under 10 to 15 knot winds out of the Northeast, Fast Company squeaked across the finish line on a 41:30 elapsed sail, 22 seconds ahead of OZone who stopped the clock at 41:52 elapsed.
But it was not that simple as Papa‘au, an Express 27, stayed on the tails of the two Olson 30s, crossing the line at 43:34 elapsed.
But that was not the one-two-three as Fast Company corrected to 41:34 PHRF to claim first place over Papa‘au correcting to 41:42 PHRF, just eight ticks behind.
OZone, finishing second overall, corrected to 41:56 PHRF for third place honors with just one more race remaining in the series.
Lelele, a Wells 30, filled in the fourth spot on a 43:54 elapsed sail, correcting to 43:46 PHRF followed by Bonjolea crossing on a 46:26 elapsed sail and correcting to 44:39 PHRF. She additionally corrected to 38:48 Club for top honors in that class.
Speedy, the third Olson 30 in the race who always is near the top of the pack at starts, crossed on a 45:37 elapsed, correcting to 45:41 PHRF followed by Coyote (49:12 elapsed, 46:05 PHRF) and Mapuana, a true Gene Wells 35 (51:43 elapsed, 49:13 PHRF).
Trinity, an F-28 trimaran, did not finish the race and the F-24 trimaran did not compete in this race.
With just one race remaining in the series, the public is invited to view the competition at the final race of the NYC calendar year.
First flags fly on the final Wells Series race at 5 p.m., Thursday.
Following the completion of the series, the NYC Race Committee will host a fun race, Oct. 30 starting at 5 p.m. and highlighting the Halloween celebration.
Visit www.nawiliwiliyachtclub.org for more information.
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