NAWILIWILI — Former Hurricane Guillermo was almost the winner of the Kauai Channel Race Friday at the Nawiliwili Harbor.
Nawiliwili Yacht Club Rear Commodore Fred Styler said 13 monohulls and one multi-hull pushed off the starting line at Kaneohe Bay, but a challenging light-wind effect brought on by Guillermo north of the race course kept the boats out on the water.
“They all arrived safely following the 7 a.m. start,” Styer said. “But it was more than 12 hours before the first boat crossed the finish line, Stardust skippered by Sean Doyle getting the honor at 12 hours, 45 minutes and 50 seconds. The race was a smashing success.”
Following the adjustments, Stardust was awarded first-to-finish honors with a 12:18:512 PH correction in Class A during the awards banquet Saturday night before nearly 200 people at the NYC Clubhouse. Kahuna, skippered by Stephenson/Higham, filled in the runner-up berth on a 12:52:00 elapsed sail and correcting to 12:20:28 PH.
Trois Amis, piloted by Frederic Barg, took third place on a 12:56:01 elapsed sail, correcting to 12:30:33 PH. That was followed by Heartbeat, skippered by James McDowel crossing on a 13:19:47 elapsed sail and correcting to 14:00:43. Locomotion with Dr. John Myhre at the wheel posted a “Did not finish” to round out the Class A standings.
Kauai skippers were involved in the Class B competition as Jim Saylor brought Fast Company across the line on a 13:45:16 elapsed sail, correcting to 11:56:18 PH for second-place honors in the class, being bested by William DeRego pushing Kamahele across the line on a 15:20:17 elapsed sail and correcting to 11:43:25 PH for top honors.
Doug Tiffany moved Bonjolea II, a Sydney 36, on a 13:43:50 elapsed sail and corrected to 12:19:48 PH for third place followed by Ian Scott piloting Firefly to a 13:38:23 elapsed sail and correcting to 12:23:02 PH for fourth place.
No Brakes skippered by John Coller (15:16:20 elapsed) settled at 12:31:40 PH followed by Flying Tiger with Peter Van De Verg at the stick (14:27:25 elapsed) at 12:46:22 PH. Yellow Dragon with Dawson Jones at the wheel crossed on a 14:33:00 elapsed sail and corrected to 12:51:18, and Urban Renewal with Noah Johnson posting a “Did not finish” to round out Class B.
Manu, the sole multi-hull in the race with Ted Miller, slipped across the line at 12:46:35 elapsed sail, less than a minute back 0f Stardust. She corrected to 14:43:00 PH for the sole placement in the Class M.