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2015 Jet-14 Nationals Story

It didn’t take long before the out-of-staters knew they were in for something special. Prior to starting any races for the 2015 Jet-14 Nationals at Mohican Sailing Club in Mansfield, OH, we saw: 10’ high corn, Regatta Chair Marion Zaugg (one of the best sailors, and The Best regatta comedian in the country), reminders that Ohio is the home of The Ohio State University and the #1 ranked football Buckeyes, and the best cider donuts in the world, courtesy of Barbara and Anne Joudrey.

The generally hot weather turned cool just before regatta time, and lasted through the event, giving the campers some nice natural air conditioning for sleeping. There was enough wind to race 3 of the 4 days, averaging about 7 knots, and mostly from the northeast quadrant. Although not the most ideal wind direction for courses, PRO Mike Fulton, assisted by Stewart FitzGibbon and Karen Zaugg worked hard to fit the windward-leeward courses in the best possible location.

And then there was the food. Never has there been more at a regatta, and it was all great!

The early arrivals were greeted with the famous He Man Breakfast. Within hours, the Women’s Nationals got started in a nice northerly. 4 very competitive boats competed with Connie Berchem and Teri Fosmire from Asheville, NC, Taylor Sackett and Abby Freeman, borrowing Nate Ireland’s boat (Thanks Nate!) from Edgewater, OH, and 2 hometown teams of Barb and Anne Joudrey, and Karen Hugon and Ann Roessner. Team Joudrey continually worked their way to the front with good speed and tactics, taking bullets in all 3 races. Towards the end of the day things got a bit flukey, but the competitors remained patient, and fought hard until it was over. Following Team Joudrey in 2nd place were new-comers Taylor Sackett and Abby Freeman, who both have much experience in several other types of boats. 3rd place went to Connie and Teri, who have quickly picked up on how to sail a Jet in just a few years. Karen Hugon (borrowing her former boat from Dan Reiber—Thanks Dan!) and Ann Roessner ended up 4th. Nice sailing to all!

2015 Jet-14 Women Nationals on Wednesday

Lesson Learned: Good boat speed and tactics are hard to beat.

The next day the Nationals started on time in a light, shifty northeast breeze. Race 1 saw the eager competitors pull the trigger a bit early, leading to several general recalls. Mike Gemperline and Tom Irwin (#665), after arriving at the site just hours before the starting time, sailed an impressive race, finishing with a strong 2nd. This race set the tone for how things would eventually play out for the final results, as the top 6 finishers in Race 1 placed in the top 6 for the event.

Lesson Learned: Get on the tack which points your bow closer to the next mark.

Race 2 saw the 2014 National Champs Bryan and Tiffany Parker (#1135) lead wire-to-wire for an impressive win. Just after the first mark, at the top of the run, Team Parker was alone out front with a pack of about 12 boats lined up fighting for 2nd. Several boats were patient, and showed good light air downwind speed, with Bridget Ireland and George Auer (#1147), and Nate Ireland and Ben Stock (#698) pulling out of the jam.

Lesson Learned: Try to be patient, and don’t panic in light air, especially downwind.

Day 1 start.  It's pretty obvious which end of the line is favored.

Day 1 start. It’s pretty obvious which end of the line is favored.

After only 2 races on Day 1, the fleet was anxious to get more in during Day 2. Race 3 again started in light wind, generally from the east. That said, several good puffs from the NNE were prevelent prior to starting, and the writing was on the wall this was going to be really shifty. After a clean start, one of those “puffs from the NNE” appeared, and one needed to assess whether to follow the lesson from Race 1, or don’t sail toward the next mark, but toward the puff. It turned out that sailing toward the puff was the way to go this time. Unfortunately for the 1135 Team, who had the best start, and was the early leader, a few puff chasers got by them before the 1st mark. The race continued to be a fight for the “puffs from the NNE”, with the team of Marion Zaugg and Anne Joudrey (#1132) coming on strong for 2nd. Team Parker followed closely in 3rd, with Women’s Champ Barb Joudrey (#94) and Sue Halliwell taking 4th for their best race.

Lesson Learned: Sometimes it pays to get on the tack which points your bow closer to the next puff, as opposed to the next mark.

Race 4 was similar to Race 3, with a bit less wind velocity, and the Zaugg/Joudrey Team made the most of the left side of the course to round the first mark in the lead. They ended up 2nd again, with the Ireland/Stock Team quietly sailing very consistent, taking 3rd. The Parkers were again amongst the leaders, and ended up 4th. Another Joudrey, Tom, sailing with Aaron (#120), were impressive to take 5th.

