Nationals Preview

We’re about two weeks away from the 2014 Nationals at Mayfield.  Registrations are still coming in daily.  One sailor who will not be able to attend this year is Brent Barbehenn, who has won the last 12 championships (and several others before his streak was snapped at Mentor in 2001 by Greg Koski).

This news means two things.  One, there will be no “green” served this year.  And, the championship is now wide open for the taking.  Vegas has identified a couple of early favorites:

Marion Zaugg (4-1): Pros: Has been sailing since he was in the womb, convenient tuning partner with sister Barb, best looking centerboard in the class, aerodynamic head, no one to police his boat setup since he is the measurement guru.  Cons: Some guy off the street is crewing for him, pretty boat deck is distracting, tends to lose spinnaker poles at inopportune moments.

Dave Michos (4-1): Pros: Spouse is regular crew, boat points higher than someone on the “green”, Cleveland Browns fan, superb boat handling.  Cons: Spouse is regular crew, distracted by new running and fishing careers, uses Ektelon instead of Pro Kennex, trips to The Villages hints at thoughts of retirement.

Looking at registrations already received, Edgewater YC leads the way with 6 boats.  Don’t delay – get your registration in today and join the fun in the Adirondacks.

Wren Regatta Results

Our friends at Hunterdon had a good bit of racing last weekend at the Wren Regatta.  Here are the results courtesy of David Veno:

747 Brown/Mallows              1 1 1 2 1   6
1007 Benson/Benson            2 3 2 1 2   10
1150 Veno/Veno                    3 2 4 3 3    15
1116 Einthoven/Tellefson    4 4 3 4 4    19

Good to see Doug Brown back at it – hope the back is holding up!  In other NJ news, I received a nice email from Chris Seliga (Fleet 35, Packanack):

After patiently waiting for over a year, Jet 1013 came up for sale in our club (fleet 35), and now she’s mine!  I will resurrect her on the lost Jet roster soon.  She’s sail-able and in really good shape but needs a little TLC.  I will be going over the rigging for the remainder of the summer and making adjustments.  We had our monthly club race last weekend and all of our Jetters including Bob Higgins were glad to see me sailing her.  After we raced they were very eager to offer advice which is great.

Good news!  We’ll be looking forward to seeing Chris out on the water this coming season.

North Carolina Updates

Connie Berchem and Teri Fosmire (Asheville SC) have now acquired Tim Porter’s boat (#544) and will be racing her at Nationals this year.  Tim (Lake Norman YC) will be working on campaigning #645 in the coming year.  John Ogden (Hendersonville NC) will be racing #203 at Asheville SC, and Connie has been busy making repairs on #958.  This will give Asheville SC 7 boats in their local fleet, and more than 14 in the Carolina fleet as a whole.  We’ve come a long way in a couple of years.

Also heard some good news from Jim Hickman (Chapel Hill NC).  You may remember Jim from a few of the Spring Thaw events a few years back.  It sounds like Jim is ready to dive back in big time as he’s been working on #768 – see his beautiful paint job below.

Jim Hickman has #768 looking real fast

Jim Hickman has #768 looking real fast

Boats for Sail

Lots of good boats available on the class webpage – check them out!

Hope to see many of you at Mayfield in two weeks.



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