The annual Harbor 20 Class Association fees are now due. For membership for the 2012/13 year, the fees are due before March 1, 2013.
To save the costs of printing and mailing, we will be accepting the fees online. We will also be keeping on online roster of members which will further save costs in printing and distributing membership directories. You will be able to “print on demand” a custom roster of your fleet or the entire Class Association.
Instructions for Joining or Renewing your Class Association membership
1. Pay your annual Class (and Fleet if applicable) membership fees on Join page located on the main menu. Select the appropriate membership and provide your Boat Name and Sail Number (if you have one).
2. You will be taken to PayPal to pay with either your existing PayPal account, or you may choose to pay with your credit card. Just choose this option if you wish to pay with your credit card.
2. After we receive your payment confirmation, you will receive an email from the Class Membership with instructions on how to login to your account and update your personal and contact information.
And that’s it. Hopefully, simple. Go to the Join Page Now.
The East / West Challenge Perpetual Trophy traveled from the East Coast to NHYC earlier this week, and now, it is headed back to the East Coast again. On day two of the Harbor 20 East/ West challenge, the weather was perfect, the wind was steady out of the South East at about 7-9 knots, the mooring field was clear of boats and moorings, and the dredger was no where to be seen. A very unique situation and one not seen at NHYC in decades. Heading into the day, the East Coast team of Fleet 3 (Hilton Head) and Fleet 5 (Annapolis) had an 8 point lead over the West Coast team of Fleet 1 (Newport Beach) and Fleet 4 (Santa Barbara). But after 4 races on Sunday, and a total of 8 races, the East Coast team widened their lead and took the prize. Individual Winners
- Tom Schock (Fleet 1, sailing for Fleet 5)
- Scott Deardorff (Fleet 4)
- Karl Pomeroy (Fleet 1, sailing for Fleet 5)
- Lee Sutherland (Fleet 1)
- Ed Kimball (Fleet 1, sailing for Fleet 5)
East Coast Team
Fleet 3 – Hilton Head
Domenico De Sole, Joe Highsmith, Paul Miller, Peter Brower, Tom Webster, Ned Nelsen, Kevin Keogh, Marvin Carlson
Fleet 5 – Annapolis
Karl & Cole Pomeroy (Fleet 1); Ed Kimball & Anne Costello (Fleet 1); Marshal & Susan Steele; Tom & Jane Schock (Fleet 1)
West Coast Team
Fleet 1 – Newport Beach
Rolly Pulaski, Peter Haynes, Helen Duncan, Lee Sutherland, Nik Froehlich, Jeff Gordon, Tom Corkett
Fleet 4 – Santa Barbara
Richard Miller, Tom Kelleway, Chester Gillmore, Ann Hutchins, Scott & Leslie Deardorff, Al Salzer, Bill Bench
Full results can be downloaded here.
Complete online photo albums will be posted to this website once the photos become available.
The annual East / West Challenge kicked off Friday evening with a competitor check-in and reception at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club in Newport Beach. Over 85 competitors, boat owners, race committee, housing hosts and guests are participating in the regatta which has grown this year to include four Harbor 20 fleets.
Representing the East Coast are Fleet 3 from Hilton Head and Fleet 5 from Annapolis. Representing the West Coast are Fleet 4 from Santa Barbara and Fleet 1 from Newport Beach. Each Fleet has sent four teams (skipper and crew) for a total of 16 boats in the regatta. Additionally, each of the Harbor 20 boat owners is the “3rd crew” providing the team additional insight on “local knowledge” and familiarity with their boat.
The Friday reception, which included hosted beer and wine and a Taco Bar, allowed participants to meet and greet each other and discuss the upcoming regatta.
The format of the regatta is Fleet racing (not team racing as one may deduce from the name). Awards will be given to the top 5 individual competitors. Additionally, the scores from all the competitors representing the East Coast will be combined and compared to that of the West Coasts fleets, and the lowest overall score will be awarded the East / West Challenge Perpetual Trophy. Currently, Fleet 3 (Hilton Head) possesses the trophy by defeating Fleet 1 at Hilton Head. This year is the first year that more than 2 fleets have participated in the East / West Challenge.
The regatta will consist of a planned eight (8) races over two days. The courses are place in the Harbor Harbor area adjacent to the yacht club docks making it easy and comfortable for spectators to watch the action.
On Saturday, the winds were pretty steady at about 7-9 knots out of the South/South West. As is usual in Newport Harbor, shifts and current provide for a challenging venue where local experience can give competitors an advantage. The race committee was able to get off four (4) windward / leeward races, each about 35 minutes long.
