KAHULUI - Peter Slate sailed consistently in breezy conditions to win two divisions in the Quiksilver Cup on Saturday at Kanaha Beach Park.
The Quiksilver was the fourth event of the 27th annual Maui Race Series.
Slate, a 40-year-old Realtor from Kula, had a rough day at the previous MRS event two weeks ago - he broke a mast, was disqualified twice and fell and sailed off the course another time.
Peter Slate leads Drew Farrior, Kai Hoph and Elon Wong in a men’s 40-49 heat during Saturday’s Quiksilver Cup at Kanaha Beach Park — Slate finished first in that division, and took the men’s pro title.
HARRY WIEWEL photo
Argentina Bonilla-Jimenez leads the women’s field on her way to the division championship.
HARRY WIEWEL photo
On Saturday, he won a heat, took second twice and was third once to win the men's pro title in morning racing, and in the afternoon, won four straight races in the 40-49 division.
"It was much different, had a little bad luck last time," Slate said. "It all came together today, really good conditions. It was a great course and a perfect Maui race day."
Slate moonlights as a tester for North Sails and Fanatic sailboards.
"They call me when they need me. I'm fortunate to be in their development program," he said.
Argentina Bonilla-Jimenez of Lahaina was able to handle the winds of 25-30 mph and won three of four heats to claim the women's open title.
"It was so windy, wind all the time," she said. "All of us were overpowered. I didn't have good jibes, but I didn't fall down."
Laurence Carey, a 17-year-old from Auckland, New Zealand, won the junior division in his first MRS experience. Going into the fourth and final heat, the wins were divided among Carey; Deniz Bicakci; a sophomore-to-be at Kihei Charter School; and Casey Rehrer, an 8th-grader-to-be at Seabury Hall.
After a close start, Carey and Bicakci were able to pull away when Rehrer stumbled at the first mark. Carey then held off Bicacki.
Carey also took eighth in the semipro division.
He won his first junior heat, but had trouble in the next two.
"I was pretty tired in the juniors after competing in the semipro," he said. "I fell in the second heat and couldn't catch up. In the third heat, I was trying to be safe on the last outside mark, and (Bicakci) threaded the needle and cut in between me and the buoy."
Carey has been busy in his first year of competitive racing. In November, he was seventh in the Auckland Slalom Championship, racing against men. He was also seventh in the International Funboard Class Association World Slalom Championships' 17-and-under division last month in Curacao.
Carey is a flanker on his school's rugby team as well.
"We're on holiday now, so I'm only missing one game while I'm here," he said. "I've been training for rugby, I haven't had time to sail. So since I've arrived on Thursday morning, I've been practicing, practicing, practicing."
Carey was impressed with the racing.
"There's really a high standard of sailors here, best I've ever seen. The high wind was epic. Definitely the most consistent wind I've sailed in."
The final MRS event, the Neil Pryde State Championship, is scheduled for July 30 at Kanaha.
MAUI RACE SERIES QUIKSILVER CUP
At Kanaha Beach Park
Men's 19-39-Dan Ellis 0.7-0.7-0.7-2-2.1, Peter John 2-3-2-0.7-4.7, Drew Farrior 3-2-3-7-8, Mark Boersma 4-5-5-3-8, Neil Turpin 5-4-4-4-12, John Smalley 6-8-6-5-17, Hide Nitta 7-6-7-6-19, Guillaume Poirier 9-9-8-9-26.
Men's 40-49-Peter Slate 0.7-0.7-0.7-0.7-2.1, Elon Wong 2-2-2-4-6, Chris McNeil 3-3-4-9-10, Kai Hopf 5-7-3-3-11, Geof Pease 6-5-6-2-13, Olaf Sutor 4-4-5-6-13, Osamu Kubota 8-6-7-7-20, Eric Lettire 7-8-9-5-20.
Men's 50-59-Mike Yasak 9-0.7-0.7-0.7-2.1, Matt Daniells 0.7-2-2-5-4.7, Sam Bockius 3-3-4-2-8, Todd MacFarlane 4-4-3-3-10, Ben Massenburg 2-5-5-7-12, Ted Hunter 5-7-7-4-16, Dave Dalgetty 6-8-8-6-20, Tim Wood 9-6-6-9-21.
Men's 60 and over-Greg Thomas 0.7-0.7-0.7-3-2.1, Michael Warmuth 2-3-3-0.7-5.7, Szabolcs Maguranyi 3-2-2-2-6.
Women's open-Argentina Bonilla-Jimenez 4-0.7-0.7-0.7-2.1, Kristen Orth 0.7-2-3-3-5.7, Paulina Pease 5-3-2-2-7, Kismet Kilbourn 2-4-4-4-10, Nique Vetromile 3-5-5-5-13.
Juniors-Laurence Carey 0.7-3-2-0.7-3.4, Deniz Bicakci 3-2-0.7-2-4.7, Casey Rehrer 2-0.7-3-3-5.7.
Pro-Peter Slate 3-0.7-2-2-4.7, Elon Wong 4-2-8-3-9, Dan Ellis 8-9-0.7-0.7-9.4, Peter John 2-8-7-4-13, Mark Boersma 5-3-5-6-13, Mike Yasak 9-5-3-5-13, Kai Hopf 0.7-12-4-12-16.7, Neil Turpin 7-4-6-8-17, John Smalley 11-6-9-7-22, Greg Thomas 10-7-10-9-26, Drew Farrior 6-12-12-12-30.
Semipro-Matt Daniells 0.7-0.7-0.7-6-2.1, Geof Pease 2-4-3-4-9, Sam Bockius 3-5-5-3-11, Ben Massenburg 4-14-7-2-13, Hide Nitta 12-6-2-5-13, Ted Hunter 5-2-11-11-18, Szabolcs Maguranyi 10-9-9-0.7-18.7, Laurence Carey 8-8-4-10-20, Tom Hammerton 7-7-6-8-20, Todd MacFarlane 11-3-12-9-23, Eric Lettire 9-10-8-7-24, Chris McNeil 6-14-10-14-30, Tim Wood 14-11-14-14-39.
Expert-Michael Warmuth 0.7-0.7-0.7-12-2.1, Deniz Bicakci 7-4-2-0.7-6.7, Olaf Sutor 2-5-7-2-9, Casey Rehrer 4-2-4-3-9, Argentina Bonilla-Jimenez 3-9-3-7-13, Jonathan Teuscher 8-6-5-4-15, Osamu Kubota 5-3-9-8-16, Kismet Kilbourn 6-10-6-6-18, Chris Knap 9-7-8-5-20, Theodore Sundbye 10-8-10-12-28, Guillaume Poirier 12-12-11-12-35.