Fleet 4 Meeting Minutes 3 April 2017




APRIL 3, 2017


  1. CALL TO ORDER: Rich Miller presiding – present, Geoff Slaff, Ann Hutchins, Brian Green, Morgan Green, Fred Rice, J.J. Jeffries, Jane Barrett, Tom Wright, Kevin Cahill, Helene Webb, Caroline Kavanagh


  1. MINUTES: Morgan Green – previous meeting, accepted.


  1. TREASURER’S REPORT: Geoff Slaff – Buying Snacks for those present.


  1. WEB MASTERS REPORT: J.J. Jeffries – sent email blast regarding posted minutes. He will put a proxy voting form on the H20 Fleet 4 website leaving off the date for use by skippers as needed to delegate vote. Not addressed are spinnaker rules, wind speed rules, calculation of the fleet champion. (Rich will check on the trophy and the spinnaker rules to report back)


  1. MEASURER’S REPORT: Tom Wright – Concerns expressed regarding Fling, noted in 5/1/2016 as underweight. (Minimum class weight with required gear is 1950 lbs.) Four boats will be reweighed. Suggestion: coordinate to do all on the same day. Discussion re: reducing a boat’s weight. Helene notes weights of spinnaker poles as potential question. Tom will research weights by checking with Fleet 1 bylaws for language and report back.


  1. RULES QUIZ: Rich Miller – Discussion. Until a boat completes its tack, she shall keep clear of other boats until she is on a close-hauled course.




  1. RACE PREPARATIONS: Brian Green – Presentation. Amigo gets out onto the water on Wet Wednesdays often by 4 p.m. (more than an hour before the race start) All running rigging is checked for adjustment. Sails to the outside and inside marks to check current (sometimes it’s different). Luffs up head-to-wind to check wind direction. Often sails to K mark to note wind shifts, kelp channels, current direction.


  1. FUTURE MEETING DATES: Rich Miller, Discussion – Thursdays are not convenient. Club is closed on Mondays unless an employee is present to open the fleet room. Geoff will check with the manager Eric re possibilities. No objections to Monday nights if SBYC is not available. Other venues will be evaluated, with locations to be determined. Previously approved meeting dates will be transferred to the Mondays of those weeks. Consensus approval. New Meeting schedule: May 8. June 5, July 10, Oct. 12, Dec. 14.


  1. FLEET FOUR MAINSAIL REQUIREMENTS: Geoff Slaff proposes: All boats shall use Ullman mainsails by the 2017 Cinco De Mayo Regatta, and during all subsequent Fleet 4 races if they wish their place to count in any series standings. Approved. (This bylaw change is to clarify former language in Appendix III. Appendix 3 is to be deleted and replaced with the new language. It shall read as follows:  3) Fleet 4 elects to modify Class Rule III.C.5 so that: All boats shall use Ullman mainsails at the 2017 Cinco De Mayo Regatta and during all subsequent Fleet 4 races. (approved April 2017).



VOTING CLARIFICATION: For annual elections of fleet board.  Kevin Cahill proposed discussion to avert confusion. (Moved from item F on Agenda).Discussion/proposal to amend Fleet Four bylaws to clarify. Proposed: In Fleet 4 elections, each boat owner may cast one vote per candidate. Approved. The language shall be Appendix 6. It shall read as follows: 6) Fleet 4 elects to clarify Class Rule I.D.2 so that in Fleet 4 elections, each boat owner may cast one vote per candidate.


  1. FLEET 4 WIND LIMITS: Rich Miller proposes discussion due to confusion. After discussion, consensus that the wind limit be changed to Average wind of 18 kts., OR gusts to 22 kts. Proposal modified from J-70 fleet policy:


Races shall not be started when the wind exceeds an average of 18 knots or gusts to 22 knots or higher. The Fleet decision should factor sea conditions, current, and rapid changes in velocity.


For Wet Wednesdays only in marginal conditions, at 4:45 p.m. the ranking fleet representative racing shall contact all boats on channel 69 to discuss and vote whether to cancel the race. Ranking representative shall be 1. fleet capt., 2. secretary, 3. treasurer, 4. measurer.


At all fleet events: Unless a race is underway, any competitor at any time who thinks racing is unsafe may inform the ranking fleet representative by radio or hail by voice. Thereupon, the fleet representative shall contact all other racers on the Race Committee frequency, then switch to an alternative such as channel 69 and take a voice vote. The majority race/cancel decision stands. Approved by voice vote. Note: the wind rule does not infringe on any racer’s right to retire. Rich will talk to the SBYC race director regarding enforcement of the Fleet 4 rule.


