Fleet 4 Bylaws Santa Barbara
HARBOR 20 FLEET 4
BYLAWS, RULES and SPECIFICATIONS
* 15 March 2011/Original Board Approval Santa Barbara Fleet 4 Bylaws (Fleet 4 Bylaws original with Appendices click here)
* 18 June 2020/Redraft Fleet 4 Bylaws Approval incorporating 9 Appendices to date and optional voting methods (D.11, approved 21 May 2020)
* 17 December 2020/Added Appendix 1
* 17 December 2020/Added Appendix 2
A.1. The name of the organization shall be the Fleet 4 of the Harbor 20 Class Association, hereinafter referred to as the Fleet.
A.2. Harbor 20 Fleet 4 is located in Santa Barbara, California.
A.3. The Bylaws define the structure and governance of the Fleet, the Rules govern the people who may participate in Fleet Races, and the Specifications govern the yachts eligible to participate in Fleet Races. This document is hereinafter referred to as the Rules.
B. NATURE AND PURPOSE
B.1. Fleet 4 of the Harbor 20 Class Association is a voluntary Corinthian association. Its purposes are consistent with those of the Harbor 20 Class Association.
C.1. The Fleet is comprised of Owner Members, Skipper Members, and Associate Members who meet the criteria for Fleet 4 membership as defined by the Rules of the Harbor 20 Class Association.
D.1. The governing body of the Fleet is the Board of Directors (Board), comprised of the Directors and Immediate Past Fleet Captain, and chaired by the Fleet Captain, all of whom are entitled to vote. The general duty of the Board is the furtherance of the purposes of the Fleet and ensuring its growth and preservation. The Board has the authority to interpret and enforce the Fleet 4 Rules, Conduct general Fleet 4 business, and discuss and determine agenda issues for submission to Fleet 4 owner members in good standing for a vote.
D.2. The Board members must be elected in a fair and open vote of the Fleet 4 Owner Members by February 1st of each year. Each boat owner member may cast one vote per candidate. Fleet 4 shall elect a board of directors consisting of 5 members.
D.3. Officers for the Fleet need not be Owner members, shall be elected by the Board to serve a one-year term, and may be elected for multiple terms.
D.4. The Fleet Captain is elected by the Board of Directors and serves a one-year term, and is to act as the executive officer of the Board.
D.5. Directors may elect Officers to perform specific roles such as:
a. The Past Fleet Captain is the Fleet Captain who was most recently in office and who is available to serve on the Board. He is a voting member, but not elected.
b. The Secretary shall perform the duties as commonly understood and as further determined by the Board.
c. The Treasurer shall perform the duties as commonly understood and as further determined by the Board.
d. The Measurer shall insure the conformance of yachts, equipment and crews to the Class and Fleet Rules. The Measurer will chair the Rules Committee, if and when needed.
e. The Webmaster shall perform the duties as commonly understood and as further determined by the Board.
D.6 The Owner (as defined by the Class Rules) of each Harbor 20 may cast one vote in Fleet elections and any other matters presented to the Owners. An Owner may vote by signed proxy or by email to all Board Directors. Also written petition signed by one-third (1/3) of the Fleet 4 Owner Members shall obligate the Board to conduct a vote by the Owner Members.
D.7. A quorum for general Fleet 4 operations decisions shall be one-half (1/2) of the Fleet 4 owners in good standing, plus one (1). A quorum for Fleet 4 changes to bylaws, Rules and Specifications shall be at least 2/3 (two-thirds) of all Fleet 4 owners in good standing.
D.8. General operational issues require approval by a simple majority of owners who are present, one vote per boat. Changes to Fleet 4 bylaws, rules and specifications require approval of a 2/3 (two-thirds) majority of owners who are present, one vote per boat.
D.9. All decisions shall be published on the Fleet 4 web page of the Harbor 20 Association website, or otherwise circulated for the information of the members of the fleet.
D.10. The Board may replace any Director who cannot properly fulfill the responsibilities of the office.
D.11. Voting shall be done:
a. In person or remotely via phone connection, or
b. By e-mailing a board member his/her proxy beforehand, or
c. By e-mailing a board member his/her vote beforehand.
E.1. The Board shall establish the amount of annual Fleet 4 dues. Payment is due by February 1st of each year. The Fleet may also collect and forward Class dues.
F. FLEET RACES
A Fleet Race is any Class Race so designated by Fleet 4 to distinguish it from evening races or other informal events. All Harbor 20 Fleet 4 bylaws and modifications to Class rules shall apply to all one design Harbor 20 races in Santa Barbara waters designated for the yearly Fleet 4 Championship.
