Category Archives: Fleet 4

Fleet 4 Calendar Added!

Note that we now have the Santa Barbara Fleet 4 calendar filled in at the top page level of the Harbor 20 website.  To see it, go to the main website page (, click “Fleet 4” in the pulldown menu under “Upcoming Events” in the far right column, and the next two months of items scheduled for Fleet 4 will fill in underneath.  This calendar will duplicate our race schedule under its own separate tab, but there will be additional Fleet activities shown.  And, obviously implied, forward any significant future calendar items to any board member or “JJ” at


Printed Class Roster

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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.

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Fleet 4 Start Clinic Coming Up!


Our first Start Clinic will be on Friday, April 29 at 1730 (5:30 P.M.).  We’ll meet first at the club for a short talk about what we’re aiming for in a perfect start, then we’ll go out on the the water and try it out.  Ken Keiding will set a line and run a bunch of starts…..and film them.  Plan on at least an hour!

All welcome, no need to RSVP!

Fair Winds……..

Ann Hutchins

Fleet 4 Minutes Meeting 31 March 2016

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MARCH 31, 2016


Call to Order: Fred Rice presiding – Ann Hutchins, Geoff Slaff, Morgan green, Leslie Deardorff, Scott Deardorff, Rich Miller, Bill Bench, Dale Zurawski, Jane Watkins, John Jeffries, Brian Green present.


Minutes: Morgan Green. February minutes accepted without amendment.


North/South Regatta Planning: Fred notes the fleet needs to prepare notice of race and sailing instructions and details including hospitality events to the Newport Fleet. Leslie Deardorff will send the NOR and SI documents to Fred used for the last North/South here as a point of information. Noted: San Diego will not be participating.


Food and expenses: Geoff presented a proposed budget based on 60 people. Includes 2014 actual expenses and 2016 projected costs. Total estimated at $11,245. See attached report for line item details. Entry charge projected at $200 per sailor, assuming five Newport boats. Projection also calls for $150 for Fleet 4 sailors. Scott Deardorff suggested $200 for all. Consensus is to make the event a high quality regatta.


Suggestion: leave $1,000 in the Fleet 4 account as reserves.


Hospitality Event costs – Suggestion: charge for each hospitality event separately for all non-racers and onboard owner reps. Discussion and agreement on the following: Leslie will price out the costs of the club dinner for 60, 70 and 80 people so charges can be firmly determined. Consensus among the board and members at this meeting is a “Wet Wednesday-style” Barbecue with cook-your-own foods. An outdoor Luau like last time was preferred. Determining final charges for guests and Fleet 4 owner representative volunteers will be revisited for a decision at the next meeting based on actual food and service rates by SBYC other event costs (insurance, trophies etc.)


Re: Prices to be charged for parties that Al and Rich host to defray their costs. Geoff suggests $25 per person and Rich said that is OK. Leslie is to ask Al.


Insurance: Leslie will ask Brad about arranging for insurance.


Notification: Leslie will send an email as soon as possible to the Newport Fleet Captain specifying the dates, and ask if the visitors want another spinnaker clinic. This will be followed with a “save the date” letter.

The official Notice of Race: Will be sent out to Newport no later than early July.


Start Practices: Ann Hutchins. The proposal is to start April 22. She will confirm with Ken Keiding, who has volunteered to conduct the sessions from his boat. The tentative schedule is once monthly, depending on the club racing schedule. Ken Kieding will send out a notice to fleet owners after confirming all details with Ann. Consensus agreement on a start time of 5:30, and an hour of practices.


Match Racing: Rich Miller notes that the CHRF fleet will not take on start duties. The fleet must start its own races.  They would be short, with five-minute start separations. Rich will examine the SBYC schedule to see if he can find clear dates. He also will set up match racing briefing sessions in advance.


Fleet Calendar: The following 2016 meeting dates were confirmed. May 26, July 28, Sept. 29.


Ex-Agenda Items


Class Association Meeting: Rich Miller reports – Hilton Head and Annapolis conduct elimination rounds for the East/West challenge. The top three skippers are the team. The next three skippers are their crew. Discussion for Fleet Four. Consensus, leave crew posts open as skippers’ choice, especially for away events.


PHRF Race Committee assistance: Jane Watkins asked for volunteers to help. Rich Miller and Ann Hutchins volunteer.


Reimbursement: Since Fred helped purchase a scale to share with the J-70 fleet, Geoff Slaff proposed reimbursing Fred $223 for his costs. Rich Miller made the motion. Ann Hutchins seconded. Approved.


Fleet Champions for 2015 and Scoring Questions: Geoff noted a lack of confirmation of the top Fleet 4 skippers at the SBYC awards dinner. Clarification: the SBYC Centennial Cup (not a Fleet 4 cup) is based only on SBYC member boats. This excludes some Fleet 4 boats. Discussion on scoring for the Fleet 4 Championship Series: the algorithm for determining scores is per U.S Sailing, racing rules section A-9. Scott Deardorff reviewed the basics.  Members discussed alternatives to penalize no-shows. Noted: the rules call for two throw-out regattas to take care of this. Brief discussion of high-point scoring as an alternative. No decision.



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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).



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.

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