Saturday on Maui was a very typical trade wind day of about 15 to 20 knots, as the 50 or so competitors gathered at Kanaha for the third round of the Maui Race Series.
Carbon Art being well respresented in the early heats with Phil McGain winning all this four heats in the 40-49 age group and Mike Yasik also using Carbon Art in third place behind Alex Aguera. Phil was getting clean starts and had blistering speed between the marks and looked like he was in complete control of the fleet.
In the afternoon races the hotly contested pro division was the talk of the beach, Aguera, Ozee, Pritchard, McGain, Slate were the main contenders. McGain threw down the gantlet right from the first heat by leading to the first mark with Pritchard hot on his heels. McGain went onto to win the first two heats, then Pritchard made some adjustments and ended up winning the next two heats. So with scores even, Pritchard won on the tie break, putting McGain in second place and Alex Aguera in third.
Phil commented- “It was another fun day of racing, the wind was super consistent, I was really happy with my speed. Matt and I had a real battle out there, it felt like the good ole days from the World Cup_ at this level the smallest mistakes are amplified, I was perfect in the first two heats, then Matt decided to be perfect, that’s racing!”.