Sunday, April 10, 2016

Jennifer and Mike Faugust Make Midwest District Proud!!

View of the club from the water
After Wednesday's lay day we ended up with fabulous weather on Thursday. Winds were about 8-10, temperatures were moderate and all was right with the world. We started an hour earlier to squeeze in races before the end of the regatta. It was one of those days where I pinch myself. We're so lucky to be able to do this!

We saw a loon near our boat and John Cassada said a pod of dolphins followed him to the race course. Shangri La!

We had two good races, each four legs, WL. Ben and I got to the upwind mark in first place in the first race, which made us very happy! And we were neck and neck with Larry Taggart the whole rest of the race, with Ryan Malmgren sneaking up at the very end to snatch the win. We grabbed second and Larry got third. What a fun fun finish!

But it was Mike and Jen Faugust who carried the flag for the Midwest District. They finished sixth in that first race, just one point ahead of Crazy Love. They needed to beat Crazy Love (Ned Johnston and Ryan Donoghue - top notch 470 sailors) by three points in the final race to sneak by them in the standings. In the last race Jennifer and Mike finished second and Crazy Love finished in a cluster behind them. They couldn't tell, had they put enough boats into Crazy Love to grab second place in this national event? It turned out they did!

Yay Faugusts!!
I know it's terribly back lit, but trust me, Jennifer and Mike are grinning very widely!!
Randy Adolphs trophied in the Challenger fleet, which we were also very proud of. I hope he comes to more national events!!

Next up for many Midwest District boats is the Chattanooga Choo Choo 4/23 and 24. For those who haven't been, I highly recommend it. Great lake, great club! Two or three boats from Carlyle will be there, Ryan and Stacey from Madison,  and at least three Clinton Lake boats, not to mention several boats from Ohio and probably down south (I'm looking at you, Corky and Molly!)

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