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Renewal of Expired Fleet 1 Memberships

Participation in H20 Class races in Fleet 1 requires that the helmsman be either an Owner or Skipper member in good standing (see Fleet 1 bylaws I.F.2 and I.E.2). A new “Expired Memberships” page is now included on this website. Links to this page can be found at the top of the “Members Roster” page, and near the top of the “Fleet1 > Divisions” page.

Helmsman who race in High Point, or Rain or Shine, races will not be scored by Fleet 1 if their membership is expired. High Point race scores are used for awarding the High Point trophies at the end of the season, and for promotion, re-qualification, and demotion between the A, B, and C divisions. Please also note that the organizing authority of a race or regatta may reject an entry for an event under RRS rule 76.1 if it is known that the entrant is not a member in good standing.

We encourage all Fleet 1 members to keep your membership current. If you are included on the “Expired Memberships” page, please renew the membership using the “Members > Membership Renewal” page. All renewed memberships will expire on February 1, 2019. As such, the payment amount will be prorated by the number of days remaining between when you renew and 2/1/2019. Please note that if you pay by check, your “Expired” status will not change until the check has been received, and manual steps to change the status in the database are completed.

Alternatively, you can delete your membership by clicking the “DELETE ACCOUNT” link on the “Members > My Account” page.

We appreciate your cooperation.

The Membership Committee of the Fleet 1 Board of Directors

A New Way to Learn and Understand the Racing Rules

One on the most common comments I have received from attendees of my “Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing” seminar over the past 10 years has been “Can you do it in half a day?”. The all-day event does require a large commitment of time, and is admittedly exhausting. But, I always knew that the answer was “no’ unless I came up with an entirely new approach and teaching technique. Well, I am excited to say that I will be offering “Rules Around the Race Course”, an interactive clinic in a half-day format on March 10, 1-5 PM at LIYC. Two years in the making, the focus is on how and why the rules work, and how they apply to the situations that occur in every race. While it may sometimes seem like there are an infinite number of ways that boats can “meet”, there are not. The patterns are recognizable and relatively small in number. The same things happen during every start, on the windward and leeward legs, at obstructions, and around marks. One thing is for certain – you cannot learn the Racing Rules of Sailing by reading the rule book.

For those of you who have attended my full-day seminar, some as many as 6 or 7 times, this is an entirely new and different experience. It is better.

The more knowledgeable the fleet is, the better the quality of racing for everyone. This goes for skippers and crews because more heads are better than one! And because youth are our future, a discounted price is offered for those 18 and under.

For more information, click here.

I hope to see you there!

Peter Haynes

NEW! 1/2 Day Racing Rules Seminar – Jan 27 at ABYC

Ever since I started offering the full-day “Understanding the Racing Rules” seminar 10 years ago, I have been asked “Can you do it in half a day?” Well, now I can! The format is different than the 185 PPT slide version, and does not cover all the detail. But, it does cover the important stuff. 35 slides set the stage for an interactive experience using magnetic boats on the whiteboard. “Rules Around the Race Course” will be officially presented for the first time on Saturday, January 27 at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach. ( I did a dry run at BCYC just before the Fleet 1 Championship last year). We hope to see you there!

Click here to register.



A Friday Frolic message from Bob Yates:

The first Frolic was sailed on October 20th, with ten boats on the line. As promised by the Frolic Master, Phil Ramser, the weather was perfect, with 15 knots of wind and sunny skies. Fortunately, the wind decreased somewhat and the sailing became more enjoyable for the four close races that were sailed in the Bay just off NHYC.

After the races, everyone gravitated to the Pirate Den, only to find Phil and Trish Ramser already there having their second round. Does anyone believe that they won the last race by twenty minutes?  Anyway, the conversation was lively, and everyone went home in good spirits after a fine Friday afternoon on the water.

Best of all, it is going to happen again and again this winter. Next time is Friday, November 3rd, at 2 pm. Hope to see you on the starting line!



“Rules Around the Race Course” – Thursday, September 28, 7-10 PM, BCYC

Brand new! A three hour seminar on the Racing Rules of Sailing will be premiered free of charge Thursday night, September 28 at BCYC, two days before the Championship. Great for skipper and crew because two heads are better than one!

For the best experience, please bring a 2017-2020 rule book. Walk-ins will be welcomed, but registration by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, 9/27 is required if you want to be guaranteed a copy of the handout.

Beverage service will be available.

Be rules-smart for the Championship!

We hope to see you there!

To register click here. To see who is registered, click here.

Instructor: Peter Haynes

Flight of the H20’s – Trophies

Posted on behalf of Philip Thompson:

A number of trophies will be awarded for the Harbor 20 division in the “2017 Flight of Newport Beach” on Sunday, July 16:


– 1st place over all     (Beautiful brass clock and barometer set mounted on wood base)

– 1st B sailor

– 1st C sailor

– 1st lady skipper

– Random participation trophy  (For racing and showing up to trophy presentation at BYC)

– Random trophy for most unique boat  (Best dressed or unique guest or high profile crew)


For information and registration click here.

If you have any questions about this new event for Harbor 20’s, please give me a call. We hope to see you there!

Philip Thompson  714-329-1995

Flight of the Lasers AND Harbor 20’s – Sunday, July 16

You have probably heard of the annual “Flight of the Lasers”. This year, for the first time, it is the “Flight of the Lasers AND Harbor 20’s”! The Organizing Authority is the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Commodores Club, and the event is open to all Harbor 20’s that meet the Class rules – you don’t have to be a member of Harbor 20 Fleet 1. No “A,B,C”, just Harbor 20’s. The start will be in the vicinity of “N” mark and the warning signal for H20’s is at 12:30. Trophy presentation will follow racing at Balboa Yacht Club.

Click here for information and registration.

Click here for current entries.

This is a new event, and should be a lot of fun!

Co-existing with charter boats in Fleet 1

Last Thursday evening, several H20’s passed close enough under the bow of a very large charter boat so as to cause them to sound the international danger signal of five short blasts. The privilege we enjoy to race our boats in Newport Harbor is jeopardized by such actions. This has come to a head in the past, causing a charter company to go to the Harbor Patrol, which escalated to the Harbor Commission, which resulted in meetings attended by all the charter companies and yacht clubs. At stake was our privilege. The yacht clubs agreed to work more closely with the charter boats, and race committees are, or should be, in radio contact with charter boats as they approach and cross our racing venues. But there is only so much the race committees can do to help coordinate these activities. Ultimately, it is up to the racers to be respectful of the charter boats right to use the harbor as well. We can take up a very large footprint with 20 or more boats spread out, and without our cooperation, the charter boats would not be able to operate. They do, in fact, have the right-of-way as they are large enough to have restricted maneuverability. As hard as it is to give up an advantage by not passing close to these boats, it is not worth risking the privilege we all enjoy. So, let’s play nice. There are plenty more races…

ALYC Sundowners start Monday, May 8

Nighttime racing is here!

The ALYC Sundowner series runs every Monday night from May 8 through September 11 (with the exception of Memorial Day on Kay 29).

ALYC PRO Dan O’Sullivan has published the NOR for the 2017 Sundowner Race Series and registrations for the race can be made online. Here is the 2017 Sundowner Home Page. And here is the link to the registration form.

We’re planning to make this another memorable series of Sundowners. Please take a few minutes and sign up for this year’s race series.

Mike Berdine
Commodore and Communications Guy
American Legion Yacht Club

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