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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.

Jet-14 Nationals Reflections

It’s hard to adequately describe the overwhelmingly positive experience that I had at Nationals.  Even more surprising since we had to deal with a rogue trailer roller that decided to punch through our hull on the very first day.  Bryan Parker has written up a fantastic recap of the racing and some of the other highlights of the week.  Now that things have calmed down and I’ve had some time to reflect, allow me to highlight some of the awesome things that I saw and experienced during the week at Mayfield.  I’m sure that many of you had similar experiences.

1. Dean and Kelly Whalen

Can’t justify with words the job that was done to make this a successful event.  Kelly was everywhere all week, taking pictures, helping with food, helping the weary skippers and crew get out of the water, and just solving any problem that came along.  As far as I could tell, Dean took the lead in just about everything for the event, including gathering race committee, arranging housing (thank you for our lovely boat!), food, finding crew, t-shirts, auction, and everything else required to pull off a Nationals.  Thank you!  And Chris Whalen, you are getting good – keep sailing!

2. Mayfield Yacht Club and their generous members

MYC is not a one-design club.  In fact, the Jet-14s as far as I can tell are the only non-cruising/power boat fleet in the whole club.  So I was gratified to see that their membership took it to another level to welcome us back, whether it be helping out on race committee, taking pictures, helping with food, donating their boats for housing (or rescue!), letting us park and mess up their grounds, and just making us feel welcome.  I know I speak for everyone when I say that we will look forward to coming back!

3. Dave Japikse the boat finder

I thought our Nationals was over at the end of Day 1 when #483 jumped off the trailer pulling up the ramp and crashed down through the trailer (completely my fault I should add).  Next I think I know, Dave is pulling out of the club with an empty trailer (the Parker’s – thank you!) on his way to pick up a mysterious Jet-14 out in the woods somewhere.  He brought us a rock solid boat that we were able to race for the final couple of days without one thing breaking.  I hope we were able to help out with the tuning a little bit so that the boat will be a bit quicker.  Thank you! 

4. New faces in the fleet

At the 2013 Nationals at Lake Norman last year we had a number of new skippers and crews, many from the North Carolina area.  This year the trend continued.  I was happy to meet Paul and PJ Blonski (Edgewater), Lee Sackett with crew Emily (Edgewater), and Dennis Foley (Mayfield).  The trick is to keep the new faces coming back.  Signs are that this time they will.  Dennis was indicating his interest at coming out to Ohio this fall for the Halloween Classic.  Speaking of Edgewater, they had the most boats in the entire fleet – keep up the great fleet building work!

5. Quality of the racing was ridiculously good

The first two days we were more concerned with not flipping over than racing.  Watching the top boats compete in winds of 15-20 kt. with gusts into the 20s was mind blowing.  They were consistently keeping the boats flat and fast.  Chutes came out like it was nothing.  It looks like magic to me, and I know its not, but it gives us bottom feeders something to work for in the coming months and years.  

6. The new Iron Man

Tom Grace has raced in every single Jet-14 Nationals since 1975.  1975!!!  But more than that, Tom is just the nicest guy you will ever meet, and he’s incredibly important to Jet sailing at Lake Norman and in North Carolina.  I’m looking forward to many more years of competing with him and Paula Pacheco – someday we will pass them on a run.

7. My wife and crew Paula

Sharing a boat with your spouse in 20 kt is a good way to explosively release all at once those things that you’ve buried deep inside of you.  Paula, thank you for introducing me to sailing, for teaching me all I know, for trying to stay positive after I make yet another bad start (“Say FAST, not F@#!”), for sticking in there when your body says no, for putting up with my whining and complaining, for not telling me where to go, and for being my partner in sailing and in life.  

Racing sailboats is a great classroom for life.  Thank you all for letting me share these experiences with you.  


Jet-14 Nationals – Day 2

It was another wild day of sailing on Lake Sacandaga but this time we did manage to finish 3 exciting races.  The weather  forecast was calling for WSW winds in the 10 kt range, which was probably where we were at on the long run out to the race course.  By the beginning of Race 2, winds again approached class limits in the upper teens and stayed there the rest of the day, with occasional puffs blasting through in the mid-20s range.  The observations tell it all.