At the end of the day, the East Coast leads with 268 points to the West Coasts 276 points. With only an 8 point spread, the challenge is close even as the second day of racing begins. The leaders in the individual competition is as follows:
- Tom Schock (sailing for Fleet 5) – 12 points
- Jim Kerrigan (Fleet 1) – 18 points
- Scott Deerdorf (Fleet 4) – 20 points
- Lee Sutherland (Fleet 1) – 22 points
- Karl Pomeroy (sailing for Fleet 5) – 23 points
After racing on Saturday evening, the out-of-town guests were treated to an hour-long guided tour of Newport Bay in the iconic “Duffy”, electric boats. Wine, cocktails and snacks along with commentary on the interesting facts and notable landmarks provided the background for this sunset cruise to Lido Isle Yacht Club for the Saturday Party.
Saturday was capped off with a festive party with a variety of food, live music, dance floor and hosted bar. There was a lot of energy left over from the day as was evident by the chatter, energy and plenty of dancing.
Sunday, racing begins at 1pm and will conclude with awards and an Awards dinner at the NHYC.
Pictures of the event will be added to this post and included in the final regatta wrap up post.
Thirty eight people attended the Boat Handling & Sail Trim seminar at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club on March 11. About one third were non-Harbor 20 sailors and people came from far and wide. In addition to the locals, we had folks from Los Angles, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Fillmore, Redondo Beach, Malibu, Pasadena, Oxnard, Ventura, and Santa Barbara.
Classroom learning can really improve your understanding
Starting with the fundamentals
The demonstration brings the concepts to life
Thanks to Tom Madden, BCYC Vice Commodore, for making his Harbor 20 “Cool H20″ available for the dockside demonstration. And thanks to the management and staff of BCYC for flawless support of the event.
This was the second in a three seminar series. The first was “Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing” on January 29. The third in the series will be “Strategy & Tactics” on June 3. Watch this website for details, and we hope to see you there!
Sail Safe & Sail Fast!
January 31 has passed, and we’re closing out the 2012 Harbor 20 Roster.
If you are a racing member, I urge you to take care of this in the next two days, PLEASE! You’re going to have to pay anyway, why not now. Any racing after January and you will not be “legal” without paying dues! I want to include you in the 2012 Roster, it will be a sellout blockbuster!
I’d rather include everyone, especially those procrastinators who put things off, the eventually pay, and then say, “I wish I had…”
IF YOU PLAN ON BEING INCLUDED:
1. SEND ME AN EMAIL AND TELL ME “I’M IN,” OR “I’M OUT.” THE “I’M INs” will be in the Roster, and we’ll trust you to send a check. The “I’M OUTs,” well, thanks for your participation in the past and “Good Sailing.”
2. FOR THE “I’M INs,” WRITE A CHECK, CHECK OVER YOUR ROSTER DATA, AND MAIL YOUR DUES TODAY. YOUR ROSTER DATA WILL BE THE SAME AS LAST YEAR UNLESS YOU SEND IN CHANGES BY MAIL OR EMAIL IN THE NEXT TWO DAYS.*
Pretty simple. Please make my/our life easy and take care of this so WE don’t make a mistake regarding your intent at participation in 2012.
* If you’ve “lost it,” go to harbor20.org, second tab from the left, “About the Class,” and below, click on “Join.” The information and the link to the roster form are linked to this. At least markup and highlight data that’s new, the mailing address is there, and then you’re done.
“…Everyone in Seattle knows about the popular Duck Dodge series that runs on the city’s Lake Union in the summer. Almost 100 boats turn out each Tuesday for a different themed race each week. From Hawaiian Night to Toga Night, this popular series focuses on having fun. There is no cost to enter, and there is only one rule: Don’t hit each other.
Less well known, but still well attended, is the Goosebumps series every Sunday in January and February, also on Lake Union. Of course, it is hard to have a Hawaiian Night or a Toga night in the winter in the Pacific Northwest. If there were a theme for the Goosebumps, it might be fleece and foulies.
With more than 20 Harbor 20s scattered around Puget Sound and various lakes, Signature Yachts, located on Lake Union is working to get boats out sailing together this winter. Five boats have already committed to at least one or two of the Sunday events, with Signature Yachts hosting the boats at its dock after the races. 2 of the 5 Boats are skippered by Women.
Plans call for tuning sessions, sail trim clinics and Harbor 20 gatherings in the spring. Signature is trying to build the Harbor 20 fleet and get the existing boats out in a fun and casual setting….”
