West Side paddlers return to action at John Wilmington III Regatta
KAHULUI — With no races over the Fourth of July weekend, it was great to get back into the swing of things on Saturday at the John Wilmington III Regatta. Na Kai Ewalu hosted the day’s events at Kahului Harbor, where the day started brightly for the West Side clubs’ keiki.
Lahaina’s Girls 12B registered the first point for their club with a fourth-place finish. The Boys 12B shortly added three more, finishing second in their quarter-mile sprint with Napili coming in fourth.
Event 3 brought the first of the day’s six gold medals for Napili; their Girls 12A (Andilyn Alavazo, Noe Keahi, Ana Lukela Kobatake, Lina Nolan-Criste, Devina Vasquez and Tavi Viela) came in first with a time of 2:39:58. Napili’s Boys 12A (Kaimana Hoopai, Steven Kama, Matini Perlas-Kaai, Kawika Sanchez, Justice Tihada and Kila Vierra) also took first place and five points, winning their race in a time of 2:46:49. The Mixed 12s were also medal-winners for Napili, bagging silver in a time of 2:37:11.
NCC’s Girls 13 (Kehau-Lani Brown, Diamond Freitas, Carly Jaramillo, Hailani Keahi-Ng, Christy Mae Ruidas and Courtney Ruidas) won their fifth gold medal in as many regattas, finishing their quarter-mile in 2:40:83. Lahaina finished fourth in the same race. Napili’s Boys 13 took silver, and their Girls 14 won bronze. The Boys 14 scooped gold; Leeland Alavazo, Bubba Jaramillo Jr. III, Kona Kaaihue Ah Puck, Bronson Kaina, Brandon Kaina Jr. and Bronsen Vierra finished in 2:24.70.
In the Mixed Novice B, Napili took home third and two points, and in the Girls 15 race, the crew in black and yellow were on top — Kanoe Delatori, Chelsey Erickson-Vierra, Aloha Kaaihue-Ah Puck, Tricia Kama, Jenina Misay and Jordan Ruidas added five points to give them a season total of 25 so far. Napili’s Boys 15 came in third in Event 13.
The Men’s Novice B race was up next, with Lahaina’s crew taking second in a time of 4:19:10 and Napili finishing fourth in 4:27:44. Napili registered third in the Girls and Boys 16, with a fourth-placed finish in the Girls 18.
Kahana’s Mixed 18s won third place in their half-mile race with a time of 4:44:35, and their Women’s Novice A added another point with a fourth-place finish in their division.
Napili’s Boys 18 (Blake Ball, Kapena Bugarin, Nicholas Falbo, Holden Mowat, Jaret-Levi Nahooikaika and Justin Pagdilao Natividad) won gold medals and five points for their club with a first-place finish and a time of 9:03:41.
Lahaina’s Men’s Novice A took second in their one-mile race, finishing in a time of 8:31:07 and taking their season total to 13 points so far, just three behind Hawaiian Canoe Club.
Kahana’s Men’s 60 took third place in a time of 4:38:42, with their Men’s 55 also registering a third-place finish and a time of 4:54:47. The team in green were back on top in the Men’s 50 bracket — Dale Angel, Eric Goertz, Jonah Kuaana, Neil Murphy, Riese Perry and Gary Saldana finished first and added five points to give them a season total of 19 so far.
The Mixed 55s came in fourth and the Mixed 60s took third for Kahana with times of 5:59.55 and 5:11.92, respectively.
Napili’s Freshmen Women took third place in their one-mile course, while Kahana’s Freshmen Men came in fourth with a time of 8:10:45.
KCC’s Sophomore Men took bronze and two points in a time of 8:31.89, with their Junior Women (Kristina Dougherty, Dawnalyn Fujiwara, Emily Janchevis, Lani Kane, Danielle Kuck and Christina Yorkey) on form again with their fourth gold medal in a row.
Napili’s Junior Men took their season total to ten points so far with their third-place finish in a time of 8:44.47.
Kahana took a point from the Women’s Open Four, as did Napili’s crews for the Mixed 40, Mixed Open and Women’s 40 races.
Lahaina’s Men’s 40 (Geoff Bogar, Bear Keahi, Alan Kuiper, Spud Lenhardt, Adam Quinn, Mark Shimer) took their season total to 19 points so far with a first-place finish in their division and a time of 8:03:31.
In the Women’s Open, Kahana extended their division’s lead by five points with a second-place effort, giving them a total of 21 points so far this season. In the Men’s Open, Kahana’s crew came in fourth with a time of 12:42.58.
After 238 different crews had raced in Kahului, the day’s standings saw Hawaiian Canoe Club topping the pile with 141 points (673 in total), Lae ‘Ula O Kai in second with 81 (388), Napili in third with 56 (281), Kihei in fourth with 55 (287), Wailea with 41 (217), Na Kai Ewalu notching 37 (173), Kahana on 30 (168), Lahaina with 16 (86) and Hana on ten (47).
We now have two race days left to determine who will and who won’t make it to “States” this year, starting with Kihei’s Moki Kalanikau Regatta. I’ll be back with more news next week. Mahalo for reading and a big Imua to Kahana, Lahaina and Napili!