Bonjolea II claims Wahine series

Bonjolea II, with Bonnie Tiffany behind the wheel, captured the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Wahine Series, Thursday by taking the final race of the four-race series.

Battling in winds of 5 to 12 knots out of the North-Northeast, Bonjolea II commanded the seas, crossing first on an elapsed sail of 58 minutes, 47 seconds.

From there, the race became exciting as the PHRF correction put Bonjolea II in the lead spot by two seconds, Bonjolea II getting a 1:02:38 PHRF correction over Fast Company’s 1:02:40 PHRF.

Bonjolea II also corrected to 1:00:10 Club for top honors in that class, edging out Papaau by 28 seconds. The top finish in the Club class also earns the Sydney 36 crew top overall honors in the Club class. Papaau finishes second overall in the series followed by Fast Company.

On the water, Fast Company was the second overall boat to finish on a 1:02:34 elapsed sail followed by OZone getting the No. 3 spot in elapsed sail, stopping the clock at 1:05:46.

Papaau, crossing fourth on a 1:06:44 elapsed sail, corrected to 1:03:53 PHRF for third place honors in the class followed by OZone correcting to 1:05:52 PHRF for fourth place in the class.

Overall, Bonjolea II, by virtue of its win in the final race of the series, filled in the top spot with eight points.

Fast Company, with its win two weeks ago, settled into second overall with 10 points, just two points ahead of OZone, who challenged throughout the four-race series, but mustering a second during the series’ second race at best. OZone finished with 12 points, just a point ahead of Papaau, who following a strong opening two races, was beset by bad luck relegating the Express 27 to a seventh place finish last week.

With the completion of the Wahine Series, the Nawiliwili Yacht Club will launch the final shoreline series Sept. 11 with the first race of the Gene Wells Memorial Series starting with the first flags flying at 5 p.m. at Nawiliwili Harbor.

The public is invited to view the competition with the NYC Race Committee from the jetty wall area.

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