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2013 Nationals Summary

Brent Barbehenn recaps his 12th straight Nationals victory.  Look for a news post later this week.

LakeNorman, Perfect Wind, and A Low Country Boil

If you plan to sail in the inland regions of North Carolina during July and August, chances are the wind will be light to absent. Not the case for the 2013 Jet-14 Nationals hosted by Lake Norman Yacht Club. Situated in western North Carolina about 10 miles north of Charlotte, Lake Norman is a popular water activity/ vacation area. And located smack in the middle of it is LNYC with its 22 acres of prime waterfront property. LNYC has impressive facilities and manpower, and has hosted many national championships for other classes over the years including the 70 boat Flying Scot North Americans earlier in July.  The wind was perfect……all 4 days……7 to 15 kt from the SSW, with puffs up to 18 Thursday afternoon, and shifts from 5 to 15 degrees. And the hospitality was second to none. If you didn’t eat enough pancakes at breakfast, the dinners more than made up for it. Some of us weren’t sure what a low country boil was (Thursday’s dinner), but Regatta Co-Chairman Chris Hennon described it best: “……basically dump a pile of corn, shrimp, potatoes, and sausage on the table, and you graze at will”. Whatever you may think this looks like, it was really good! Then on Friday nite, the best BBQ in the world came out. It was estimated that 853 hushpuppies were consumed that evening. To top things off, we had one of the best PROs and support team in the country for Race Committee. Bill Ross and his team got off 15 good races in 4 days, and it was a pleasure to race on his course.

Junior and Women’s Nationals

A total of 7 boats participated in this year’s event, and both fleets were won with dominating performances. 5 races were sailed, with Barb and Ann Joudrey taking the Women’s title, and local juniors Max Thompson and William Bowden posting all bullets in the Juniors event (sailing Tim Porter’s #544). It was great to see many new faces, as the new NC fleet worked hard to get their boats ready to race and lend to club members. Margot and Natalie Sherman Jollis had so much fun sailing Chris Hennon’s #433, they decided to stick around for the open regatta.

Open Nationals

With the wind being so good on Wednesday for the Junior/Womens Nationals, we were worried it was all used up! But the next 3 days of racing were as good as lake sailing could get, with the SSW wind generally aligned with the long axis of the lake. The breeze was typically oscillating, with the left side generally paying off on Day 1, and the right side being better the last 2 days. Thursday afternoon brought the strongest breeze, with some puffs in the upper teens. No matter where one was in the fleet, the racing was close, and many times decided by a few feet at the finish. And there was some new company in the front, with Eric Johnson/Cathy Cotell (#1146), Tim and Madison Porter (#544), and Ernie Michaud/Anna Petronzio (#1136) grabbing at least 1 top 3 finish each.

After 3 days of racing, the final results were as follows:

1st Place – Team 558 aka Blue Redux, was fortunate to have LNYC junior sailor William Bowden on board. A great roll-tacker, William was full speed ahead 100% of the time, and best of all, just plain loves to sail.  William has a bright future ahead. While 558 ended up winning many races, they routinely traded places with, and were pushed to the limit by the Zaugg/Gedeon Team and Dave and Sue Michos.

2nd Place – Our esteemed Chief Measurer, past president and national champion, Marion Zaugg sailing with Jacqueline Gedeon again were “scary fast”. Race 7 saw them blow by Team 558, and keep extending the lead for the impressive win.

3rd Place – The husband/wife team of Dave and Sue Michos have been sailing together for years, and they have continually improved to the point where they are challenging for the lead in almost every race. Dave is a past president, and Sue has held various Class BOG positions over the years. Last year’s runner –up, it came down to the last day this year in the battle for 2nd with Team Zaugg/Gedeon. They won the Husband/Wife award.

4th Place – Eric Johnson and Cathy Cotell put a lot of time into getting their light air speed up to par this summer, and it appears the time was well spent. They twice led at the windward mark, and sailed to their best nationals finish. Eric is also the new Class 1st VP.

