KAHULUI - Micah Buzianis defeated his training partner Phil McGain in six of seven races to win titles in the pro A fleet and 40-49 age division in the Hot Sails Maui Grand Prix on Saturday at Kanaha Beach Park.
The event was the third of five in the 28th annual Maui Race Series.
Buzianis and McGain train together on Maui's north shore, but had not competed against each other this year.
Micah Buzianis leads Phil McGain (KA 7) and Peter Slate (SA 7) during a 40-49 heat during Saturday’s Hot Sails Maui Grand Prix at Kanaha Beach Park.
HARRY WIEWEL photo
Buzianis won the North Slalom, the first MRS event, before going to a Professional Windsurfing Association race in Spain.
McGain missed the North race because he was competing in the Kukio Challenge Triathlon on the Big Island, and then won the second MRS race, the Da Kine Classic.
"I'm always training with him, three days a week," Buzianis said. "He turns it on a little more in the races."
McGain is part-owner of Maui Sails, the company that sponsors Buzianis' sails.
"I hope he wins, he's very fast," McGain said. "He should win, he's younger, bigger, and stronger than me. He's a very good sailor and works hard at it."
The pro and semipro divisions had a new format because of an increase in entries, with single qualifying heats to split into two fleets. Each fleet then raced three times, with none of the races thrown out.
"It puts a lot of pressure on you," Buzianis said. "You can't make any mistakes. It forces you to sit back a little on the starts."
"It makes it a little more cutthroat," McGain said. "You couldn't be over early in the qualifying heat, and there were no discards after that."
Tamara Bockius, who also trains with Buzianis and McGain, edged Japanese sailor Fujiko Onishi for the second straight event and won the women's division.
"I train with the guys," Bockius said. "I've arranged my life to sail in the daytime."
Onishi was one of six women racing from Japan.
"The Japanese girls are great. I'm glad they showed up, it pushes you to sail harder," Bockius said.
The other winners were Dan Ellis (19-39), Mike Yasak (50-59), Todd MacFarlane (60 and over), Dax Barker (menehune), Casey Rehrer (juniors), Peter John (pro B), Olaf Sutor (semipro A), Tim Wood (semi-pro B), David Dowhan (expert) and Mai Mitsuishi (advanced).
The fourth MRS event will be the Quiksilver Cup at Kanaha on July 14.
MRS HOT SAILS MAUI GRAND PRIX
Saturday's Results * At Kanaha Beach Park
19-39-Dan Ellis 3-0.7-3-0.7-4.4, Pieter Bijl 0.7-2-2-2-4.7, Kurosh Kiani 2-4-0.7-3-5.7, Peter John 5-11-4-4-13, Mark Boersma 10-3-5-6-14, Isaac DeVries 4-7-10-5-16, Neil Turpin 6-5-8-9-19, Jordan Reid 8-6-7-8-21, Laurence Carey 7-8-11-7-22, Griffin Freysinger 11-9-6-10-25, Chris Freeman 9-10-9-11-28, Atsushi Hairano 12-12-12-12-36.
40-49-Micah Buzianis 2-0.7-0.7-0.7-2.1, Phil McGain 0.7-2-2-3-4.7, Peter Slate 3-3-3-2-8, Akihiko Yamada 5-6-5-4-14, Reinhard Elischka 4-4-6-6-14, Shinya Kunieda 6-5-7-5-16, Kai Hopf 14-7-4-11-22, Geof Pease 8-8-13-7-23, Olaf Sutor 7-9-9-8-24, Tom Hammerton 11-10-8-9-27, David Dowhan 9-11-10-14-30, Osamu Kubota 10-12-12-10-32, Shunichi Inomata 13-15-11-12-36, Toshiaki Kutsuna 12-13-14-13-38.