Lesson Learned: See Race 3 lesson, but beware, a good lesson for one race may not hold up for the next race.


Doug Brown (#747), Zaugg (#1132) and B. Ireland (#1147) race upwind.

Although no one knew it at the time, Race 5 would be the last race for the regatta due to lack of wind. This would play into the final results as there would then be no throw-out race (due to not having at least 6 races). From the start, it was evident that Team 1147 was following the Race 1 Lesson approach. While many boats tacked to go left, towards what they thought—or maybe hoped—was more wind on the left (one of those “puffs from the NNE”) and not towards the 1st mark, Bridget and George took the favored tack (bow pointed more toward the mark), working their way up the right side of the course, leading at the first mark, and down the run. Then things got crazy. Team 1147 again stayed on the favored tack, and others again worked left. This time the left puff won out, and the positions were shuffled. Nate and Ben sailed another nice race, and took 2nd, while the Zaugg/Joudrey Team completed a great day with a 3rd. Dave and Sue Michos, after scraping some rust off, and not sailing in their favorite conditions, figured it all out and placed 4th.

Lesson Learned: When it gets light and flukey, there may not be any lesson to follow. Keep your head out of the boat as much as possible, keep looking for that next puff!

After waiting a bit, and having the wind come out of every direction within an hour, the fleet headed in for a steak dinner.

The final results show that Team 558 with super-crew Sarah Paisley came out on top. Sarah has a wealth of experience, and in addition to winning the 2012 Jet Nationals, she has been part of several other national champion teams in other classes. In 2nd was the Nate Ireland/Ben Stock Team, bringing #698 out of mothballs, and sailing a very consistent series with all top 5 finishes. 3rd went to Marion Zaugg and Anne Joudrey, just 2 points back, with a very strong final 3 races. Bryan and Tiffany Parker were 4th, and also the top husband/wife team, and several times fought their way back from early race setbacks. 5th went to Bridget Ireland and George Auer, who were also very consistent with all single digit finishes. Both Ireland boats were impressive, as they posted their best nationals finishes while not having sailed much in the past few years. The Mike Gemperline and Tom Irwin ended up 6th, and by far were hurt the most due to not having a throw-out. But we’re guessing they had the most fun of any boat at the event! One point back in 7th were Tom Grace and Paula Pacheco, also with all top 10 finishes. Paul and PJ Blonski were 8th, and tied Charlie and Megan Bark for Most Improved from 2014. Dave and Sue Michos ended up in 9th, thanks to their fine last race, and Doug Brown and Susan Mallows from NJ were 10th. Word has it that Doug, who has rebuilt several Jets, has already taken apart #747, to be rebuilt again…..so watch out for more speed next year!

Other awards included the Persistence Award, which went to Jim House and Joe Murr. Madison Porter, traveling from Charlotte, NC to sail with her dad Tim, won the Youngest Sailor Award. Taylor Sackett and Abby Freeman won the Best Finish for 1st Time Nationals Award.

And so the party was over. The boats and kids were packed up, cars ready to roll. But not before one last good meal. Mohican Sailing Club treated all to a great time, and we thank Marion Zaugg and his fleet, and PRO Mike Fulton and his committee for another great Nationals! We said goodbye to one another, goodbye to the 10’ corn, to the Buckeyes, and to the cider donuts. Mohican Sailing Club is a special place, and if any Jet-14 sailor has never been there, put it on your places-to-go list.

Also, a big THANK YOU to Chris Hennon, for his fine and enthusiastic service to the Class as President for the past 2 years. He has put the Class in a good position to move forward in 2016!

See you all at West River next August, and hopefully sooner at other regattas.

Brent Barbehenn (#558)

Full results here: 2015 Jet-14 Nationals

Barbehenn Continues Dominance with 19th National Championship

Brent Barbehenn (558)

Barbehenn and Paisley (558) round the bottom mark in a familiar position as the Parkers (1135) give chase

Brent Barbehenn and crew Sarah Paisley won the 2015 Jet-14 Nationals in typically dominating fashion at Mohican Sailing Club this past week.  Defending national champs Bryan and Tiffany Parker were the only team able to best Barbehenn/Paisley in any race over the 5-race series.  This is Barbehenn’s 19th National Championship in the Jet-14 as a skipper, his first coming in 1974.  Brent won his first Nationals crewing for his father Ed in 1972.

