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Fleet 4 Meeting Minutes 9 October 2017

HARBOR 20 FLEET FOUR

BOARD MEMBER MEETING

OCTOBER 9, 2017

 

  1. Call to Order: Rich Miller presiding. Present, board members Morgan Green, Geoff Slaff, Ann Hutchins, former fleet captain Fred Rice

 

  1. minutes: accepted.

 

  1. Webmaster’s report: no report

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report: Geoff Slaff. Current Balance, $3,509.55 as of Oct. 9, 2017 (see attached complete report)

 

  1. Basic Rules Review: Discussion of rights of way inside downwind finish zone and upwind finish at committee boat.

 

Old Business

 

  1. Class Measurer. Weighing of boats. Tom Wright. The scale was found. All boats underweight, new boats, and boats that underwent alterations need to be weighed. Five total. Tom will select times and send to the owners. Unweighed boats will not be counted in any more race unless they get weighed.

 

  1. Spinnaker Pole Deployment: Discussion of rules favored by other classes with similar extending poles. Motion: Spinnaker poles may be deployed any time within the three-boat-length circle (extending outward 60 feet from the mark for Harbor 20s), and will be retracted at the first reasonable opportunity. Approved.

 

  1. North/South Regatta: discussion of keeping activities as simple as possible. Scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, 2018. Fleet Capt. noted that the entry fee of $580 to enter at Annapolis was way too expensive. General consensus that simpler is better. But no decision. To be discussed more later.

 

  1. Bylaw change. Wording to formalize previous decisions on to matters. See below.

 

111.G.17 Backstay tension line may be lead through a simple block attached to the base of the barney post. The cleat location shall not be altered.

 

11.C.4 All crew shall keep their hips within the confines of the cockpit at all times excepting in the need for immediate repair or for safety.

 

Approved.

 

New Business

 

  1. Do we require a working motor? Discussion after consulting national Class bylaws. A motor does not need to be working. But all Class required motor requirements must be fulfilled. (such as permanently mounted weight in lieu of battery or motor etc.)

 

  1. Two-day Regattas: Discussion and consensus. Starting in 2018, local regattas shall be one-day only. Two-day events will be scheduled for regattas with out-of-town visiting Harbor 20 crews.

 

  1. Holiday Party: Discussion of dues and election to coincide with party. Consensus, Annual dues will be due by Jan 15. By the end of the first week in February, there will be an email call by the board secretary for nominees to the board. A vote via confidential email will be called by the board secretary. Results will be announced at the party. The party date is February 11. Location to be confirmed.

 

  1. East/West Regatta – Hilton Head. Rich asked for people to participate. This subject will be revisited in June with a call for participants.

 

  1. Class Championship announcement: Anybody participating will have to trailer their boat down to Newport or charter one there.

 

  1. Nominations for the National Harbor 20 Class Board: Rich Miller and Kevin Cahill, if he agrees to serve, are nominated without objection.

Fleet 4 Meeting Minutes 10 July 2017

HARBOR 20 FLEET FOUR

BOARD AND MEMBER MEETING

JULY 10,2017

 

  1. Call to order: Rich Miller presiding. Present Geoff Slaff, JJ Jeffries, Helene Webb, Fred Rice, Brian Green, Ann Hutchins, Kevin Cahill, Caroline Cavanagh.

 

  1. Team Racing presentation. No minutes taken.

 

  1. Acceptance of previous minutes. Accepted

 

  1. Webmaster’s Report. No report.

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report. Fleet has $3,609.55 in the bank. Small amount spent on meeting snacks and team racing id ribbons.

 

Old Business

 

  1. Weighing: Fleet Capt. notes that the Class requires a 30 lb. weight be added to the battery compartment along with a lithium battery. Boats that a still need to be reweighed include Fling, Fleur de Lis and possibly Limoncello. Fred Rice is to contact Bill Hahn to schedule a time to weigh Fling.

 

  1. Backstay lead change: Brian Green of Amigo advocates approval of running the backstay adjuster line a turning block mounted to the base of the binnacle. Noted, Class rule IIIF.2.d states: running rigging “leads and purchase geometries may not be changed or relocated.” Discussion and motion to approve the optional “Amigo style” backstay lead change for Fleet Four boats. Approved by majority vote of the board and members present with one abstention and 2 “no” votes.

 

New Business

 

  1. Response to complaints that Fleet Four needs a rule re when spinnaker poles may be deployed. Discussion. No decision. Tables for further research. Rich is to check with J-70 and Melges Fleets re their rules.