The fastest growing fleet at the Annapolis Yacht Club is the Harbor 20. We currently have 12 Harbor 20′s registered in this years AYC Frostbite Series. The Series starts on Nov 6 and runs on sundays through March. The Harbor 20 has been a successful addition to a number of other Yacht Clubs fleets across the nation. AYC is Fleet 5 in the National Harbor Class Association.
Today, the W.D. Schock Corp published two articles related to the recent Harbor 20 Class Championships.
Bill & Diane Menninger and Hellen & Warren Duncan
Run Away With the Prizes
….Fifteen A sailors and fourteen Bs competed in a total of nine long windward/leeward races in winds that varied in direction and velocity but were steady enough to minimize the “luck” factor….
….One of the most significant things about the 2011 Class Championship regatta was that only 7 of the 29 boats had two guys aboard. 17 boats had boy/girl teams, 1 was a father/son team, 3 were sailed single-handed, 1 had two ladies aboard, and there were 3 lady skippers. Mission accomplished!….
….as Bill says, “The level of professionalism has risen in most one-design fleets, and the time commitment is immense.”…
Read the entire article on the W.D. Schock Harbor 20 Website.
Interview with Bill Menninger
Three-Time Winner of the Harbor 20 Championships
Bill Menninger and his wife Diane won the 2011 Harbor 20 Championship Regatta with eight straight first place finishes. Bill has won two previous H20 Championships and a long list of other one-design victories, but he seemed especially fast for this particular regatta.
We asked him about his strategy, his pre-race preparation, and the decisions he made on the racecourse.
The interview asks Bill questions such as:
How did you and Diane prepare as a team?
Did you make any adjustments to the rig prior to the start of the first race?
Did you make any tuning adjustments during the regatta?
Who did you consider to be your biggest threat going into the regatta? What is your philosophy in dealing with competitors? And how did you adjust your assessment as the regatta unfolded?
Your starts were terrific. What was your strategy?
How did you treat the racecourse?
Read the entire interview on the W.D. Schock Website here.
By Paul Briant, South Coast Yachts
This was our 6th Beercans race in the South Coast Yacht’s Harbor 20 and our first victory. We have been slowly learning how to make the boat fast, being a new skipper and also learning the start sequences, some tactics and the vagaries of the wind and current in San Diego bay. Our series record now stands at 4-5-2-2-1. I had some experienced crew in races 5 and 6 which really helped to keep the boat going while I steered.
In the Fifth Race, I had the honor of having Tom Schock as crew and that experience is what helped set us up for the win on Wednesday. Tom taught me all the finer points of how to keep the boat moving in the light air, drive through the chop and roll the boat thru a tack and maintain her speed. We led the fleet until the final leg but got trapped in a hole and ended up in a closely fought Second, our best finish to date.
In the Sixth Race, we almost cancelled for lack of crew, but Barrett Canfield, the Manager of South Coast Yachts and his business partner Rick Day decided at the last minute to join me. Rick is a great tactician and having the two crew trimming and calling tactics allowed me to concentrate on steering the boat and keeping her fast.
We got an OK start and were three boat lengths behind our main competition going into the windward mark. Fortunately, they got into a tactical dual with a bigger boat and opened the door for us to steer a rhumb-line coarse for the leeward mark. The wind was getting lighter and lighter which favored us.
Our secret weapon, the jib boom, pulled us efficiently wing-on wing down-wind faster than the competition and we rounded the leeward mark two boat-lengths ahead. Rick had a knack for putting us in clean air and finding the breeze and we picked up both sailing up the middle of the course. Barrett did a masterful job of getting maximum drive out of the mainsail and changing gears for every puff and lull. We climbed away from the competition and finished about 10 boat lengths ahead of them. A great feeling as they were very experienced sailors in a fast boat who have handily won every other race this year and last.
The conclusions that I have come to after racing this boat in the series so far are basically the same for any boat in a race. The big difference is that you can get-away with being a little sloppy in a bigger boat as they are more tolerant of it , but in the Harbor 20, if your sails aren’t trimmed for the wind angle or condition, or one is sloppy on the helm, the boat slows down.
The Harbor 20 has to be sailed to her optimum all the way round the course to beat a bigger boat but to do so is most rewarding and really teaches you to be a better sailor. Having a good crew who can look for clear lanes and wind and let you concentrate on keeping the tell-tales flying is also invaluable. Barrett and Rick’s crewing was the difference in the race as well as the flow of rum beverages that kept appearing.
Winning the race was extremely fun, but the friendship, and camaraderie as we ghosted this lovely little boat back up the marina fairway on a beautiful spring evening, long past our slip because we were having so much fun. This was the memory that will stay with me.
Link to results