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W.D. Schock Memorial Regatta – Recap and Results

This past weekend, NHYC held the annual W.D. Schock Memorial Regatta. The regatta includes one-design racing for Lehman 12 (A and B Fleets), Lido 14 (A and B Fleets), Harbor 20 (A and B Fleets), and Harbor 25 boats on two consecutive days (Saturday & Sunday) in March each year.

Naturally, we were blessed with great spring type weather (about 70 degrees on Saturday and 66 on Sunday) with sufficient winds on both days to complete 7 races for the Harbor 20’s. The A Fleet had 12 participants while the B Fleet had a record 18 participants for a total of 30 Harbor 20’s and 14 races over the two-day event, which included a buffet dinner on Saturday night.

A first for the Fleet, Newport Harbor Yacht Club provided each boat with a transponder so that their track over the coarse was recorded and could be watched live, or played back to review the race. Below is a clip of Fleet A, Race 1.

The full race can be viewed on on  Results of the regatta can be downloaded from the NYHC Website, here.

The Winners were: (all of us, for a great weekend!!). But really, the winners are:

A Fleet:

1st Place: Skipper Terry Gloege and Crew Byron Capps

2nd Place: Skipper Tom Schock and Crew Jane Schock

3rd Place: Skipper Bob Yates

Terry Gloege, Tom Schock, Betty Schock, Byron Capps (photo courtesy of Bob Yates)

B Fleet:

1st Place: Skipper Walter Johnson and Crew Karen Pierce  (promoted to A Fleet for winning a 2-day regatta)

2nd Place: Skipper Helen Duncan and Crew Audrey Nye

3rd Place: Skipper Jack Cannon and Crew Phil Crosby

Tom Schock, Betty Schock, Walter Johnson, Karen Pierce (photo courtesy of Bob Yates)

We asked Emile Pilafidis, #209, who recently qualified for A Fleet and experienced his first A Fleet regatta, to share a bit about his experience sailing in the A Fleet for the first time:

I advanced to A from B with my results in the Midwinter Regatta in February; ended with a first place finish in Bs, a result I hadn’t expected!  I got a number of lucky breaks during that regatta, and at the end I was on top by one point over a three–way tie for 2nd-4th, and by two points over 5th!  So close!

Needless to say, my expectations for the Schock Regatta this past weekend, against other As, were minimal!  But I did agree on an objective with my crew, Alice, that it would be great not to be in last place for the regatta!

So with no pressure and no expectations, we began the regatta, with one core strategy, namely, to try and follow Tom Schock!  As it turned out Tom got tangled up at the start of the first race, and I had to quickly decide to follow other boats!   The strategy worked better in the second race, and after the first two races in light air, I found myself in sixth place out of twelve boats!  This of course didn’t last long, since we came 12th and 10th the next two races, despite having sailed without making any major mistakes.  We just were not as good at the start or as fast as the others.   At the end of Saturday, after four races, we were next to last, but only a couple of points behind three other boats, and feeling quite ok!

On Sunday we realized there would be a throw out race which sounded like a plus for us, and started with the same plan in mind!  Yet we quickly realized that Tom was the wrong target, since he got so far ahead winning races 5 and 6!  We tried to sail close to others, but ended with an 11th and a 10th.  At the final race, we crossed the start line in decent order, continued on starboard tack to near the C mark, tacked twice, reached the mark in the first group of boats, and followed Tom and Terry Gloege all the way to the D mark, while noticing Bob Yates and Nick Froehlich sailing slightly faster on the right side of the course.  At the finish line we ended behind all of them in fifth place, yet with our best result of the two days.  Later we found out that we had finished 10th overall, and were thrilled!

Reflecting on the experience, my take-aways are that is good to have a plan but need to be very flexible, that is crucial not to make major mistakes in the course chosen, and that it is so much more fun to sail in the middle of the fleet or higher and not way in the back!

Oh yes, and that it will be a great learning experience and a lot of fun racing with As!

So we intend to enjoy our year as As, and hope to get lucky again at just the right time so we can extend our stay!

Emile Pilafidis, Party Globe # 209

The Harbor20 Association would like to thank the NHYC for hosting the event, and specifically to Jennifer Lancaster, Charlie Underwood and all the Race Committee volunteers for hosting an excellent W.D. Schock Memorial Regatta again this year!

For Sale: Harbor 20 Sail #186

Sold – April 6, 2011

Located in Portland, Maine.  Built 2002. Navy blue hull, light grey decks and cockpit, West CPP red bottom paint.

Includes new jib (2010), sails maintained annually (main in good shape). Mast hinge, 2:1 jib outhaul, jib winger, windex, lifting eyes, fortress anchor, chain and rode, docking lines, two fenders, block foam flotation, c-foam cockpit cushions with gray canvas zippered covers, boom tent, custom winter cover, cruising dodger with window, manual bilge pump, automatic bilge pump and deep well marine battery (not installed), portable running lights, set of extra halyards, sheets and control lines, jiffy reefing, lazy jacks, 1 set of 5 jackstands, mast supports for trailering (no trailer though), removable outboard bracket on port quarter, 2 hp Honda long shaft four-stroke outboard professionally winterized this year.  Keel needs to be re-bedded, hence the low price.  Otherwise in good shape.


Call for more information: 207-899-0922

Sam Saltonstall (owner)

W.D. Schock Regatta Check-in Requirements – Transponders

If you are registered to race in the W.D. Schock Regatta this weekend, please note: There is a mandatory check in from 8:30 am until 10:45am followed by a mandatory Skipper check in at 11am.