 

  1. Response to concerns re rule regarding how much of a person’s body may be outside of the cockpit except for emergencies. Class rule IIC4 states: Hiking is not permitted. “All crew shall keep their torsos within the confines of the cockpit at all times, excepting in the need for immediate repair or for safety. Discussion. Proposed: “Hips must remain inside the vertical extensions of the cockpit “walls.” Approved by majority vote of the board and members present.

 

  1. North South Regatta Date, 2018. Discussion. Fleet rep is to place on the agenda of the SBYC sail policy committee. Fleet consensus suggestion, Labor Day.

 

  1. Annapolis team members? Rich Miller, Fred Rice and maybe Geoff Slaff announce they are going with crew.

 

  1. Next team race. Consensus, August 2.

 

  1. Reminder announcement to sign up for the Fiesta Regatta.

 

Adjournment.

END

Fleet 4 Meeting Minutes 10 July 2017

HARBOR 20 FLEET FOUR

BOARD AND MEMBER MEETING

JULY 10,2017

 

  1. Call to order: Rich Miller presiding. Present Geoff Slaff, JJ Jeffries, Helene Webb, Fred Rice, Brian Green, Ann Hutchins, Kevin Cahill, Caroline Cavanagh.

 

  1. Team Racing presentation. No minutes taken.

 

  1. Acceptance of previous minutes. Accepted.

 

  1. Webmaster’s Report. No report.

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report. Fleet has $3,609.55 in the bank. Small amount spent on meeting snacks and team racing id ribbons.

 

Old Business

 

  1. Weighing: Fleet Capt. notes that the Class requires a 30 lb. weight be added to the battery compartment along with a lithium battery. Boats that a still need to be reweighed include Fling, Fleur de Lis and possibly Limoncello. Fred Rice is to contact Bill Hahn to schedule a time to weigh Fling.

 

  1. Backstay lead change: Brian Green of Amigo advocates approval of running the backstay adjuster line a turning block mounted to the base of the binnacle. Noted, Class rule IIIF.2.d states: running rigging “leads and purchase geometries may not be changed or relocated.” Discussion and motion to approve the optional “Amigo style” backstay lead change for Fleet Four boats. Approved by majority vote of the board and members present with one abstention and 2 “no” votes.

 

New Business

 

  1. Response to complaints that Fleet Four needs a rule re when spinnaker poles may be deployed. Discussion. No decision. Tables for further research. Rich is to check with J-70 and Melges Fleets re their rules.

 

  1. Response to concerns re rule regarding how much of a person’s body may be outside of the cockpit except for emergencies. Class rule IIC4 states: Hiking is not permitted. “All crew shall keep their torsos within the confines of the cockpit at all times, excepting in the need for immediate repair or for safety. Discussion. Proposed: “Hips must remain inside the vertical extensions of the cockpit “walls.” Approved by majority vote of the board and members present.

 

  1. North South Regatta Date, 2018. Discussion. Fleet rep is to place on the agenda of the SBYC sail policy committee. Fleet consensus suggestion, Labor Day.

 

  1. Annapolis team members? Rich Miller, Fred Rice and maybe Geoff Slaff announce they are going with crew.

 

  1. Next team race. Consensus, August 2.

 

  1. Reminder announcement to sign up for the Fiesta Regatta.

 

Adjournment.

END

 

Fleet 4 Meeting Minutes 8 May 2017

Harbor 20 Fleet Four

Meeting May, 8, 2017

Minutes:

  1. Call to order: Rich Miller presiding. Caroline Kavanagh, Helene Webb, Ann Hutchins, Fred Rice, Sandra Denton, Bill Hahn, Karen Cahill, Brian Green. J.J. Jeffries, Tom Kelleway, Sharon Green, Morgan Green attending.
  1. Minutes: April minutes accepted.
  1. Treasurer’s Report, Rich Miller in Geoff Slaff’s absence. See attached report. Fleet account balance, $3,600. Meeting snacks to be paid for.
  1. Webmaster’s Report: J.J. Jeffries: He did all the corrections and appendices of our fleet bylaws online. Motion approved to take all and place into appendix 6 from the website at another location. J.J. will talk to Nick regarding why fleet Four notifications don’t go out to all of our fleet members although they do receive Fleet One items.  Also, can we just send and get emails for Fleet Four through the Association website.
  1. Measurer’s Report: No report. Tom Wright absent.
  1. Rules corner. Discussion of Rule 17, overtaking from clear astern involving two boats sailing downwind. If a boat from clear astern becomes overlapped within two of HER hull lengths to leeward of a boat on the same tack, she shall NOT sail above her proper course while they remain on the same tack and overlapped within the two boat lengths of distance. The leeward boat can do a quick double jibe to create a new overlap, and then take the windward boat up, or the leeward boat can veer away more than two boat lengths to leeward, and then return to establish a new overlap and take the windward boat up.

