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LILY BRIONES-FLYNN WINS THE THIRD WAHINE SERIES RACE ON WEATHERLY
Chris Jordan |
Published on 7/16/2022
The wind was out of the Northeast at 10-14 knots for the third
Wahine Series race. The 6 mile course was A-E-C with two
outside laps to the Ninini lighthouse buoy and in between an
inside lap around the Kalapaki buoy.
The start had Double Espresso and Weatherly on port tack by the
race committee on the mole. But alas, the youngest Kauai Sailing
Association kids on Weatherly were called “Over Early” by the
race committee and it took them almost two and a half minutes
to restart. With this handicap the kids had a lot of catching up to
Ozone had a pretty good start at the pin end on starboard tack
and Fast Company soon followed. Speedy and Papa Au rounded
out the fleet of 6 boats. The Express 27 Papa Au is the only boat
that is not an Olson 30 in this race.
Weatherly seemed to be a little ahead, but they went further than
the other boats towards the Kukui lighthouse before tacking out
of the harbor. The other boats all tacked earlier and gained some.
At the Ninini lighthouse buoy rounding it was Ozone in the lead,
slightly ahead of Weatherly. Fast Company, Speedy and Papa Au
followed and behind them Double Espresso was slowly gaining.
Downwind Ozone had their smaller heavy air spinnaker up and
Weatherly easily gained on them with their larger spinnaker.
Ozone was still able to stay ahead but it was close rounding the
G-11 buoy by the Coast Guard Station. On the next leg inside
around the Kalapaki buoy Weatherly was gaining and under
spinnaker they were able to get side by side with Ozone. But
Ozone was the inside boat as they approached the G-11 buoy
again and Weatherly gave them the required room at the
rounding so that Ozone was still barely leading. Meanwhile the
kids on Double Espresso were also gaining on Fast Company on
the downwind leg to G-11.
On the last leg around the Ninini lighthouse buoy Weatherly and
Ozone were neck and neck. But downwind under spinnaker
Ozone rounded up as they approached the Kalapaki bouy which
allowed Weatherly to pass them. It also looked like Double
Espresso might pass Fast Company, but it was not to be.
At the finish line it was Weatherly taking line honors and first
place in the PHRF Class for the second week in a row. Lily
Briones-Flynn did an outstanding job driving the boat. Taking
second place 30 seconds later was Ozone with Alison Fornari on
the helm. Did Ozone’s owner Chris Jordan cost her first place by
not using the big spinnaker and because his spinnaker trim
caused her to round up? (Fortunately she can’t make him sleep
on the couch...) In third place it was Fast Company with Kara
In the Club Class it was Double Espresso in first place with
Dasha Allyn on the helm. They were only 4 seconds behind Fast
Company and if tactician “Uncle” Carl Andersson hadn’t put
them over the starting line early costing them two and a half
minutes the results in this race may have been very di
Great recovery kids!
Speedy took second place in the Club Class with Mavis Aiu
steering while her daughter Victoria Aiu on the helm of Papa Au
took third place.
The 4th of the 5 Wahine Series races will take place on Thursday
7/21/22 with a 5 pm start. The public is invited to watch the races
from the Nawiliwili mole parking area.
Click for complete results and the RaceQs replay on the
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