  1. TEAM RACING: Rich Miller, proposes increasing fun levels for all. Suggestions for an informal trial: teams made up according to current fleet standings with one team flying a ribbon from the back stay, using one wet wednesday race per month, starting with May 10. Outcome will not count toward Fleet 4 WW standings. Geoff will get the ribbons. Suggestion: get Race Director to hold a team racing seminar asap. Rich will find out when he is available.


Adjournment: Next meeting May 8. Place TBA.

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Fleet 4 Meeting Minutes 17 March 2017

Harbor 20 Fleet Four Meeting

March 17, 2017


The 2017 board consists of Rich Miller, Brian Green, Morgan Green Ann Hutchins and Geoff Slaff. Fred Rice volunteers

  1. Updating the fleet email list: Anyone who wishes to be on the main list may be on it. Sub lists will include the board only, and the board and fleet boat owners. A corrected list will be prepared by Ann Hutchins in time for the next fleet meeting.
  1. Fleet Meeting Dates: Consensus agreement after discussion of the following dates: May 12, June 8, July 10 and Oct. 12 and Dec. 14 for planning 2018. at 5:30 p.m.
  1. 2017 Fleet officers: By consensus agreement Rich Miller, Fleet Captain; Geoff Slaff, Treasurer; Morgan Green, recording secretary. John Jeffries volunteers to remain the fleet’s webmaster. Tom Wright volunteers to remain as fleet measurer.
  1. Topic of discussion: Rich Miller – How to make the fleet more fun?

Suggestions  for further discussion/action –

– email the whole fleet on suggestions to make races more fun for all

– create a B fleet to foster close competition

– race in teams with odd sail numbers vs even sail numbers

– provide designated speakers of interest at fleet meetings

– hold a go-fast session at fleet meeting, and definition and discussion of one racing rule per meeting

– help people get crew

  1. Fleet Outreach: Rich Miller – sought suggestions for further discussion/action:

– invite other clubs and fleets to sail on H20 boats

– establish a Harbor 20 class in the SBYC Charity Regatta  where non-owner members can skipper a boat, provided and crewed by us, for a given donation, say donors of $100 get to steer.

– first Wet Wednesday race each month be a fun team race.

  1. Treasurer’s Report: Geoff Slaff. See Attached report for details. Currently, the fleet bank balance is $3,771,21. That compares with year end 2016 of $2,963.13. Noted: The fleet is not hosting any Class events involving visiting sailors this year. That leaves funds for spending as the fleet wants. Suggestions for further discussion/action:

– Harbor 20 Fleet 4 t-shirts

– Meeting appetizers and wine

Brian Green volunteered to tell the meeting about how he and his crew prepare for a race.

Consensus approval: May meeting appetizers, and presentation by Brian Green on pre-race preparations.

  1. Fleet communications: Morgan Green – requests that all emails be sent to fleet members from the Fleet Captain. Including minutes, announcements, reminders. And that the Fleet Capt. will send all corrected draft meeting minutes, or official changes to fleet bylaws, to the webmaster for posting online. Consensus agreement.
  1. Spring Series; Jane Watkins – Jane asks for volunteers for Saturday race committee. Rich Miller volunteers, Ann tentatively volunteers.
  1. Fleet Fixits: Brian Green – suggests spreading information about fixes for equipment on boats that all should be aware of. Example: Swapping the main halyard and Spinnaker halyard positions for efficiency and less wear.

Consensus that the May meeting will include a discussion of such fixits for the fleet’s general benefit.

  1. Suggested matters for future board action, Karen Cahill – presents suggestions from Kevin for possible future action:

– non-cumulative voting

– re-weighing requirement after boats make changes (including new flotation) that alter their weight.

– clarification of timing for E.P. switch to Ullman mainsails

– approval of new type of distress flares

  1. Wind Limit: Rich Miller – Asks that a discussion to clarify be placed on the May agenda.
  1. Start Clinic: discussion of when to conduct. General suggestion that if one is planned that it be earlier in the season. Suggestion to place on upcoming spring agenda.




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Fleet 4 Meeting Minutes 9 December 2016



DECEMBER, 9, 2016


Call to Order: Fred Rice presiding – Morgan Green, Tom Wright, and Geoff Slaff (via phone conference call from Boston) present.


