Monthly Archives: October 2013

October Regatta Results

Some results are in for the fall regattas.

Packanack Regatta

Rob Higgins reports:

After a somewhat dismal start the day  was beautiful. The wind didn’t cooperate for the first race as it was abandoned due to time limit. It picked up for the second and after lunch on the deck it had filled in nicely. Everyone was a winner we had trophies for the top five boats( which was the exact number we had). Seems we were competing with other sailing events. Special thanks to Charlie Engler who has always supported Packanack.


819   Henderson   3 2 1    6
1014 G. Swede      4 1 2    7
212   B. Gamble    1 3 4    8
905   J. Swede       2 4 4   10
1129 C. Engler      5 5 5   15

Halloween Classic

Brent Barbehenn and EYC member Jonathan Smith (who drove #1159 to a second in the fourth race) came out on top at the Halloween Classic, though a late challenge by Bill Buckles (#1131) fell just short as race committee decided against one more race on Sunday.  The story and results are too long to post here, but you can read all about it on the class website:

Asheville Sailing Club in the News

If you want to get the feel for what Asheville Sailing Club is about, here is a recent magazine feature on our club (with a couple of pictures that include Jets):

That is what it is all about.

10 years ago this month…

Eleven Jet-14s gathered at SSA for the 2003 Pumpkin Bowl/District III Championships.  This was a historical event as Jet #217, fresh off several gallons of epoxy and thousands of dollars spent, made its maiden race here and scored the regatta win with Dave and Sue Michos in the cockpit.  They just edged out Gary and Cathy Mentesana, who finished 1 point behind in the 6 race series.  Also competing in the event were Michael and Laury Parramore (#544), Chris MacMurray (#1145), the McKennas (#1140), and Kirby Mehrof (#433).  Notably absent was Dirk Schwenk (#1137, now owned by Charlie Bark at EYC), who was last seen rising up the local music charts.  It would be great to see some of these names back on the results page!

Schwenk belts out a tune - can he still roll tack?

Schwenk belts out a tune – can he still roll tack?

#217 still points just as high and fast today.  Other boats have found new owners in other parts.  #433 and #1130 are now in Asheville, #544 is now Tim Porter‘s boat at Lake Norman, #1143 (Celeste Simonds) is up for sale, and #530 is raced by Craig Kvale up at Edgewater.

Regatta page:

Upcoming Events

October 27 – Jet-14 vs. Flying Scot at Asheville Sailing Club
Winter – SSA Frostbiting
January or February – Class association board meeting (TBA)

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):

See you on the water!


October Jet-14 Updates

Just returned from a fantastic Halloween Classic.  Just a ridiculously tough fleet, with Brent Barbehenn leading the way in the fast class boat (#1159).  Some people say that the He-Man breakfast is the highlight of the weekend, but for me the awards ceremony where Marion somehow makes everyone feel good while dressing them down (at least those that deserve it!) at the same time is a wonder to behold.  Also getting whooped by some 12-year old kid from Edgewater was quite fun too.  We’ll get the results out to you soon!

Nationals Pictures

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2013 Nationals at Lake Norman

Thanks to Ernie Michaud for posting some Nationals pictures, including the Shrimp Boil that you may have heard about.  There are a couple of shots of Ernie stuffing his face full of shrimp and potatoes – don’t miss it!  Also have some on the water action shots courtesy of Rob Freet.  Rob has many more pictures – if you are interested in seeing them and possibly purchasing (they are very high resolution), call Rob at (704) 560-9701 or write at

Nationals pics are here:

Welcome New Member

Welcome Robert Morris from Flanders, NJ.  Robert listed Jet-14 #33 as his boat – there must be an interesting story behind that.  I am not sure where Flanders is located, but if one of you NJ folks would like to get in touch with Robert, send me a note.

Fleet 65 Update

The “Air Superiority Regatta” (because I couldn’t think of anything better) is a go for Sunday October 27 at the Asheville Sailing Club.  8 Flying Scots will be going up against 7 Jet-14s for bragging rights at the club.  We’ll be doing some hiking and eating on Saturday before races begin Sunday morning.  Local Asheville beers will be making an appearance at lunch.

