Brent Barbehenn and crew Sarah Paisley won the 2015 Jet-14 Nationals in typically dominating fashion at Mohican Sailing Club this past week. Defending national champs Bryan and Tiffany Parker were the only team able to best Barbehenn/Paisley in any race over the 5-race series. This is Barbehenn’s 19th National Championship in the Jet-14 as a skipper, his first coming in 1974. Brent won his first Nationals crewing for his father Ed in 1972.
There were many other fine performances of note. Nate Ireland and Ben Stock (#698) sailed consistently fast and were rewarded with their highest ever finish at Nationals (2nd). Not too far behind was Nate’s better half Bridget, coming in with a strong top 5 result with some help from crew George Auer. Tom Grace and Paula Pacheco, who have been cleaning up the North Carolina circuit this season, sailed a very consistent regatta (8 9 6 7 6) and just missed out on the perpetual trophies with a 7th place finish.
Look for a more detailed recap of the regatta very soon. Full results are now posted on jet14.com.