Brent Barbehenn secured his 20th Jet-14 National Championship yesterday at West River Sailing Club in Galesville, MD. With 8 first place finishes out of the 9 races, Brent and crew Kate Erklauer dominated the fleet across a variety of wind and wave conditions. Bryan and Tiffany Parker (Lorain Yacht and Sailing Club, OH) sailed consistently fast to easily clinch 2nd place by 12 points over Marion Zaugg and Ann Joudrey (Mohican Sailing Club, OH). Rounding out the top 5 positions is Doug Brown and Susan Mallows (Hunterdon Sailing Club, NJ) in 4th and Koralina and James McKenna (Severn Sailing Association, MD) in 5th.
Results are posted on the Jet-14 website. A more complete summary will be posted soon.
2016 National Champions Brent Barbhenn and Kate Erklauer (558) sail out to the race course during Day 3 of the Jet-14 Nationals. Photo courtesy of Koralina McKenna
GALESVILLE MD – Brent Barbehenn and Kate Erklauer solidified their Day 1 lead at the 2016 Jet-14 Nationals by winning all 3 races on Day 2. Despite the somewhat promising forecast, the winds failed to materialize as the fleet raced in generally light and fluky air all day. Race 5 saw a fresh breeze fill in from the right that buried boats that went to the other side in the short, 3 lap affair. After some course adjustment and with new found confidence, the race committee sent out the Jets on a 5-lapper that took about 5 hours to complete. The final race of the day was perhaps the most challenging, with the lead boats finishing well ahead of the main pack. There were no changes to the top 6 places overall, although the top boats separated from the boats immediately behind. However, there are now four new teams in the top 10, including Barb and Tom Joudrey (Mohican Sailing Club, OH) who found the light conditions much more to their liking. The final day of racing kicks off tomorrow at 9:30 am with two races expected. Winds are forecast to be out of the north at 6-12 kt, gradually subsiding into the afternoon.
Pos Sail Skipper/Crew 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total Pos
1 558 Barbehenn, Brent/Erklauer, Kate  1 1 1 1 1 1 6.00 1
2 1135 Parker, Bryan/Parker, Tiffany 1 2 2 2  2 3 12.00 2
3 1132 Zaugg, Marion/Joudrey, Anne 5 3  3 2 3 2 18.00 3
4 747 Brown, Doug/Mallows, Susan 3 9 3 5 4 8  32.00 4
5 1143 McKenna, Koralina/McKenna, James 9 5 6 4  10 4 38.00 5
6 483 Hennon, Chris/Hennon, Paula 7 7 4 6 8  11 43.00 6
7 217 Michos, Dave/Michos, Sue 10 4 [OCS] 7 3 12 8 44.00 7
8 717 Grace, Tom/Pacheco, Paula 14 8 8  11 6 7 54.00 8
9 94 Joudrey, Barb/Joudrey, Tom 13 10 14 12  5 5 59.00 9
10 1146 Johnson, Eric/Cotell, Cathy 16 OCS 11 10 6 11 6 60.00 10
Connie Berchem and crew Teri Fosmire (Asheville, NC) overcame light and shifty conditions today on the Chesapeake to take the 1-race Jet-14 Women National Championships. Sailing in their recently acquired #1128, Berchem and Fosmire kept just enough momentum in the final leg to edge out Madison Porter/Nicky Einthoven (Lake Norman Yacht Club / Hunterdon Sailing Club). It’s Berchem and Fosmire’s first National Championship.
The five boat fleet struggled to get to the race course on time as the promising morning breeze quickly laid down. With a few seconds to go to the starting gun, Paula Hennon and crew Paula Pacheco (Asheville Sailing Club, Lake Norman Yacht Club) found themselves too close to the pin and had to circle back in 2 kt of wind. Porter/Einthoven found a nice left shift and started on port tack, finding some decent breeze and taking the early lead. But as most boats discovered at one time or another, there were many holes to be found and the lead changed several times up the first beat.
Local sailors Laury Parramore and Johanna, sailing the “Yankee Maid” (#1145), found enough wind on the downwind leg to pull within 40 yards of victory when a large hole developed, stopping them in their tracks and even sending them backwards. Hennon and Pacecho were looking for the wind to fill from the right to take them to the boat end of the line but it was not to be. That left Berchem/Fosmire and Porter/Einthoven to finish for the championship.
Unfortunately, any further racing was cancelled because of the light air and the boats were towed back in to West River Sailing Club. The Jet-14 Open Nationals begins Friday with 22 boats registered so far.