Category Archives: Fleet 1

Important Fleet 1 Championship Reminders

Posted on behalf of Fleet Captain Bob Yates:

Fleet 1 Championships are coming up Sept. 26-27.  Please check the following to ensure you’re ready:

Click here for Fleet 1 bylaws.

Click here for H20 Class bylaws.

Please note that the Fleet Championship is held in conformance to class rules per fleet bylaw I.F.7.

  • By Jul. 28:
    • If you haul out your boat for sanding, painting or any other reason, put it back in the water at least 60 days before the regatta per fleet bylaw I.F.9.
    • If you’re skippering, make sure you’re both listed on the registration as an owner, and your dues are paid at least 60 days before the regatta, per fleet bylaw I.F.10 and class bylaw I.C.2.
  • By Sept. 8:
    • If your crew is a pro (see class bylaw II.A.4) or hasn’t raced with you 12 times since last year’s championships (see fleet bylaw I.F.8), petition the fleet board to approve your crew by the Sept. board meeting (see class bylaw II.D.5).
  • ASAP
    • If you don’t have a measurement certificate showing your correct boat weight, contact fleet measurer Richard Loufek (, per class bylaw III.C.2.  (To see if you have a certificate, log into, click Members > My Roster Profile, then click the sail number in your profile.  If a certificate appears that reflects all modifications to your boat’s weight, you’re good to go.)

THE DAVES – 4 Sundays in June!

Posted on behalf of THE DAVES. Thought this would be of interest to H20 sailors across the nation!

This is information about a new series which begins Sunday, June 7 at 7:00pm EDT.
A new 4-part webinar series
THE DAVES: A few of our favorite rules!

  Dave Dellenbaugh (member of the US Sailing Racing Rules Committee) and I (member of the US Sailing Appeals Committee) have teamed up to do a fun and unique series on the racing rules. Dave and I have been friends since playing Little League baseball and sailing at the Pequot YC in Southport, CT together as kids.   Please join us for this special webinar series about four rules we love to explain. In each of the four sessions we’ll go on a ‘deep-dive’ to examine the meaning and tactical implications of one particular right-of-way rule. The topics we’ll cover are: Port-Starboard (Rule 10); Avoiding Contact (Rule 14); Changing Course (Rule 16); and Proper Course (Rule 17).   THE DAVES begins on Sunday, June 7 at 7:00 pm EDT and continues for the remaining three Sundays in June. Each session is about 80 minutes long with video, diagrams, quizzes and references to appeals and cases. Dave and Dave will alternate as session leaders, and the Dave who’s not leading will be answering your live questions in the Chat.                                         

* Participant questions are encouraged!                    

* The price for the four-part series is $55, which includes access to replays of all four webinar sessions.                    

  We hope you’ll join us for this fun way to learn quite a lot about these important rules. – Dave Perry  

* To register for the series, please use the link below.

H20 “Nuts” Series #3 – Saturday, April 4

Posted on behalf of Bob Yates:

On Saturday, April 4 at 1 pm we are having the “Nuts #3” sail in the Bay. The Start/Finish whaler will be located somewhere in or near the visitors anchorage in the Turning Basin area, and will provide sound signals to start the races. Bob Yates and Phil Thompson will be out there running things, so pay attention to them. The Harbor Master has “blessed” our activities as long as we stay within guidelines for our safety from the Corona Virus. You know what they are, so obey them and we will probably be allowed to continue this fun activity.  There are some restrictions on where we anchor the RC whaler, so this may hamper the size and shape of the race course. Sorry if the course is not optimum, and understand that the main purpose is to have fun and get some relief from being closed in for the past several weeks. Therefore, we have a variety of fun races in mind depending on the wind conditions. Since we are doing a variety of races, and some may take us for a “cruise” of the Bay, stay close to the whalers to receive the instructions over the megaphone and on the white board. Click here for a copy of the location of the permanent marks which we may using. I suggest that you keep it with you, along with a pen to write down a special course if we choose that option. We hope to see you out on the water having a great time.

