Karma Sailing Group wins eighth Mackinac race

The Karma Sailing Group captured its eighth Mackinac Race win in 15 attempts.
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The Karma Sailing Group (at right) won its eighth Chicago Yacht Club Race to Macki-nac in its section.

The Karma Sailing Group (at right) won its eighth Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac in its section.

The Karma Sailing Group captured its eighth Mackinac Race win in 15 attempts.

Karma Sailing Group is a sailboat racing program owned by accountant Martin Sandoval and Karma Yacht Sales co-owners Jack Buoscio and Lou Sandoval.

“Every year has been a learning process,” Buoscio said in a statement. “It wasn’t too long ago that the team completed their first race with seven newbies finishing second to last.”

Much has changed since then, as team Karma has become no stranger to the winner’s stand. Buoscio and business partner Sandoval are also the local Beneteau dealers in Lake Michigan, which poses logistical challenges in taking the time off to compete.

The hard work and experience paid off last week as they won their section in the 107th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. They finished the 333-mile race in 50:26:29, crossing the finish line fifth in the Mackinac Cup Division (15th on corrected time).

“We went to work most of Saturday on the fleet with a majority of boats in shore of us,” Lou Sandoval said. “There were a few boats that stuck to us like glue and made us earn it right up to the Mac Bridge.”

In addition to Buoscio and Sandoval, Team Karma includes crewmembers Cristina Cordero-Chadwick, Jason Veatch, Phil Toth, Steve Mathias and Konstantine Stamatis. Karma’s name will be added to the Fred A. Price Memorial Trophy, which is on display at the yacht club and will be presented with this honor at the annual awards ceremony in November.

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