The Jet-14 regatta season is underway and about to seriously heat up. Also lots of miscellaneous news to get out there, so here we go!
Southern Comfort Classic Results
For the first time in this history of the regatta, the Michos team did not come home with the first place trophy. Instead, Tom Grace and Paula Pacheco came in from Lake Norman Yacht Club and showed everyone that fast is fast whatever your ride looks like. Check out the full recap by following the link.
– Our esteemed Second VP Seth Parker sent along a nice little write up of the Jet-14 that recently appeared in Wooden Boat Magazine (see the image at left). The article was about the classic International-14s and the boxed sidebar talks about the origins of the Jet. Check out the May/June issue of Wooden Boat for the full article.
– We have a JetBlasts editor. Her name is Paula. She has done this before. Send her anything from your fleets that you’d like to see in the JetBlasts. See the website for contact information.
– The recent T-shirt order was a huge success with over 40 high-quality shirts going out to Jetters. I have a few extras – size Medium and X-Large that are available for $22+shipping. Please let me know ASAP if you would like a shirt before they sell out. The image below shows essentially what they look like, although the base color is a darker grey than how it appears here.
– There is a new Jet-14 website under development. Believe it or not, the current site has been up in its current form since the year 2000. Needless to say, web technology has come a long way in 15 years and we’re working to bring our site into this century. One of the advantages to redoing to whole thing is that it can be purged/updated/organized all at once, leaving us with a much more user friendly and attractive tool for current and potential members. Expect to be blown away by the end of the year (these things take time!).
Fast Boats Available
Several quality boats as well as reno projects are available on the website and through back door channels (class email list). These include proven winners (Bertocci’s #1148, the “Yankee Maid” #1145, and “Charlie’s Angel” #1129) in the $4,000 – $5,000 range. There are also 2 or 3 boats that are either free to anyone who wants to take on a project or listed for minimal cost. See the classifieds on the website for the latest listings or contact me through email.
Of course, brand new Jet-14s are always available too!
District IV VP Matt Japikse sent along this article detailing recommendations for safety boat procedures at regattas. This follows on the tail of discussions we had at the 2014 Nationals and the winter meeting this past February. Check it out.
Class secretary Tiffany Parker reports we are a little bit behind last year in terms of membership. I realize that some of this may be to the inconvenience caused by not having online payment available this year. You can be assured that this option will return. In the meantime, please take a few minutes and sign on for this season. You can fill out this form and mail in with your check to Tiffany.
We have a full schedule coming up in the next few weeks. I know it is hard to travel but having out of towners at these events makes it more fun for everyone and keeps the class healthy. Please consider making it to at least one of these awesome events coming up later this month and in June. See the schedule for contact information.
May 30-31: Silver Chevron/District III Championships – Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis, MD. Contact Eric Johnson
June 7: Wren Regatta – Hunterdon SC, Clinton, NJ. Contact David Veno (bonus: did you know the Wren regatta is named after the boat that won the inaugural regatta?? Double bonus – do you know what boat that is?)
June 13-14: Cleveland Race Week, Edgewater YC, Cleveland OH. Contact Dave Michos
June 20-21: Konigsberg Memorial, SSA, Annapolis, MD. Contact Eric Johnson
June 20-21: Governor’s Cup/Atlantic Coast Championship. Carolina SC, Henderson, NC. Contact Chris Hennon
As always, you can find the Jet-14 Class Association at the following places: