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OZone gets second win at Wells Memorial

NAWILIWILI — OZone jumped on the light winds to capture its second win Thursday during the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Gene Wells Memorial Series, Race No. 4 of the seven-race series.

Hovering near the start, OZone lost little time asserting herself, jumping off the start line in the light 6- to 10-knot wind blowing out of the North-Northeast.

Papaau, having won one of the Gene Wells Memorial Series races, was hot on OZone’s stern.

Negotiating through the relatively calm sea and light winds, Papaau could not overcome OZone’s control and the Olson 30 slipped across the finish line of the 3.51-mile course on a 56:46 elapsed sail and corrected to a 56:51 PHRF for top honors in both elapsed sail and PHRF Class.

Fast Company, also with a win in the series, started midway through the seven-boat fleet, gained ground, climbing to the No. 3 position following the first of two legs, but could not overcome the lines of Trinity, an F-28 trimaran, and Bonjolea II with Bonnie Tiffany behind the wheel.

Papaau, hot on the tail of Ozone off the start, took different tack lines from OZone, eventually crossing at 1:02:32 elapsed sail for fourth place, but corrected to 59:52 PHRF for second place in the class.

Fast Company finished fourth in elapsed sail, crossing the line on a 1:02:32 elapsed and correcting to 1:00:14 PHRF for third-place honors.

Bonjolea II, finishing second overall at 59:55 elapsed, corrected to 1:03:51 PHRF for fifth place in the class.

Trinity, an F-28 trimaran, crossed the line in 1:04:12 elapsed sail and corrected to 1:13:05 PHRF for seventh-place honors in the fleet. She also corrected to 55:54 Club for top honors in that class followed by Weatherly (1:03:02 elapsed, 1:03:08 PHRF) at 58:06 Club, Bonjolea II (1:01:19 Club), and Speedy (1:11:29 elapsed, 1:11:36 PHRF, 1:03:3 Club).

The public is invited to view the NYC Gene Wells Memorial Series, the final shoreline series for this year’s calendar, when Race No. 5 unfolds, Thursday when the first flags fly at 5 p.m.

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