 

Old Business

  1. Move spinnaker and spinnaker rigging and tack specifications into the Fleet 4 bylaws. Done. See Item 4. above.
  1. Harbor20.org subscription and sign up procedure: See item 4.
  1. Have boats with material changes been weighed? Fred Rice – No. Are waiting for Bill to purchase Fling. Item postponed to next meeting.

 

New Business

  1. North/South Challenge is in Newport, June 16-18 Fred Rice – Newport is using the lido Yacht Club’s facilities this year. Fleet Four is also invited to sail in their Friday night separate event. Fees are reduced from last year. No big awards dinner, so we can go home earlier. Carpooling is possible. Qualification of participants is up to Fleet Four. Free housing with local hosts is available. Friday is the cocktail party, Saturday is a pre-race meeting with coffee and donuts, lunch boxes will be available for purchase. Party and dinner is Saturday night. Racing again on Sunday. May 13 is the deadline to notify Rich of participation. Fred will coordinate all between Fleet Four and hosts. He will email the fleet to seek participants, answer questions, etc. Fred, and Rich will participate. Bill is a maybe. Sept. 8 and 9 is East/West in Annapolis.
  1. Protest Flags: Rich Miller _ SBYC is getting more serious about protests. Cites a protest in which he participated as arbitrator that the protesting boat did not properly and immediately say “protest” and display a protest flag. The protest was disallowed. Reminds all to get a flag and keep it ready to hang on backstay or shroud. Regarding protest turns: Must be done immediately, not when convenient. West Marine has protest flags with Velcro.
  1. Collapsable boarding ladder: Helene Webb suggested and demonstrated a flexible collapsible boarding ladder she obtained after going overboard in the harbor and finding it hard to re-board.
  1. Backstay turning block: Brian Green – He installed a block at the base of his barney post to lead the backstay adjustment line forward making it easy for a crew to reach. He asked if this is legal, saying it should be allowed since other variations in running rigging, such as different blocks on jib booms have been allowed. Discussion: and noted that rules disallow running the jib downhaul to the cockpit. Request: Brian is to take pictures of his modification and bring it to the next meeting for a vote.

 

Team Racing:

Teams for the First Wet Wednesday trail run fun race were announced:

Orange: Amigo, Scirocco, Firefly, Fling and maybe Cherry Bomb and Shah.

Green: Cardremian, Pleione, Picante, Sheridan, and maybe Tachyon, and Lisianthus.

 

Rich Miller: more Discussion of team racing rule: Inside overlap while rounding a mark, the inside boat may “take up” the outside boat after rounding as a team tactic. A right-of-way boat can alter course in a port-starboard approach, but must give the burdened boat time and room to stay clear.

 

Adjournment

– – – END – – –

Fleet 4 Meeting Minutes 8 May 2017

Harbor 20 Fleet Four

Meeting May, 8, 2017

Minutes:

  1. Call to order: Rich Miller presiding. Caroline Kavanagh, Helene Webb, Ann Hutchins, Fred Rice, Sandra Denton, Bill Hahn, Karen Cahill, Brian Green. J.J. Jeffries, Tom Kelleway, Sharon Green, Morgan Green attending.
  1. Minutes: April minutes accepted.
  1. Treasurer’s Report, Rich Miller in Geoff Slaff’s absence. See attached report. Fleet account balance, $3,600. Meeting snacks to be paid for.
  1. Webmaster’s Report: J.J. Jeffries: He did all the corrections and appendices of our fleet bylaws online. Motion approved to take all and place into appendix 6 from the website at another location.  J.J. will talk to Nick regarding why fleet Four notifications don’t go out to all of our fleet members although they do receive Fleet One items.  Also, can we just send and get emails for Fleet Four through the Association website.
  1. Measurer’s Report: No report. Tom Wright absent.
  1. Rules corner. Discussion of Rule 17, overtaking from clear astern involving two boats sailing downwind. If a boat from clear astern becomes overlapped within two of HER hull lengths to leeward of a boat on the same tack, she shall NOT sail above her proper course while they remain on the same tack and overlapped within the two boat lengths of distance. The leeward boat can do a quick double jibe to create a new overlap, and then take the windward boat up, or the leeward boat can veer away more than two boat lengths to leeward, and then return to establish a new overlap and take the windward boat up.

