Carbon Art Challenge results, 2013

Another windy race day. Photos by Harry Wiewel.

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Tamara Bockius sailed through challenging conditions to win two divisions at the Carbon Art Challenge, Saturday at Kanaha Beach Park.

The Carbon Art windsurfing race was the second event of the 29th annual Maui Race Series. Gusty wind conditions ranged from 25 to 35 miles per hour with bumpy northeast wind chop, and waves from an east swell.

Bockius, a 47-year-old Haiku yoga teacher, won the expert division in the morning racing, edging Deniz Bicakci, a 17-year-old senior-to-be at Kihei Charter, in a tie-breaker. Each had won two races. Bicakci defeated Bockius’ daughter, Sailor, in the juniors.

Bockius won three of four heats in the afternoon to claim the women’s crown. Fujiko Onishi, of Japan, won one heat and had two seconds, to finish behind Bockius.

“I’m finally a double division winner,” Bockius said. “It was fun racing with the Japanese sailors.”

The conditions were challenging even for Bockius, who calls Kanaha her home turf. “You were dropping in at the start (line) because of the surf. And it was so choppy, I even caught monster air going to the last outside mark. It was not flatwater today, but I’m used to it, I train in that all the time.”

Onishi was part of a seven-person racing contingent from Japan. Akihiko Yamada, #2 ranked pro racer in Japan, was the top male, finishing fourth in the pro division. It’s Yamada’s fifteenth year of competing in the MRS.

“I come to Maui to practice slalom racing every year for four weeks,” Yamada said. “”Everyone is so fast, it’s enjoyable to race with speedy guys.”

Shinya Kunieda, who is Japan’s #4 ranked sailor, placed fifth in the pros. “It’s a good time to come to Maui. It’s the rainy season in Japan now, no wind. Maui has more quality racing than Japan.”

Peter Slate, a Kula realtor, won the pro division, edging Dan Ellis. Each won two races, but Slate had a third place finish to Ellis’ fourth. Phil McGain had three seconds and was third.

“I had two good starts and won the first two races,” Slate said. “I was sitting good and I was thinking, ‘It’s yours, don’t let it go’. I knew they had to come for me.”

“It was neat racing. It was great to have the Japanese racers, it makes the start that much more competitive.”

McGain rebounded in the afternoon to win three of four races to defeat Slate in the 40-49 age group. “I tuned my gear a little differently in the afternoon,” McGain said. “I tuned my sail and got a little more speed out of it. I was happy to come back and redeem myself.”

Ellis won four straight races to win the 19-39 age division. Other winners included Matt Daniells (50-59), Ted Hunter (60 & over), and Jordan Reid (semi-pro). The next MRS race is the Meanline Fins Slalom on June 29.