Jet-14 Nationals day 2 wind observations on Lake Sacandaga (from iWindSurf.com)

Jet-14 Nationals day 2 wind observations on Lake Sacandaga (from iWindSurf.com)

A few boats came in early as the winds built but 3 long races were completed.  Bryan and Tiffany Parker were consistently at the top of the pack and have built a 4 point lead over a trio of boats from Edgewater YC: Dave and Sue Michos, the Gemperlines, and Lee Sackett.  Weather forecast for tomorrow calls for sunny skies, warmer temperatures, and a perfect 6-10 kt southwesterly wind.  Tune in tomorrow to see if the Parkers can hang on for the first Jet-14 National Championship.

Unofficial Results (Top 10)

1135  B. Parker  2 1 1    4
217  D. Michos 1 3 4    8
665  M. Gemperline  3 4 2  9
1152  L. Sackett  4 2 3  9
1130  L. Wells  11 5 5  21
1076  S. Parker  9 7 6  22
717  T. Grace  7 8 7  22
602  D. Japikse  15 6 8  29
1126  P. Blonski  8 14 9  31
203  C. Berchem  13 11 10  34

Jet-14 Nationals – Day 1


That word pretty much describes the events this day.  The fleet enthusiastically sailed out on a long run toward the starting area in a stiff but manageable 12-15 kt. wind.  As the race committee set up the course and the last Jets were arriving in the starting area, the wind began to build and gusts approached 20 kt.  Team Whalen and Team Hennon retired before the start of the race, looking to get a head start on the 2 mile beat back to the club into an 18 kt. wind.  As they gazed back at the race, many boats were pinching up into the gusts but things overall seemed under control.  It appeared that the leaders (Parker, Zaugg, Gemperline, Michos) were flying their chutes on the long run even as gusts began to exceed 20 kt.  As they rounded the gate and began the second windward leg, gusts were regularly measured above 20 kt. with maxima in the upper 20s according to the race committee. Weather observations from the lake confirmed their measurements, with the peak wind occurring just after noon with a gust above 30 mph:

Lake Sacandaga wind observations for Thursday August 14, 2014

Lake Sacandaga wind observations for Thursday August 14, 2014 (graph from iWindsurf.com)

 Boats began to capsize all over the course.  Grace and Pacheco went over with the chute, snapping Tom’s tiller in the process.  Eitnthoven swamped and could not recover without aid – her crew sliced open her fingers on the centerboard and had to make a trip to the emergency room for stitches. The race was abandoned but many in the fleet were not aware as the race committee boat pulled up anchor to aid several capsized boats.  Those still upright continued all the way up the beat and then began their second run toward a finish line that did not exist.  Another puff in the upper twenties put Zaugg and Michos over within seconds of each other.  It would be over 2 hours before they could be rescued and safely returned to shore.  There were too many tales to retell here, but lots of belongings were recovered in the water when other boats returning home “sailed through the debris field” of the capsized Jets. 

Apparently the fun wasn’t over at the ramp.  Hennon did not sufficiently tie the boat to the trailer and when the car began to pull the boat out, the weight of several gallons of water rushing aft pulled the boat off the back of the trailer.  Unfortunately, the boat also crashed off the side of the trailer, allowing the trailer roller to do this to the hull:


After spending a significant time in the water, Marion finally got towed in and pulled out of the lake only to have water in the tanks rush back and pull his boat off the trailer as well.  Lots of other boats had broken lines, blocks, and other rigging that were being worked on well into the afternoon.  An emergency run to West Marine got several boats back in working order.

Tom Grace said afterward that it was probably the worst day he can remember in terms of wreckage to a fleet.  In my relatively brief experience over the last 10 years I must say that I agree.  The forecasters are calling for a more pleasant day tomorrow with winds in the 7-10 kt range.  We lost a couple of boats today but most of the fleet will be back looking to jump into Nationals contention tomorrow.


