Five Jets were out on a brisk January day this weekend for the second Asheville Sailing Club (ASC) frostbite regatta. Lenny Wells (#1130) serves as the Vice Commodore for ASC and organized a “Pursuit” style race, whereby boats with slower handicaps start first and the finishing order is determined solely by the place you cross the finish line. On hand from the local Jet fleet were Connie Berchem and Teri Fosmire (#951, showing off some nice newer sails), Lenny and some hot shot kid, Chris and Paula Hennon (#483), newcomer Tanya Rodriguez with an enthusiastic young lady crew (#203), and Tom Grace and Paula Pacheco, who drove up from Charlotte for the weekend and raced in #1129, one of the all time classic Jets.
Although the racing was rather informal and there were no prizes, the Jets raced extremely well and all finished in the top 5 out of the 12 total boats racing. A particular highlight was Race 2, where four Jets rounded the top mark together and battled their way to the finish as a tightly knit pack. In Race 3, Lenny and the hotshot kid rounded first and gradually pulled away for a dominating victory – Lenny credited good crewman-ship and his new set of UK Sails, made by our own Connie Berchem.
Fleet 65 Growing
The North Carolina scene has been maintaining momentum over the last few years and this year promises to bring more growth. ASC has gone from 1 Jet to 7 in five years and we now regularly get 4-5 for every club race. Fleet Captain Barry Saunders is doing his thing out east getting boats on the water. This past year we welcomed newcomers Don and Rebecca Janeway (#1115) to the circuit. For the upcoming season, we are planning on holding one regatta each month at venues like Asheville, Lake Norman Yacht Club (site of the 2013 Nationals), and Kerr Lake (Henderson, NC) and welcome travelers to each.
Southern Comfort Classic Dates Announced
You’ve heard the stories, now plan on experiencing it first hand. The 2016 SCC at Asheville Sailing Club will be held April 16-17. This is small lake racing (think Mohican but 1/4 the size) defined, with lots of shifts, mystery puffs, and holes – and, a good amount of breeze, if past years are any indication. Off the water activities are once again in the planning stages, but will likely include the Friday night social (aka “Darts Night”), a Friday afternoon golf tournament (tentatively called the “Barbehenn Beatdown”), and the Saturday evening catered BBQ at the lake. Look for details in the coming weeks but plan now to come on down – Barney is waiting. Contact Chris Hennon for details and info.
Fleet 65 Already Making Nationals Plans
You might have heard that the Jet-14 class is returning to West River Sailing Club August 4-7 for the 2016 Nationals. We’re making plans to get at least 6 boats there on the line.
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