Harbor 20 Invitational Mariners Club Regatta

The Balboa Bay Club is bringing racing back to their Club, starting with a Harbor 20 Regatta.

This Regatta is open to all Harbor 20 Sailboats. They are encouraging all Fleet One Members to help them kickoff their first race season. All other Harbor 20 Fleets and sailors are welcome as well.

They are also looking a few Corinthian Spirited Harbor 20 owners who would be willing to have a BBC member race with you. Please contact Scotty Porter the club PRO at (949) 279-7575 or email scottyporternewport@gmail.com, if you can help out and have a BBC member crew for you.

Races will be conducted in the harbor directly in front of BBC. They have adequate docking for many boats before and after the race. The course will start and finish at BBC. The course will be as close to windward as possible towards “Z” mark then down to Lido Island Turning Basin and back. They will be creative, fun, medium courses to allow for two to three races.

Download the NORs here.

Entry Forms and Sailing Instructions will be available after July 14th at the Club Member Relations email Memberrelations@balboabayclub.com or at the Dock Master’s Office dockmaster@balboabayclub.com.

They are asking for a $30 entry fee. Entries must be completed by 1100 on race day.

Longer Races – an Op-Ed Contribution

The following is an Op-Ed Contribution by Jon Pinckney, a member of the Harbor 20 Class Association and Fleet 1.


Open letter to Fleet one members,

I sailed in last night’s NHYC twilight race and wanted to express that the two races we sailed were perhaps the best two races I have ever experienced in the Harbor 20. I am hoping to open up a little dialogue amongst members as to why I felt the races were so good so perhaps we can duplicate last night’s experience for future races if other sailors felt the same way.

What I felt made last night stand out from all the other twilights was the length of the race course. The weather leg was approximately a half mile long and we sailed a twice around WL course lasting approximately 30 minutes. The wind was Southwest at about 8-10 knots. The longer course allowed for the boats to separate out on the course and sail the H20 the way they were meant to sail. This was in sharp contrast to 2 weeks earlier when in the same wind our races were twice around lasting 12 minutes long in the same conditions.

My belief as to why we do short course racing in the harbor is that before the H20 came along we raced sabots and other small boats in the harbor for which a small course was suitable. When the H20’s came along everyone just incorporated the H20 racecourse with the way things were always run for smaller boats.   I believe that is a mistake that we should look as a class to correct as heavier keelboats stop, turn, accelerate and generally handle much differently than a small lightweight dinghy. Short courses are dangerous as only so many 20 foot boats even fit in the race course at one time and the limited space ensures that 3 fleets of boats will always be on top of each other. As soon as one fleet goes around the windward mark, they are immediately headed downwind into another fleet of “hard on the wind” right away boats. I have often times been in this situation where 5-6 B’s are lined up in a row on Starboard tack taking up to 100 feet of space and as a downwind give way boat, I have nowhere to go to give way.

I am hoping that we can agree that longer is better and perhaps even recognize that a 25 minute race is still a short race for a 20 foot keelboat! If so is there a way we as a class can express our preference to PRO’s running our races? While I am thinking that races, regardless of how many legs sailed, should be about 30 minutes long, it is most important that the length of the beat is stretched out to allow for a more safe, fair, and enjoyable experience. The challenge is a southerly wind that runs across our east/west channels. While we are limited in space in these conditions we should do everything we can to make sure that every bit of length is incorporated into the course which I don’t think we always do. Perhaps we can discuss this openly here and then if the class agrees, make recommendations to PRO’s of all the local Yacht Clubs. As our numbers grow the danger grows along with the quality of racing and I think it is time correct something that has been wrong from the very beginning. Let’s recognize that a H20 is a 2,000 pound 20 foot keelboat and not a 100 pound 8 foot sabot or Lehman 12.

Invite all to comment below.


Jon Pinckney

Earth #15



Heritage Regatta & Summer Party


Saturday, August 20th will be the day of our annual Harbor 20 Heritage Regatta & Summer Party. This annual fun event offers a “not so usual” regatta format and fun, music, food and drinks at LIYC.

Entry is expected to be $20 – $25, which include the Regatta entry and the Summer Party.

Online entry will be made available mid-August, but Save the Date now.

Fleet 4 Fiesta Cup in Santa Barbara

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Fleet 4 in Santa Barbara is gearing up for the annual Fiesta Cup July 15-17. Besides the Harbor 20 fleet, we will be hosting the J/70 West Coast Championship. This has always been a favorite regatta for the Harbor 20 Fleet and is part of their Championship Series. Good winds and great parties are anticipated. The famous party on the beach will once again feature our favorite band, “Jason Campbell and the Drive”. NOR and Si’s are online now at sbyc.org.