 

Old Business

  1. Move spinnaker and spinnaker rigging and tack specifications into the Fleet 4 bylaws. Done. See Item 4. above.
  1. Harbor20.org subscription and sign up procedure: See item 4.
  1. Have boats with material changes been weighed? Fred Rice – No. Are waiting for Bill to purchase Fling. Item postponed to next meeting.

 

New Business

  1. North/South Challenge is in Newport, June 16-18 Fred Rice – Newport is using the lido Yacht Club’s facilities this year. Fleet Four is also invited to sail in their Friday night separate event. Fees are reduced from last year. No big awards dinner, so we can go home earlier. Carpooling is possible. Qualification of participants is up to Fleet Four. Free housing with local hosts is available. Friday is the cocktail party, Saturday is a pre-race meeting with coffee and donuts, lunch boxes will be available for purchase. Party and dinner is Saturday night. Racing again on Sunday. May 13 is the deadline to notify Rich of participation. Fred will coordinate all between Fleet Four and hosts. He will email the fleet to seek participants, answer questions, etc. Fred, and Rich will participate. Bill is a maybe. Sept. 8 and 9 is East/West in Annapolis.
  1. Protest Flags: Rich Miller _ SBYC is getting more serious about protests. Cites a protest in which he participated as arbitrator that the protesting boat did not properly and immediately say “protest” and display a protest flag. The protest was disallowed. Reminds all to get a flag and keep it ready to hang on backstay or shroud. Regarding protest turns: Must be done immediately, not when convenient. West Marine has protest flags with Velcro.
  1. Collapsable boarding ladder: Helene Webb suggested and demonstrated a flexible collapsible boarding ladder she obtained after going overboard in the harbor and finding it hard to re-board.
  1. Backstay turning block: Brian Green – He installed a block at the base of his barney post to lead the backstay adjustment line forward making it easy for a crew to reach. He asked if this is legal, saying it should be allowed since other variations in running rigging, such as different blocks on jib booms have been allowed. Discussion: and noted that rules disallow running the jib downhaul to the cockpit. Request: Brian is to take pictures of his modification and bring it to the next meeting for a vote.

 

Team Racing:

Teams for the First Wet Wednesday trail run fun race were announced:

Orange: Amigo, Scirocco, Firefly, Fling and maybe Cherry Bomb and Shah.

Green: Cardremian, Pleione, Picante, Sheridan, and maybe Tachyon, and Lisianthus.

 

Rich Miller: more Discussion of team racing rule: Inside overlap while rounding a mark, the inside boat may “take up” the outside boat after rounding as a team tactic. A right-of-way boat can alter course in a port-starboard approach, but must give the burdened boat time and room to stay clear.

 

Adjournment

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Fleet 4 Meeting Minutes 3 April 2017

HARBOR 20 FLEET FOUR

EXECUTIVE BOARD

AND GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

APRIL 3, 2017

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER: Rich Miller presiding – present, Geoff Slaff, Ann Hutchins, Brian Green, Morgan Green, Fred Rice, J.J. Jeffries, Jane Barrett, Tom Wright, Kevin Cahill, Helene Webb, Caroline Kavanagh

 

  1. MINUTES: Morgan Green – previous meeting, accepted.

 

  1. TREASURER’S REPORT: Geoff Slaff – Buying Snacks for those present.

 

  1. WEB MASTERS REPORT: J.J. Jeffries – sent email blast regarding posted minutes. He will put a proxy voting form on the H20 Fleet 4 website leaving off the date for use by skippers as needed to delegate vote. Not addressed are spinnaker rules, wind speed rules, calculation of the fleet champion. (Rich will check on the trophy and the spinnaker rules to report back)

 

  1. MEASURER’S REPORT: Tom Wright – Concerns expressed regarding Fling, noted in 5/1/2016 as underweight. (Minimum class weight with required gear is 1950 lbs.) Four boats will be reweighed. Suggestion: coordinate to do all on the same day. Discussion re: reducing a boat’s weight. Helene notes weights of spinnaker poles as potential question. Tom will research weights by checking with Fleet 1 bylaws for language and report back.

 

  1. RULES QUIZ: Rich Miller – Discussion. Until a boat completes its tack, she shall keep clear of other boats until she is on a close-hauled course.

