He was introduced as that "devil" from Devil's Lake but only because he seems to have supernatural powers. Dan Norton fought off several close challengers but won seven out of the nine races anyway at the OktoberFast Midwest Regional Championship #2 at Hueston Woods near Oxford, Ohio over the weekend.
Norton, sailing out of Manitou Beach, Michigan where he recently placed third at Regional #1, showed his skill in both light and heavy air as winds skipped back and forth between 5 and 25 knots over the two day event. The two races he did not win went to Pymatuning, Ohio's Ron McHenry, who won the tiebreaker for second with Ann Arbor's Josh Kerst, and the home club's Laura Beebe, who got her bullet when Norton uncharacteristically slipped to 4th place.
Hueston Sailing Association, which hosted the event, put 15 of their own Sunfish sailors on the starting line and provided plenty of food, drink, and wind for the 22 boats registered. Three juniors also started for HSA with 18 year old Kevin DeArmon taking top junior and 8th place overall. DeArmon had four top five finishes during the regatta. Five women competed against the mostly male cast with Beebe among those holding a trophy at the end in only her second regional contest.
Reigning OktoberFast champion Tom Katterheinrich of Lake St. Mary's finished fifth.
Left to right Dan Norton from Devil's Lake MI, 1st; Kevin DeArmon, Hueston Woods, top junior; Ron McHenry, Pymatuning, 2nd; Josh Kerst, Ann Arbor, 3rd; Laura Beebe, Hueston Woods, 4th; and Tom Katterheinrich, Lake St Mary's Ohio, 5th.
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