(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i coed sailing team started the spring season and the 50th anniversary year of the program in spectacular fashion capturing the Peter Wenner Rainbow Invite this weekend at Keehi Lagoon. It marked the fifth straight year the Rainbow sailors won the regatta.
 
Eighteen teams representing 13 schools—hailing from as far as Canada, Japan, and the East Coast—competed in the regatta. A total of 28 races, 14 in the A and B divisions, were completed in shifty conditions over the weekend. UH fielded three teams in all, two coed and one women's squad, and finished in three of the top seven places.
 
The Rainbow Green team, led by Michael Pacholski and Devon Stapleton in the A Division and Patrick Wilkinson, Danielle Ahir, and Shane Snow in the B division, topped the competition with a regatta-low 119 points, 18 ahead of runner-up California.  After trailing Cal by one point after Day 1, it was the B division team that powered the team to victory by finishing in the top three in its final six races, including three first-place finishes.
 
The Rainbow White squad  finished fifth (177 points) and the Rainbow Wahine place seventh (207). Salve Regina was the top-finishing women's squad, coming in third overall.
 
Next up, the UH women's team will compete in the Bryson Women's Intersectional, Feb. 16-17, in Redwood City, Calif. The coed team will also head to Northern California for its next regatta with the McIntyre Team Race, February 23-24, hosted by Stanford.