Category Archives: Fleet 1

Harbor 20 Fleet 1 Championships Regular Entry Deadline Approaching

Saturday and Sunday, September 30th and October 1, 2017

Organizing Authority is NHYC

Official Notice Board

 

  • Entry is Open
  • $75 Regular Entry (by September 22)
  • $125 Late Entry (after September 22)
  • Entry includes one (1) Dinner and two (2) wine tokens.
  • Additional dinner and wine for $45 each (by September 22)
  • Additional dinner and wine for $70 each (after September 22)

 

The Championship dinner will be at Balboa Yacht Club.

Sign Up Today 

 

Eligibility Requirements can be found here.

Let Your Lights Shine

Running Light Maintenance

by Chris Hill, July 2017

 

I don’t sail in the dark very often, but when I do, it’s usually between July and December.  In August through October, warm pleasant evenings suddenly turn dark, and in December it’s nice to get out and look at the Christmas lights.  When out in the harbor after sunset, it’s a good idea, and a legal requirement, to have working running lights.

 

To keep your lights in working order it is a good idea to check and maintain the electrical system from time to time.  Every year in late summer, I pull apart the running lights, clean and grease them to improve reliability.  So far, I haven’t got stuck in the dark without running lights (knock on wood).

 

Take the three screws out that hold the running light to the boat, being careful not to drop the screws or the screwdriver into the water.  Note that there are several parts to the light.  Be sure to hang onto all of them.

Aha… Corrosion shown here on the contacts on the base of the bulb and on the socket.  Moisture plus dissimilar metals in contact with each other and the atmosphere means corrosion will happen.  We just need to clean it away, and slow down its future growth.

 

To clean off the corrosion, I like to use contact cleaner, readily available from an auto parts store (Kragen, Hub) or an electronics store (MarVac, Fry’s) plus a wire brush.  (Funny that the can says “Cleans and Protects”, then also on the label it says “Leaves no residue”.  Not sure what kind of protection is provided when nothing is left behind…  Anyway, it helps to get things thoroughly clean, but I wouldn’t count on any “protection”.)

 

I also like to use a wire brush for the cleaning operation.  This 3 pack of brushes from Home Depot (Paint department) has a stiff nylon brush, a brass brush (good for cleaning steel without scratching it), and a steel brush.  It’s ok to scratch the electrical contacs, so use the steel one for this job.  I spray on the cleaner then quickly scrub with the wire brush to clean, then use more spray cleaner to get rid of the crud.  Be careful that no strands of wire brush remain.  The nylon brush is good to make sure nothing meteallic is left behind.

 

After cleaning, the base should have a copper-ish looking color.  Most importantly, the two contacts inside the base

need to be thorougly cleaned.  This is a one-filament bulb, and there are two contacts on the base, so the socket itself is not actually part of the circuit, and the base contacts are the most important part.

 

After cleaning I like to apply dielectric grease, also available at an auto parts store.  The dielectric grease keeps moisture and air away from the metal, preventing corrosion, at least as long as it stays on the surface.

Here’s the bulb cleaned, then coated with the grease, ready to be reinstalled.  Put it all back together with grease coating the electrical contacts, and your lights should work fine, at least until corrosion catches back up with you.

 

“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 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

The Heritage Regatta & Summer Party is Here

You won’t want to miss this event!  A tribute to the history and heritage of Newport Beach organized by the Harbor 20 Fleet 1 Board of Directors in conjunction with the Balboa Bay Club’s Mariners Club. Bring your friends and family. All are welcome.

Competitors Meeting at Balboa Bay Club at 13:50. Bring your Harbor 20 – plenty of dock space. The Race Committee is brewing up a race across the harbor finishing at the Balboa Bay Club. The perpetual Heritage Regatta Trophy will be awarded along with prizes for top 3 winners of Divisions A, B and C. Here is the Official Event Notice Board.

Immediately after the finish, Balboa Bay Club will be hosting the Summer Party in Newport Beach heritage style. You won’t want to miss this party. Plenty of dock space for your Harbor 20. Summer party is from 4pm (immediately after the Regatta) until 7pm.

The Theme is Newport Beach Heritage. Decorations and food will match theme. Dig into your old clothing and come dressed the part.

Enjoy the live music of the Mike McKenna Jazz Quartet on the lawn of the Balboa Bay Club while feasting on a superb assortment of food and beverages (all hosted by Balboa Bay Club):

  • Oysters on the half shell
  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Assorted Sushi
  • Crudite
  • Hummus and dips
  • Assorted cheeses
  • Rustic Bread and rolls
  • Chopped Salad
  • Prime Rib carving station with au jus & horseradish
  • Patatoes au gratin
  • Dessert Station (cheesecake, lemon bars, and more…)
  • Beer & Wine
  • Signature Cocktail

All this for only $25 per person!  Or, enter the Regatta for only $45 which includes the Summer Party for Skipper and Crew (less than $25 per person).  Where else can you get to race across the harbor, then enjoy a harbor-side party with live music and all this great food for $25 per person or less? (Nowhere except for the Harbor 20 Heritage Regatta and Summer Party of 2017)

Sign up and pay online right now by clicking here. If you have any problems, don’t worry, just show up with your Harbor 20 at the Balboa Bay Club and sign up before the Competitors Meeting at 13:50. If you just want to attend the party, sign up now, or show up  after the race finishes (about 4pm) at the lawn of the Balboa Bay Club and purchase your entry.

Heritage Regatta & Summer Party

Saturday, August 19th

Don’t miss this annual event –  considered one the best and favorite Fleet 1 events of the year.

Fill your boat as desired with family, friends, pets, and refreshments.