Nationals Weather Forecast

You may not know this but I am a professional meteorologist.  Some claim this gives me an inherent advantage to racing sailboats, but my results speak to the truth.  What I do know is that there is some great news for our Nationals participants and some not so great news for the Women and Juniors on Wednesday.

Women/Junior Nationals on Wednesday looks like a good day to own an ark.  Heavy rain is forecast Tuesday night and through the day on Wednesday with 1-2″ accumulations.  Typically this type of rain comes with little wind unless we’re dealing with a tropical storm.  A reschedule of this event to later in the week is likely – stay tuned.

Once we get past Wednesday, the weather looks FANTASTIC.  Partly sunny Thursday, temperatures in the upper 60s, with a strong 12-18 kt westerly.  For those who remember the 2009 event at Mayfield, this is about the opposite of what we had on day 1.  Friday looks like another awesome day, with 6-10 kt. winds, dry conditions, and temperatures in the mid-upper 60s again.  And we’ll finish things off Saturday in 8-12 kt. conditions with warming temperatures into the mid-70s.

I know I will be enjoying the conditions regardless of my finishes (cough cough).  Before I sign off I’d like to thank Marion and the folks at Mohican Sailing Club for letting us get in some pre-Nationals racing on Sunday.  We had 5 Jets out there along with a few Interlakes in a pretty decent Mohican wind.

From a luxurious Red Roof Inn in Utica NY,

Jet-14 Nationals Preview Part Deux

We’re a couple of weeks away and have had some new registrations for Nationals.  The Vegas odds makers have been busy updating their betting lines.  Here’s a couple of more entries for those looking for a good score:

#1135 – Bryan and Tiffany Parker (5-2) – Pros: Talent, experience, almost topped Barbehenn at Mayfield 5 years ago, incomparable boat speed, just reproduced.  Cons: Distracted by poopy diapers, probably a little rusty, troubled by Ohio State band director dismissal, probably haven’t been on the water as much as they like.

#94 – Barb Zaugg and Tom Joudrey (7-1) – Pros: Boat weighs about 50 lbs., good family chemistry, Tom’s good grasp of English, fast downwind.  Cons: This isn’t English class, 235 lbs. of lead required to make minimum weight, boat was built during the Eisenhower administration.

Welcome to our New Members!

Received a couple of notes this week from some new NJ members – very encouraging to hear about new growth in that region:

Paul Fisher joins Fleet 51 at Hunterdon SC.  Paul recently purchased #1140 and is eager to try out this 2-person racing thing.  The fleet is already meeting with Paul to sort out stuff and get them on the water.

Fleet 35 (Packanack Lake) is welcoming Chris Seliga, who recently acquired #1013.  Chris is looking for a decent Sailor’s Tailor cover if anyone is looking to get a new one.

Nationals Silent Auction Taking Shape

The silent auction during Nationals is a great event that helps raise money for the class – and attendees always get great deals on awesome stuff.  Matt Japikse and his friends at Mayfield YC have been busy gathering merchandise and services for the event.  Dave recently posted a photo of one of the items on the Jet-14 Facebook page:


Whoa!  My bad.  Here’s what Matt really posted:


Two-way radio!  Nice.  By the way, please join the Jet-14 Facebook group!

That’s it for now – get your Nationals registration in if you haven’t already.


Nationals Preview

We’re about two weeks away from the 2014 Nationals at Mayfield.  Registrations are still coming in daily.  One sailor who will not be able to attend this year is Brent Barbehenn, who has won the last 12 championships (and several others before his streak was snapped at Mentor in 2001 by Greg Koski).

This news means two things.  One, there will be no “green” served this year.  And, the championship is now wide open for the taking.  Vegas has identified a couple of early favorites:

Marion Zaugg (4-1): Pros: Has been sailing since he was in the womb, convenient tuning partner with sister Barb, best looking centerboard in the class, aerodynamic head, no one to police his boat setup since he is the measurement guru.  Cons: Some guy off the street is crewing for him, pretty boat deck is distracting, tends to lose spinnaker poles at inopportune moments.

