I had not paid attention to how many first-to-finishes Kevin Millett’s cruising boat has racked up over the last 7 years.  Kevin designed the boat, with KHSD doing the hull design. Unlike most racing multis, they also took a lap around the Pacific a few years back.  But look at these:(2010) “NAWILIWILI — Kalewa, a 50-foot cat, swooped in on the inside track, close to the jetty wall to take the lead, Thursday.
Kalewa held on to the lead through most of the race, but could not overcome its handicapping as Fast Company, piloted by Jim Saylor, settled a three-way race between the smaller boats to take the first race of the Gene Wells Memorial Series hosted by the Nawiliwili Yacht Club.
“Kalewa must have a huge, huge lead to win,” said Sharon Gibson, the NYC scorekeeper, watching the catamaran return in a strong lead position from the Ninini Point turnaround.”
and back in 2004, “Kalewa captures O’ahu-to-Kaua’i race: Kalewa, a 46-foot catamaran built by Kevin Millett, swept the Nawiliwili Yacht Club’s Kaua’i Channel Race this past weekend. Kalewa finished the race from Ko Olina, O’ahu, to Nawiliwili, Kaua’i, in 6 hours, 20 minutes, 16 seconds. In 13 previous races, the event started at the Ala Wai. Kalewa was first overall in elapsed time, time, corrected time (6:38:34) and in the multihull division in the 78-mile race.”

Kalewa sailing early on

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