5th Place – Co-chair of the regatta, Tom Grace with Paula Pacheco quietly sailed to an impressive top 5 finish. While not on the water, one could usually find Tom and Paula hard at work in the clubhouse preparing for the next regatta activity.  Thanks for all your efforts!

Tim and Madison Porter fire around the top mark at the 2013 Jet-14 Nationals at Lake Norman, NC

Tim and Madison Porter fire around the top mark at the 2013 Jet-14 Nationals at Lake Norman, NC

6th Place – Tim Porter with daughter Madison, surprised even themselves with this nice finish. Not having sailed for about 10 years, they are starting to get things rolling again, and we look forward to seeing them at future regattas. They routinely pushed the front pack, especially in Race 4 with a 3rd place finish.  Madison won the Youngest Sailor Award. Also, the entire family, including wife Jennifer and mom Catherine, worked hard to help host the event. Tim is the District III VP.

7th Place – Barbara Joudrey with daughter Ann, lost the tie-breaker to the Porters, but nevertheless sailed an impressive regatta with all top-10 finishes (only others to do so were top 3). They also make the best cider donuts in the world…….just come to the He-Man breakfast at Mohican this October, and find out.

8th Place – Ernie Michaud and Anna Petronzio not only finished 8th, but also grabbed a 2nd place finish in Race 1, reeled off 3 straight 4s to finish out the regatta, and won the Most Improved Award, by way of improving 10 places from last year. Looks like Ernie’s purchase of #1136 this spring upgraded his speed!

9th Place – Our current Class President, Webmaster, Nationals Co-chair, and new-fleet-builder extraordinaire, Chris Hennon sailing with Meg Russell sailed to their best nationals finish. Consistency was the word, as they finished 9th overall while posting a 9th place in six different races. In fact, these 9s were all “in-a-row” (races 4 thru 9). Chris and wife Paula and daughter Olivia worked tirelessly before , during, and after the event to make it happen. Thanks for a great regatta!

10th Place – Liz Elden and Shaynah True from LNYC, borrowed #530, and sailed consistently to grab the 10th. Liz had sailed a Jet many years ago while in Ohio, and we were happy to see her get back in the boat again. They also won the Novice Trophy, for best finish for first time in Nationals.

11th Place – Seth Parker and Paolo Pacheco just missed the top 10, but may have had the most fun of all, as they were in the middle of the action both on and off the water. Seth will be the 2nd VP for the Class again this year, as well as District II VP.

12th Place – Past national champion Nicky Einthoven made the trip from NJ, and sailed with local Julia Tatiana. In bad need of a new rudder, luck was with her as she got a nice rudder blank at the auction. We look forward to seeing the finished rudder with its new fast shape next year.

13th Place – One of the new NC fleet members, Leonard Wells and Hunter Trombetta sailed a consistent series with a nice Race 5 where they came in 7th. They were only 4 points out of 11th.

14th Place – Steve Gregory and Cara Sanderson Brown made the trip from Ohio, and pushed the top 10 all week. This was Steve’s first nationals, and they showed improvement (and boat repair skills after suffering a breakdown) as the regatta progressed. Steve is an experienced sailor, especially in big boats, and Cara has been sailing most of her life, so watch out for this team as they spend more time in the boat.

15th Place –  Barry Saunders and Todd Ochoa, both professors at UNC Chapel Hill, loved sailing this regatta in their home state. Fairly new to sailing, Todd is learning fast, and we hope he sticks with it. Barry continues to improve each year, and he should be thanked for his efforts with making several boats available for others to sail.

16th Place – John Odden and Larry Vitez shook the dust off #1017 after a long absence, and impressed all with 3 top 10 finishes. Unfortunately, as is the case with old parts, they suffered a few breakdowns. Good thing they went out the day before the event, when they promptly broke a shroud!

17th Place – Stewart Fitz Gibbon and Matt Welch sailed the newest boat in the fleet (#1161), and almost pushed into the top 10 several times.  Stewart made the trip from Ohio, and is looking forward to seeing everyone again in Mansfield in October.

