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Connections (July updates)

The Jet-14 class had a big weekend June 14-15 as 3 regattas in 3 different states with over 20 boats competing were contested.  More important than the numbers and results were the new and missed faces that we connected with.  As I was reading Fleet 61 captain Eric Johnson’s  Konigsburg report, I was pleased to see that Kate Erklauer was back on the water after taking some time off to begin her family.  Racing next to Kate was Michael Parramore, who has a much longer history and personal connection with the Jet-14 than I will ever have.  Michael has been busy racing Lasers with his daughter and supporting his wife’s equine habit (which I know a little about).  It was fantastic to hear about their weekend and I hope we see more of you very soon.

Jet-14 #203

New members Connie Berchem and Teri Fosmire (#203) round the top mark at the 2014 Governor’s Cup

At the NC Governor’s Cup down in Henderson, NC, I am happy to report that Fleet 65 has grown by another couple of boats.  Connie Berchem has teamed with Teri Fosmire to campaign #203 for the rest of the season.  Connie was a last minute crew fill in for me at the District III championships at SSA.  She has been a sail maker for over 20 years and has a knack for making a boat go fast.  Teri is the mother of Hunter Trombetta, who many of you may remember as an up and coming sailor who crewed for Fleet 65 member Lenny Wells at the Lake Norman nationals last year.  She is new to sailing and learning fast – they make a great team.  Speaking of Lenny, he has officially joined Fleet 65 as the new owner of #1130 – congratulations!  We’ll be seeing him, Connie, and Teri at Nationals this year.  We were also excited to meet Don Janeway from Chapel Hill, the new owner of #1115.  Don has a lot of racing and restoration experience and we are looking forward to seeing him out on the water in the coming months.

2014 Nationals Registration Underway

Nationals chair Dean Whalen and his cohorts at Mayfield Yacht Club have an awesome Nationals planned (August 14-16).  The Women/Junior Nationals will be contested at the same venue on August 13.  The Notice of Race, measurement form, and registration are now available here:

http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/8728

The class association is running a special promotion this year – registration is waived for first-time Nationals skippers or owners.  Contact Chairman Whalen for details – you must be a member of the class association to take advantage of this offer.

Please note that there will be a “Nationals tune up” regatta (aka the Gravy Bowl) at Hunterdon SC in Clinton NJ August 9 – why not race there on your way to Mayfield?  The Gravy Bowl is also the third leg of the 2014 Traveler’s Series. Contact Fleet 51 member Nicky Einthoven for information.

Recent Results

Check out all of the results from the June 14-15 regattas, including an exciting tie breaker situation in Cleveland:

Governor’s Cup (plus lots of good pictures here)
Cleveland Race Week/Silver Chevron
Konigsburg Regatta

Upcoming Events (see Jet-14.com regatta page for details)

Lake Norman July 4th Regatta (July 5-6) – Mooresville NC
Wren Regatta (July 20) – Hunterdon Sailing Club, Clinton NJ
Gravy Bowl (August 9) – Hunterdon Sailing Club, Clinton NJ

Do you have any news?  Please send it along!

That’s it for now – see you on the water.

Chris (#483)

 

 

Regatta Moments

I just returned home late last night from an incredible weekend of Jet sailing at Severn Sailing Association.  Fleet Captains Eric Johnson and Cathy Cotell were gracious hosts and worked hard to get the local sailors out.  Weather was almost perfect, with temperatures in the mid-upper 60s and a beautiful (but shifty!) 5-10 kt. northwesterly most of the weekend.

Eric will provide the highlights for the racing but I’d like to share what I thought were the best moments of the weekend.  After racing on Saturday, Eric arranged for a fleet dinner at Cantlers, a legendary local crab shack.  This place was so legendary that you had to wait 20 minutes to park your car before you had to wait 20 minutes for a table.  It was a tribute to the SSA fleet that everyone out sailing that day made the effort to share a table with their out of town guests.  I found out that Ed Lutz has about 232 boats (“I just love boats!” he exclaimed), graduated from the Naval Academy a long time ago and had JFK as his commencement speaker.  I learned that Gary Mentesana‘s father learned to sail by reading a book and that Gary’s college housing was a beachfront house which didn’t encourage studying.  We found out that Cathy Mentesana won’t take shit from Gary in the boat, and that Chris Wood doesn’t know the sail number of his own boat.

The SSA fleet couldn’t be more friendly on the water, even as they are kicking your ass.  Gary and Cathy are always thinking 4 steps ahead of everyone else, and then even try to take the blame when a certain port tacker almost t-boned them.  Eric and Cathy C. somehow make you feel O.K. that they are passing you again on the run.  You couldn’t tell whether Ed and Chris had finished last every race or won the regatta based on their demeanor after racing.  All thanked us profusely for coming out and supporting their event.  Good vibes.