 

  1. OLD BUSINESS

 

  1. RACE PREPARATIONS: Brian Green – Presentation. Amigo gets out onto the water on Wet Wednesdays often by 4 p.m. (more than an hour before the race start) All running rigging is checked for adjustment. Sails to the outside and inside marks to check current (sometimes it’s different). Luffs up head-to-wind to check wind direction. Often sails to K mark to note wind shifts, kelp channels, current direction.

 

  1. FUTURE MEETING DATES: Rich Miller, Discussion – Thursdays are not convenient. Club is closed on Mondays unless an employee is present to open the fleet room. Geoff will check with the manager Eric re possibilities. No objections to Monday nights if SBYC is not available. Other venues will be evaluated, with locations to be determined. Previously approved meeting dates will be transferred to the Mondays of those weeks. Consensus approval. New Meeting schedule: May 8. June 5, July 10, Oct. 12, Dec. 14.

 

  1. FLEET FOUR MAINSAIL REQUIREMENTS: Geoff Slaff proposes: All boats shall use Ullman mainsails by the 2017 Cinco De Mayo Regatta, and during all subsequent Fleet 4 races if they wish their place to count in any series standings. Approved. (This bylaw change is to clarify former language in Appendix III. Appendix 3 is to be deleted and replaced with the new language. It shall read as follows:  3) Fleet 4 elects to modify Class Rule III.C.5 so that: All boats shall use Ullman mainsails at the 2017 Cinco De Mayo Regatta and during all subsequent Fleet 4 races. (approved April 2017).

 

 

VOTING CLARIFICATION: For annual elections of fleet board.  Kevin Cahill proposed discussion to avert confusion. (Moved from item F on Agenda).Discussion/proposal to amend Fleet Four bylaws to clarify. Proposed: In Fleet 4 elections, each boat owner may cast one vote per candidate. Approved. The language shall be Appendix 6. It shall read as follows: 6) Fleet 4 elects to clarify Class Rule I.D.2 so that in Fleet 4 elections, each boat owner may cast one vote per candidate.

 

  1. FLEET 4 WIND LIMITS: Rich Miller proposes discussion due to confusion. After discussion, consensus that the wind limit be changed to Average wind of 18 kts., OR gusts to 22 kts. Proposal modified from J-70 fleet policy:

 

Races shall not be started when the wind exceeds an average of 18 knots or gusts to 22 knots or higher. The Fleet decision should factor sea conditions, current, and rapid changes in velocity.

 

For Wet Wednesdays only in marginal conditions, at 4:45 p.m. the ranking fleet representative racing shall contact all boats on channel 69 to discuss and vote whether to cancel the race. Ranking representative shall be 1. fleet capt., 2. secretary, 3. treasurer, 4. measurer.

 

At all fleet events: Unless a race is underway, any competitor at any time who thinks racing is unsafe may inform the ranking fleet representative by radio or hail by voice. Thereupon, the fleet representative shall contact all other racers on the Race Committee frequency, then switch to an alternative such as channel 69 and take a voice vote. The majority race/cancel decision stands. Approved by voice vote. Note: the wind rule does not infringe on any racer’s right to retire. Rich will talk to the SBYC race director regarding enforcement of the Fleet 4 rule.

 

  1. TEAM RACING: Rich Miller, proposes increasing fun levels for all. Suggestions for an informal trial: teams made up according to current fleet standings with one team flying a ribbon from the back stay, using one wet wednesday race per month, starting with May 10. Outcome will not count toward Fleet 4 WW standings. Geoff will get the ribbons. Suggestion: get Race Director to hold a team racing seminar asap. Rich will find out when he is available.

 

Adjournment: Next meeting May 8. Place TBA.

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Fleet 4 Meeting Minutes 3 April 2017

HARBOR 20 FLEET FOUR

EXECUTIVE BOARD

AND GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

APRIL 3, 2017

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER: Rich Miller presiding – present, Geoff Slaff, Ann Hutchins, Brian Green, Morgan Green, Fred Rice, J.J. Jeffries, Jane Barrett, Tom Wright, Kevin Cahill, Helene Webb, Caroline Kavanagh

 

  1. MINUTES: Morgan Green – previous meeting, accepted.

 

  1. TREASURER’S REPORT: Geoff Slaff – Buying Snacks for those present.

 

  1. WEB MASTERS REPORT: J.J. Jeffries – sent email blast regarding posted minutes. He will put a proxy voting form on the H20 Fleet 4 website leaving off the date for use by skippers as needed to delegate vote. Not addressed are spinnaker rules, wind speed rules, calculation of the fleet champion. (Rich will check on the trophy and the spinnaker rules to report back)

 

  1. MEASURER’S REPORT: Tom Wright – Concerns expressed regarding Fling, noted in 5/1/2016 as underweight. (Minimum class weight with required gear is 1950 lbs.) Four boats will be reweighed. Suggestion: coordinate to do all on the same day. Discussion re: reducing a boat’s weight. Helene notes weights of spinnaker poles as potential question. Tom will research weights by checking with Fleet 1 bylaws for language and report back.