H20 “Nuts” Series #2 – Saturday March 28

Posted on behalf of Len Bose and John Drayton:

H20 Fleet Champs courtesy Tom Walker

Hello everyone, Welcome to the “Nuts” series, week 2 “Mixed nuts”.

“The “Nuts” series is informal (i.e. just a bunch of sailors showing up). This is not a sanctioned event by any club or the H20 class. The Harbor Dept is aware that we will be out, and they considered this to be an appropriate activity (like getting outdoors to exercise) as long as sailors follow CDC guidance by either single-handing or sailing with family members or housemates.”

This Saturday racing PRO will be John Draton. Draton has taken the time to write up proper sailing instructions along with an explanation of how the racing will be conducted. Phil Thompson will be on the water again offering coaching and mark set. If you would like Thompson to critique your sailing just ask. 
Weather models are indicating a light breeze out of the south somewhere between 5-10 knots with the tide going out ever so slightly.
Race committee will be in a white Duffy, hope to see all of you on the water again? Please let me know if you can make it.

From our PRO:
Harbor 20 Sailors –
We’re looking forward to hosting H20 “Nuts” racing this Saturday afternoon (3/28). Click here for the Sailing Instructions , but here are some notes about our planned racing format for this weekend:
Starts: Standard 3 minute starts. Clock not rolling.
Fleets: We are planning to break up the fleet differently this weekend. Our goal is to have about 10-15 boats on the starting line for each race but to mix up who’s in each fleet. For example:
Race 1a – odd sail numbers

Race 1b – even sail numbers

Race 2a – lowest sail numbers (eg. all sail numbers <150)Race

Race 2b – highest sail numbers (eg. all sail numbers above >150)
Last race will be a single fleet race, with one long starting line, and a longer course.
We will do everything we can to help communicate what we are doing in each start (noticed via loud haler, VHF, dry-erase board). And if you have a question about who’s starting, just sail by and ask. 
One of the goals for mixing fleets up is to create opportunities for sailors to see firsthand what other top sailors are doing (e.g. a C fleet sailor can line up next to a top A sailor to see how another boat sets up). Ideally, the “Nut’s” format can be a learning opportunity for everyone.
Courses: Racing will be windward/leeward, but we’re planning to have the start/finish line set below the leeward mark (i.e. similar to a match racecourse). Lines not restricted, but racers should only be going through the start/finish line when they are starting or finishing. Downwind finishes should make things interesting tactically.
Scoring and Trophies: Scoring will be low point, and broken out by A, B, and C fleet for overall scores. Make sure to sail by and check-in with the R/C and let us know what fleet you want to be scored in.
Please let me know if you have any questions. For those of you that carry a VHF, I’m planning to use channel 68 for any RC communication (definitely not required).
Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday. Please be respectful of Covid-19 restrictions, and either single-hand or sail with a housemate.

Click here for the Sailing Instructions.

regards Len Bose
(714) 931-6710

H20 “Nuts” Series starts Saturday, 3/21!

Posted on behalf of super NUT Len Bose:

As General McAuliffe famously said while defending Bastogne to the German surrender ultimatum “Nuts” Which best describes my feeling to today’s new normal.

Saturday, March 21 at 13:00 in the Five Point area of Newport Harbor. Look for a bald chubby male with a bright Hawaiian shirt sitting or standing alone, in a Boston Whaler, with his megaphone and whistle. Phil Thompson has just signed on to do mark set and coaching. So two bald guys, some would consider us a package of nuts.
Harbor 20 Races, divisions and starting order will be determined on sight. An effort will be made to complete 5 races with no throw outs. Pending on the expected participation the format would be almost identical to a yacht club event. Simplicity is the key and of course, if need be a protest committee can be formed over the phone. As always participants are responsible for any incidental expenses.

