With a crew of just six people, Mark Cummings didn’t figure he’d win his first Sandusky Islands-Stein Hospice Regatta.
Funny how well things worked out for Cummings, who captained Big Electric Cat to a handful of awards, including the Islands Cup and Hospice Cup.
Cummings, who lives in Loveland, Ohio, near Cincinnati, said he has sailed Big Electric Cat in the race six times, and has competed in the event about 16 times in all.
Register photo/Angela Wilhelm Racers prepare for the Stein Hospice Regatta on Lake Erie, July 2, 2011
Saturday’s win, with his father, Bill Cummings, aboard, was his first in the Islands Race and Hospice Cup.
“It felt great. We thought somebody would gain some time on us,” Cummings said.
His six-man crew — which also had his cousin, Chris Zuck, John Fresch, Jim Shufflin and Fred Walcot — didn’t have to endure an entire day at sea since sailing conditions were ideal on the 38-mile course. They were done in 5 hours, 41 minutes, 17 seconds.
Register photo/Angela Wilhelm Competitors adjust their sails as the Stein Hospice Regatta begins on Lake Erie, July 2, 2011
“We usually sail with eight or nine,” Cummings said. “We were shorthanded, and we were tired. There was nobody on the boat under 50.”–ANTHONY MOUJAES
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