 

  1. RULES QUIZ: Rich Miller – Discussion. Until a boat completes its tack, she shall keep clear of other boats until she is on a close-hauled course.

 

  1. OLD BUSINESS

 

  1. RACE PREPARATIONS: Brian Green – Presentation. Amigo gets out onto the water on Wet Wednesdays often by 4 p.m. (more than an hour before the race start) All running rigging is checked for adjustment. Sails to the outside and inside marks to check current (sometimes it’s different). Luffs up head-to-wind to check wind direction. Often sails to K mark to note wind shifts, kelp channels, current direction.

 

  1. FUTURE MEETING DATES: Rich Miller, Discussion – Thursdays are not convenient. Club is closed on Mondays unless an employee is present to open the fleet room. Geoff will check with the manager Eric re possibilities. No objections to Monday nights if SBYC is not available. Other venues will be evaluated, with locations to be determined. Previously approved meeting dates will be transferred to the Mondays of those weeks. Consensus approval. New Meeting schedule: May 8. June 5, July 10, Oct. 12, Dec. 14.

 

  1. FLEET FOUR MAINSAIL REQUIREMENTS: Geoff Slaff proposes: All boats shall use Ullman mainsails by the 2017 Cinco De Mayo Regatta, and during all subsequent Fleet 4 races if they wish their place to count in any series standings. Approved. (This bylaw change is to clarify former language in Appendix III. Appendix 3 is to be deleted and replaced with the new language. It shall read as follows:  3) Fleet 4 elects to modify Class Rule III.C.5 so that: All boats shall use Ullman mainsails at the 2017 Cinco De Mayo Regatta and during all subsequent Fleet 4 races. (approved April 2017).

 

 

VOTING CLARIFICATION: For annual elections of fleet board.  Kevin Cahill proposed discussion to avert confusion. (Moved from item F on Agenda).Discussion/proposal to amend Fleet Four bylaws to clarify. Proposed: In Fleet 4 elections, each boat owner may cast one vote per candidate. Approved. The language shall be Appendix 6. It shall read as follows: 6) Fleet 4 elects to clarify Class Rule I.D.2 so that in Fleet 4 elections, each boat owner may cast one vote per candidate.

 

  1. FLEET 4 WIND LIMITS: Rich Miller proposes discussion due to confusion. After discussion, consensus that the wind limit be changed to Average wind of 18 kts., OR gusts to 22 kts. Proposal modified from J-70 fleet policy:

 

Races shall not be started when the wind exceeds an average of 18 knots or gusts to 22 knots or higher. The Fleet decision should factor sea conditions, current, and rapid changes in velocity.

 

For Wet Wednesdays only in marginal conditions, at 4:45 p.m. the ranking fleet representative racing shall contact all boats on channel 69 to discuss and vote whether to cancel the race. Ranking representative shall be 1. fleet capt., 2. secretary, 3. treasurer, 4. measurer.

 

At all fleet events: Unless a race is underway, any competitor at any time who thinks racing is unsafe may inform the ranking fleet representative by radio or hail by voice. Thereupon, the fleet representative shall contact all other racers on the Race Committee frequency, then switch to an alternative such as channel 69 and take a voice vote. The majority race/cancel decision stands. Approved by voice vote. Note: the wind rule does not infringe on any racer’s right to retire. Rich will talk to the SBYC race director regarding enforcement of the Fleet 4 rule.

 

  1. TEAM RACING: Rich Miller, proposes increasing fun levels for all. Suggestions for an informal trial: teams made up according to current fleet standings with one team flying a ribbon from the back stay, using one wet wednesday race per month, starting with May 10. Outcome will not count toward Fleet 4 WW standings. Geoff will get the ribbons. Suggestion: get Race Director to hold a team racing seminar asap. Rich will find out when he is available.

 

Adjournment: Next meeting May 8. Place TBA.