New Boat Listings in Classifieds

Just added #1087 (Pittsburgh PA, asking $1500) and #212 (Wayne NJ, asking $1800) to the classifieds listing on the website.  Also listed are boat #s 1159, 1152, 1140, 1126, 1050, 1049, 1003, 830, 793, 600, 519, and 265.  Check out the details here:

Coming Soon: Regatta results from Packanack and Mansfield, developments on the 2014 Nationals, and membership updates.  Please send in anything you would like to see here.

Join the Jet-14 Facebook group:

See you on the water!


Ready for the He-Man?

A few updates to send along this evening.  Have a great week!

Upcoming Events

The Halloween Classic ends the official regatta season October 12-13.  Cara Sanderson Brown promises that crews in costume on the water will get a bonus point taken off their score, meaning that Brent might end up with a 0 score for the regatta.  Several out of towners are making the trip to Mohican for this traditional big fleet regatta.  Contact Marion Zaugg ( for more information.  I didn’t think anyone used Hotmail since 1998!  I’ll be up there racing so I hope to see a big crowd.

Down in North Carolina, where the winter comes a bit later than you snowbirds up north, we’re planning a special event on October 27 at the Asheville Sailing Club.  The NC Jet fleet has been challenged to a 1-day race by the local Flying Scot fleet, with the winner earning bragging rights and maybe some local Highland Gaelic Ale.  Fleet 65 is circling the wagons – we’ve even calling in Barry Saunders and Todd Ochoa (#737) from the Raleigh-Durham area to provide support.  Also coming in from out of town to support the event are David Betts (Chapel Hill), who will be returning with a Jet of his own to restore, Tom Grace and Paula Pacheco (#717), and Jerry Harwood (New Bern, near the coast), who will be making the 6.5 hour trip to maybe crew and to get some rigging ideas for his Jet-14 restoration project (which he reports is getting close).

Speaking of Barry, he’s been doing some really strong work in the Triangle area organizing Jet sailing.  He took David Betts out for sail last Sunday and they had a fantastic time.  David reported on the experience:

Saunders and Betts cruise Lake Jordan (Sept. 29, 2013)

Saunders and Betts cruise Lake Jordan (Sept. 29, 2013)

Jordan Lake is a good place for Jets: plenty of fetch, not too much chop, fairly quiet boating scene, not too many high hills to kill the wind, good launch ramp & parking. It was wonderful to sail with the multi-talented Barry Saunders, who did well in an open-class regatta against Flying Scots and assorted Thistles and Wayfarers before welcoming me aboard. I’ve attached a still of of Barry and his 1st Mate on a long spinnaker run. It might make a decent picture if someone knew how to enlarge it.

Well, I tried with the picture, but that’s the best I can do.

Featured Boat For Sail

Heard this week from Mary Beth Paul, who had a classic S&S Jet-14 in her back yard (#438).  Sent along some pictures of the boat-  looks to be in great shape.

She was restored about 20 years ago by her late husband and now the boat must find a home.  Interested?  Let me know and I will put you in touch with her.  The boat is in Massachusetts.

News From Ohio

Promising news on the growth front for Edgewater.  Bert Golden is the new owner of Jet-14 #830 and #98.  He is hopeful to have #830 out racing next year.  Bert “has sailed a couple of times this past year on a J-24 and a Thomas 35 with friends. Me and another friend who sail the J-24 have procured Jets and we are going to give it a try.”  Fantastic!  Welcome Bert to the class – you might see him at the Halloween Classic next weekend.

Other News

Stay tuned for an announcement on the 2014 Nationals soon!

Fleet captains, send any updates (and I mean ANY updates) to me and spread the word about your activities.

Everyone is encouraged to join our Facebook group page (  And if you are blog savy, please follow this site on WordPress.

That’s it for now – look for results from Packanack and Mohican in the next entry.  See you on the water!