A late spinnaker removal on the final tack at the Red No. 2 buoy was costly to Bonjolea II ON Thursday during the final race of the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Junior Invitational Series.
“The race was very close,” said Fred Styer, NYC Rear Commodore. “There were more than 20 people at the Mole cheering for their favorite to close the gap.”
Sailing in winds blowing 10 to 15 mph from the North, Bonjolea II, with Jackson Cornick as its Junior, got out early and held her lead through the 6.03-mile course, crossing first at 1 hour, 6 minutes and 9 seconds elapsed sail. She was challenged by the OZone crew with Sienna Temme as its Junior, crossing at 1:09:46 and Fast Company, with Lily Briones-Flynn as its junior, at 1:10:37.
But the PHRF handicaps came into play, soaring OZone into the lead spot with a 1:09:52 PHRF followed by Papaau, who had Michelle Biete as its Junior, who crossed at 1:13:09 elapsed and corrected to 1:10:02 PHRF.
Bonjolea II settled for third place with a 1:10:29 PHRF correction, 27 seconds back of Papaau and 37 seconds back of OZone.
“Commodore Doug Tiffany of Bonjolea II conceded that it was their last tack around red buoy No. 2 with a late spinnaker removal that made the difference for first place,” Styer said.
Fast Company settled for fourth place at 1:10:44 PHRF followed by Speedy with Victoria Aiu as its Junior (1:14:49 elapsed, 1:14:56 PHRF, and Trinity, with Ainsley Tjarks as its Junior, crossing the line at 1:11:41 elapsed and correcting to 1:21:36 PHRF.
The Nawiliwili Yacht Club celebrates Father’s Day, Sunday by hosting its annual Keiki Fishing Tournament for young anglers between 3 and 13 years old at its clubhouse in the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor.
Registration is $5 per angler and gets the young angler a hot dog and soda lunch.
All anglers are asked to bring their own bucket, net, fishing pole and bait.
Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and fishing ends at 12:30 p.m. Awards will be presented at 1:30 p.m.