Monthly Archives: October 2014

October Highlights

So much stuff going on the past couple of weeks.  I will try to be brief here – click on the links below for even more information.

Barbehenn Takes 4th At Championship of Champions Regatta

Edgewater Yacht Club (home of Jet-14 Fleet 60) hosted the US Sailing COC Regatta this past weekend, which happened to coincide with our Halloween Classic down in Mohican country (more on that later).  I am pleased to report that 2013 Jet-14 Nationals champion Brent Barbehenn finished 4th in the 11-race, 19-boat regatta, picking up two bullets and two seconds.  Brent ended up winning a tiebreaker with Greg Fisher (J-22 champion) and Skip Dieball (Highlander champ), both whom have competed in the Jet-14 nationals in the past.   If you are not familiar with the format, all of the One Design class champions (either National, North Americans, World) from the previous year are eligible.  The event rotates through a variety of one design boats; this year the fleet raced Thistles.  Bryan and Tiffany Parker are eligible for next year’s event.

COC regatta write up
COC Full Results

Moran/Blonski Topple Champs at Halloween Classic

We had a wonderful couple of days in Mansfield this past weekend.  Four boats made the trip from North Carolina (some with more adventures than others) and Dean Whalen and Kelly drove all the way from upstate NY to experience the He-Man breakfast.  As usual, Marion and the rest of the Mohican Sailing Club membership stepped it up and made us all feel at home.

As for the racing, Ian Moran teamed up with PJ Blonski to win his second Jet-14 regatta in a row by topping the national champion crew, Marion, and anyone else who dared to stick a bow up there.  The kid is about 8 years old and couldn’t be more polite as he passes you on the race course.  We hope that Ian will continue to develop his immense talent in the Jet; he definitely will give all of us a new level to aspire to.

And congratulations to Karen Hugon (#884) for winning the 9-boat crew race.  Many of you know Karen from racing her forest green boat “Cora” for many years until retiring from racing to travel around and visit grandkids.  She now crews regularly for MSC member Dan Rieber and showed everyone that her skills have not left.

Halloween Classic Write Up/Results

Saunders and Ochoa Share Their Survival Race Story

Fast reach across Cedar Island

Fast reach across Cedar Island

Barry Saunders and Todd Ochoa (Fleet 65, Raleigh/Durham) not only survived the NC WaterTribe Challenge but were the first monohull to finish the race (#737, “Old Blue”).  You can read all about their awesome adventures and a call for a companion Jet for next year’s race below.

2014 Watertribe Challenge

2014 Packanack Regatta Results

John Henderson took top honors at the Packanack Regatta in a nice 6-boat fleet, including 5 Packanack boats.  I hope we can see some of these guys at other NJ venues next year.  Results:

1.  John Henderson — Packanack Yacht Club
2.  David Veno  — Hunterdon Sailing Club
3.  Jeff Swede — Packanack Yacht Club
4.  Doug Johnson — Packanack Yacht Club
5.  George Swede — Packanack Yacht Club
6.  Chris Seliga — Packanack Yacht Club

Jet-14 Board Positions Open

After our annual meeting at the Mayfield Nationals, two positions remained vacant on the Jet-14 board.  District I (NJ) does not have a VP to serve on the board.  District VPs are responsible for coordinating fleet activity/scheduling, attending and participating in national board meetings and reporting to the BOG on district activity.  Of course you must be from District I to serve as the VP.  If you are interested or just want to know more about it, please let me know.

Also, JetBlasts (the Jet-14 newsletter that actually comes in the mail) have not been produced in a couple of years.  Each issue can contain anything from regatta results to member profiles to other news.  While electronic media may have replaced many of the functions of the JetBlasts, the BOG overwhelmingly supports the continuation of JetBlasts delivery to the membership.  All we need is an enthusiastic person to collect material and create the newsletter, perhaps quarterly or even bi-annually.  If this is something you would like to do to serve the class, please send me a message!

Jet #438 Available to a Good Home

I have been talking with a very nice woman who would like to donate her wooden Jet-14 to a good home.  Jet #438 was renovated about 20 years ago and is in good shape; she will need some modernization to bring her up to racing standards.  Check out the pictures below and contact me if you are interested; I will put you in touch with the owner.

Jet #438 Pictures

2015 Nationals Venue Announced

Mohican Sailing Club has agreed to host the 2015 Jet-14 Nationals.  No dates yet, but they are going to try to make sure there are no large conflicts with the Interlakes, Thistles, etc….  Much more to come out in the coming months.

That’s about it for now.  Have a great end of year/offseason!


October Updates

We’re in the homestretch of the 2014 season.  Still have some business to take care of to close out the year strong.

Chili Bowl Regatta Results

Dave Michos reports on the Chili Bowl regatta at Edgewater YC:

This year, the Jet 14s combined their regatta with the Thistles who included the regatta into their district racing and as a feeder race for US Sailing’s Champion of Champions regatta at Edgewater Oct. 9-12.  It made the camaraderie that much more fun and it was interesting comparing notes on racing through the Lake Erie lump.  Questioned whether the courses were long enough the Thistlers answered a resounding “Yes!”

