July 4th Regatta Produces New Champions

The Lake Norman Yacht Club hosted its traditional July 4th One Design regatta this past weekend.  Unfortunately, they missed the ideal wind window by about a day, but there was still enough around to get in 3 races.  Four rather equally performing Jets took to the beautiful lake for racing, resulting in a series of close tactical battles and a final result that literally came down to the final 50 yards of the final race on Sunday.

Asheville Sailing Club members Connie Berchem and Teri Fosmire emerged victorious on about the 3rd tiebreaker over favorites Tom Grace and Paula Pacheco.  Connie has taken a forgotten hull (#203), made some repairs and tuning adjustments, and turned her into a competitive boat once again – not to mention this is about the 3rd time ever that she has helmed a Jet-14.  Quite impressive.  Teri didn’t even know what a sailboat was about 4 years ago but now Connie tells us that she’s calling out shifts from the cockpit.  These two will be at Nationals this year, so please welcome them to the class and offer your congratulations on a job well done.  Connie’s extremely detailed write up and full results can be found on the Jet-14 webpage.

Nationals Update

Sign ups are underway.  Please register sooner rather than later so that the regatta organizers can have a better sense on how many to expect.  You can get the NOR and register here: 2014 Jet-14 Nationals.

I know some are looking for crew and some of you may need crew.  No problem!  Use the find crew board at the nationals website:  2014 Nationals crew board

Also please remember that first time skippers/owners will have their regatta registration fee (a $185 values) waived!  This will not happen every year so take advantage while you can!

Upcoming Events

Jets return to Hunterdon July 20 for the Wren Regatta.  They are looking to get in 5 races.  The NOR is posted on the website or you can link to it here.

The Lorain Yacht and Sailing Club, host of the 2012 Jet Nationals, will bring the Jets back for the Lorain One Design Regatta July 26.  Bryan Parker is the man to talk to about this one – see the Jet-14 schedule for his contact info.

The last event before Nationals will be the Gravy Bowl, also at Hunterdon.  Look for more info coming out about that one.





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