Foul costly to Fast Company in final wahine race

NAWILIWILI — A Fast Company foul proved costly during the final race of the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Wahine Series.

Junior sailor Risa Whetzel, fulfilling the requirement of having a wahine behind the wheel, piloted Fast Company when she fouled Speedy, requiring a punitive 360-degree turn.

The move was costly, the Olson 30 crossing the line third overall at 1 hour, 15 minutes, and 16 seconds, and correcting to 1:15:23 PHRF for fifth place in the race.

After finishing first in the opening race of the 4-race series, and settling for third in the two subsequent races, the fifth-place finish tumbled Fast Company into third-place overall at 12 points, just a point behind Bonjolea II, finishing the final race in third place with Bonnie Tiffany behind the wheel.

Bonnie, the stalwart pilot behind Bonjolea II on every race she’s participated in, crossed the final race on a 1:09:20 elapsed sail and corrected to 1:13:53 PHRF for its final placement.

Top honors in the race went to OZone with Alison Fornari behind the wheel, the Olson 30 taking an early lead and, following a critical tack, was able to hold off any challenge throughout the race.

OZone crossed the line on a 1:05:38 elapsed sail and corrected to 1:05:44 PHRF for its second first place in the 4-race series and six points for top honors overall.

Papaau, with Sea Peterson behind the wheel, crossed fifth with a 1:15:49 elapsed sail but corrected to 1:12:35 PHRF for second place in the final race.

She finished the series with 14 points for fourth place below Fast Company, but its second place Club Open finish put her a point ahead of Weatherly in the overall standings at 15 points to Weatherly’s 16 points.

Shale Shore, Topper sailing instructor, piloted Weatherly, another Olson 30, to a 1:15:05 elapsed sail, just 10 seconds ahead of Fast Company. She corrected to 1:15:12 PHRF, for fourth in that class, and 1:10:19 Club for top honors in the Club class.

Speedy, with Carol Marsh at the wheel, rounded out the fleet on a 1:27:58 elapsed sail, correcting to 1:28:06 PHRF and 1:19:38 Club for third place in the Club class.

With the completion of the NYC Wahine Series, the NYC Race Committee invites the public to jetty wall area of Nawiliwili Harbor for the start of its Gene Wells Memorial Series Thursday when the first flags fly at 5 p.m.

Visit www.nawiliwiliyachtclub.org for more information.

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