There were many other fine performances of note.  Nate Ireland and Ben Stock (#698) sailed consistently fast and were rewarded with their highest ever finish at Nationals (2nd).  Not too far behind was Nate’s better half Bridget, coming in with a strong top 5 result with some help from crew George Auer.  Tom Grace and Paula Pacheco, who have been cleaning up the North Carolina circuit this season, sailed a very consistent regatta (8 9 6 7 6) and just missed out on the perpetual trophies with a 7th place finish.

Look for a more detailed recap of the regatta very soon.  Full results are now posted on jet14.com.

October Updates

We’re in the homestretch of the 2014 season.  Still have some business to take care of to close out the year strong.

Chili Bowl Regatta Results

Dave Michos reports on the Chili Bowl regatta at Edgewater YC:

This year, the Jet 14s combined their regatta with the Thistles who included the regatta into their district racing and as a feeder race for US Sailing’s Champion of Champions regatta at Edgewater Oct. 9-12.  It made the camaraderie that much more fun and it was interesting comparing notes on racing through the Lake Erie lump.  Questioned whether the courses were long enough the Thistlers answered a resounding “Yes!”

The regatta featured a new rivalry.  In one corner there was top junior sailor Ian Moran, sailing with his dad Don who usually drives big boats and coaches junior sailing.  In the other corner were the Dave and Sue Michos, perpetual EYC Jet winners.  Dave and Don’s rivalry actually goes back a few years when they played racquetball.  Don’s height and long wingspan was always a challenge on the court but on this court his height was even more noticeable as it appeared he was nearly decapitated a few times by the boom.

After winning the first two races and making things look easy, Ian and crew Don let their guard down and finished behind the Michoses in Races 3 and 4.  As we usually ended up on the upwind port tack layline, a tack then a quick gybe required two near guillotines actions on Don’s head which didn’t help the boat’s speed much. The Morans won the last race,  no quick gybe required, and won the regatta.  The Blonskis and Ernie/Anna had some nice races, popping into second place a couple of races.  The last race had three boats finishing within a couple of boat lengths: Ernie/Anna, Michoses then the Barks.  Persevering were Sophia Van Heekeren (crew John Gemperline) and Kathy Rakovan.  As the wind came up and the lake became pretty choppy, these two teams were not quite at home.

Afterward, at the pavilion  the important stuff came: Daniel Van Heekeren won the coveted “Best Chili” award.  As the crowd at the pavilion quickly devoured anything (hot dogs, Lake Erie perch, chips, etc.) I never got a chance to taste it but his parents warned that he made a pretty mean chili.  Daniel won a bottle of champagne which he’ll have to keep on the shelf a few years.

Ian/Dan Moran #665                 1    1     2     2     1        7        1

Dave/Sue Michos #1157          2     3     1     1     3       10       2

Paul/PJ Blonski #1126             3     2     3     3     5       16       3

Ernie Michaud/                         4     4     5     4     2       19       4

Anna Petronzio #1136       

Charlie/Megan Bark #1137      5     5     4     5     4        23      5

Sophia Van Heekeren/             7     6     6     6     6        31      6

John Gemperline #1045

Kathy Rakovan/Crew # 826     6    dnf   7   dns  dns      37      7

The Packanack Regatta was contested today (Oct. 4) – look for results soon!

Halloween Classic (Oct. 11-12) Ready To Scare

The 2014 season concludes in Mansfield for the always-fun Halloween Classic.  This year the regatta takes place about 3 weeks before Halloween, not sure what the deal is there, but we’ll take it.  There are  rumblings of a ton of out of town travelers coming in, which is good since this is the first Traveler’s Series event for the 2015 season.  We have at least 4 coming from NC, Dean Whalen jetting in from NY, and of course a lot of Edgewater boats expected.  The schedule of events and all the info is posted on the website – the early weather forecast is dry with a nice north wind.  Don’t miss this one!

Saunders/Ochoa survive NC Watertribe Challenge

Details are still coming in, but it appears that Barry and Todd have safely returned from their survival race.  Here’s a picture of them launching just before the start – note the team uniforms!


Another Jet Joins the NC Fleet

We’d like to welcome Evan Trudeau and Mary to the NC fleet.  Evan just purchased #1050 and is very eager to get her out sailing.  Evan will be racing with the Raleigh/Durham crowd next year and we are looking forward to  seeing them on the water.