Announcements: Fred notes that 2017 will be a less taxing year for the fleet leadership in that the North/South Regatta will be in Newport, and the East/West Regatta will be in Annapolis, so Santa Barbara will not be hosting an event with other fleets.


Fred reminds the fleet that the deadline for paying the fleet dues is Feb. 1, 2017. Dues of $100 per boat are to be paid directly to Fleet Four Treasurer Geoff Slaff.


Fred is the new Treasurer for the National H20 Association. He reports there was discussion recently on the national association board about holding National Championships in Newport. No decision.


Fleet four Board Nominations: Morgan Green suggested a fleet-wide email to solicit nominations for the 2017 board of directors, as was successfully done last year. The call for nominations will go out in the first week in January. Approved by consensus.


Board Election: Morgan Green Suggested the deadline for board nominations be Jan. 25. An email ballot will be sent out to the fleet membership. Votes are to be returned to Morgan by individual email, and will remain confidential. The voting deadline will be Feb 3. Approved by consensus. The new board will be immediately notified. They will later meet to choose their officers.


Annual meeting/party: The meeting date is TBD.  Fred is to verify with Caroline Kavanagh, who volunteered her house. Tom suggested special thanks at the party for those who organized the Luau.


Adjournment: Next Meeting, TBD.

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.

Fleet 4 Hosted North-South Regatta!

Greetings from Santa Barbara’s Harbor 20 Fleet 4! We’re excited to be hosting this year’s North/South Challenge Regatta and our race committee is busy making plans to ensure a fun and competitive event for all involved. The format will be similar to our previous regattas, this year five teams from each fleet may enter. Each team will consist of three crew total – two team members and a boat owner representative. More details will follow with the NOR which will go out soon. In the meantime the following information is provided to help competitors and others who will be joining in the festivities to make their plans. I’m looking forward to seeing you at another great N/S Challenge! ….. Fred Rice Fleet Captain


Fleet 4 Proposed Schedule of Events

Friday, September 2nd

2:00-2:30pm Event Registration & Check-in SBYC upper deck.

2:30pm Optional practice sailing, meet at SBYC upper deck.

6:00pm Welcome Reception Home of Cheryl and Rich Miller’s, 980 Paseo Los Santos, Santa Barbara. Dinner, beer and wine.

Saturday, September 3th

9:00-11:00am No-Host Breakfast available SBYC.

11:00am Competitor Meeting & Boat assignments SBYC upper deck.

12:30pm Racing Starts.

6:00pm Beach Party SBYC Buffet Dinner, live band and no host bar Sunday.

September 4th

9:00-11:00am No host breakfast available SBYC.

11:00am Competitor Meeting & Boat assignments SBYC upper deck.

12 noon Racing Starts.

4:00pm Awards, Appetizers and no host bar SBYC Upper deck.

4:30pm Dock Party Al Salzer’s New Orleans Gumbo, margaritas, beer & wine Marina 1, M finger, slip 17

Additional Information

Fees: Estimated cost is $200 regatta fee for racers and a social events fee of $125 for non-racers and boat reps to cover meals and events

Lodging: Those who wish to have housing with Fleet 4 members should contact Caroline Kavanagh by email at jckands@yahoo.com at least 30 days in advance. Please provide your names, arrival and departure dates, email and phone number.

Regatta Chair: Contact Leslie Deardorff with questions regarding the event lesliedeardorff@gmail.com

Regatta Website:


Fleet 4 Fiesta Cup in Santa Barbara

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Fleet 4 in Santa Barbara is gearing up for the annual Fiesta Cup July 15-17. Besides the Harbor 20 fleet, we will be hosting the J/70 West Coast Championship. This has always been a favorite regatta for the Harbor 20 Fleet and is part of their Championship Series. Good winds and great parties are anticipated. The famous party on the beach will once again feature our favorite band, “Jason Campbell and the Drive”. NOR and Si’s are online now at sbyc.org.

Fleet 4 Rescheduled Start Clinic!

When:  Friday, June 17

Where:  Santa Barbara, in the water in front of SBYC in the general area of the permanent starting buoys.

We’ll start at 5:00 P.M. and be out until 6:30 or later. Show up when you can.  Ken Keiding will set a line and run a series of practice starts.  Take a radio and monitor Channel 71–there will be real time coaching!

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