The Jet-14 class had a big weekend June 14-15 as 3 regattas in 3 different states with over 20 boats competing were contested. More important than the numbers and results were the new and missed faces that we connected with. As I was reading Fleet 61 captain Eric Johnson’s Konigsburg report, I was pleased to see that Kate Erklauer was back on the water after taking some time off to begin her family. Racing next to Kate was Michael Parramore, who has a much longer history and personal connection with the Jet-14 than I will ever have. Michael has been busy racing Lasers with his daughter and supporting his wife’s equine habit (which I know a little about). It was fantastic to hear about their weekend and I hope we see more of you very soon.
At the NC Governor’s Cup down in Henderson, NC, I am happy to report that Fleet 65 has grown by another couple of boats. Connie Berchem has teamed with Teri Fosmire to campaign #203 for the rest of the season. Connie was a last minute crew fill in for me at the District III championships at SSA. She has been a sail maker for over 20 years and has a knack for making a boat go fast. Teri is the mother of Hunter Trombetta, who many of you may remember as an up and coming sailor who crewed for Fleet 65 member Lenny Wells at the Lake Norman nationals last year. She is new to sailing and learning fast – they make a great team. Speaking of Lenny, he has officially joined Fleet 65 as the new owner of #1130 – congratulations! We’ll be seeing him, Connie, and Teri at Nationals this year. We were also excited to meet Don Janeway from Chapel Hill, the new owner of #1115. Don has a lot of racing and restoration experience and we are looking forward to seeing him out on the water in the coming months.
2014 Nationals Registration Underway
Nationals chair Dean Whalen and his cohorts at Mayfield Yacht Club have an awesome Nationals planned (August 14-16). The Women/Junior Nationals will be contested at the same venue on August 13. The Notice of Race, measurement form, and registration are now available here:
The class association is running a special promotion this year – registration is waived for first-time Nationals skippers or owners. Contact Chairman Whalen for details – you must be a member of the class association to take advantage of this offer.
Please note that there will be a “Nationals tune up” regatta (aka the Gravy Bowl) at Hunterdon SC in Clinton NJ August 9 – why not race there on your way to Mayfield? The Gravy Bowl is also the third leg of the 2014 Traveler’s Series. Contact Fleet 51 member Nicky Einthoven for information.
Check out all of the results from the June 14-15 regattas, including an exciting tie breaker situation in Cleveland:
Upcoming Events (see Jet-14.com regatta page for details)
Lake Norman July 4th Regatta (July 5-6) – Mooresville NC
Wren Regatta (July 20) – Hunterdon Sailing Club, Clinton NJ
Gravy Bowl (August 9) – Hunterdon Sailing Club, Clinton NJ
Do you have any news? Please send it along!
That’s it for now – see you on the water.