Team Karma. Front Row: Left to Right- Jack Buoscio, Martin Sandoval, Lou Sandoval.
Top Row: Steve Mathias, Seth Morrell, Phil Toth, Cristina Cordero-Chadwick, Jason Veatch
Mackinac Island, MI July 20, 2011- Karma Sailing Group won the Beneteau First 36.7 One-Design section in the Annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. Their boat 'Karma' finished on Monday July 18th at 11:35:38 with an elapsed time of 46:55:38 ( a new team best time). Their finish time had them rank third in the Mackinac Cup division on elapsed time. Handicapping would have their corrected time equal 40:58:02 a respectable sixth overall in the cup division.
The respectable finish in the 103rd Race to Mackinac is the sixth section title for Team Karma in the past eight years. This year's race is significant for the Chicago based team in a year that saw one of the fiercest storms hit the fleet in possibly the entire history of the race. The storm loaded with thunder, lightening and wind speeds in excess of 60 knots hit a majority of the fleet in the Manitou Passage area in Northern Lake Michigan just North of Charlevoix, Michigan. The storm forced the capsizing of one of the boats resulting in the deaths of two sailors onboard. An event that overshadowed the celebrations for many of the winners in the 103rd.
Team Karma kept a level head and prepared for the storm, keeping in perspective their position on the fleet. The hard work payed off as they maintained their lead on Weatheredge 3 and Tried and True going under the 'Big Mac' Bridge.
The 103rd Race to Mackinac Awards will be held on November 5th when Team Karma will be able to hoist the sixth trophy with their name on it- up this year, the Lindy Thomas Round Island Trophy.
Previous Karma Finishes:
102nd Race to Mackinac - 2010 Finished 1st in Section; Sixth Overall Mackinac Trophy division (Jack Ritchie Memorial Trophy)
101st Race to Mackinac - 2009 Finished 3rd in Section
100th Race to Mackinac - 2008 Finished 1st in Section, Third Overall Mackinac Trophy Division (Chicago-Harbor Springs Trophy)
99th Race to Mackinac -2007 Withdrew
98th Race to Mackinac -2006 Finished 1st in Section (David W. Howell Memorial Trophy)
97th Race to Mackinac -2005 Finished 1st in Section (Past Commodore's Trophy)
96th Race to Mackinac -2004 Finished 1st in Section (Harold L. Ashton Trophy)
For results visit www.racetomackinac.com