NAWILIWILI — Despite finishing second in the Pony phase, Fast Company eked out a first finish Thursday.
Fast Company took control of the gusty tradewinds and held the lead through the Horse phase of the race, staying clear of the red protest flags, and crossing on a 48:31 elapsed sail, correcting to 48:35 PHRF for top honors. She corrected to 47:34 Club, and when added to the second place finish in the Pony race, Fast Company held off three boats for first place with 5 Club points.
OZone, who capitalized on the brisk trades by tacking to advantage, crossed the line on a 49:37 elapsed sail, correcting to 49:42 PHRF and 48:39 Club.
Its Pony skipper pushed the Topped across the line first for 6 Club points, a tie with Bonjolea, the original boat, and Weatherly.
Bonjolea, relishing in the gusty trades, crossed fourth overall on a 51:58 elapsed sail, correcting to 49:58 PHRF and 45:46 Club, first in that division. But its Pony crossed fifth for 6 Club points.
Weatherly crossed third overall with a 50:28 elapsed sail and corrected to 50:33 PHRF for fifth place, 22 seconds behind Papaau. Weatherly also corrected to 47:16 Club for second place in the division, and coupled with its fourth finish in the Pony race, ended tied with 6 Club points.
Papaau, hoisting a red protest flag early in the race, crossed on a 52:26 elapsed sail and corrected to 50:12 PHRF and 48:00 Club. Its Pony crossed third for 7 Club points.
Speedy took a Did Not Finish in the Horse race and with a sixth place finish in the Pony race, ended with 13 Club points.
Coyote rounded out the Horse field, crossing on a 1:25:00 elapsed and correcting to a 1:19:37 PHRF and 1:08:28 Club. But its crew did not compete in the Pony race.
The race was the final race for the Nawiliwili Yacht Club’s Horse and Pony Series which saw Fast Company leading the standings heading into Thursday’s race.
She was followed by Papaau and OZone in a near dead heat for second place.
With the completion of the Horse and Pony Series, NYC prepares for the Kauai Channel Race where boats will leave Oahu Friday for a cross-channel race, arriving in Nawiliwili some time Friday afternoon.
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