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C-Fleet Start at the Harbor 20 Summer Party!

You’ve seen them out there, all those Harbor 20’s racing about Newport Harbor. Have you ever contemplated competing in your Harbor 20, but just don’t know how to get started? Jumping in to the existing B-Fleet can be intimidating because the fleet is pretty big. So, this year at our Summer Party there will be a great opportunity to get started. We will be offering an introductory clinic and a C-Fleet start in addition to the A and B Fleets. If you are totally new to racing, rusty after years of having not competed, struggling in the B-Fleet, or confused as to the rules, I would like invite you to join us on the docks at 1:00, when I will provide an overview of the basics of starting, sailing the course, rounding the marks, and the fundamental rules.  The starting line is close to the docks, so at 2:00 we will watch the A and B Fleet starts before heading out for a C-Fleet start, avoiding the congestion and learning from the actions of the other fleets. This will be very informal and low key, so come on! Come give it a try. Imagine yourself enjoying your Harbor 20 like these Harbor 20 sailors!

Come and join us. Click here to register. You’ll be glad you did!

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.

Peter Haynes, 949-631-8757 Office, 949-466-3971 Cell

Racing Rules of Sailing Seminar

Sunday, March 20, 2011   8:45 – 5:00

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club

How well do you know the rules? Take the Rules Quiz.

Course Description

Register by March 12 for $75.00, after March 12 for $85.00.

“Peter is doing his rules seminar on March 20 at BCYC. I think every racing member of Fleet 1 should be there. I plan on going – this will be my third time – I look at it as a refresher course. How can you play the game if you don’t know the rules?”

Tom Schock

W. D. Schock Corp.

Harbor 20 Challenge – Blue vs Grey


Hilton Head, South Carolina

November 20 & 21, 2010

In 2009, several of the South Carolina Yacht Club Harbor 20 sailors participated in the Manhattan Sailing Club’s Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge. In exchange, the South Carolina sailors invited the Manhattan sailors to Hilton Head for a weekend of sailing the Harbor 20s. The challenge was billed as a Blue vs Grey (i.e., North vs.South) Challenge and took place November 20 & 21.

The six sailors who represented the Manhattan Sailing Club were skippers Klaus Brinkbaeumer, Danielle Gallo & Randy Lewis; and crew Noah Bessoff, Mary Gardiner & Claire Morda. South Carolina Yacht Club Harbor 20 Fleet 3 was represented by skippers Burt Keenan, Gary Gleason, Marvin Carlson, and Mark Frey. In order to involve more people and get to four boats per team, SCYC offered John Rumsey as skipper of the Blue team’s fourth boat. They also filled in crew as needed.

Winds were extremely light and shifty; and there was a strong current running – not an unusual set of circumstances for the sailors from New York. After six races, each team ended the series with a total of 112 points, with the Southerners awarded the victory based on the tie breaker – the most first place wins. 

As always, the regatta featured fantastic southern hospitality, good food, and a great opportunity to make new friends. A re-match is already in the works.

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