Monthly Archives: March 2015

T-shirt order / Southern Comfort Classic Update


We are up to 36 t-shirts!  Good work.  50 sounds like a good round number, so if you are thinking about getting in on this hot deal, let me know soon.

We have 13 boats for the first Jet regatta next month, with a few more on the fence.  I have at least 3 able bodied, mountain hardened crew members looking to get on a boat.  So if lack of crew is preventing you from coming, I can fix you up.  Skill level of potential crew ranges from college girl with 420/Flying Scot/Jet experience to enthusiastic young kid on the precipice of adulthood eager to further his sailing education to a grizzled Flying Scot veteran who is one of the top 5 sailors at the club and wants in on some Jet crewing action.

It looks like we’re going to score a sponsorship from the local Wild Wing Cafe for a crazy party Friday evening (including darts and shuffleboard for you seniors) and dinner on the lake Saturday.  Stay tuned for details.

Here’s who I have so far (along with the opening Vegas line) – let me know if I can add you:

217     Michos/Michos    (5-4)    2-time defending champs but suck at darts
433    Lewis/P Hennon    (20-1)    Lewis has experience but curing colic doesn’t translate to sailing
483    C Hennon/Russell  (8-1)    Experienced team but Hennon’s ego exceeds his tactical choices
544    Possibly Available – Contact Tim Porter    (10-1) Fast boat but needs a pilot and crew
628    Porter/Porter (8-1)  Porter has speed but the renovated boat is untested
717    Grace/Pacheco    (3-1 downwind, 12-1 upwind)  Still using spinnaker from 1978 Nationals
737    Hoyt/Nye  (20-1) Relative unknowns hopping on Barry’s #1 boat
951    Trombetta/Fosmire  (30-1) Can Fosmire counsel her son on how to sail fast?
962    Sokol/Kid Crew (30-1) Barney claims this kid is good.  Maybe he should drive.
977    Sampson/Gertz (12-1) Bruce still figuring out his setup but has tons of Thistle experience
1050    Trudeau/Trudeau (20-1) Just bought the boat.  Pictures look nice, but who knows?
1076    Parker/Megan? (7-1) Came on strong last year after dismal start.
1130    Wells/Wilcocks (6-1) Lenny has the skills but can Wilcocks set the chute?
1136    Michaud/TBD (3-1) Has the speed to win, but missing crew is a wildcard at this point

Our friend Connie Berchem (#203, #951) is undergoing heart surgery soon and has to miss the event.  Please keep her in your thoughts.


Jet-14 Southern Comfort Classic Set To Launch 2015 Season

It’s been a long, cold, and snowy winter for most of us and it may still be going on in some places.  By now you should have received your membership packet in the mail.  I hope that you will take a few minutes to update your information with the class and send in your dues.  There has been a lot of activity over the winter that I will discuss in a future post.

2014 SCC

But for now, I’d like to put in a little plug for the first regatta of the year.  The Southern Comfort Classic returns for the 4th year to Asheville Sailing Club.  This event has become quite the attraction for North Carolina Jet racers and has consistently brought in a few out of town travelers.  The city of Asheville (“Beer Town USA”) has received a number of accolades in recent years for being one of the top destinations and places to live, so perhaps come down a couple of days early and make a little holiday of it?  For sure you don’t want to miss the social on Friday evening, which usually devolves into a really bad darts competition.

I have attached a flyer with all you need to know, but in case you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.  It’s early but here’s who I have on the attendee list so far:

#483 – Chris Hennon / Meg Russell (Asheville NC)
#433 – Paula Hennon / Olivia Hennon (Asheville NC)
#217 – D Michos / S Michos (Cleveland OH)
#717 – Tom Grace / Paula Pacheco (Mooresville NC)
#1076 – Seth Parker (Ohio)
#TBD – Barney Sokol / Hotshot Kid Crew (Asheville NC)
#1130 – Lenny Wells / Lisa Wilcocks (Asheville NC)
#737 – Sarah Hoyt / Carolyn Nye  (Durham NC)
#1136 – Ernie Michaud (Cleveland OH)

#1050 – Evan Trudeau (Chapel Hill NC)
#977 – Bruce Sampson (Arden NC)
#628 – Tim Porter / Madison Porter (Charlotte NC)

#1132 – Marion Zaugg (Mansfield OH)
#558 – Brent Barbehenn (New Jersey)

Of course we’d like to have more!  Please let me know if you are coming down to join the fun.  We already have a list of 3 or 4 crews available with more on the way.  There may even be a couple of boats available to race too.

The full Jet-14 schedule will be released very soon.

Thanks, Chris

2015 Southern Comfort Classic