The regatta featured a new rivalry.  In one corner there was top junior sailor Ian Moran, sailing with his dad Don who usually drives big boats and coaches junior sailing.  In the other corner were the Dave and Sue Michos, perpetual EYC Jet winners.  Dave and Don’s rivalry actually goes back a few years when they played racquetball.  Don’s height and long wingspan was always a challenge on the court but on this court his height was even more noticeable as it appeared he was nearly decapitated a few times by the boom.

After winning the first two races and making things look easy, Ian and crew Don let their guard down and finished behind the Michoses in Races 3 and 4.  As we usually ended up on the upwind port tack layline, a tack then a quick gybe required two near guillotines actions on Don’s head which didn’t help the boat’s speed much. The Morans won the last race,  no quick gybe required, and won the regatta.  The Blonskis and Ernie/Anna had some nice races, popping into second place a couple of races.  The last race had three boats finishing within a couple of boat lengths: Ernie/Anna, Michoses then the Barks.  Persevering were Sophia Van Heekeren (crew John Gemperline) and Kathy Rakovan.  As the wind came up and the lake became pretty choppy, these two teams were not quite at home.

Afterward, at the pavilion  the important stuff came: Daniel Van Heekeren won the coveted “Best Chili” award.  As the crowd at the pavilion quickly devoured anything (hot dogs, Lake Erie perch, chips, etc.) I never got a chance to taste it but his parents warned that he made a pretty mean chili.  Daniel won a bottle of champagne which he’ll have to keep on the shelf a few years.

Ian/Dan Moran #665                 1    1     2     2     1        7        1

Dave/Sue Michos #1157          2     3     1     1     3       10       2

Paul/PJ Blonski #1126             3     2     3     3     5       16       3

Ernie Michaud/                         4     4     5     4     2       19       4

Anna Petronzio #1136       

Charlie/Megan Bark #1137      5     5     4     5     4        23      5

Sophia Van Heekeren/             7     6     6     6     6        31      6

John Gemperline #1045

Kathy Rakovan/Crew # 826     6    dnf   7   dns  dns      37      7

The Packanack Regatta was contested today (Oct. 4) – look for results soon!

Halloween Classic (Oct. 11-12) Ready To Scare

The 2014 season concludes in Mansfield for the always-fun Halloween Classic.  This year the regatta takes place about 3 weeks before Halloween, not sure what the deal is there, but we’ll take it.  There are  rumblings of a ton of out of town travelers coming in, which is good since this is the first Traveler’s Series event for the 2015 season.  We have at least 4 coming from NC, Dean Whalen jetting in from NY, and of course a lot of Edgewater boats expected.  The schedule of events and all the info is posted on the website – the early weather forecast is dry with a nice north wind.  Don’t miss this one!

Saunders/Ochoa survive NC Watertribe Challenge

Details are still coming in, but it appears that Barry and Todd have safely returned from their survival race.  Here’s a picture of them launching just before the start – note the team uniforms!


Another Jet Joins the NC Fleet

We’d like to welcome Evan Trudeau and Mary to the NC fleet.  Evan just purchased #1050 and is very eager to get her out sailing.  Evan will be racing with the Raleigh/Durham crowd next year and we are looking forward to  seeing them on the water.

Jet #163 Lives, Will Sail Again!

This in from Buz Haltenhoff from Boyne City Michigan – please let me know if you have any spruce laying around that Buz can use:

I was doing some web browsing after obtaining an old (1956 or 1957) Jet 14 sailboat from my sister, and found the Jet 14 Association site.  I noticed you have a listing of missing boats and would like updates on their fates.  For what it’s worth, here is some information on hull #163.  My sister bought the boat at a garage sale for $200, not really knowing what she had.  She was going to turn it into an advertising display out in front of her awning business.  I talked her out of it.  It looks to have the original sails (Boston) plus two newer sets.  The file she gave me has copies of the original general plans by Howard W. Siddons. The boat was most likely built by Siddons & Sindle.  Class Association materials in the file date back to 1979 and end in 1990, probably about the last time the owner was in touch with the association.  It has been stored in a barn for the past twenty plus years.   It has no dry rot, but is in need of a complete overhaul. This is where I come in.  I intend to restore the boat as close to it’s original glory as possible, but it won’t race again.  The boat and I are going to retire gracefully together sailing on Lake Charlevoix in N. Michigan.  The restoration will most likely take a year, so the boat won’t be ready for the water until Spring 2016.  Lastly, I’m in need of a spruce boom.  The mast is in good shape, but the boom is missing.  An aluminum boom will work, but won’t be authentic.  If you know where I can obtain a boom, please let me know (note: I can build one if needed, but I need the specs).  Thanks.

That’s about it for now – hope to see you in Ohio next weekend!