Category Archives: Fleet 5

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.

 

Harbor 20 Class Association Board of Directors Nominations

Dear Harbor 20 Class Association Owner Member,

As a current and active Owner Member of the Harbor 20 Class Association, you will be asked to participate in a vote for the 207 Harbor 20 Class Association Board of Directors. This vote will take place online within the next several weeks.

The Harbor 20 Class Associations ByLaws, section ID3 state:


I.D.3. A Nominating Committee will be appointed by the Board each Fall to nominate candidates for the open Director positions. The Committee is required to consider suggestions for candidates from all Fleet Captains. The slate will be communicated to the Owner Members by December 10th. Five or more owners may nominate additional candidates. The Board will hold an open and fair election by the Owner Members of all nominated candidates.


A nominating committee was formed and candidates have been solicited from all the Fleet Captains. The nominating committee is recommending the following individuals for the 2017 Class Association Board of Directors.  An election will be held via email in the upcoming weeks. This email is only a notification of the nominated candidates as required by the ByLaws.

Warren Duncan, Fleet 1, 2016 Class Measurer

 

Susan Gaire, Fleet 6

 

Peter Haynes, Fleet 1, Previous Class President
Garth Hitchens, Fleet 5

 

Ed Kimball, Fleet 1
Kevin Keogh, Fleet 3, 2016-17 Class President

 

Richard Loufek, Fleet 1, Fleet Measurer
Marino de Marzo, Fleet 5, 2016 Fleet Captain
Richard Miller, Fleet 4

 

Chuck Millican, Fleet 3, Fleet Measurer
Michael Mixson, Fleet 6, Fleet Captain
Fred Rice, Fleet 4, 2016 Fleet Captain

 

Patrick Shannon, Fleet 5
Gary Thorne, Fleet1, 2017 Fleet Captain

 

Judy Weightman, Fleet 1

Total of 15 Directors Representing all Active Fleets.
Any questions concerning the election or nominations should be directed to the Class Nominating Committee via email to Nik Froehlich.

The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020

This fall, US Sailing publishes the U.S. version of the rules for the next four years – The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020 Including U.S. Prescriptions.

The Racing Rules of Sailing are published every four years by World Sailing, the international authority for the sport. These rules govern sailboat racing in the United States and the portions of international races that pass through U.S. waters.

This edition of the rules becomes effective on January 1, 2017.

You can pre-order your copy from the US Sailing Website if your a member of US Sailing.

The Racing Rules of Sailing is available for purchase through the World Sailing Executive Office. You can also download the complete document and related publications.

Printed Class Roster

All current Class Members can receive a printed Class Roster at no cost. These rosters are printed once a year and must be ordered before printing. To order your roster, go here.

An online Member Roster is available to members at all times, and is the most current database of Class Members. You can access the online Class Roster through the “Members” menu item.

A downloadable PDF version of the printed Class Roster will be made available to members after the 2016 roster is printed.

If you would like to receive a printed Class Roster, order yours today.

2016 Class Association Board Elected

The Class Association Board of Directors for the Harbor 20 Fleet has been elected by the general membership. These members will serve a one-year term. They are:

  • Warren Duncan
  • Nik Froehlich
  • Steve Hachten
  • Peter Haynes
  • Joe Highsmith
  • Garth Hitchens
  • Kevin Keogh
  • Gary Thorne
  • Marino de Marzo
  • Bill Menninger
  • Richard Miller
  • Michael Mixson
  • Fred Rice
  • John Whitney
  • Bob Yates

Class Association Board Nominations

Harbor 20 Members:

On December 5th, 2015, an email was sent to all active members announcing the nomination of the 2016 Class Association Board of Directors.  Due to a technical issue, many of these emails diverted into SPAM folders, therefore, many members did not see the email.  The email that was sent is displayed below.

A vote for the 2016 Class Associate Board Members will take place in about a week, and will be conducted online. All members will receive an email and a post with voting instructions will be put on the website.

 

 

Email sent to membership on December 5, 2015

Harbor 20 Class Association

Dear Harbor 20 Class Association Owner Member,

As a current and active Owner Member of the Harbor 20 Class Association, you will be asked to participate in a vote for the 2016 Harbor 20 Class Association Board of Directors. This vote will take place online within the next several weeks.

The Harbor 20 Class Associations ByLaws, section ID3 state:


I.D.3. A Nominating Committee will be appointed by the Board each Fall to nominate candidates for the open Director positions. The Committee is required to consider suggestions for candidates from all Fleet Captains. The slate will be communicated to the Owner Members by December 10th. Five or more owners may nominate additional candidates. The Board will hold an open and fair election by the Owner Members of all nominated candidates.


A nominating committee was formed and candidates have been solicited from all the Fleet Captains. The nominating committee is recommending the following individuals for the 2016 Class Association Board of Directors.  An election will be held via email in the upcoming weeks. This email is only a notification of the nominated candidates as required by the ByLaws.

Warren Duncan, Fleet 1, Current Class Measurer
Nik Froehlich, 2015-16  Fleet 1 Captain
Steve Hachten, Fleet 6
Peter Haynes, Fleet 1, Previous Class President
Joe Highsmith, Fleet 3 Captain
Garth Hitchens, Fleet 5
Kevin Keogh, Fleet 3
Marino de Marzo, Fleet 5 Captain
Bill Menninger, Fleet 1, 2015 Class President
Richard Miller, Fleet 4
Michael Mixon, Fleet 6
Fred Rice, Fleet 4 Captain
Gary Thorne, Fleet1, Current Class Treasurer
John Whitney, Fleet 1, Fleet Scorer
Bob Yates, Fleet 1

Total of 15 Directors Representing all Active Fleets.
Any questions concerning the election or nominations should be directed to the Class Nominating Committee via email to Nik Froehlich.

