I hope everyone has been having a great spring and early summer sailing their Jet. First, some recent results and then news to follow.
Cleveland Race Week (June 13-14) – Report by Dave Michos
Jet 14s have sailed at Cleveland Race Week for about 20 years. I can’t say any one year has been the same as the previous. Sometimes the winds are light and others pretty decent. This year 8 Jets attended the event with the farthest traveled being Lenny Wells and Class President Chris Hennon. The winds were light to moderate. The Lake Erie chop was not heavy but a bit more than the wind conditions. It required a lot of being in the groove and sometimes the mojo took some time to develop.
The teams not used to the boat or conditions mixed it up pretty well. Seth Parker (1076), Lenny Wells (1130), Sophie Van Heeckeren and Samantha Moran duked it out, changing positions throughout every race. The races were all about wind pressure and keeping the boat moving through the chop. The Michoses (1157) and Gemperlines jockeyed for the lead a zillion times during the weekend, usually sailing within a boat length of each other. Ultimately the Gemperlines prevailed for first place. Marion Zaugg (1132) made a cameo appearance Saturday, leading Race #1 before a nice righty prevailed. In Race #2 crew/sea state issues took over and he bailed.
Thanks all for attending.
Dave Michos #1157
1. 665 Mike Gemperline 4 1 1 1 1 1 8
2. 1157 Dave Michos 1 2 2 2 2 2 11
3. 1076 Seth Parker 3 3 3 3 5 3 20
4. 1130 Lenny Wells 6 5 4 5 3 6 29
5. 1045 W Van Heeckeren 5 4 5 6 6 4 30
6. 1126 Samantha Moran C C C 4 4 5 46
7. 1132 Marion Zaugg 2 F S C C C 47
8. 1112 David Butcher C C C C C C 54
Addendum by Chris: Awesome event as always – great racing, unlimited drink and hot dogs, live music, and nice people. It was great to connect with the Jet-14 crowd. Definitely try to put this one on your calendar next year
Governor’s Cup (June 20-21) – Report by Chris Hennon
The Jet fleet was a bit shorthanded this year as Barry Saunders had to leave the country for some work thing and there were conflicts with other regulars. Nevertheless, both of Barry’s boats (#737 and #962) where on the water with new skippers. Stuart Wallace, a resident of Charlotte but regular competitor at Asheville Sailing Club, piloted #737 and picked up Caroline Sherman as crew. Caroline is the mother of two daughters who competed in the Nationals at Lake Norman a couple of years ago – they had so much fun that Caroline wanted to join in on the action. Yours truly skippered #962. The fleet was made whole by Lenny Wells/Lacie Wallace (#1130) and Tom Grace/Paula Pacheco (#717).
Wind conditions were optimal for summer lake sailing (8-14 kt both days) but the high heat and humidity took its toll as the local paramedics had to be called each day to take away competitors suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration. The 80-boat one design fleet made each race challenging, especially since the Jets had to share the starting line with the big Thistle fleet. Saturday saw Tom and Lenny duke it out for much of the day as Stuart was getting accustomed to the starting flags and Hennon/Russell could not get #962 up to speed. There was some controversy at the end of race 2 as Wells didn’t realize he had another lap to go and finished 45 minutes ahead of everyone else. After realizing his mistake he jumped back in to complete the race, only to have the race committee begin race 3 before he returned.
After a severe thunderstorm wrecked the Jet campsite that evening, race 4 on Sunday was a bit more competitive as Hennon joined the mix and lead much of the race. A critical tactical error near the top of the last beat resulted in Wells and Grace passing; Tom used his usual secret weapon (Paula) to fly downhill and pass Wells to win yet again. In the last race of the regatta, Wells held a sizeable lead up the last beat but failed to cover Grace. A big puff on the right side of the course rendered Wells helpless as 717 went on to sweep all the races and win the Atlantic Coast Championship.
1. 717 Tom Grace 1 1 1 1 1 5
2. 1130 Lenny Wells 2 2 3 2 2 11
3. 962 Chris Hennon 3 Q 2 3 S 18
4. 737 Stuart Wallace 4 S 4 4 3 20
July 11: Lorain One Design Regatta – Lorain, OH – 2015 Lorain NOR
July 18: SSA Summer Series II – Annapolis, MD
August 1-2: District IV Championships – Mayfield, NY
In addition to several high quality glass boats available online, I have been receiving a number of inquiries about project boats that are available. One example from Colorado:
So a gentleman donated a Jet-14 “The Brigadoon” to us about 6-8 years ago, not sure where the hull number is located…We tried to restore the boat but we don’t have the expertise to get this going for our Sea Scout group. Any idea who may want her?
If you have any interest, please contact me and I can forward his information. See the classifieds page on the Jet-14 website for current listings of other boats.
New Jet-14 Website Coming Along
Speaking of the website, the brand new one that has been in production for several weeks now is close to completion. We are finalizing all of the links, updating all of the pages, and installing a means of joining the class and doing online payments. Look for the new page before Nationals in August.
Jet Triple Trailer Available
A unique trailer for hauling 3 Jets at once is available. The trailer is currently at Severn Sailing Association but must be moved soon. See recent emails from Michael Parramore if interested or I can put you in touch with him.
District Championship Changes
The 2015 District I championship will be at the Gravy Bowl August 2. The District III Championship and Silver Chevron was cancelled May 30-31. We are currently looking to reschedule – it will probably be September 5-6 at the Labor Day Regatta at Lake Norman. Stay tuned.
That’s about it for now. Send along any news or updates for the next post.