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JERRY MCKENNA RACE #2 ON 2/16/23
Chris Jordan |
Published on 2/18/2023
The Opening Day races on Saturday February 4th were cancelled due to
heavy rain and lightening and thunder very close to the boats at the dock.
That was a good call by the race committee. But hamburgers and hot
dogs were later available thanks to the e
orts of John Sawyer with quite a
large number of sailors and community members showing up.
And then the first race of the Jerry McKenna Memorial Series on 2/9/23
was cancelled due to very heavy winds with gusts over 30.
was a well known and highly respected psychiatrist on Kauai. He also
owned the boat Windspan which he raced occasionally.
So the actual first race of the season after being o
for over 3 months was
the Jerry McKenna Race #2. The boats and crews eagerly headed out to
the starting line. Fast Company set the very nice new pin end buoy and
Ozone set the new small buoy at the opposite end of the mole from the
red #6 buoy to clearly mark the obstruction zone next to the mole (which
will help to keep us away from the fisherman as well as to avoid other
But a few minutes before the start disaster struck Ozone as their backstay
parted. By feathering the boat upwind the crew was able to jury rig a
backstay. But not wanting to lose the mast, the decision was made to go
back to the dock. The mainsail was dropped and the boat limped back to
the slip under jib alone. Although the crew was discouraged, they plan to
be back next week to spice up the competition.
The course for the Jerry McKenna Memorial Race #2 was A-B-D over 6.03
miles. This had two outside laps to the lighthouse buoy followed by an
inside the harbor lap around the Kalapaki Buoy. The wind was out of the
East at 15 knots. The 5 boats in the race lined up near the pin end at the
start and it looked like Weatherly jumped out in the lead. Bonjolea II tacked
early towards the breakwater and when they tacked back they appeared
to be on a lifted course. Indeed when they met up with the other boats
they crossed ahead in the lead. Double Espresso has the youngest Kauai
Sailing Association kids on board and they were thrilled to have a new
mainsail and #3 jib thanks to some generous donors. In fact, it looked like
the boat was outpointing some of the other Olson 30’s in the fleet. When
Double Espresso tacked back towards the Timbers resort it looked like
Weatherly was forced to also tack that way. Other boats followed. At the
Ninini Lighthouse Buoy rounding it was Bonjolea II, Fast Company, Double
Espresso and it looked like Speedy was able to sneak inside of Weatherly
who may have over stood a little. But downwind under spinnaker
Weatherly was able to pass Double Espresso and they challenged Speedy.
At the leeward mark at G-11 by the Coast Guard Station Weatherly had
spinnaker takedown issues and they appeared to have fouled Speedy.
Indeed they did 2 penalty turns and Double Espresso caught up to them.
At the Ninini Lighthouse Buoy rounding Double Espresso was leading
Weatherly, but downwind under spinnaker at the G-7 buoy Weatherly was
again ahead. Double Espresso had spinnaker takedown issues once again
at the leeward G-11 rounding and they ended up going way over by the
cruise ship which cost them a lot of time.
Meanwhile Bonjolea II with Bonnie Ti
any on the helm had stayed out in
front of the fleet in clear air and they took line honors at the finish line. But
the very fast Sydney 36 has a handicap of 66 and owes the Olson 30’s 33
seconds a mile with their PHRF handicap. So after the calculations were
done, it was Fast Company with Jim Saylor on the helm taking first place
by a mere 3 seconds. Speedy took third place followed by Weatherly and
Double Espresso. The young kids on Double Espresso took first place in
the Club Class and Weatherly took second based on their handicaps.
A squall came through at the end giving the fleet a wet blessing.
crews went up to the KSA building where they joined community members
(total 32) for an educational event and a potluck meal. John Ross gave a
very nice talk about the RaceQ’s APP and how to use it on your phone and
computer. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the system and although I
thought I knew a lot I learned some new things.
The Jerry McKenna Memorial Race #3 will be held on Thursday 2/23/2023.
The public is invited to watch the race from the Nawiliwili mole parking
area. The KSA building will be available for a community educational event
open to the public and bento boxes will be available for $15. Please
contact John Sawyer with how many bento boxes you would like to order
Click for complete results and the raceQs replay of race on the
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