Online Learning now Available

I have often been asked whether my classroom seminars are videoed. The answer is yes, but not for the purpose of releasing unedited footage, Rather the intent has always been to edit the raw video and use it as content for self-paced online courses. Two are now available:

Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing    6 hours 8 minutes


RIGHT OF WAY                                                            34 minutes

GENERAL LIMITATIONS          `                                   1 hour 40 minutes

AT OBSTRUCTIONS                                                    55 minutes

AT MARKS                                                                   1 hour 50 minutes

THE START                                                                  29 minutes

SUMMARY                                                                  9 minutes

Boat Handling & Sail Trim          5 hours 29 minutes

AERODYNAMICS         20 minutes

SAILING THEORY         1 hour

SAIL SHAPE                  1 hour 40 minutes

DEMONSTRATION      51 minutes

SAIL TRIM                    38 minutes

BOAT HANDLING        1 hour

The courses include a PDF copy of the course book.

To access the online courses, click here.

The upcoming Strategy & Tactics seminar on January 21 at BCYC will also be recorded, and an online course will be released in the future. If you are in the Fleet 1 area and plan to attend this event, please note that this is NOT a rules seminar. “Strategy” is about getting around a course as quickly as possible, and “Tactics” is about how to implement your strategy in the company of all the other boats, i.e. it is about boat-on-boat interactions – which are dependent on the rules. If you do not have a good working knowledge of the rules, completing the online course in advance would greatly enhance your enjoyment and ability to understand the information presented in “Strategy & Tactics”.

I you avail yourself of these learning resources, I would be very interested in your feedback. Please see free to contact me:

Peter Haynes

Strategy & Tactics, Sunday January 21, BCYC


While “Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing” and “Boat Handling and Sail Trim” are essential topics to understand in order to be competitive, neither will teach you how and why a sailboat race is actually won. “Strategy” is a plan you make before the start as to how you would sail the course as fast as possible in the absence of other boats. “Tactics” is about boat-to-boat maneuvers that help you to sail to your strategic plan. Great for skipper and crew because two heads are better than one!

Sunday January 21

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club

8:15  Registration / Continental Breakfast

9:00 Seminar begins

12:00 Lunch

5:00 Seminar ends

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and course materials.

$119.00 if you register by January 17

$144.00 if you register after January 17

To register click here.

Join us also for the on-the-water companion clinic for Harbor 20’s on February 10 at LIYC! Bring your own boat and crew and put into practice what you learned at the seminar. Experienced mentors will also be available to sail with you. For information and registration click here.

If you have any questions about this seminar, please feel free to contact me:

Peter Haynes

We hope to see you there!

2024 Racing Seminar Schedule – Save the Dates!

Strategy & Tactics – Sunday, January 21

Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing – Sunday, March 24

Boat Handling & Sail Trim – Sunday, June 2

These are day long classroom seminars conducted by Peter Haynes at BCYC.

Stay tuned for further information, and for an announcement when registration opens for the January event.

If you have any questions about these seminars, please feel free to contact me:

It is time to nominate the 2023 Mentor of the Year!

Your nominee should be a Harbor 20 member that gives of themselves with the intent of sharing their knowledge with the purpose of encouraging, educating and guiding without compensation or benefit to themselves.

We look forward to reading your stories and sharing the Mentor 2023 at the November 12th awards event.

Mark & Shana Conzelman

Send your nominations and reason for your choice to: by November 5, 2023

Fleet 1 Fall Discount Sail Order Window is Open

Do you feel like your Harbor 20 could be a little faster?  Now is your chance to order new sails at a discount. because ordering during this time period allows the sails to be ordered, built, and measured at the same time.


Ullman Sails

Premium Race Dacron cloth from Challenge Sailcloth. Crosscut construction with 3-step seaming, telltales with telltale window, vertical battens, rollbag, and class measurement.

Made Locally at Ullman Sail Newport Beach

Price: $994.00

Available discounts until November 30

5% discount with a 50% deposit: $944.30

10% discount with a 100% deposit: $894.60

To order contact:

Salen Stuart – One Design Coordinator

P: 714-432-1860 C: 949-414-8499



Elliott / Pattison Sailmakers

Same Class Legal construction, fabric and finish as current sails, 1 row of reef points, full battens, numbers, insignia, telltales, and sail bag

Price: $1581.00

Available discount until November 17

20% discount: $1264.80

To order contact Harry Pattison: 949-645-6697, then press 1, or 949-275-3302 direct


Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2021-2024, Saturday September 9, BCYC


Unfortunately we did not reach the minimum headcount required to make this event economically viable.

Whether you are just learning the racing rules or are already an expert racer, this seminar will improve and update your understanding of the complex rules of our sport. This course covers all the rules which govern the behavior of boats in close proximity when starting, meeting, encountering obstructions, rounding marks, and finishing. Animated PowerPoint and videos bring the rules to life. Includes continental breakfast, lunch, and course materials.

Saturday, September 9

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club

8:15  Registration / Continental Breakfast

9:00 Seminar begins

12:00 Lunch

5:00 Seminar ends

Please bring a Racing Rules of Sailing for 2021-2024 book. It is free to members of US Sailing.

To register click here.

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