Category Archives: NOR

2017 Jet-14 Season Cranking Up

Hello everyone, I hope you had the chance to read the results from the 6th Southern Comfort Classic in the latest JetBlasts issue.  If you didn’t receive one in the mail, you can read/download the pdf here:

JetBlasts (1Q, 2017)

Lots of great pictures of the event posted on the SmugMug website.

A number of great events coming soon:

This weekend: Mohican Chiefs Regatta (Lucas, OH – contact Marion Zaugg 419-524-4109)

June 3-4: Dave Irey Memorial.  Boats from NJ and NC are already registered to join some Chesapeake Jets at last year’s Nationals venue.  Download the NOR and pre-register at the Regatta Network (Galesville, MD).

June 17-18: Cleveland Race Week.  I just counted 12 Jets already registered for this one!  What a great way to preview this year’s Nationals venue.  Register online.

June 17-18: Governor’s Cup/District III Championship (Henderson, NC).  Kerr Lake is straddles the NC/VA border and is a shortish drive for all of District III.  Best camping on the Jet circuit.  Register online.

See you on the water in the coming weeks!

Chris (#483)

Jet #483


Early Summer Updates

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).

Lenny Wells and Lacie Wallace (1130) head back up at the 2015 Governors Cup regatta

Lenny Wells and Lacie Wallace (1130) head back up at the 2015 Governors Cup regatta

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

Upcoming Regattas

July 4-5: July 4th Regatta – Lake Norman Yacht Club, Mooresville NC

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

Available Boats

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.

Chris (483)

Jet-14 Southern Comfort Classic Set To Launch 2015 Season

It’s been a long, cold, and snowy winter for most of us and it may still be going on in some places.  By now you should have received your membership packet in the mail.  I hope that you will take a few minutes to update your information with the class and send in your dues.  There has been a lot of activity over the winter that I will discuss in a future post.

2014 SCC

But for now, I’d like to put in a little plug for the first regatta of the year.  The Southern Comfort Classic returns for the 4th year to Asheville Sailing Club.  This event has become quite the attraction for North Carolina Jet racers and has consistently brought in a few out of town travelers.  The city of Asheville (“Beer Town USA”) has received a number of accolades in recent years for being one of the top destinations and places to live, so perhaps come down a couple of days early and make a little holiday of it?  For sure you don’t want to miss the social on Friday evening, which usually devolves into a really bad darts competition.

I have attached a flyer with all you need to know, but in case you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.  It’s early but here’s who I have on the attendee list so far:

#483 – Chris Hennon / Meg Russell (Asheville NC)
#433 – Paula Hennon / Olivia Hennon (Asheville NC)
#217 – D Michos / S Michos (Cleveland OH)
#717 – Tom Grace / Paula Pacheco (Mooresville NC)
#1076 – Seth Parker (Ohio)
#TBD – Barney Sokol / Hotshot Kid Crew (Asheville NC)
#1130 – Lenny Wells / Lisa Wilcocks (Asheville NC)
#737 – Sarah Hoyt / Carolyn Nye  (Durham NC)
#1136 – Ernie Michaud (Cleveland OH)

#1050 – Evan Trudeau (Chapel Hill NC)
#977 – Bruce Sampson (Arden NC)
#628 – Tim Porter / Madison Porter (Charlotte NC)

#1132 – Marion Zaugg (Mansfield OH)
#558 – Brent Barbehenn (New Jersey)

Of course we’d like to have more!  Please let me know if you are coming down to join the fun.  We already have a list of 3 or 4 crews available with more on the way.  There may even be a couple of boats available to race too.

The full Jet-14 schedule will be released very soon.

Thanks, Chris

2015 Southern Comfort Classic

District III Championships NOR

We hope you will be able to join Fleet 61 at the Severn Sailing Association for the District III Championships May 17-18.  You do not have to be a member of District III to participate!



Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis MD

Here’s the info:

NOTICE OF RACE – Jet-14 Severn Sailing Association Spring Series and District III Championships

Severn Sailing Association is the host and organizing authority for this regatta, in conjunction with Jet-14 Fleet 61.


This regatta will be governed by the ‘rules’ as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS/US).  US Sailing Prescriptions to Rule 60, 63.2, and 63.4 are deleted.


The regatta is open to any boat in the Jet-14 class


Eligible boats may be entered by completing a registration form and paying the required fee by one hour before the scheduled start of the first race for the entering boat.

No fee for SSA members; $40 for non-SSA members


The racing area will be in the Severn River in the vicinity of Bembe Beach or in the Chesapeake Bay in the vicinity of Whitehall Bay.


Five races are scheduled for the regatta.  The scheduled time for the first warning signal of each race day shall be 1100 hours.  Changes to the schedule will be posted on the official notice board.


The regatta will be scored according with the Low Point System of Appendix A, except that a boat’s series score will be the total of all her race scores.


Prizes will be awarded to skippers and crews placing first, second, and third in the regatta


US Route 50 to Exit 24, Rowe Blvd (MD 70). Bear right onto Rowe Blvd.  Cross Weems Creek and College Creek.  Continue on Rowe Blvd as it bears right after College Creek.  At Church Circle you must turn right – continue about 180 degrees around Church Circle to Duke of Gloucester Street – the Maryland Inn is on the corner of that intersection – turn right.  Follow Duke of Gloucester Street and turn right at end.  Cross Spa Creek Bridge and take the first left onto Severn Ave. (Shell Station).  Go five blocks; turn left onto First Street.  SSA is at the end of the street on the right.


Here is a list of local hotels and B&Bs:

Marriott Annapolis Waterfront (0.29 mi) 1-800-228-9290
Historic Inns of Annapolis (0.59 mi) 410-263-2641
State House Inn (0.64 mi) 410-990-0024
Loews Annapolis Hotel (0.97 mi) 1-800-526-2593
O’Callahan Annapolis Hotel (1.06 mi) 410-263-7700
The Westin Annapolis (3.12 mi) 410-972-4300
Holiday Inn Express Suites Annapolis (3.35 mi) 1-877-863-4780
Comfort Inn Annapolis (3.41 mi) 410-757-8500
Sheraton Annapolis Hotel (3.55 mi) 410-266-3131
Springhill Suites by Marriott (3.57 mi) 443-321-2500
Doubletree Annapolis (3.57 mi) 410-224-3150
Hampton Inn and Suites Annapolis (3.66 mi) 410-571-0200
Residence Inn by Marriott Annapolis (3.77 mi) 410-573-0300
Courtyard by Marriott (3.83 mi) 800-695-8284 410-266-1555
Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis (4.25 mi) 410-266-9006
Quality Inn Annapolis (4.47 mi) 1-877-424-6423
Super 8 Annapolis (3.41 mi) 410-757-2222
Best Western Annapolis (3.63 mi) 1-800-780-7234
Country Inn and Suites (4.2 mi) 1-888-201-1746

Eric Johnson, Fleet Captain, Jet-14 Fleet 61