Combine the hull of a world champion International 14, with the manageable rig of a Snipe -- and you get:
- planing hull and highly efficient sail plan.
- controlled sailing in all wind conditions.
- spinnaker for superb downwind runs.
- compatible for Juniors and couples.
- well-balanced and sleek lines.
- easy trailering.
AND the Jet-14 Class Association offers you:
- 30 yearly, open regattas.
- Senior, Junior, and Women's National Championships.
- Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West fleets.
- JetBlasts newsletter and JetStream website.
- Camaraderie & competition for nearly 50 years.
- Leads to inexpensive used boats
SSA is the home of Jet -14 fleet 61. Our fleet consists of many husband- wife , parent- child teams sailing some wood boats 40 years old to some new glass boats 2 years old.
In addition to our regular racing schedule, many teams participate in the popular Tuesday Evening Series for One Designs, run by SSA.
The SSA Jet-14 Fleet is the only two person dinghy that races year round with the ever popular "Jet Frost" Series that runs from closing day (November 13 ) till Opening day (March 28) We typically race every other Saturday through the winter and usually have the harbor and Severn river to ourselves with Chili and beverages around a fire at the club after racing.
The Jet fleet at SSA accommodates people with a remarkably wide range of talent and experience, from former collegiate racers, to big boat sailors looking for "that sports car thrill - in something you don't have to be an Olympic athlete to handle."
"Jets are easy to sail, so we're attracting some brand new racers. But they're responsive enough to keep experienced sailors interested. The spinnaker really adds a dimension - it can make things very interesting in a boat this size,"
Younger sailors who raced Lasers, 420s and Flying Juniors in high school or college "will find the boat handling techniques they learned in school work very well in Jets. But they'll find some tough competition from the 'old salts' among Jet racers, because these boats can be quite tactical."
The Jet 14 hull is a direct copy of a world champion International 14,- "Alarm" designed by Uffa Fox and uses the more manageable rig of a Snipe. A new, state of the art Jet costs about $9,500, but competitive, used boats are available for less than half that amount.
The Jet Class strictly maintains the one design integrity of elements like hull and rig, blades and sails. But control systems can be customized, "so boats can be set up simply, or to allow plenty of tweaking for those who like that."
SSA's Jet Fleet 61 members include Brent Barbehenn (10 time national champion in the Jet) and multiple national champions in the Thistle class.
For more information about the Jet 14 Fleet, email: SSA Jet 14 Fleet