“Heritage” theme boat decoration and colorful crew attire is encouraged and will be considered in awarding the Harbor Heritage Perpetual Trophy.

The race will finish right off the beach at the Balboa Bay Club which will be hosting the Summer Party immediately after the finish. Plenty of dock-space for your Harbor 20 will be provided.  Plus, the Balboa Bay Club will be serving up food and beverages for all participants (included with your entry fee).

If you just want to attend the Party, you can buy admission tickets for just the Summer Party on the Regatta’s Official Notice Board.

As always, this event has a theme, and this year it is themed to the name of regatta:  “Harbor Heritage” – a recognition of the great history, people and times of the Newport Harbor.

Sign up today on the Regatta’s Official Notice Board.

Fleet 1 Championships

The Fleet 1 Championships are being held Saturday and Sunday, September 30th and October 1, 2017.

Here are some of the eligibility requirements for those that wish to participate in this two-day, high-point regatta. (Note some of the deadline dates which is only days away)

  • Your boat has to be in the water continuously from August 1, 2017 until the start of the race.
  • Your boat must have a valid weight certificate issued by the Measurer. You can check to see if your boat has a certificate by going to the membership roster under the “Members” menu on this website, and clicking on your boat name. If you have a certificate, you will see it. If you don’t, contact the Fleet 1 Measurer to get a weight certificate for your boat.
  • Skippers must be an equal owner of the boat. That means, the Skipper’s name must be on the boat title as of August 1, 2017. Keep a copy of your boat’s registration in the event the Measurer wants to verify the ownership.
  • All members must be current with their membership dues. You can see when your membership expires by viewing your profile on the Membership Roster on this website.
  • Your crew must have crewed for you a minimum of twelve (12) races since the last championship. Also, the crew cannot be a paid-pro or full-time instructor for the past three (3) years.

These are not all the requirements. Portions of the relevant Bylaws governing the Fleet 1 Championship are reproduced below. Keep in mind the eligibility rules that will be strictly enforced for this special event:

From the Fleet 1 Bylaws:

 I.F.7.    The Fleet may hold a Fleet Championship in a location, time(s), and format to be determined by the Fleet. The Fleet Championship will be held in conformance to the Class Rules. The winner is declared the Fleet Champion, and may affix a red chevron to his boat’s mainsail under the standard insignia.

 

 

I.F.8     To sail in the Fleet Championship, a boat must have one skipper and one crew. The crew for the Fleet Championship Series must be a person who meets the basic principles and intent of the Class Rules (Sections II.A and B), and they must have sailed in at least twelve races with the same skipper during the time period between the last Fleet Championship Series and the Fleet Championship Series under consideration. Paid professional sailors and full-time sailing coaches must have been retired for at least three full years.

 

 

I.F.9     To sail in the Fleet Championship, a boat must have been kept in the water continuously for 60 days prior to Fleet Championships.

 

 

I.F.10   Championship races are special events for boat owners. For Fleet Championships, the Helmsman must be an Owner Member who has been a member for over 60 days.

 

 

I.G.1.   All Fleet Races are separated into A, B and C divisions. Skippers not assigned to Division A or B are automatically assigned to Division C. The rules for assigning skippers to Fleet Race Divisions are codified in Appendix A.

 

 

I.I.1.    A Harbor 20 Class Yacht is defined by the Harbor 20 Class Association Rules, and which is in conformance with these Fleet 1 Rules. Only Class Yachts whose Owner or Skipper Member dues are paid are eligible to race in Fleet 1 Races.

 

 

III.A.1.  Yachts which are in full compliance with both the Harbor 20 Class Association Specifications and Fleet 1 Specifications will be permitted to race in Fleet Races.

The full text of the Fleet ByLaws can be found online here.

From the Class Bylaws:

III.A.   Class Yacht

 

 

III.A.1.   These Specifications define and control the Class Yacht that is the only boat permitted to race in Class Races. Portions of the design and specifications of the Harbor 20 sailboat, and of the manufacturing techniques and tooling of the W.D. Schock Corporation (Builder) are implied to be a part of these Rules.

 

 

III.A.2.   Any changes to the specifications of the Class Yacht must be communicated to the Class Measurer prior to their implementation, and subsequently approved by the Board.

 

 

III.B.    Measurement

 

 

III.B.1.   The Class Measurer, Fleet Measure or Assistant Measurer may take supplemental measurements sufficient to ensure that the construction of the yacht and the equipment aboard conform to these Rules.

 

 

III.B.2.   The Class Measurer, Fleet Measurer or Assistant Measurer shall not measure a yacht, spars, sails, or equipment for which he is an interested party or has a vested interest.

 

 

III.B.3.   In the absence of the Class Measurer, Fleet or Assistant Class Measurer, the Class President may serve as Measurer.

 

 

III.C.    Registration

 

 

III.C.1.   No boat shall be deemed to be a Class Yacht until it has been completed with a building number assigned by the W.D. Schock Corporation and molded into the transom. Any alteration to the hull, keel, rudder or spars may invalidate the yacht.

 

 

III.C.2    A Class Yacht will be deemed eligible to sail in a Class Race only after having received a weight compliance certificate from the Class Measurer, Fleet or Assistance Measurer.

The full text of the Class ByLaws can be found online here.

 

It is intended that strict adherence to the rules be maintained. However, a member with special circumstances, may petition the Fleet Board for a variance in these rules. This should be done well in advance of the event.

It is the responsibility of the competitor to conform with these rules. The Fleet Measurer may perform inspections before or after the race to validate rule conformance. Questions should be directed to the Fleet 1 Measurer.

 

 

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…

1 2 3 33