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Fleet 4 Meeting Minutes 17 March 2017

Harbor 20 Fleet Four Meeting

March 17, 2017

INFORMAL AGENDA RE: FLEET ORGANIZATION, 2017

The 2017 board consists of Rich Miller, Brian Green, Morgan Green Ann Hutchins and Geoff Slaff. Fred Rice volunteers

  1. Updating the fleet email list: Anyone who wishes to be on the main list may be on it. Sub lists will include the board only, and the board and fleet boat owners. A corrected list will be prepared by Ann Hutchins in time for the next fleet meeting.
  1. Fleet Meeting Dates: Consensus agreement after discussion of the following dates: May 12, June 8, July 10 and Oct. 12 and Dec. 14 for planning 2018. at 5:30 p.m.
  1. 2017 Fleet officers: By consensus agreement Rich Miller, Fleet Captain; Geoff Slaff, Treasurer; Morgan Green, recording secretary. John Jeffries volunteers to remain the fleet’s webmaster. Tom Wright volunteers to remain as fleet measurer.
  1. Topic of discussion: Rich Miller – How to make the fleet more fun?

Suggestions  for further discussion/action –

– email the whole fleet on suggestions to make races more fun for all

– create a B fleet to foster close competition

– race in teams with odd sail numbers vs even sail numbers

– provide designated speakers of interest at fleet meetings

– hold a go-fast session at fleet meeting, and definition and discussion of one racing rule per meeting

– help people get crew

  1. Fleet Outreach: Rich Miller – sought suggestions for further discussion/action:

– invite other clubs and fleets to sail on H20 boats

– establish a Harbor 20 class in the SBYC Charity Regatta  where non-owner members can skipper a boat, provided and crewed by us, for a given donation, say donors of $100 get to steer.

– first Wet Wednesday race each month be a fun team race.

  1. Treasurer’s Report: Geoff Slaff. See Attached report for details. Currently, the fleet bank balance is $3,771,21. That compares with year end 2016 of $2,963.13. Noted: The fleet is not hosting any Class events involving visiting sailors this year. That leaves funds for spending as the fleet wants. Suggestions for further discussion/action:

– Harbor 20 Fleet 4 t-shirts

– Meeting appetizers and wine

Brian Green volunteered to tell the meeting about how he and his crew prepare for a race.

Consensus approval: May meeting appetizers, and presentation by Brian Green on pre-race preparations.

  1. Fleet communications: Morgan Green – requests that all emails be sent to fleet members from the Fleet Captain. Including minutes, announcements, reminders. And that the Fleet Capt. will send all corrected draft meeting minutes, or official changes to fleet bylaws, to the webmaster for posting online. Consensus agreement.
  1. Spring Series; Jane Watkins – Jane asks for volunteers for Saturday race committee. Rich Miller volunteers, Ann tentatively volunteers.
  1. Fleet Fixits: Brian Green – suggests spreading information about fixes for equipment on boats that all should be aware of. Example: Swapping the main halyard and Spinnaker halyard positions for efficiency and less wear.

Consensus that the May meeting will include a discussion of such fixits for the fleet’s general benefit.

  1. Suggested matters for future board action, Karen Cahill – presents suggestions from Kevin for possible future action:

– non-cumulative voting

– re-weighing requirement after boats make changes (including new flotation) that alter their weight.

– clarification of timing for E.P. switch to Ullman mainsails

– approval of new type of distress flares

  1. Wind Limit: Rich Miller – Asks that a discussion to clarify be placed on the May agenda.
  1. Start Clinic: discussion of when to conduct. General suggestion that if one is planned that it be earlier in the season. Suggestion to place on upcoming spring agenda.

Adjournment

NEXT FLEET MEETING

MAY 12, 5:30 P.M. FLEET MEETING ROOM, SANTA BARBARA YACHT CLUB (PLACE TO BE LATER CONFIRMED).

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Fleet 4 Meeting Minutes 17 March 2017

Harbor 20 Fleet Four Meeting

March 17, 2017

INFORMAL AGENDA RE: FLEET ORGANIZATION, 2017

The 2017 board consists of Rich Miller, Brian Green, Morgan Green Ann Hutchins and Geoff Slaff. Fred Rice volunteers

  1. Updating the fleet email list: Anyone who wishes to be on the main list may be on it. Sub lists will include the board only, and the board and fleet boat owners. A corrected list will be prepared by Ann Hutchins in time for the next fleet meeting.
  1. Fleet Meeting Dates: Consensus agreement after discussion of the following dates: May 12, June 8, July 10 and Oct. 12 and Dec. 14 for planning 2018. at 5:30 p.m.
  1. 2017 Fleet officers: By consensus agreement Rich Miller, Fleet Captain; Geoff Slaff, Treasurer; Morgan Green, recording secretary. John Jeffries volunteers to remain the fleet’s webmaster. Tom Wright volunteers to remain as fleet measurer.
  1. Topic of discussion: Rich Miller – How to make the fleet more fun?