18th Place – David and Justin Veno are fairly new to the Class, and made the trip from NJ. It was great to get to know them, and Dave is the new District I VP.

19th Place – Another one of the boats from Asheville, NC, Bruce Sampson and Teri Fosmire won the tie-breaker over Team Corkell. Bruce kindly donated the Coke products and bottled water for the regatta. Thanks for helping out!

20Th Place – Tony and Kelsey Corkell borrowed one of Barry’s boats, and were competitive the entire regatta. They had never sailed a Jet, and we hope they will keep coming back for more!

21st Place – Margot and Natalie Sherman Jollis had so much fun sailing the Junior Nationals, they decided to keep going in the main event. They competed and finished every race, and showed great improvement as the regatta wore on.  They won the Persistence Award, and Margot won the Highest Junior Skipper Award.

A quick review of the scores shows that there were only two DNFs for the entire regatta. With 21 boats, 10 races, and at times breezy conditions, that’s quite an accomplishment, and a great indication people like to sail Jet-14s! Nice sailing to all, and again, a big THANK YOU to LNYC, Chris Hennon and Tom Grace and their team, and Bill Ross and his RC for another great Nationals.

As I drove home to NJ, I realized we were once again fortunate to enjoy another great sailing venue racing our Jet-14s.

– Brent

2013 Nationals Results:
2013 Women/Junior Nationals:

Ready to Finish Strong

A bunch of new Jet-14 updates to pass along.

Upcoming October Regattas

Only two more official regattas left this season.  Fleet 35 Captain Bob Higgins has posted the flyer for the Packanack Regatta October 5.  Bob says that the fleet is hanging in there and that a recent race saw a nice mixed fleet of 7 boats.  This is a one day regatta, so if you are in a NJ fleet see if you can take a day and go out and support the Packanack fleet.

The season concludes with the Halloween Classic Oct. 12-13.  This regatta is traditionally one of the biggest fleets of the year and that is no accident, as host Marion always puts on a good show.

Recent Results

The District IV championships were held at Mayfield YC in late August.  Dean Whalen sent out a very detailed recap of the events that weekend over the Jet-14 national email list.

Over at SSA, the Fall Regatta is currently being contested on the waters of the Chesapeake.  Look for results soon.

Boats For Sail

Before and after pictures of Jet #1050

Before and after pictures of Jet #1050

Bob Rosenbaum passed along some information about #1050, a gorgeous glass racing machine up for sail.  Check out Bob’s work in the image at left.  Bob writes:

A variety of other interests and commitments has put my racing career on hiatus. But I have a terrific boat that needs to get out of my garage and into the water. While I’m not in position to give it away, I’m motivated to put it in someone else’s hands and will take a fair price for it. 
It is 100% race ready and cosmetically is in great shape. You could buy it after breakfast and be racing before lunch.
It’s Hull 1050, which I rescued as little more than a bare hull in a rural side lot in 2008. 
It has been stripped and refinished – hull and topsides are a crisp blue-and-white.
Everything on the boat is new: DM-1 mast, rudder, Harken and Ronstan hardware. It’s got positive flotation up front and sealed tanks on the sides. 
This isn’t the sexy old woody that everybody seems to want these days. It’s a fiberglass Dubdam with a distinct advantage: After capsizing, it floats high – well above the centerboard trunk. So you can climb in, bail it out and get back on your way. It has a valid measurement certificate on file and weighed in at less than 10 pounds over minimum.
Spinnaker and jib are regatta quality; the main is club-quality.
I’ve raced the boat lightly over the last few years and have stored it under Rodney Troyer top/bottom covers – much of the time indoors. It’s got a heavy-duty trailer, with a spare tire and current registration, and is set up to travel beautifully.
I went to the trouble of getting it titled, meaning transfer and registration couldn’t be easier.
This boat has absolutely everything and it’s just sitting in my garage in Cleveland. $3,500 or anything close will put this boat in more capable hands than mine. 
If you want to check it out, contact me at
Another new listing on the classifieds just came across this evening.  I raced against this boat at Nationals this year and she had her moments:

Jet 1017,  $500

Brought out of retirement for the 2013 Nationals.  The hull is sound and the mast step and forward keel were fully and professionally repaired before the event. The boat posted two top ten finishes and a capsize with  borrowed sails.  The boat has new 40 year old sails, bought and stored in closet after only one use.  Both boat and trailer have titles and are located near Charlotte NC.  Call for pictures and the full story.

