NAWILIWILI — OZone walked like an Egyptian and Fast Company was able to master the chop to take the race Friday during the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Halloween Race.
“This is a race, but it’s not a race,” said Sharon Gibson of the NYC Race Committee. “We keep track of the boats, but it’s mostly to have the boats have an opportunity to show off their costumes before the Halloween party.”
Paula Saylor said the crew on Fast Company were supposed to be angels.
“But the wind blew away all their wings,” said the wife of Fast Company skipper Jim Saylor. “There’s one who has a tutu on.”
Winds in 20-25 knot range played havoc with everyone’s costume, save OZone who sailed through with a crew of ancient Egyptians.
“I can’t put my fruits on,” Gibson said. “Every time I do, the wind comes up and I feel it vibrating on my head like it’s going to fly.”
The wind also messed with OZone on the water, the winning Olson 30 from the NYC Gene Wells Memorial Series being dragged to third place after surf near the Kalapaki Bay turn slowed her to a crawl.
Fast Company relished the wind, jumping out to an early lead and capturing the one-mile course on an elapsed sail of 16 minutes, 14 seconds, correcting to 16:16 PHRF for top honors.
Papaau followed at 17:12 elapsed sail, 16:28 PHRF with OZone rounding out the short field on an 18:07 elapsed sail and correcting to 17:49 PHRF.
With the completion of the Halloween race, the NYC takes a break from the water through the winter months, returning in February.