The first warning is schedule at 12:00pm

At the check in, all race participants will be issued a transponder to carry on their vessel which will record their track in real time which spectators will be able to watch on a monitor in the club! This transponder will track the actual course taken by each vessel as they race the course allowing spectators to watch the action as it happens.  Each vessels track will be identified by their sail number as they move up and down the course against the competitors.

After the race, the entire races will be replayed so competitors can analyze their strategy and tactics – and eventual results.

Please make sure you arrive at the NHYC prior to the mandatory 10:45am check in to receive your vessel transponder.

The NOR’s, Entry and other information can be found here

W.D. Schock Memorial Regatta This Weekend

This weekend, the Newport Harbor Yacht Club will host the annual W.D. Schock Memorial Regatta. The Regatta  includes one-design racing open to Lehman 12, Lido 14 (A and B Fleets), Harbor 20 (A and B Fleets), Harbor 25, Schock 35, and Santana 20 boats on two consecutive days (Saturday & Sunday).

Entry is available online here. No entries will be accepted after 1800 on March 4, 2011 (Friday).

After a competitive day sailing join us for a celebration and buffet dinner. One (1) dinner ticket is included with your entry fee and additional tickets may be purchased for your crew online during the entry process for $20. Please purchase your tickets in advance as there will be VERY limited numbers available at the door.

More information and all racing documents can be found on this website here, or on the NHYC Website.

Harbor 20 Sailors In Marina del Rey Begin To Organize

The Harbor 20 Class Association is getting closer to getting another Fleet formed, this one in Marina del Rey! Below is a letter sent by Ruck Goldreyer, a Harbor 20 owner in Marina del Rey, to other Harbor 20 owners talking about their last race and their upcoming meetings:

Hello to you all,

Tom Schock and myself want to get a national fleet branch for the Harbor 20 started in Marina Del Rey. Three weeks ago we had four of the 20’s out racing along with the lido fleet. We had our own courses and starts, everyone really enjoyed racing the 20’s in the main channel, they are great one design boats.

We are setting up a meeting for Saturday March 19th at The Yacht Exchange office 14025 Panay Way right above the Ships Store Chandlery @10:30 a.m. We will try to have Peter Haynes National Class President in attendance to discuss the class and the various seminars he puts on regarding Boat Handling, Tactics, Sail Trim etc.These seminars and supporting written material are specific to the Harbor 20.
The MDR harbor 20’s will be racing Friday nights in Del Rey Yacht Clubs “Sundowner Series” this series is quite casual in nature, the dates are May 20th, June 17th, July 15th and August 19th.After racing the boats can tie up at the main dock for a BBQ dinner. More information on the Series can be found @

Please save the morning and join us…. we need to get 5 boats signed to be able to start the class and to begin enjoy and enhancing our sailing of the Harbor 20’S

Please rsvp by phone or e-mail to me ….Thanks Ruck

SCYA Midwinters Results

Harbor 20 A & B Fleet Winners

Congratulations to Bill Menninger and Emile Pilafidis for winning the Harbor 20 A and B Fleet SCYA Midwinters held on February 19th and 20th.

Bill Menninger was awarded the Phillip S. Ramser Perpetual Trophy while Emile Pilafidis was promoted to the A Fleet for winning a two-day High Point event.

The full results of the race can be viewed on the Harbor 20 website on the Results page or downloaded from the BCYC Results Page

Thank you to the Bahia-Corinthian Yacht Club for hosting the Midwinters for the Harbor 20’s and a special thanks to the BCYC Race Committee.

SCYA Midwinters NOR’s Posted, Entry Forms Available

The NOR’s and Entry Form for the 2011 SCYA Midwinters is now available on the Harbor 20 Website.

2011 SCYA Midwinters Page

The regatta is scheduled for February 19 and 20, 2011 and is a Fleet 1 2-day High Point Event. The B Fleet winner will be promoted to the A Fleet.

The deadline for entry has not been defined by the BCYC, however, please note that the entry form is not online, so you must print out, fill out and bring (or mail) your entry to the BCYC.

Visit the Harbor 20 Website for all the links to the yacht club and the regatta forms.

What I learned from the Winter Series #4

The NHYC Winter Series #4 was held on Sunday, February 6th – the last of a 4-day series of races.  My last “event” was the Strategy & Tatics Seminar by Peter Haynes the previous Sunday, and I was fresh with ideas, enthusiasm and eager to “try out” all the new info I learned at that Seminar. I’d like to share my perceptions of part of the first race since I learned so much in that 20 minutes of sailing with the A fleet!

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Ted Munroe Perpetual Trophy Awarded

Jim Kerrigan, Staff Commodore Phil Ramser & Dottie Munroe

On Sunday, February 7th, the new Ted Munroe Perpetual Trophy was awarded to the A and B Fleet winners of the 2011 NHYC Winter Series.

In attendance for the inaugural presentation of perpetual Trophy was Dottie Munroe, wife of the late Ted Munroe. Presenting the awards was NHYC Staff Commodore Phil Ramser.

The winner of the A Fleet was Jim Kerrigan, who squeezed out second and third place winners Tom Schock and Karl Pomeroy.

The winner of the B Fleet was Gale Pinckney who, ironically, is the new owner of Ted’s Harbor 20. Hellen Duncan and Win Fuller took second and third place in the series.

Staff Commodore Phil Ramser, Gale Pinckney, Pinckney's son, Dottie Munroe, & Jon Pinckney

The new trophy was designed and created by Peter Haynes and will be owned by the Harbor 20 Class Association and will be awarded each year to the winners of the NHYC Winter Series for both A and B classes.

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