Weather Forecast: High temps will feel like 64 with the breeze SSW 7-9. The water will be going out with some strength to it.

Awards:   1st   Macadamia Nuts                2nd  Pistachios Nuts                3rd   Peanuts 

Will be presented at the end of the day if it’s a close series and some math need be sure to give me a moment. Please sail by and I will toss them over to you.

Cold Beverages: Canned Corona Beer, seems fitting if I can find them. Just sail past me and if you notice my hands-free say “Pull” keep you hand up because my reply will be “Incoming”!

Please let me know if you can attend! (714) 931-6710

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION of the 2020 Harbor 20 Class Championship; Plans Underway for 2021 Event

Dear Harbor 20 Class Association Members, Families, and Friends:

The Harbor 20 Association Class Board met yesterday, March 16, to review plans and contingencies regarding the 2020 Harbor 20 Class Championship in Annapolis given the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

After careful consideration, we regretfully concluded that it is in the best interests of our Class and participants to cancel the 2020 Championship and focus on holding the event in 2021 in conjunction with the 2021 Annapolis NOOD (National Offshore One-Design) Regatta.

Our primary focus for the Championship and the Class overall is the health and well-being of our members, competitors, guests, volunteers, housing hosts, and supporting yacht club employees. We considered that: CDC and Maryland both have issued guidance/direction to postpone or cancel events with more than 50 people from March 15 to May 10 (may be extended); the Governor of Maryland has closed bars and restaurants in the state for an indefinite period; Annapolis Yacht Club and Eastport Yacht Club have suspended access to their dining and event facilities consistent with that direction; and a Director shared at the meeting how the virus has impacted the Director’s family and was spread at a social event.

To be sure, the Championship is a great opportunity to see the “best of the best” on the water and burnish the spirit and comradery of the Class on shore. However, it is not the only way we achieve that objective. We have Fleet activities around the country highlighting the proud, Corinthian legacy of the Class. Our members are second to none in their love of sailing, fun, friendship, teaching, and learning. COVID-19 might be impacting our sailing and racing schedules but it will never dampen our spirit!

We will look to our Fleet leaders and members for insight and wisdom on how we adjust the remainder of our 2020 activity schedule, as well as plan for a great 2021 Championship in Annapolis next year. In the interim and most importantly: be safe, stay healthy, and remain caring and compassionate to all who need it during this challenging time (HINT: that is all of us).

For a PDF version of this notice click here.

Fair winds,
Patrick J. Shannon
Harbor 20 Class Association President

(On behalf of the Class Association Board)

Boat Handling & Sail Trim – Register before Thursday to save money (and help us)!

Thinking of attending the “Boat Handling & Sail Trim” seminar on Sunday, March 15, at BCYC? Please be aware that the price increases after Wednesday. Registering before the price increase is very helpful as I need to guarantee a minimum head count for food and beverages on Wednesday, and I will go to print with the materials on Friday. While I always plan for some late registrations, and even some walk-ins, I only print a few extra copies. Registering before Thursday will guarantee that a book will be ready for you at the door.

This is the only scheduled presentation of this seminar in 2020 , so if you want to really up your game this year we hope to see you there!

Click here for the event page.

The W.D.Schock Memorial Regatta is Back!

Having been replaced by the first H20 National Class Championship last year, the W.D. Schock Memorial Regatta is back this year. This two day regatta on February 29 and March 1 is in memory of William “Bill” D. Schock, father of Tom and Steve Schock, and founder the W.D. Schock Corporation in 1958. The first mass-produced design was the Lehman 10 dinghy. The Lehman 14 was updated to become the Lido 14 and proved a commercial success, propelling the company to become one of the biggest boat builders on the US Pacific Ocean coast. These were two of 58 designs to be produced, which would include, much to our delight, the Harbor 20!

This is a 2-day High Point event, so the winners in both C and B divisions will earn a promotion.

It would be nice to see a great turnout for this event!

Click here for the event page.

We hope to see you there!

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