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BONNIE TIFFANY WINS THE FIRST SHORTS SERIES RACE ON BONJOLEA II
Chris Jordan |
Published on 8/6/2022
After sweeping the Invitational Series and taking a 5 race
break in the Wahine Series, Bonjolea II came roaring back
to win the first of the Shorts Series Races. In spite of the
lighter air at 6-8 knots out of the East and only short
inside legs around the Kalapaki buoy, Bonjolea was gone!
(I have always thought that Bonjolea II did better in
heavier air and on the long outside course to the Ninini
The 3.22 mile course was D-E-D with the first and last
legs having a spinnaker gybe around the G-7 buoy and
the middle leg just directly downwind to the G-11 buoy by
the Coast Guard Station.
Ozone was barging at the pin end of the starting line and
Weatherly with Evan steering brought them up and forced
Ozone to turn back and restart way back. (Revenge will
be sweet Evan!)
Although Fast Company did not have their RaceQ’s on for
the computer replay, they did have a very nice start and
they were out in front of the other four Olson 30’s. Speedy
also got o
to a nice start while Ozone was way back of
the other Olson 30’s after their barging fiasco.
Speedy was doing very well staying side by side with
Bonjolea II. And Double Espresso was ahead of
Weatherly. Weatherly tacked first towards the breakwater
as half the boats were below the lay line to the Kalapaki
Buoy. Double Espresso and the smaller Express 27 Papa
Au also tacked. Bonjolea II rounded the Kalapaki Buoy
and headed up sharply. (The boat likes to reach). Fast
Company rounded ahead of the other Olson 30’s and
although Speedy got around ahead of Ozone, Ozone was
able to sneak inside closer to the buoy. On the downwind
spinnaker run to the G-7 buoy Ozone was barely able to
stay in front of Speedy. These two boats had a very nice
battle going on (I never should have sold you guys those
sails!!!). At the G-11 buoy by the Coast Guard Station
Ozone had a tighter mark rounding and gained a little.
Meanwhile, Weatherly got the inside position on Double
Espresso and they rounded side by side essentially.
Weatherly tacked towards the breakwater about halfway
up the leg towards the mole. But this didn’t pay o
them as Double Espresso kept going towards the mole
and they gained. And Speedy outpointed Ozone and took
back their position ahead of Ozone.
On the second lap around the Kalapaki Buoy it was
Bonjolea II in the lead followed by Fast Company, Speedy,
Ozone, Double Espresso, Weatherly and Papa Au. Ozone
was gaining on Speedy downwind under spinnaker to the
G-11 Buoy. Speedy rounded the buoy just a little bit
ahead. But Ozone had a tighter mark rounding than
Speedy and was a little upwind of them.
Weatherly and Double Espresso were having their own
battle with Double Espresso slightly ahead. But at the
G-11 mark rounding Double Espresso went very wide and
Weatherly got inside and passed them.
Ozone tacked halfway up the course towards the
breakwater while Speedy kept going towards the mole.
Ozone got a very nice lift and when the two boats met up
again Speedy decided to lee bow Ozone rather than to
duck them. Ozone thought that Speedy was below the lay
line and would have to throw in two more tacks to get
around the Kalapaki Buoy. But Speedy got a nice lift and
made it around the buoy once again in front of Ozone.
Not so for both Weatherly and Double Espresso who had
to tack twice to get around the buoy. Bonjolea II was still
a long way in the lead followed by Fast Company.
The final downwind spinnaker run was to the gybe mark
at G-7. Speedy went high and Ozone went low and
gained. After gybing at G-7 Ozone had gained on Fast
Company and was near their stern and Speedy was right
on Ozone’s stern as they approached the G-11 buoy by
the Coast Guard Station to then head upwind on the final
leg towards the finish line. Ozone had a tighter mark
rounding than Fast Company and seemed to be
outpointing them to weather. And when Fast Company
tacked towards the finish line the Ozone crew could be
heard yelling “starboard”. Fast Company’s skipper calmly
replied “I hear you” (or something to that e
Fast Company ducked Ozone. Ozone continued to take
the lift towards the mole before tacking back towards the
finish line. The excitement on Ozone was palpable as the
crew realized they had passed Fast Company for the first
time in the race. With one more tack to the finish line they
finished a mere 17 seconds ahead of Fast Company. And
Speedy was only 13 seconds behind Fast Company
(Great race Dick Olsen and Speedy crew!).
So at the finish line it was Bonjolea II taking line honors
and first place in the PHRF Class. Ozone took second
and Fast Company took third.
In the Club Class it was Speedy in first place followed by
Weatherly in second and Double Espresso in third. Papa
Au rounded out the fleet.
The second race of the Shorts Series will be held on
8/11/22 with a 5pm start. The public is invited to watch
the races from the Nawiliwili mole parking area.
Click for Results and the RaceQs replay on the
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