Larry Vitez
704-533-5047 C

Fleet Reports

Marion Zaugg (Fleet 4) sent in an update on recent activities at Mohican:

This past Sunday, September 15th, I meet George Matthews, proud new owner of #760  at the club so we could set her up and take her for hes maiden voyage.  The winds were mostly light, in the 1-6 knot range.  George was on a Sunfish once when he was around 9 and had to write a paper in high school about the navigational aids available to Columbus, so, his impression was he mostly knew the basics.  So I put him on the helm and out we went.  Down wind out of our little harbor.  Just a short shake down sail.  Well, now it was time to sail back up wind to the Club.  Bear in mind that paper about Columbus was written about 30 years ago so George was, say, rusty.   I stayed fairly well out of harms way, low and forward, trimming and easy both sheets while George executed five or six back to back gybes and tacks, all without the helm and facing backwards.  His impression?  “Wow! this is fun!”  Stay tuned.   Marion

Down in North Carolina, there is talk of an unofficial event for later in October.  The local Flying Scot fleet, which has been growing alongside the Jets, have challenged the Jet fleet to a 1-day showdown.  I’m looking to bring in some outside help and there is talk that a couple of out of towners are going to make the trip to support the team.  More later.

We’ve also been talking to David Betts, a former Navy man who will be restoring Jet #19 (!).  While he works on the boat, he’ll be out racing with Barry Saunders and the Carolina Sailing Club crowd.  We’re all looking forward to getting to know David and his wife Catherine, an “enthusiastic novice”.

Nicky Einthoven is now the Fleet 51 Captain at Hunterdon SC.  A big thanks to Charlie Engler and Guido Bertocci for serving as captains this past season.  

Any fleet news?  Please email me!

Finally, I hope you were able to catch some of the America’s Cup races.  Just amazing to watch boats sail in excess of 40 kt. in a 20 kt. wind.  And the racing was actually quite close and exciting.  I’ve been making some modifications to #1130 in the spirit of the America’s Cup:


That’s it for now.  See you on the water.


Jet-14 Summer Regatta Results and More

Hello Jetters, lots of updates, so lets get right to it.

NationalsBrent Barbehenn teamed up with Lake Norman Yacht Club junior William Bowden to dominate the 2013 Jet-14 Nationals last month.  Brent won his 12th straight Nationals with 9 firsts and 1 second.  Attendance overall was down this year, but it was encouraging to see more boats in the B fleet this year as well as 7 boats in the Women’s and Junior events.  Speaking of which, Barb Zaugg-Joudrey and daughter Anne took honors in the Women’s event while LNYC juniors Max Thompson and William Bowden (yeah, the same kid) took home silver in the Juniors.

Brent promises a summary and look for more pictures soon!

Women/Junior Results:
pen Nationals Results:

Hunterdon Gravy Bowl Regatta – An interesting day weather-wise, to say the least! The wind speed at the 11AM skippers’ meeting was 0-1 mph, and, after a one hour postponement, it jumped up to a solid 1-2 mph, with enough hopeful clues to send the Jets out for the first of 3 races, during which the winds settled down to 1-5 mph, with 0-120 degree shifts at random times. So “luck” and close attention both paid off with the 7 boat fleet generally together around the windward – leeward courses. Spinnakers were advantageous but only until the next 90 degree shift. Simon Bertocci and Ashley frequently demonstrated EXTREME roll tacks, and in race 3, took 20 minutes on the last 50 yards and still won!