I received an uplifting email this morning from my crew Connie Berchem .  When my regular crew was unable to make the trip I sent out a desperate call for help and Connie unexpectedly said “Hell yes, I’ll go to Annapolis with you!”.  I didn’t know Connie that well from our group in Asheville – she had had an incredibly rough stretch of life the past couple of years and wasn’t around that much.  But we had absolutely the best time in the boat, and she was an incredible source of encouragement and strength even when I was making my typical tactical errors.  She kept thanking me over and over again for the opportunity.  On our trip home, Connie told me that she wants to get a Jet of her own.

Regattas are so much more than winning or losing (yes, winning feels good I heard).  What is important is to show up – you never know nor will realize ahead of time how much good will come out of it.  These are the moments that bind us together and give us the energy to continue forward.  I was worried about how our friends at SSA were going to stick through this challenging period, but after this weekend I know they got this.

Chris

District III Championships NOR

We hope you will be able to join Fleet 61 at the Severn Sailing Association for the District III Championships May 17-18.  You do not have to be a member of District III to participate!

 

SSA

Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis MD

Here’s the info:

NOTICE OF RACE – Jet-14 Severn Sailing Association Spring Series and District III Championships

Severn Sailing Association is the host and organizing authority for this regatta, in conjunction with Jet-14 Fleet 61.

RULES

This regatta will be governed by the ‘rules’ as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS/US).  US Sailing Prescriptions to Rule 60, 63.2, and 63.4 are deleted.

ELIGIBILITY

The regatta is open to any boat in the Jet-14 class

ENTRIES

Eligible boats may be entered by completing a registration form and paying the required fee by one hour before the scheduled start of the first race for the entering boat.

No fee for SSA members; $40 for non-SSA members

COURSES

The racing area will be in the Severn River in the vicinity of Bembe Beach or in the Chesapeake Bay in the vicinity of Whitehall Bay.

SCHEDULE OF RACES

Five races are scheduled for the regatta.  The scheduled time for the first warning signal of each race day shall be 1100 hours.  Changes to the schedule will be posted on the official notice board.

SCORING

The regatta will be scored according with the Low Point System of Appendix A, except that a boat’s series score will be the total of all her race scores.

PRIZES

Prizes will be awarded to skippers and crews placing first, second, and third in the regatta

DIRECTIONS

US Route 50 to Exit 24, Rowe Blvd (MD 70). Bear right onto Rowe Blvd.  Cross Weems Creek and College Creek.  Continue on Rowe Blvd as it bears right after College Creek.  At Church Circle you must turn right – continue about 180 degrees around Church Circle to Duke of Gloucester Street – the Maryland Inn is on the corner of that intersection – turn right.  Follow Duke of Gloucester Street and turn right at end.  Cross Spa Creek Bridge and take the first left onto Severn Ave. (Shell Station).  Go five blocks; turn left onto First Street.  SSA is at the end of the street on the right.

ACCOMODATIONS

Here is a list of local hotels and B&Bs:

Marriott Annapolis Waterfront (0.29 mi) 1-800-228-9290 www.annapolismarriott.com
Historic Inns of Annapolis (0.59 mi) 410-263-2641 www.historicinnsofannapolis.com
State House Inn (0.64 mi) 410-990-0024
Loews Annapolis Hotel (0.97 mi) 1-800-526-2593 www.loewsannapolis.com
O’Callahan Annapolis Hotel (1.06 mi) 410-263-7700 www.ocallahanhotels.com
The Westin Annapolis (3.12 mi) 410-972-4300 www.westin.com/Annapolis
Holiday Inn Express Suites Annapolis (3.35 mi) 1-877-863-4780 www.hiexpress.com
Comfort Inn Annapolis (3.41 mi) 410-757-8500 www.comfortinn.com/Maryland
Sheraton Annapolis Hotel (3.55 mi) 410-266-3131 www.Sheraton.com/Annapolis
Springhill Suites by Marriott (3.57 mi) 443-321-2500 www.marriott.com/SHSAnnapolis
Doubletree Annapolis (3.57 mi) 410-224-3150 www.doubletreeannapolis.com
Hampton Inn and Suites Annapolis (3.66 mi) 410-571-0200 www.HamptonInn.com
Residence Inn by Marriott Annapolis (3.77 mi) 410-573-0300 www.ResidenceInn.com
Courtyard by Marriott (3.83 mi) 800-695-8284 410-266-1555 www.Marriott.com
Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis (4.25 mi) 410-266-9006 www.hiltongardeninn.com
Quality Inn Annapolis (4.47 mi) 1-877-424-6423 www.QualityInn.com
Super 8 Annapolis (3.41 mi) 410-757-2222 www.super8.com
Best Western Annapolis (3.63 mi) 1-800-780-7234 www.bestwestern.com
Country Inn and Suites (4.2 mi) 1-888-201-1746 www.countryinns.com/hotels/mdannap
CONTACT

Eric Johnson, Fleet Captain, Jet-14 Fleet 61
202-544-9242
jet14@severnsailing.org