The anticipation of a tight race drew more than two dozen spectators to the Nawiliwili Harbor jetty wall for the final race of the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Ken Dorland Memorial Series on Thursday.
Weathering the cold 20 mph winds out of the north-northeast, the crowd was rewarded with a tight race through the three-leg 6.11-mile, which took the fleet through the Red Nun Buoy No. 2, where a narrow wind block from the cliffs off Kalapaki Bay challenged the skippers’ skill.
Fast Company, entering the final race with a point advantage in the series, emerged victorious following the race that saw four lead changes.
The crew of Fast Company, one of four Olson 30s in the fleet, crossed first overall on an elapsed time of 1 hours, 14 minutes and 55 seconds, corrected to 1:15:02 PHRF for overall honors.
Trinity, an F-28 trimaran, was hot on Fast Company’s tail, crossing on a 1:15:07 elapsed sail for second overall finish. But her PHRF correction put her in seventh place at 1:25:31 PHRF. Correcting to 1:07:07 Club put the trimaran in first place of that class.
OZone, another of the Olson 30s, finished third overall on a 1:16:20 elapsed sail, correcting to 1:16:27 PHRF for second place in that class.
Weatherly, a third Olson 30, filled in the third place spot in the PHRF, crossing on a 1:17:43 elapsed sail and corrected to 1:17:50 PHRF.
Speedy (1:21:28 elapsed, 1:21:36 PHRF), Bonjolea II (1:16:53 elapsed, 1:21:55 PHRF), and Coyote (1:28:27 elapsed, 1:22:51 PHRF) rounded out the finishers. Rebel, a Wells 27, started the seven-boat race, but did not finish.
With the completion of the NYC Ken Dorland Memorial Series, Fast Company unofficially locks up the PHRF and Monohull competition. Trinity earned the top nod in the Club and multi-hull divisions.
The next race hosted by the NYC Race Committee will be the opening of the six-race NYC Carmelita Miranda Memorial Run Race Series on April 9.
The public is invited to view the series at no charge when the first flags fly at 5 p.m.