Amazing Grace

Tom, Paula, and Wren - a match made in heaven

Tom, Paula, and Wren – a match made in heaven

It seems that Tom Grace has been sailing a Jet-14 since Siddons and Sindle themselves rolled out the first hulls in 1952.  Today I am pleased to report that Tom and trusty sidekick Paula Pacheco came from behind to win yet another event, the Independence Day Regatta at their home venue, Lake Norman Yacht Club.  You can read all about the event on the class website.

Earlier last month Jets were also competing at Hunterdon Sailing Club for the Wren Regatta title; interestingly enough, the regatta is named after the boat that won the first event, Tom Grace’s “Wren” (#717).  Wren is a curious looking boat that features 2 compasses, 34 tell tales, and a paint job that any 2-year old would be proud of.  But that thing can move.  Doug Brown returned in his classically numbered Jet (#747) with partner Susan Mallows to take home the silver in the Wren Regatta, edging out 18-time (I think, lost count) National Champion Brent Barbehenn.  Results are here.

The 2015 Nationals returns to Mohican Sailing Club for the first time in 20-something years.  This is a great laid back venue that hosts two regattas each year, the Chief’s in early June and the venerable Halloween Classic, which typically attracts 15-20 boats.  Registration information will be sent to your email box.  You can also find forms and information on the website.  We’re looking forward to seeing you August 5-8!

But before we completely focus on Nationals there are a few other events in the near future.  The Lorain One Design regatta features big water sailing on Lake Erie and a tough fleet.  If you are in the mid-Atlantic area there will be some Jet races at Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis for the second leg of their summer series.  And the District IV championships will be contested at the site of the 2014 Jet Nationals at Mayfield, NY.  Give Dean Whalen and crew some support and head up to beautiful upstate NY for that one.

Look for a new update in a couple of weeks.


1 thought on “Amazing Grace


    I am so pleased that my old Jet 14 # 717, which I sold 30 years ago, is still so active. Please forward that message to Tom Grace and Paula Pachiero. I would love to hear from them.
    Regards Helmut Mrozik


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