Dave Michos (4-1): Pros: Spouse is regular crew, boat points higher than someone on the “green”, Cleveland Browns fan, superb boat handling.  Cons: Spouse is regular crew, distracted by new running and fishing careers, uses Ektelon instead of Pro Kennex, trips to The Villages hints at thoughts of retirement.

Looking at registrations already received, Edgewater YC leads the way with 6 boats.  Don’t delay – get your registration in today and join the fun in the Adirondacks.

Wren Regatta Results

Our friends at Hunterdon had a good bit of racing last weekend at the Wren Regatta.  Here are the results courtesy of David Veno:

747 Brown/Mallows              1 1 1 2 1   6
1007 Benson/Benson            2 3 2 1 2   10
1150 Veno/Veno                    3 2 4 3 3    15
1116 Einthoven/Tellefson    4 4 3 4 4    19

Good to see Doug Brown back at it – hope the back is holding up!  In other NJ news, I received a nice email from Chris Seliga (Fleet 35, Packanack):

After patiently waiting for over a year, Jet 1013 came up for sale in our club (fleet 35), and now she’s mine!  I will resurrect her on the lost Jet roster soon.  She’s sail-able and in really good shape but needs a little TLC.  I will be going over the rigging for the remainder of the summer and making adjustments.  We had our monthly club race last weekend and all of our Jetters including Bob Higgins were glad to see me sailing her.  After we raced they were very eager to offer advice which is great.

Good news!  We’ll be looking forward to seeing Chris out on the water this coming season.

North Carolina Updates

Connie Berchem and Teri Fosmire (Asheville SC) have now acquired Tim Porter’s boat (#544) and will be racing her at Nationals this year.  Tim (Lake Norman YC) will be working on campaigning #645 in the coming year.  John Ogden (Hendersonville NC) will be racing #203 at Asheville SC, and Connie has been busy making repairs on #958.  This will give Asheville SC 7 boats in their local fleet, and more than 14 in the Carolina fleet as a whole.  We’ve come a long way in a couple of years.

Also heard some good news from Jim Hickman (Chapel Hill NC).  You may remember Jim from a few of the Spring Thaw events a few years back.  It sounds like Jim is ready to dive back in big time as he’s been working on #768 – see his beautiful paint job below.

Jim Hickman has #768 looking real fast

Jim Hickman has #768 looking real fast

Boats for Sail

Lots of good boats available on the class webpage – check them out!

Hope to see many of you at Mayfield in two weeks.



Its Not Too Early To Plan for Nationals…

Jet-14 Fleet 63 is already planning an unforgettable Nationals – plan now to be in beautiful Mayfield NY for the event.  Here’s a flyer with the dates and some preliminaries – one big change from last time is that all boat storage and launching will now occur from the club grounds, not down the road!

2014 Nationals Flyer

Look for more details to come out as we get closer.  For now, start thinking about getting your boat ready and sail often so that you are peaking in mid-August.


2013 Nationals Summary

Brent Barbehenn recaps his 12th straight Nationals victory.  Look for a news post later this week.

LakeNorman, Perfect Wind, and A Low Country Boil

If you plan to sail in the inland regions of North Carolina during July and August, chances are the wind will be light to absent. Not the case for the 2013 Jet-14 Nationals hosted by Lake Norman Yacht Club. Situated in western North Carolina about 10 miles north of Charlotte, Lake Norman is a popular water activity/ vacation area. And located smack in the middle of it is LNYC with its 22 acres of prime waterfront property. LNYC has impressive facilities and manpower, and has hosted many national championships for other classes over the years including the 70 boat Flying Scot North Americans earlier in July.  The wind was perfect……all 4 days……7 to 15 kt from the SSW, with puffs up to 18 Thursday afternoon, and shifts from 5 to 15 degrees. And the hospitality was second to none. If you didn’t eat enough pancakes at breakfast, the dinners more than made up for it. Some of us weren’t sure what a low country boil was (Thursday’s dinner), but Regatta Co-Chairman Chris Hennon described it best: “……basically dump a pile of corn, shrimp, potatoes, and sausage on the table, and you graze at will”. Whatever you may think this looks like, it was really good! Then on Friday nite, the best BBQ in the world came out. It was estimated that 853 hushpuppies were consumed that evening. To top things off, we had one of the best PROs and support team in the country for Race Committee. Bill Ross and his team got off 15 good races in 4 days, and it was a pleasure to race on his course.