Jet #163 Lives, Will Sail Again!

This in from Buz Haltenhoff from Boyne City Michigan – please let me know if you have any spruce laying around that Buz can use:

I was doing some web browsing after obtaining an old (1956 or 1957) Jet 14 sailboat from my sister, and found the Jet 14 Association site.  I noticed you have a listing of missing boats and would like updates on their fates.  For what it’s worth, here is some information on hull #163.  My sister bought the boat at a garage sale for $200, not really knowing what she had.  She was going to turn it into an advertising display out in front of her awning business.  I talked her out of it.  It looks to have the original sails (Boston) plus two newer sets.  The file she gave me has copies of the original general plans by Howard W. Siddons. The boat was most likely built by Siddons & Sindle.  Class Association materials in the file date back to 1979 and end in 1990, probably about the last time the owner was in touch with the association.  It has been stored in a barn for the past twenty plus years.   It has no dry rot, but is in need of a complete overhaul. This is where I come in.  I intend to restore the boat as close to it’s original glory as possible, but it won’t race again.  The boat and I are going to retire gracefully together sailing on Lake Charlevoix in N. Michigan.  The restoration will most likely take a year, so the boat won’t be ready for the water until Spring 2016.  Lastly, I’m in need of a spruce boom.  The mast is in good shape, but the boom is missing.  An aluminum boom will work, but won’t be authentic.  If you know where I can obtain a boom, please let me know (note: I can build one if needed, but I need the specs).  Thanks.

That’s about it for now – hope to see you in Ohio next weekend!


Mohican Chiefs Results

It has been on the rainy side this spring.  Happy are the grasses and the ubiquitous swarms of mosquitos.  But for the two days of our regatta, sunshine, blue skies and unfortunately not much else.   We did manage five races, two on Saturday and then three Sunday morning, but nobody escaped without at least one finish out of the top five.

Some high notes; 16 boats, great spirits all around, terrific food on the way to and from your boat, and some moments of fairly good air and racing.

Saturday, the fleet had some difficulty just getting to the club.  Dave and Sue Michos had to stop every thirty minutes to buy more transmission fluid, Bridget and Nate Ireland, as they were getting in their cars, discovered one of the small Irelands had in fact an ear infection……off to the clinic for medicine.  Then there were the usual discoveries rigging at a front end of a new sailing season, missing pins, parts, battens, and the boat that Zaugg had arranged for old (?) Jet-14 master Spence Crawfis to sail, well, wasn’t at all water tight. Gemperlines #665 had the board go down at the hoist and I mean all the way down.  Pretty good mechanics to get it more or less working again in time for the race.  Mike and Jon Chambers served up their usual fantastic lunch and we settled in for our speech from the PRO Mike Fulton.  The only thing maybe worse than trying to sail in such conditions would be to set a reasonable race course.  Mike was up to the task.

The trouble with the wind is the fleet had a noticeable tendency to invert say every other leg.  So not long after #1132 rounded the leeward mark of the first race in 12th, and began making plans for a fresh start in race two………we heard someone honk a horn and tell us we had won.  Not distressing except in our case it went decidedly downhill from there.  Bryan and Tiffany Parker nearly lead at every mark, so much for hard work and skill.  My nephew Tom led at the final windward mark in race one, was so disoriented that he then drove over it, and by the time he got going again had to pass three boats to manage a fourth.  Seth Parker with the effervescent Megan Beal at crew, shot through the fleet going to weather in the second race only to lose three places for a fifth as he was distracted by several foreign speaking floatboaters cheering for him.

Class newcomers Paul and PJ Blonski in Randy Bruns old #1126 were just plain solid but for one bad race.  Great to have them on board.

We had a big spaghetti dinner, my crew Keegan was only a little taken aback to learn that crewing also included cooking for 40 people, to her credit she took it all in stride.

How do you follow up dinner?  Well you wait ten hours and you serve breakfast.  The absolutely coolest part of the regatta for me was Emma, my step daughter.  She closed at work the night before, got up at 5:30 a.m. and drove 30 miles to help me cook and clean up the He-Man.  And smiled the entire time.

More racing and the wind was better.  That was all the Parker’s and the Blonski’s needed. Bill Buckles and Nate and Ben also hit their grooves.  See results.

Thank you again to all at Mohican that donated their time, days in advance to make it all happen.  And we wouldn’t bother if those that put it on their calendars and made what ever effort is necessary to be there didn’t.

See you on the water, Marion