50-59-Mike Yasak 0.7-0.7-2-0.7-2.1, Jeff Henderson 3-5-0.7-2-5.7, Matt Daniells 2-2-6-3-7, Chris McNeil 11-3-7-4-14, Ben Massenburg 4-4-11-6-14, Terry Alkemade 5-7-5-5-15, Ted Hunter 7-6-3-7-16, Sam Bockius 6-9-4-8-18, Tim Wood 8-10-9-12-27, Chris Knap 9-8-10-15-27, Tom Peterson 10-11-12-9-30, Dave Dalgetty 13-13-8-10-31, Kazuhiko Ono 12-14-15-11-37, Bobby Reader 15-12-15-15-42.
60 and over-Todd MacFarlane 0.7-0.7-0.7-0.7-2.1, Szabolcs Maguranyi 2-2-2-3-6, Masao Hirota 3-3-4-2-8, Jonathan Teuscher 4-4-3-4-11.
Women-Tamara Bockius 0.7-2-0.7-0.7-2.1, Fujiko Onishi 4-0.7-2-2-4.7, Mai Mitsuishi 2-4-3-4-9, Argentina Jimenez Bonilla 3-3-4-3-9, Annie Crombie 7-8-6-5-18, Sayaka Iwai 6-6-8-7-19, Komine Megumi 5-5-10-9-19, Diane Takemoto 8-9-5-8-21, Toshie Yamamoto 11-11-7-6-24, Keiko Yoda 9-7-9-10-25.
Juniors-Casey Rehrer 0.7-0.7-0.7-0.7-2.1, Nic Walker 2-2-2-2-6, Harry Walker 3-3-3-3-9, Deniz Bicakci- -, Connor McKenney-Dax Barker 0.7-0.7-0.7-0.7-2.1, Sailor Bockius 2-2-2-2-6, Emma Fosbinder 3-3-3-3-9.
Pro A-Micah Buzianis 0.7-0.7-0.7-2.1, Phil McGain 2-2-5-9, Pieter Bijl 7-3-2-12, Mike Yasak 5-6-7-18, Mark Boersma 6-4-8-18, Kurosh Kiani 11-5-3-19, Peter Slate 3-7-11-21, Akihiko Yamada 4-11-6-21, Shinya Kunieda 8-8-9-25, Dan Ellis 11-11-4-26.
Pro B-Geof Pease 4-6-2-12, Peter John 0.7-4-9-13.7, Neil Turpin 8-5-0.7-13.7, Reinhard Elischka 3-2-9-14, Isaac DeVries 5-0.7-9-14.7, Laurence Carey 6-7-3-16, Jeff Henderson 2-8-9-19, Matt Daniells 7-3-9-19.
Semipro A-Olaf Sutor 0.7-0.7-5-6.4, Sam Bockius 5-2-0.7-7.7, Jordan Reid 4-3-2-9, Griffin Freysinger 2-4-3-9, Ben Massenburg 3-8-4-15, Terry Alkemade 6-6-6-18, Chris Freeman 8-5-7-20, Szabolcs Maguranyi 7-7-8-22.
Semipro B-Tim Wood 0.7-2-0.7-3.4, Tom Hammerton 2-0.7-2-4.7, Todd MacFarlane 4-3-3-10, Ted Hunter 3-4-4-11.
Expert-David Dowhan 0.7-0.7-4-3-4.4, Casey Rehrer 2-2-2-4-6, Fujiko Onishi 4-4-0.7-2-6.7, Shinichi Inomata 10-3-3-0.7-6.7, Osamu Kubota 3-5-5-5-13, Tom Peterson 6-6-7-8-19, Keiko Yoda 7-7-12-6-20, Atsushi Hasegawa 5-9-8-11-22, Komine Megumi 12-11-6-7-24, Kazuhiko Ono 8-8-12-10-26, Sayaka Iwai 9-10-9-9-27.
Advanced-Mai Mitsuishi 0.7-0.7-0.7-0.7-2.1, Argentina Jimenez Bonilla 3-2-2-2-6, Masao Hirota 2-3-3-4-8, Annie Crombie 4-4-5-3-11, Diane Takemoto 6-5-4-5-14