Junior and Women’s Nationals

A total of 7 boats participated in this year’s event, and both fleets were won with dominating performances. 5 races were sailed, with Barb and Ann Joudrey taking the Women’s title, and local juniors Max Thompson and William Bowden posting all bullets in the Juniors event (sailing Tim Porter’s #544). It was great to see many new faces, as the new NC fleet worked hard to get their boats ready to race and lend to club members. Margot and Natalie Sherman Jollis had so much fun sailing Chris Hennon’s #433, they decided to stick around for the open regatta.

Open Nationals

With the wind being so good on Wednesday for the Junior/Womens Nationals, we were worried it was all used up! But the next 3 days of racing were as good as lake sailing could get, with the SSW wind generally aligned with the long axis of the lake. The breeze was typically oscillating, with the left side generally paying off on Day 1, and the right side being better the last 2 days. Thursday afternoon brought the strongest breeze, with some puffs in the upper teens. No matter where one was in the fleet, the racing was close, and many times decided by a few feet at the finish. And there was some new company in the front, with Eric Johnson/Cathy Cotell (#1146), Tim and Madison Porter (#544), and Ernie Michaud/Anna Petronzio (#1136) grabbing at least 1 top 3 finish each.

After 3 days of racing, the final results were as follows:

1st Place – Team 558 aka Blue Redux, was fortunate to have LNYC junior sailor William Bowden on board. A great roll-tacker, William was full speed ahead 100% of the time, and best of all, just plain loves to sail.  William has a bright future ahead. While 558 ended up winning many races, they routinely traded places with, and were pushed to the limit by the Zaugg/Gedeon Team and Dave and Sue Michos.

2nd Place – Our esteemed Chief Measurer, past president and national champion, Marion Zaugg sailing with Jacqueline Gedeon again were “scary fast”. Race 7 saw them blow by Team 558, and keep extending the lead for the impressive win.

3rd Place – The husband/wife team of Dave and Sue Michos have been sailing together for years, and they have continually improved to the point where they are challenging for the lead in almost every race. Dave is a past president, and Sue has held various Class BOG positions over the years. Last year’s runner –up, it came down to the last day this year in the battle for 2nd with Team Zaugg/Gedeon. They won the Husband/Wife award.

4th Place – Eric Johnson and Cathy Cotell put a lot of time into getting their light air speed up to par this summer, and it appears the time was well spent. They twice led at the windward mark, and sailed to their best nationals finish. Eric is also the new Class 1st VP.

5th Place – Co-chair of the regatta, Tom Grace with Paula Pacheco quietly sailed to an impressive top 5 finish. While not on the water, one could usually find Tom and Paula hard at work in the clubhouse preparing for the next regatta activity.  Thanks for all your efforts!

Tim and Madison Porter fire around the top mark at the 2013 Jet-14 Nationals at Lake Norman, NC

Tim and Madison Porter fire around the top mark at the 2013 Jet-14 Nationals at Lake Norman, NC

6th Place – Tim Porter with daughter Madison, surprised even themselves with this nice finish. Not having sailed for about 10 years, they are starting to get things rolling again, and we look forward to seeing them at future regattas. They routinely pushed the front pack, especially in Race 4 with a 3rd place finish.  Madison won the Youngest Sailor Award. Also, the entire family, including wife Jennifer and mom Catherine, worked hard to help host the event. Tim is the District III VP.

7th Place – Barbara Joudrey with daughter Ann, lost the tie-breaker to the Porters, but nevertheless sailed an impressive regatta with all top-10 finishes (only others to do so were top 3). They also make the best cider donuts in the world…….just come to the He-Man breakfast at Mohican this October, and find out.

8th Place – Ernie Michaud and Anna Petronzio not only finished 8th, but also grabbed a 2nd place finish in Race 1, reeled off 3 straight 4s to finish out the regatta, and won the Most Improved Award, by way of improving 10 places from last year. Looks like Ernie’s purchase of #1136 this spring upgraded his speed!

