Finally, the coast appears to be clear, and we have scheduled two Sailing Clinics for next month (October 30 and November 13). These clinics are for sailors who wish to improve their sailing skills. They will be taught by experienced mentor sailors, and will include a variety of subjects from boat handling skills, crewing, rules, and racing. We hope that you will consider attending.
Sailors who previously signed up and paid for clinics that were postponed may attend for NO CHARGE, but you must still register. To register, click the following link: Log in | Sign up (theclubspot.com).
It is time to nominate the 2021 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 2021’ at the November 19, 2021 awards event.
COVID permitting, ALYC is scheduled to host Sailing for the Visually Impaired on Saturday, October 9.
History: The annual Sail for the Visually Impaired (SVI) has grown to become one of the most important and well attended philanthropic events in Newport Harbor. Each year, over 250 blind or visually impaired guests and their escorts spend a day sailing with volunteers from the American Legion Yacht Club and other area yacht clubs. There are over 150 volunteers acting as sailing skippers, crew, escorts to and from the docks, meal servers, guide dog sitters, check-in personnel, marina control, parking assignment, and other positions.
ALYC is seeking Harbor 20 sailors to bring their boats and participate in this event. They have asked that all participants be fully vaccinated.
If you are interested in participating click here for the event page.
If you have questions, please contact Tony at 949-209-7305.
Harbor 20 Fleet 1 Championship September 25 & 26, 2021
It’s time to register for the Harbor 20 Fleet 1 Championships hosted by Newport Harbor Yacht Club. The $30 entry fee goes up to $35 after September 21, 2021. The Notice of Race has been posted here and you can register here.
Drinks and appetizers will be served at Newport Harbor Yacht Club immediately after racing on Sunday. No Saturday dinner is planned. Everyone in the Fleet is invited to the social gathering after racing on Sunday. The awards ceremony will commence one hour after the last race.
◦ Boats must be in the water for 60 days before the event (bylaw I.F.9). ◦ Skippers must have been owners for 60 days before the event (bylaw I.F.10). ◦ Boats must have a measurement certificate (class bylaw III.C.2) which can be verified by finding your member roster entry under “Members > Member Roster” in the menu above and then clicking on your sail number. ◦ A copy of the DMV registration must be on the boat and must list the skipper’s name. ◦ Crews must have sailed on the boat 12 times since the last fleet championships. ◦ Petitions (such as for a crew who doesn’t meet the 12-race requirement) must be submitted to the Fleet Measurer before the September 11 Board meeting.
Posted on behalf of the Fleet 1 Board of Directors:
Questions and complaints fielded by the board this summer seem to indicate a confusion between two Fleet 1 bylaws. It is well known that evening races are “informal”. Informal races relax Fleet 1 ownership and Skipper Division rules allowing anyone to enter and/or drive the boat. This is codified in the following rule:
I.G.3 Evening series and other informal regattas are open to all participants and the rules requiring Fleet membership (Owner/ Skipper), and the Fleet Race Division rules do not apply. If non- Fleet races start A, B or C divisions, it is suggested, but not a requirement, that skippers race in the division for which they are a part of, if possible.
It would appear the term “informal” is being interpreted by some as relaxing other rules, such as Fleet 1 permitted sails which is codified in this rule:
III.C.7 The Fleet has appointed Elliott/Pattison Sailmakers as its sole permitted sail maker for new mainsails, and Ullman Sails as its sole permitted sail maker for new jibs. No other sail/sail maker combinations will be allowed. The Board may change this rule by a majority vote.
So, using other sails for an actual or perceived performance advantage, “testing” sails for the same, or just using other sails to save permitted sails for High Point races is not allowed. The board offers this clarification in hopes of alleviating the problem while staying out of the protest room where no one wants to go.
The Fleet 1 board remains steadfast in the belief that the incredible success of the Harbor 20 Class is attributable to the adherence of strict one-design racing as stated in the Class bylaws in rule II.A.2.