OZone wins in Kona winds

Kona winds, which brought a blanket of vog and humid conditions, also brought good luck to OZone who captured the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Carmelita Miranda Memorial Rum Race Series on Thursday.

“We were lucky the wind we had from the south held steady through all three laps,” said NYC Rear Commodore Fred Styer. “It was quite fun to use the Kona courses again. All of the boats must have had a ready copy of the course maps because there were no mess ups regarding the buoys or rounding directions.”

Racing in winds of 7 to 12 knots from the south, OZone finished second to Bonjolea II in elapsed time, crossing the finish line of the three-leg, 3.85-mile course in 41 minutes, 33 seconds, and correcting to 41:37 PHRF for top honors.

Bonjolea II, crossing first at 39:31 elapsed sail, corrected to 42:06 PHRF for runner-up honors.

Fast Company, holding two first finishes in the Miranda series, crossed third at 43:29 elapsed and corrected to 43:33 PHRF to round out the leaders.

Fast Company’s finish was a mere 16 seconds ahead of Weatherly, one of three Olson 30s participating in the race, which crossed at 43:45 elapsed and corrected to 43:49 PHRF. Weatherly also applied the Club correction for a 39:29 Club reading and top honors in that division.

Coyote, a C&C 38, (50:57 elapsed, 47:43 PHRF) and Rebel, a Wells 27, (1:01:46 elapsed, 50:49 PHRF) rounded out the fleet.

The public is invited to view the fourth race of the Miranda series Thursday when first flags fly at 5 p.m. at the Nawiliwili Harbor jetty wall area.

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