F.2. Fleet races will be held in conformance to the participation requirements of the Class Rules, and the helmsmen need not be an Owner Member or Skipper Member, unless modified by written notice from the Board.
F.3. All Fleet Races are counted for purposes of scoring the Fleet 4 Championship.
F.4. Any Fleet Race so designated by the Board qualifies for the Fleet 4 Championship.
F.5. The Fleet may hold a Fleet Championship in a location, time(s), and format to be determined by the Fleet. The Fleet Championship will be held in conformance to the Class Rules. The winner is declared the Fleet Champion, and may affix a red chevron to his boat’s mainsail under the standard insignia.
G. TROPHIES AND AWARDS
G.1. The Board is empowered to designate special trophies and awards.
H. ELIGIBILITY TO RACE AND CONFORMANCE TO RULES
H.1. A Harbor 20 Class Yacht is defined by the Harbor 20 Class Association Rules, and which is in conformance with these Fleet 4 Rules. Only Class Yachts whose Owner or Skipper Member dues are paid are eligible to race in Fleet 4 Races.
I.1. A. Except as modified by these Rules, the Rules of the Harbor 20 Class Association apply to Fleet 4.
I.2. Races shall not be started when the wind exceeds an average of 18 knots, or gusts to 22 knots or higher. The decision should factor sea conditions, current and rapid changes in wind velocity 30 minutes before the first warning gun. The ranking Fleet 4 representative racing shall contact all boats on channel 69 and vote whether to cancel the race. Ranking representative shall be: 1. Fleet Captain; 2. Assistant Fleet Captain; 3. Secretary; 4. Treasurer.
I.3. All crew shall keep their hips within the confines of the cockpit at all times excepting the need for immediate repair or safety.
I.4. Spinnaker poles may be deployed any time within the three-boat-length-circle (extending outward 60 feet from the mark) and will be retracted at the first reasonable opportunity.
J.1. Class Yachts are those which are in full compliance with both the Harbor 20 Class Association Specifications and Fleet 4 Specifications will be permitted to race in Fleet Races.
J.2. Any modification of the Class Association Specifications shall be approved by a 2/3 majority vote of the Fleet 4 Owner Members, and duly recorded in the Appendix to these Bylaws.
K.1. The Fleet Measurer may take supplemental measurements sufficient to ensure that the construction of the yacht and the equipment aboard conform to the Class and Fleet Specifications.
K.2. The Measurer shall not measure a yacht, spars, sails, or equipment owned or built by him or in which he is an interested party or has a vested interest.
K.3. The Fleet Captain may serve as Fleet Measurer when needed.
L. SPECIFIC FLEET 4 PROVISIONS
L.1. All yachts need not be kept in the water, i.e., “wet stored,” at all times.
L.2. All yachts shall have a full and complete coat of anti-fouling bottom paint on all underwater surfaces.
L.3. Backstay tension line may be lead through a simple block attached to the base of the barney post. The cleat location shall not be altered.
L.4. All yachts shall be permitted to have on board and use during a race electric wind indicators, GPS and VHF units unless otherwise noted in the Notice of Race or the Sailing Instructions.
L.5. Boat baths are not allowed.
L.6. Shrouds and stays shall be 1 x 19 stainless steel with a minimum diameter of one-eighth inch.
M.1. Unless otherwise determined by the Board, the sail replacement procedure is as defined in the Class Rules.
M.2. A sail’s age shall be determined by the delivery date as recorded by the W.D. Schock Corp. or as the Board may determine by majority vote. For replacement sails, the age will be determined by the Measurer’s dated approval.
M.3. All boats shall use Ullman mainsails.
M.4. Fleet 4 Asymmetric Spinnaker Specifications:
· Minimum Cloth Weight = 43 grams.
· Minimum Luff Length = 29.3 feet.
· Minimum Mid-Girth (ASMW) = 13.9 feet.
· SLU = 30.3 feet.
· SLE = 25.8 feet.
· ASMW = 14.9 feet.
· SF = 14.5 feet.
· Asymmetric spinnaker tack point must be no more than 19.5 inches from bow stem.
· Asymmetric spinnaker sheet lead must be at least 26.0 inches forward of transom corner.
· Asymmetric spinnaker sheet lead must be ether internal or attached to the outside edge of the cockpit coaming.
- Removed Fleet 4 allowance for hiking by removing Rule I.3.
- Clarified applicability of Fleet 4 Bylaws by replacing Rule F.1 with: “All Harbor 20 Fleet 4 bylaws and modifications to Class rules shall apply to all one design Harbor 20 races in Santa Barbara waters designated for the yearly Fleet 4 Championship.”