Public invited to see Horse and Pony races

The public is invited to view the third race of the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Horse and Pony series at 5 p.m. Thursday when the first flags fly.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Ken Martinez, the NYC Rear Commodore. “Last week, there were about 30 observers at the Nawiliwili boat launching area watching the final ‘Pony’ portion of the race.”

The Horse and Pony series are big boat, or Horse, races and little boat, or Pony, races.

Papaau, an Express 27, and Fast Company, one of four Olson 30s in the NYC fleet, finished tied in the second race of the series after Papaau finished first in the Horse phase, but traded places with Fast Company in the Pony phase, resulting in both boats getting three points for the tie.

Papaau, trailing Fast Company (55:36 elapsed) at the finish horn by 2 minutes (57:48 elapsed) in the 10 to 15 mph winds out of the north-northeast, corrected to 55:20 PHRF, beat out Fast Company who corrected to 55:41 PHRF.

Fast Company redeemed that setback with a first finish in the Pony race, Papaau finishing second for the equal three points.

OZone, a second Olson 30, finished in solid No. 3 with a 56:54 elapsed sail and corrected to 55:58 PHRF. Its Pony also finished in third place for an overall six points.

Bonjolea II, skippered by Bonnie Tiffany, anchored the No. 4 spot, crossing on a 53:56 elapsed sail and corrected to 57:28 PHRF. Its Pony finished in fifth place for nine points overall, just a point better than Weatherly who crossed on a 1:00:56 elapsed sail and corrected to 1:01:02 PHRF, but whose Pony finished fourth.

Trinity, the F-28 trimaran, zipped through the Horse course on a 56:04 elapsed sail, corrected to 1:03:49 PHRF, and 48:49 Club for top honors in that division. 

Trinity did not sail in the Pony phase, resulting in an overall 13 points, equalling Speedy whose Horse crossed on a 1:06:54 elapsed sail and correcting to 1:07:00 PHRF.

Speedy’s Pony finished sixth for the 13 points.

Info: www.nawiliwiliyachtclub.org.

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