9th Place – Our current Class President, Webmaster, Nationals Co-chair, and new-fleet-builder extraordinaire, Chris Hennon sailing with Meg Russell sailed to their best nationals finish. Consistency was the word, as they finished 9th overall while posting a 9th place in six different races. In fact, these 9s were all “in-a-row” (races 4 thru 9). Chris and wife Paula and daughter Olivia worked tirelessly before , during, and after the event to make it happen. Thanks for a great regatta!

10th Place – Liz Elden and Shaynah True from LNYC, borrowed #530, and sailed consistently to grab the 10th. Liz had sailed a Jet many years ago while in Ohio, and we were happy to see her get back in the boat again. They also won the Novice Trophy, for best finish for first time in Nationals.

11th Place – Seth Parker and Paolo Pacheco just missed the top 10, but may have had the most fun of all, as they were in the middle of the action both on and off the water. Seth will be the 2nd VP for the Class again this year, as well as District II VP.

12th Place – Past national champion Nicky Einthoven made the trip from NJ, and sailed with local Julia Tatiana. In bad need of a new rudder, luck was with her as she got a nice rudder blank at the auction. We look forward to seeing the finished rudder with its new fast shape next year.

13th Place – One of the new NC fleet members, Leonard Wells and Hunter Trombetta sailed a consistent series with a nice Race 5 where they came in 7th. They were only 4 points out of 11th.

14th Place – Steve Gregory and Cara Sanderson Brown made the trip from Ohio, and pushed the top 10 all week. This was Steve’s first nationals, and they showed improvement (and boat repair skills after suffering a breakdown) as the regatta progressed. Steve is an experienced sailor, especially in big boats, and Cara has been sailing most of her life, so watch out for this team as they spend more time in the boat.

15th Place –  Barry Saunders and Todd Ochoa, both professors at UNC Chapel Hill, loved sailing this regatta in their home state. Fairly new to sailing, Todd is learning fast, and we hope he sticks with it. Barry continues to improve each year, and he should be thanked for his efforts with making several boats available for others to sail.

16th Place – John Odden and Larry Vitez shook the dust off #1017 after a long absence, and impressed all with 3 top 10 finishes. Unfortunately, as is the case with old parts, they suffered a few breakdowns. Good thing they went out the day before the event, when they promptly broke a shroud!

17th Place – Stewart Fitz Gibbon and Matt Welch sailed the newest boat in the fleet (#1161), and almost pushed into the top 10 several times.  Stewart made the trip from Ohio, and is looking forward to seeing everyone again in Mansfield in October.

18th Place – David and Justin Veno are fairly new to the Class, and made the trip from NJ. It was great to get to know them, and Dave is the new District I VP.

19th Place – Another one of the boats from Asheville, NC, Bruce Sampson and Teri Fosmire won the tie-breaker over Team Corkell. Bruce kindly donated the Coke products and bottled water for the regatta. Thanks for helping out!

20Th Place – Tony and Kelsey Corkell borrowed one of Barry’s boats, and were competitive the entire regatta. They had never sailed a Jet, and we hope they will keep coming back for more!

21st Place – Margot and Natalie Sherman Jollis had so much fun sailing the Junior Nationals, they decided to keep going in the main event. They competed and finished every race, and showed great improvement as the regatta wore on.  They won the Persistence Award, and Margot won the Highest Junior Skipper Award.

A quick review of the scores shows that there were only two DNFs for the entire regatta. With 21 boats, 10 races, and at times breezy conditions, that’s quite an accomplishment, and a great indication people like to sail Jet-14s! Nice sailing to all, and again, a big THANK YOU to LNYC, Chris Hennon and Tom Grace and their team, and Bill Ross and his RC for another great Nationals.

As I drove home to NJ, I realized we were once again fortunate to enjoy another great sailing venue racing our Jet-14s.

– Brent

2013 Nationals Results: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/6901#_newsroom+results
2013 Women/Junior Nationals: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/7156#_newsroom+results