We are very excited to release the 2014 Jet-14 racing schedule. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in racing in your area, or to travel to other clubs. The season begins in the warm south at the third running of the Southern Comfort Classic – BBQ, warm water, and friendly faces and racing will leave you smiling. As spring works toward summer, attention turns toward the mid-Atlantic and Ohio. Severn Sailing Association will be hosting two Jet events, including the District III championships in mid-May and the traditional Konigsberg Memorial in June. The always popular Mohican Chiefs regatta will once again feature one of the toughest fleets you can find as well as the legendary He-Man breakfast.
Summer starts off right with Cleveland Race Week. This year CRW should be a huge event, as three special awards will be contested including the Silver Chevron and the second leg of the Traveler’s Series (awarded over the course of the year to skipper’s who travel and do well doing it). The summer heat won’t be a bother at Lake Norman for the July 4th regatta, where fireworks and cold beer will chase you to your cool tent on the club grounds. The action in late July turns back to Ohio for the Lorain One Design (site of the spectacular 2012 Nationals) and to New Jersey’s first official event, the Wren Regatta at Hunterdon SC. New Jersey is the birthplace of the Jet-14 and it’s always great to go back – not to mention the legendary party at Charlie’s place.
In August our focus turns to the Nationals, but not before a great opportunity to make it a vacation at the Gravy Bowl Regatta at Hunterdon the weekend before. We’re planning to drive up for this one and visit the sites in NYC before making the journey up to Mayfield for the 2014 Nationals. If you haven’t been, Mayfield is an ideal place for Jet Nationals – incredibly friendly and supportive members, a HUGE lake with plenty of room, awesome clubhouse facilities, expert race committee, and rumors that “the green” will be making another appearance. The event itself is always a special time to reconnect with old friends and plan for future gatherings. Contact regatta chair Dean Whalen today to let him know you are planning on coming – it is not to be missed!
After Brent humbles us all at Nationals, The Chili Bowl at Edgewater YC in Cleveland will serve as a convenient regatta to get your confidence back up. After a return to New Jersey at Packanack Lake in early October, the Halloween Classic in Mansfield will wrap the 2014 season up in style with a plethora of costumes, cheap beer, tons of food, and traditionally the biggest non-Nationals fleet of the year.
Not listed on the schedule are numerous local club events (racing and social) and practices – we hope that you will contact your fleet captain and get involved. If racing isn’t your thing, there’s stuff for you too! We’d like to hear what you’ve been up, how your restoration is going, and your experiences sailing your Jet.
Hope to see you on the water in 2014 – have a great season!