Suggestions  for further discussion/action –

– email the whole fleet on suggestions to make races more fun for all

– create a B fleet to foster close competition

– race in teams with odd sail numbers vs even sail numbers

– provide designated speakers of interest at fleet meetings

– hold a go-fast session at fleet meeting, and definition and discussion of one racing rule per meeting

– help people get crew

  1. Fleet Outreach: Rich Miller – sought suggestions for further discussion/action:

– invite other clubs and fleets to sail on H20 boats

– establish a Harbor 20 class in the SBYC Charity Regatta  where non-owner members can skipper a boat, provided and crewed by us, for a given donation, say donors of $100 get to steer.

– first Wet Wednesday race each month be a fun team race.

  1. Treasurer’s Report: Geoff Slaff. See Attached report for details. Currently, the fleet bank balance is $3,771,21. That compares with year end 2016 of $2,963.13. Noted: The fleet is not hosting any Class events involving visiting sailors this year. That leaves funds for spending as the fleet wants. Suggestions for further discussion/action:

– Harbor 20 Fleet 4 t-shirts

– Meeting appetizers and wine

Brian Green volunteered to tell the meeting about how he and his crew prepare for a race.

Consensus approval: May meeting appetizers, and presentation by Brian Green on pre-race preparations.

  1. Fleet communications: Morgan Green – requests that all emails be sent to fleet members from the Fleet Captain. Including minutes, announcements, reminders. And that the Fleet Capt. will send all corrected draft meeting minutes, or official changes to fleet bylaws, to the webmaster for posting online. Consensus agreement.
  1. Spring Series; Jane Watkins – Jane asks for volunteers for Saturday race committee. Rich Miller volunteers, Ann tentatively volunteers.
  1. Fleet Fixits: Brian Green – suggests spreading information about fixes for equipment on boats that all should be aware of. Example: Swapping the main halyard and Spinnaker halyard positions for efficiency and less wear.

Consensus that the May meeting will include a discussion of such fixits for the fleet’s general benefit.

  1. Suggested matters for future board action, Karen Cahill – presents suggestions from Kevin for possible future action:

– non-cumulative voting

– re-weighing requirement after boats make changes (including new flotation) that alter their weight.

– clarification of timing for E.P. switch to Ullman mainsails

– approval of new type of distress flares

  1. Wind Limit: Rich Miller – Asks that a discussion to clarify be placed on the May agenda.
  1. Start Clinic: discussion of when to conduct. General suggestion that if one is planned that it be earlier in the season. Suggestion to place on upcoming spring agenda.

Adjournment

NEXT FLEET MEETING

MAY 12, 5:30 P.M. FLEET MEETING ROOM, SANTA BARBARA YACHT CLUB (PLACE TO BE LATER CONFIRMED).

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Fleet 4 Meeting Minutes 9 December 2016

HARBOR 20 FLEET FOUR

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING

DECEMBER, 9, 2016

 

Call to Order: Fred Rice presiding – Morgan Green, Tom Wright, and Geoff Slaff (via phone conference call from Boston) present.

 

Announcements: Fred notes that 2017 will be a less taxing year for the fleet leadership in that the North/South Regatta will be in Newport, and the East/West Regatta will be in Annapolis, so Santa Barbara will not be hosting an event with other fleets.

 

Fred reminds the fleet that the deadline for paying the fleet dues is Feb. 1, 2017. Dues of $100 per boat are to be paid directly to Fleet Four Treasurer Geoff Slaff.

 

Fred is the new Treasurer for the National H20 Association. He reports there was discussion recently on the national association board about holding National Championships in Newport. No decision.

 

Fleet four Board Nominations: Morgan Green suggested a fleet-wide email to solicit nominations for the 2017 board of directors, as was successfully done last year. The call for nominations will go out in the first week in January. Approved by consensus.

 

Board Election: Morgan Green Suggested the deadline for board nominations be Jan. 25. An email ballot will be sent out to the fleet membership. Votes are to be returned to Morgan by individual email, and will remain confidential. The voting deadline will be Feb 3. Approved by consensus. The new board will be immediately notified. They will later meet to choose their officers.

 

Annual meeting/party: The meeting date is TBD.  Fred is to verify with Caroline Kavanagh, who volunteered her house. Tom suggested special thanks at the party for those who organized the Luau.

 

Adjournment: Next Meeting, TBD.

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