OZone wins; Fast Company still leads series

OZone redeemed its opening race of the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Junior Series last week by taking the five-boat fleet Thursday in 5 to 10-knot winds out of the northeast at Nawiliwili Harbor.

With Melissa Rapozo as OZone’s junior, Chris Jordan piloted the Olson 30 to a 52:28 sail over the two-leg 3.4-mile course, correcting to 52:33 PHRF for top honors, a comeback from its fourth-place finish last week.

Sharon Gibson, the NYC scorekeeper, said since this is a four-race series with no “throw-outs,” OZone and Papa‘au, finishing second during the Thursday race, are now tied with five points each with two races remaining in the series.

Papa‘au, with Louie Abrams at the stick and Jackson Evans as its junior, crossed the line on a 57:18 elapsed sail, third in the field, but corrected to 54:51 PHRF for second place.

Fast Company, finishing first last week with Chris Mangini as its junior, crossed the line second at 56:04 elapsed but corrected to 56:09 PHRF for third place.

This finish keeps her in the standings with four points, just a point ahead of OZone and Papa‘au.

Speedy, with Victoria Aiu as its junior, (58:17 elapsed, 58:22 PHRF) and Bonjolea, with Dillon St. Clair as its junior, (1:01:01 elapsed, 58:40 PHRF) rounded out the field, Bonjolea correcting to 50:59 for top honors in that class.

Gibson said the purpose of the NYC Junior Series is to give youngsters aged between 8 to 18 an opportunity to experience sailboat racing and perhaps become interested in sailing and get involved in the junior sailing programs available to them.

For this Junior Series, each boat is required to have a junior aboard or are penalized with extra points.

The public is invited to view the competition as the Junior Series third race unfolds Thursday when the first flags fly at 3 p.m.

Children from 3 to 13 are invited to take part in the annual Father’s Day Keiki Fishing Tournament which will have registration from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the NYC Clubhouse at the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor. Fishing ends at 12:30 p.m. with prizes awarded at 1:30 p.m.

Visit www.nawiliwiliyachtclub.org for more information.

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