Wednesday, May 18, 2022 |
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LIHU‘E —The crew aboard Fast Company wrestled an early lead and held it through the 10 to 20 knot winds out of the northeast to take the second race of the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Ward Hayward Memorial Series last week.
Sailing in winds a step above the opening race, the fleet dropped to six boats navigating the six-mile course, Fast Company holding onto its lead to cross on a 1:05.00 elapsed sail and correcting to 1:05:06 PHRF for top honors.
OZone, the second Olson 30 in the race, followed Fast Company by more than four minutes, crossing the line on a 1:09:30 elapsed sail.
But after correcting to 1:09:36 PHRF, OZone settled for fourth place, relinquishing the second place to Papa‘a, crossing third overall at 1:11:56, but correcting to 1:08:52 PHRF.
Bonjolea, crossing on a 1:12:13 elapsed sail, corrected to 1:09:26 PHRF, taking third place over OZone by a mere 10 seconds.
Two boats, Mapuana and Rebel rounded out the fleet, Mapuana crossing on a 1:16:06 elapsed sail and correcting to 1:12:25 PHRF and Rebel crossing on a 1:29:32 elapsed sail and correcting to 1:13:40 PHRF.
Mapuana additionally corrected to 1:05:00 Club for top honors in that class followed by OZone (1:08:08 Club) and Rebel (1:09:27 Club).
Sharon Gibson, the NYC scorekeeper, said there was a good crowd at the start, but following a burst of rain in the final leg, the crowd disappeared.
But the rain did little to dampen the birthday celebration at the clubhouse where Mary Kopitzke, Thor Temme and Mark Walsh celebrated their special day with a dinner of bento plates from Mark’s Place and Contemporary Flavors Catering with hot fudge banana splits for dessert.
The public is invited to view the races when the NYC Race Committee hosts the third race of the Ward Hayward Memorial Series Thursday when the first flags fly at 5 p.m.
Visit www.nawiliwiliyachtclub.org for more information.
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