Hard to believe it is almost March already. Fleet 65 down here in NC is busy welcoming two new members, Curtis Boyd (#203) and Don Read (#951) into the fold and we’re looking forward to seeing them out there racing in 6th Southern Comfort Classic April 29-30.
You probably have received an email from our esteemed class secretary that membership for the 2017 season is now open. The easiest thing to do is to navigate to the membership page on our class website (https://www.jet14.com/membership), fill out the online form, and pay with your credit card online. Or, you can go “Marion” and print out the membership form, fill it out, and mail it in with your payment. Either way, do it! Your membership supports the class association in a number of important ways. You also will be assured to receive 1 year of JetBlasts in your mailbox.
I’ve heard that the regatta schedule is almost ready to go – look for it in the mail soon along with an invitation to join the class if you haven’t already. Check out the website for recent updates, including minor changes to the measurement specifications, a Southern Comfort Classic preview, and a digital copy of the latest JetBlasts newsletter.
That’s all for now. See you on the water soon.
Happy New Year Jet-14 Nation!
By now I hope that you have all received and read last year’s Jet Blasts issue, our first in quite some time. I’ve attached the issue to this note in case you haven’t seen it. This is a great resource to have around at the club or to take with you to One Design regattas. If you need more copies, please contact Secretary Tiffany Parker – I’m sure there are some extras that she can mail you. Or, feel free to print out the attached pdf document.
A great time was had by all at the 2016 Halloween Classic.
Another successful Halloween Classic is in the books. In case you missed the classic summary and results, they are posted on the class website here.
2017 Jet-14 Regattas
The 2017 regatta schedule will be taking shape over the next few weeks so stay tuned for that. We do know that the Southern Comfort Classic in Asheville, NC will be April 29-30 – a little later this year, so the weather should be plenty warm. We usually get 10 boats for this one but should have more this year as there’s now 7 boats at Asheville Sailing Club alone ready to go. Send me a note if you have any questions!
I’m working on a new Jet Blasts issue as we speak. Look for it in your mailbox by early February. Have a great start to the new year!
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.
Results are in from the District III Championships in NC– look for Cleveland Race Week results from the same weekend soon.
Next regatta on the schedule is the Independence Day event at Lake Norman Yacht Club. Follow the link for information and registration.
Early registration for Nationals is underway – all of the information is available on the class website.
That’s it for now!
I have always been interested in the American Civil War for as long as I can remember. I’ve read countless books describing lively skirmishes, fierce battles, courageous generals – and of course, the gruesome cruelty of war. So when I had the opportunity as a young man to visit the Gettysburg National Battlefield to experience the site of perhaps the most infamous battle in American history, I was giddy at the prospect of imagining battle formations from atop Seminary Ridge, feeling the adrenaline pouring through the ranks of the 20th Maine on Little Round Top, and walking through the field in the footsteps of Pickett’s men as the battle reached its climax.
But when I arrived and began to tour the field, my excitement was overtaken by an immense sense of sadness and reverence. This was the place where over 8,000 men lost their lives in three days. 8,000 husbands who did not come home. Tens of thousands of children who would not see their fathers again. I knew the stories from the books, but it wasn’t until I was at that place that I could feel Gettysburg. Gettysburg has an energy that is as real as the love we feel for our own families. I felt the energy of those who died there. I feel it at all of the other battlefields that I have visited since.
It may seem ridiculous to compare a battle at a military park with a sailing regatta, but this past weekend I experienced a similarly powerful reaction. West River Sailing Club hosted the Dave Irey Memorial Regatta and welcomed back the Jet-14s, who have been absent from the club since the fleet was disbanded a few years ago. It was my first time back at WRSC since my first ever sailing regatta in 2001. At that time, my girlfriend (now wife Paula) thought it would be a good idea to put my 3 weeks of sailing experience to the test as crew in the WRSC fleet boat, “Betty”.
As I looked around the grounds, imprints of that weekend immediately came forward as if I was back in 2001. There was Rhett Simmonds helping us rig Betty. The damn tiller extension that kept popping off unless Paula pushed down on it just right. The race that turned into a reach to reach that was won handily by some guy from New Jersey named Brent Barbehenn. Hiking so hard that my legs began to spasm. Gary Mentesana showing up just for Sunday’s races in a boat held together with duct tape and 564 gallons of epoxy and winning both of them. I could feel that this was a special place for the Jet class.
This past weekend, 6 Jet-14 skippers, crews and their friends and families created new imprints in time. We raced, argued a little, had a few drinks, ate plenty of seafood, and promised to see each other again in August for the Nationals. Our numbers were not large, but the energy was positive and powerful. We missed those that have moved on but treasured our friends that could be with us. It was good to be back.