Registration is now open for the first Jet-14 regatta of the season. I hope you will all join us in Asheville for what has always turned out to be a fun event. Register online by April 19 to get $5 off the $75 entry fee. Registration includes two lunches, breakfast, BBQ dinner, drinks, and awards for skipper and crew.
Lenny Wells and Caswell Kern (#1130) topped a 10-boat fleet to win the 2018 Jet-14 Southern Comfort Classic near Asheville, NC last weekend. Wells and Kern won a tiebreaker over Chris Hennon and Kevin Trebilcock (#483) with three race wins to two. Barry Saunders and crew Rebecca Walker (#737) won the B fleet and finished 4th overall.
Eight races were run in a gusty northwesterly that saw several boats capsize throughout the weekend. The seven boats from Asheville Sailing Club were joined by Barry and Rebecca (Carolina Sailing Club), Tim and Lucas Porter (#645, Lake Norman Yacht Club), and Tom Grace and Paula Pacheco (#717, LNYC). A full recap and pictures can be found on the Jet-14 Class website.
The Jet-14 regatta season is underway and about to seriously heat up. Also lots of miscellaneous news to get out there, so here we go!
Southern Comfort Classic Results
For the first time in this history of the regatta, the Michos team did not come home with the first place trophy. Instead, Tom Grace and Paula Pacheco came in from Lake Norman Yacht Club and showed everyone that fast is fast whatever your ride looks like. Check out the full recap by following the link.
– Our esteemed Second VP Seth Parker sent along a nice little write up of the Jet-14 that recently appeared in Wooden Boat Magazine (see the image at left). The article was about the classic International-14s and the boxed sidebar talks about the origins of the Jet. Check out the May/June issue of Wooden Boat for the full article.
– We have a JetBlasts editor. Her name is Paula. She has done this before. Send her anything from your fleets that you’d like to see in the JetBlasts. See the website for contact information.
– The recent T-shirt order was a huge success with over 40 high-quality shirts going out to Jetters. I have a few extras – size Medium and X-Large that are available for $22+shipping. Please let me know ASAP if you would like a shirt before they sell out. The image below shows essentially what they look like, although the base color is a darker grey than how it appears here.
– There is a new Jet-14 website under development. Believe it or not, the current site has been up in its current form since the year 2000. Needless to say, web technology has come a long way in 15 years and we’re working to bring our site into this century. One of the advantages to redoing to whole thing is that it can be purged/updated/organized all at once, leaving us with a much more user friendly and attractive tool for current and potential members. Expect to be blown away by the end of the year (these things take time!).
Fast Boats Available
Several quality boats as well as reno projects are available on the website and through back door channels (class email list). These include proven winners (Bertocci’s #1148, the “Yankee Maid” #1145, and “Charlie’s Angel” #1129) in the $4,000 – $5,000 range. There are also 2 or 3 boats that are either free to anyone who wants to take on a project or listed for minimal cost. See the classifieds on the website for the latest listings or contact me through email.
Of course, brand new Jet-14s are always available too!
District IV VP Matt Japikse sent along this article detailing recommendations for safety boat procedures at regattas. This follows on the tail of discussions we had at the 2014 Nationals and the winter meeting this past February. Check it out.
Class secretary Tiffany Parker reports we are a little bit behind last year in terms of membership. I realize that some of this may be to the inconvenience caused by not having online payment available this year. You can be assured that this option will return. In the meantime, please take a few minutes and sign on for this season. You can fill out this form and mail in with your check to Tiffany.
We have a full schedule coming up in the next few weeks. I know it is hard to travel but having out of towners at these events makes it more fun for everyone and keeps the class healthy. Please consider making it to at least one of these awesome events coming up later this month and in June. See the schedule for contact information.
May 30-31: Silver Chevron/District III Championships – Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis, MD. Contact Eric Johnson
June 7: Wren Regatta – Hunterdon SC, Clinton, NJ. Contact David Veno (bonus: did you know the Wren regatta is named after the boat that won the inaugural regatta?? Double bonus – do you know what boat that is?)
June 13-14: Cleveland Race Week, Edgewater YC, Cleveland OH. Contact Dave Michos
June 20-21: Konigsberg Memorial, SSA, Annapolis, MD. Contact Eric Johnson
June 20-21: Governor’s Cup/Atlantic Coast Championship. Carolina SC, Henderson, NC. Contact Chris Hennon
As always, you can find the Jet-14 Class Association at the following places:
We are up to 36 t-shirts! Good work. 50 sounds like a good round number, so if you are thinking about getting in on this hot deal, let me know soon.
We have 13 boats for the first Jet regatta next month, with a few more on the fence. I have at least 3 able bodied, mountain hardened crew members looking to get on a boat. So if lack of crew is preventing you from coming, I can fix you up. Skill level of potential crew ranges from college girl with 420/Flying Scot/Jet experience to enthusiastic young kid on the precipice of adulthood eager to further his sailing education to a grizzled Flying Scot veteran who is one of the top 5 sailors at the club and wants in on some Jet crewing action.
It looks like we’re going to score a sponsorship from the local Wild Wing Cafe for a crazy party Friday evening (including darts and shuffleboard for you seniors) and dinner on the lake Saturday. Stay tuned for details.
Here’s who I have so far (along with the opening Vegas line) – let me know if I can add you:
217 Michos/Michos (5-4) 2-time defending champs but suck at darts
433 Lewis/P Hennon (20-1) Lewis has experience but curing colic doesn’t translate to sailing
483 C Hennon/Russell (8-1) Experienced team but Hennon’s ego exceeds his tactical choices
544 Possibly Available – Contact Tim Porter (10-1) Fast boat but needs a pilot and crew
628 Porter/Porter (8-1) Porter has speed but the renovated boat is untested
717 Grace/Pacheco (3-1 downwind, 12-1 upwind) Still using spinnaker from 1978 Nationals
737 Hoyt/Nye (20-1) Relative unknowns hopping on Barry’s #1 boat
951 Trombetta/Fosmire (30-1) Can Fosmire counsel her son on how to sail fast?
962 Sokol/Kid Crew (30-1) Barney claims this kid is good. Maybe he should drive.
977 Sampson/Gertz (12-1) Bruce still figuring out his setup but has tons of Thistle experience
1050 Trudeau/Trudeau (20-1) Just bought the boat. Pictures look nice, but who knows?
1076 Parker/Megan? (7-1) Came on strong last year after dismal start.
1130 Wells/Wilcocks (6-1) Lenny has the skills but can Wilcocks set the chute?
1136 Michaud/TBD (3-1) Has the speed to win, but missing crew is a wildcard at this point
Our friend Connie Berchem (#203, #951) is undergoing heart surgery soon and has to miss the event. Please keep her in your thoughts.