A rare sight captured on film - Barbehenn with other boats close by

A rare sight captured on film – Barbehenn with other boats close by

At the awards presentation, Nicky Einthoven presented Brent Barbehenn with the newly revised perpetual Gravy Bowl. It has twice the engraving space, needed due to its many decades of use! The perpetual Gravy Ladle was presented to crew Lucy Bertocci.   A cookout followed at Charlie Engler’s to wrap up a FUN DAY!

Wren Regatta – Five Jets participated in the Wren “Wregatta”, where everyone had fun and the weather cooperated. Brent Barbehenn with Elena Khutoretsky as crew won. Doug Brown and Susan Mallows, Simon Bertocci and Ashley Paulino, Dave and Justin Veno, Charlie Engler and Gail Scales also participated. [we are waiting on the day when Tom Grace and Paula Pacheco bring Tom’s boat “Wren” to the Wren Regatta]

Labor Day Regatta (LNYC) – Five Jets enjoyed leftover awesome wind from Nationals, southern BBQ, and great racing in this 78 boat One Design regatta.  Tom Grace and Paula Pacheco squeezed out yet another win in old reliable “Wren” #717.  Full results and story are here:

Fleet Updates – Two reports this time around.  Down here in NC Fleet 65 continues to build on momentum gained from hosting their first Nationals this summer.  We saw some new faces come out for the Labor Day regatta at Lake Norman.  Ben Copp and Sarah Hoyt are former college sailors now pursuing advanced degrees at Duke University.  They taught us all a thing or two about boat handling and all had a great time.  We are looking forward to a full schedule of club and national events next season, including a possible midwinters regatta in Asheville.  Meanwhile, Marion Zaugg reports on some good fleet building activity going on at Mohican SC (Fleet 4):

 We were out Sunday over the holiday weekend.  Paul [Joudrey] came home with his girlfriend who had never been in a sailboat before and my sister Karen was up from Cincinnati and crewed for Barb.  I crewed for Jim House, the new owner of #1127, a novice.  Just three boats but we all had a great time.  This was a perfect opportunity to introduce Julie to sailing and for Jim learned a ton.  He and I were last by a leg in the first race but by the last race he rounded the last mark in first and immediately went into irons to finish second, but he was really fired up.  This  coming Saturday Ernie Michaud is bring his old boat #760 down to Mohican to new owner/ Mohican member George Matthews.  


New Officers – There’s been a little bit of change in the class leadership.  I have humbly accepted the office of President.  More on this later, but let me just say that I am looking forward to leading the class to a new era of growth.  SSA member Eric Johnson has graciously accepted the post of 1st VP and Seth Parker will continue as 2nd VP.   The District VPs are David Veno (I), Seth Parker (II), Tim Porter (III), and Dan Lehane (IV).   Please, please, please do not hesitate to contact us with your ideas, questions, leads, etc…

Upcoming Regattas – Just three events left in the 2013 season.  Coming up Sept. 21-22 is the SSA Fall Regatta on the Severn.  This is always a great event and a good time of year to race (and swim, as I found out last year) on the Chesapeake.  The SSA fleet is looking to regenerate some of the excitement that permeated the fleet a few years ago, and you will not want to miss the clubhouse renovations.  Contact Eric Johnson and let him know you are coming.  October 5 we have the 1-day Packanack Lake Regatta.  I just heard from Mike Michels, who is in the area (Packanack/Pines Lake) looking for a Jet  – lets get him on the water!  Contact Fleet Captain Bob Higgins for more information on the Packanack Regatta.  Finally, the Halloween Classic (Oct. 12-13) once again closes our racing season in grand fashion.  Costumes, crew race, He-Man breakfast, and plenty of fun to go around.  Don’t miss it!

Boats For Sail

Lots of options available on our class website.  We have a practically brand new Allen Jet at a fantastic price and many options in the $1500-$2500 range.  Lets get people in those boats.

Jet-14 Class on the Internet

Did you know that our class has a Facebook page?
Or a Twitter handle (don’t ask Marion)?
And a bunch of photos from the past years here:
And of course our webpage (yes I know it needs updating):

Today’s Little Factoid: There are 168 inactive centerboard One Design classes, many started well after the Jet-14.

See you on the water!