Vano takes Topper race

Jacob Espi Vano made it to first place and got his name placed on the perpetual trophy for the Topper race during the third annual All Hands on Deck regatta hosted by the Kauai Sailing Association at the Nawiliwili Yacht Club.

The team of Astrid Andersson and Nolan Paulson took runner up honors and Lily Briones filled in third place for the race which was sponsored by Topper International in the form of the perpetual trophy.

The Topper race was just one of the events during the All Hands on Deck regatta which attracted more than 20 participants ranging in age from nine years old to adult.

“Many of the youth who sailed in the regatta participated in the summer sailing camps held by the Kauai Sailing Association,” said Shale Shore of the KSA. “Some of the highlights in the regatta included a boat dedication to Doodle, Judy Lynch’s very cute dog, a Doughnut Race where sailors steered the boat in as many tiny circles as they could in one minute, and the Topper race where young and old took to the water and sailed against each other for first place.”

In addition to the Doughnut Race where tracking and gybing skills took the spotlight, sailors also took part in the “huli and right race” where the sailors tipped over their boat and righted it as many times as they could in a minute’s time.

In-kind donations in the form of windsurfing gear from Mike McHenry allowed Zac Young to demonstrate windsurfing on a land trainer to the younger participants.

“Thanks to all the volunteers who cooked, decorated, participated in Race Committee, and cleaned up, and a big Mahalo to all of the spectators who came to watch,” Shore said. “This event was a splashing success and we hope to make it even better next year.”

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