Bora Gulari of Bayview, Mich., captured the inaugural Fort 2 Battery sailing race Sunday, covering the 3.8 nautical miles from Fort Sumter to the finish line at The Battery in a blistering 8 minutes and 56 seconds in his Moth sailboat.
The race, modeled after San Francisco's Ronstan Bridge to Bridge race in which sailors race a straight-line course, drew 55 entrants who sailed Moths, kiteboards, wind surfers and catamarans.
The Moths are 64-pound carbon-fiber sailboats that sail above the water on hydrofoils at speeds in excess of 30 mph.
"I love events like this that are a bit different from our regular racing and have an element of chance and huge amount of fun to them," Gulari said after the victory. Gulari also won the North American Moth Championships held over the weekend at James Island Yacht Club.
Molinari finished ahead of Chris Rast of Switzerland, John Bartlett of Austin, Texas and James Island sailor Patrick Wilson, all sailing Moths. The fifth-place finisher was Mitchell Hall of St. Petersburg, Fla., who sailed a kiteboard.
Local sailors Greg, Ellinor, Liz and Neil Walters won the catamaran division on a Hobie 20, with 12-year-old Neil collecting the "youngest racer" award.