Close Racing, Great Parties at Harbor 20 East-West Regatta

Harbor 20 Fleet 3 and South Carolina Yacht Club hosted the 2015 East-West Challenge Regatta at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, October 22-25.  Teams of three crews each from Fleet 1 (Newport Beach), Fleet 3 (Hilton Head), Fleet 4 (Santa Barbara) and Fleet 5 (Annapolis) sailed eight races in boats provided by Fleet 3 with assistance from Fleet 5.  Races were run in Calibogue Sound by a national race officer in moderate breezes with fairly strong current.  The East team (Hilton Head and Annapolis) beat the West team (Newport Beach and Santa Barbara) by a score of 228 to 275, earning possession of the East-West Challenge Trophy for the next year.  Hand-carved half-models of a Harbor 20 were awarded to the skipper and crew with the top three best individual performances in the regatta.  They were Chuck Millican and Ned Nielsen (Fleet 3), Ed Kimball and Gary Thorne (Fleet 1) and Domenico De Sole and Joe Highsmith (Fleet 3).  Just two and three points behind with the fourth and fifth best individual performances were Carter Ford and Kurt Wiese (Fleet 1) and Peter Trogdon and Jeffrey Scholz (Fleet 5).

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All of the competitors and their spouses, along with the 40 Hilton Head volunteers who organized and ran the regatta, enjoyed great parties every evening.  A Thursday evening welcome reception at South Carolina Yacht Club was followed by a Friday evening Carolina Low Country buffet dinner poolside at the Club.  On Saturday all 80 people went to Mary and Joe Highsmith’s home on the May River in nearby Bluffton for an Oyster Roast and Pig Roast with live bluegrass music provided by the band Low Country Boil and a dance floor under the old oak trees that was hopping after dinner.  Sunday after racing competitors gathered for light refreshments on the Club deck where the Club officers and founders received a plaque thanking the Club.  Then it was on to a fabulous Awards Dinner at the oceanfront home of Eleanore and Domenico De Sole.

 

On Friday evening before dinner there was an hour-long discussion meeting among the members of the Harbor 20 Class Association who were present.  Kevin Keogh, the event chair for the regatta, introduced the Fleet officers who were present, who included at least two officers from each participating Fleet, plus two officers of the national Class Association and three representatives of newly-formed Fleet 6 in Sarasota, Florida.  The topics on the discussion agenda included how to recognize the geographic growth of the Class by involving representatives from Harbor 20 Fleets outside of Newport Beach in the governance of the Class, the possible format for a Class national championship in addition to the East-West regatta, compliance with Class one-design rules including boat weights, sourcing of sails from sailmakers outside the Newport Beach area and initiatives for growing the newer or smaller Harbor 20 Fleets.  The constructive discussion allowed the Class officers who were present to take some ideas back to Newport Beach for Board consideration.

 

The 2015 Harbor 20 East-West Challenge Regatta was the eighth time this event has been held.  It started as a challenge between the Hilton Head and Newport Beach fleets and expanded to include Santa Barbara and Annapolis.  The venue alternates between East and West Coast.  The 2014 event was in Santa Barbara, 2013 in Annapolis and 2012 in Newport Beach.  The host fleet provides the boats that all competitors sail and provides housing in the homes of local members for those visitors who request it.

Here are the final scores of the 2015 Harbor 20 East-West Challenge Regatta:

Team Scores

East (Annapolis & Hilton Head): 228

West (Newport Beach & Santa Barbara): 275

Click East-West Final Scores for complete, detail and individual scores.

More photos and article by WD Schock is here.

Class Association ByLaws Amended

On August 19, 2015, the Harbor 20 Class Association Board approved changes to the ByLaws that intend to protect the one-design class from variances in manufacturing and boat weight. The new Bylaws can be found on the website under the About the Class menu, under Organization, or click here.  A downloadable PDF can be accessed here.

The relevant changes are in sections III.D.1 and III.D.2.

These new rules will be in effect for the upcoming Class Races:  BCYC Harbor 20 Tune up; NHYC Regatta, and the Class and Fleet 1 Championships on October 3rd & 4th. The waterline templates may be used at random during all upcoming events to verify compliance with new class minimum weight rules.

If you feel your boat may be out of compliance, please contact the Class or Fleet 1 Measurers:  Warren Duncan or Michael Volk.

A Printed Class Roster

This year, we will print and mail a Class Roster to all Harbor 20 Class members. We’ve had lots of requests to provide a printed little book, in addition to the website data.

 

The Roster will be based on the website database information as of January 31, 2015. It’s very important that everyone log into the website and check their data to make sure it’s accurate, and as complete as you want to make it. We provide the opportunity to have Significant Other names and email addresses. But please check and update the information NOW, when you’ve been reminded. Because of the numbers of members, and the amount of data involved, we simply can’t chase each member individually for the update.

 

To log into the website, enter your username and password in the login form on the right side of the website.  If you can’t remember your password, use the “Forgot” link and it will email you a new password.

 

If you don’t know your username, try using your FirstName and LastName, with no space: like this:  NikFroehlich.  If you just can’t login, email webmaster@harbor20.org for help.

 

Once logged in, you can also see your membership status on the right. If your membership is due to expires prior to March 1, 2015, please use the Membership Renewal menu under Members and renew your membership so that you are included in the printed roster.

 

We hope you’ll like the printed roster! It’s only as wonderful as all the information provided…
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