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Halloween Classic Results

After a bit of a delay, the Halloween Classic write up and results are now posted on the website:

There were some scary costumes (think zombies and questionable wigs) and equally scary sailing conditions that created a few bingo moments and a diverse spread in the results.

Finishing touches are going into a new issue of the Jetblasts newsletter – hope to get that in your U.S. postal mailboxes very soon.

There is a bit of frostbiting action going on down here in North Carolina this fall and we’re hoping to continue as long as possible.  If you have any winter updates you’d like to pass along, please send!

That is all for now.   Happy Thanksgiving!


New Jet-14 Website is Live!

After several months of development and anticipation, the new Jet-14 website is up!  There are still a lot of things that aren’t quite ready for prime time (e.g. online membership, some aesthetic issues) but they are being worked in as I get the time.  Feedback is welcome and appreciated!

The Halloween Classic finished the 2015 racing season in style with 15 boats and some pretty interesting costumes.  Marion is working on a write up as we speak so look for that shortly!

In the meantime, you can find the much-delayed summary and results from the District III Championships at Lake Norman last month.  Congratulations to Tim and Madison Porter for winning their first district title!  You can read about the regatta on the NEW Jet-14 website.

Jetblasts editor Paula Hennon is working on a brand new issue – if you have any material you would like included (member profiles, fleet news, etc…), please get in touch with her SOON (

Have a great autumn season!


2014 Women Nationals in the Books

August 13 – Rain was the story of the day…lots, lots, lots of rain.  Just as it appeared to be breaking and a nice little 4 kt. wind developed on the water, PRO Bill decided to give it a shot and sent the ladies out for racing.  Unfortunately the rain returned during rigging, this time in a slightly heavier fashion.  After some delay and course adjustment, the first warning signal went out at around 4:55 pm.

Three boats were registered.  Connie Berchem and Teri Fosmire (#951) were coming off of their surprise victory at the July 4th regatta at Lake Norman.  They were going to be challenged by Nicky Einthoven and local crew who I unfortunately cannot remember her name at the moment.  Rounding out the fleet was Paula Squared (Paula Hennon and Paula Pacheco) in #483.  After a clean start in Race 1, Paula squared went low and fast, eventually popping out ahead halfway up the beat.  The wind was very light and of course shifty – at one point, there was about 90 degrees difference in points of sail of the 3 boats on the same tack.  PS rounded in first but apparently Paula H. forgot she was driving and took a 90 degree turn toward Vermont for about 10 minutes, allowing Einthoven and Berchem to pass.  Berchem and Einthoven built on their lead during the second leg but Connie just got inside position at the top mark and rounded ahead.  A little shift and increase in velocity from the right got their chute flying and Berchem/Fosmire took the bullet with Einthoven close behind.  A duck actually finished first but race committee determined that he didn’t do his penalty turns after fouling Berchem.

After running up to the time limit in Race 1, PRO Bill set a much shorter course for the second race in an effort to “get one in before dark”.  Fortunately a little breeze built in from the south that allowed a pretty fair race to get off.  Einthoven found the stronger breeze on the right up the first leg and rounded just ahead of PS and Berchem.  The places stayed the same until the final leg to the “upwind” finish (which by this time was a close reach).  Einthoven and PS didn’t immediately fly their chutes but thought otherwise as Berchem/Fosmire broke out “red baron” on a nice gybe set.  PS got their kite up first and managed to get on top of Einthoven’s wind.  There was some confusion if the race was finishing, and PS appeared to share in it.  As Paula H. put it afterward, “All of a sudden we saw a mark and so I swerved to avoid it”.  Fortunately for them they swerved across the finish line to take the race, with Einthoven only a half of boat length behind.  The finishing order in Race 2 made the series a tie (4-4-4), which was broken by the PS bullet in Race 2.  Congratulations to Paula Hennon and Paula Pacheco on their Women Nationals victory!

Tomorrow the open event begins with a 10:30 am start.  Wind forecast is still 12-16 kt. so we expect to get in the full slate of 4 races.  Look for updates here.

Women Nationals Results

483   Paula Hennon/Paula Pacheco   3  1    4
951   Connie Berchem/Teri Fosmire   1  3    4
1116 Nicky Einthoven/Local Crew       2  2    4



July 4th Regatta Produces New Champions

The Lake Norman Yacht Club hosted its traditional July 4th One Design regatta this past weekend.  Unfortunately, they missed the ideal wind window by about a day, but there was still enough around to get in 3 races.  Four rather equally performing Jets took to the beautiful lake for racing, resulting in a series of close tactical battles and a final result that literally came down to the final 50 yards of the final race on Sunday.

Asheville Sailing Club members Connie Berchem and Teri Fosmire emerged victorious on about the 3rd tiebreaker over favorites Tom Grace and Paula Pacheco.  Connie has taken a forgotten hull (#203), made some repairs and tuning adjustments, and turned her into a competitive boat once again – not to mention this is about the 3rd time ever that she has helmed a Jet-14.  Quite impressive.  Teri didn’t even know what a sailboat was about 4 years ago but now Connie tells us that she’s calling out shifts from the cockpit.  These two will be at Nationals this year, so please welcome them to the class and offer your congratulations on a job well done.  Connie’s extremely detailed write up and full results can be found on the Jet-14 webpage.

Nationals Update

Sign ups are underway.  Please register sooner rather than later so that the regatta organizers can have a better sense on how many to expect.  You can get the NOR and register here: 2014 Jet-14 Nationals.

I know some are looking for crew and some of you may need crew.  No problem!  Use the find crew board at the nationals website:  2014 Nationals crew board

Also please remember that first time skippers/owners will have their regatta registration fee (a $185 values) waived!  This will not happen every year so take advantage while you can!

Upcoming Events

Jets return to Hunterdon July 20 for the Wren Regatta.  They are looking to get in 5 races.  The NOR is posted on the website or you can link to it here.

The Lorain Yacht and Sailing Club, host of the 2012 Jet Nationals, will bring the Jets back for the Lorain One Design Regatta July 26.  Bryan Parker is the man to talk to about this one – see the Jet-14 schedule for his contact info.

The last event before Nationals will be the Gravy Bowl, also at Hunterdon.  Look for more info coming out about that one.