Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2021-2024, Sunday March 24, BCYC

EVERYONE WELCOME – H20, other one designs, PHRF sailors

Whether you are just learning the racing rules or are already an expert racer, this seminar will improve and update your understanding of the complex rules of our sport. This course covers all the rules which govern the behavior of boats in close proximity when starting, meeting, encountering obstructions, rounding marks, and finishing. Animated PowerPoint and videos bring the rules to life. Includes continental breakfast, lunch, and course materials. Great for skipper and crew because two heads are better than one!

Sunday, March 24

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club

8:15  Registration / Continental Breakfast

9:00 Seminar begins

12:00 Lunch

5:00 Seminar ends

Please bring a Racing Rules of Sailing for 2021-2024 book. It is free to members of US Sailing.

$119.00 if registered before March 20

$144.00 if registered after March 20

To register click here.

Also, SAVE THE DATE: A companion on-the water clinic will he held at Balboa Yacht Club on April 6.

On-the-water Clinic – Saturday March 9 – LIYC

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT. If you would like to participate, you can bring your own boat and crew and pay at the door (check or cash) . BUT, A MENTOR WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO SAIL WITH YOU.

Phil Thompson will be hosting the H20 on-the-water clinic on Saturday, March 9 at LIYC. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the top racers in Fleet 1! There will be two on-the water sessions. Phil will start by sharing tips on starting and race course analysis followed by practice starts and short races. After a break for lunch, he will do an on-the dock demonstration with sails up talking about mast, rigging dynamics, shroud tensions and sail trim and demonstrating the proper use of the backstay, boom vang, cunningham, main outhaul, jib outhaul, jib downhaul and how to set the jib height using the jib halyard. Then back on the water for longer races with emphasis on boat speed, sail shape and sail trim.

One of the things that makes these clinics successful is that they provide an opportunity to practice elements of sailboat racing with experienced “mentors” aboard each boat. This can greatly accelerate the learning curve, and provides a great opportunity to meet and sail with others!

The clinic will begin at 10:00. Sailing will end at 4:00 when Happy Hour begins!

The registration fee is $49.00 and includes Lunch and Happy Hour.

When you register, please answer the question on the “Checkout” page as to whether you will be bringing a boat, crewing on a boat that someone else is bringing, or are requesting a spot on a boat that we provide. It is very important that we have this information in advance so that we can assure the everyone has a spot on a boat, and that mentors are available to sail on each boat.

To register click here.

We hope to see you there!

2024 Class Board Election Results

Here are the results of the election of Harbor 20 Class directors that concluded in January. Class owner-members voted for the following directors:

1Peter Haynes   Newport Beach
1Ed Kimball   Newport Beach
1Gary Thorne   (President)   Newport Beach
1Kari Bretschger   Newport Beach
1Bob Yates    (Measurer)   Newport Beach
3Joe Highsmith   Hilton Head
3Eric Norman    (Assistant Measurer)   Hilton Head
4Lee Cushman   Santa Barbara
4Richard Miller   Santa Barbara
5Marino di Marzo  Annapolis
5Bill Chapman   (Treasurer)  Annapolis
7Richard Brown    Smith Mountain Lake, VA
8Michelle Wood  Eugene, OR
9Grant Williams  Mission Bay, CA

Fleet 1 – Friday Frolics for 2024

Posted on behalf of Frolic Meister Bob Yates:

Harbor 20 sailors are welcome to a new season of Frolicking.

Frolics will be sailed from the Dick Sweet RC boat starting at 2 pm in the Turning Basin just north of NHYC.  The Race Committee will announce the course and provide sailing information verbally from the boat before the first warning. They will continue until the Race Committee gets tired or thirsty, whichever comes first.  Sportsmanship is of paramount importance. Don’t foul or hit other boats. If you make a mistake, do a turn. If you hit a boat (and possibly cause damage), sailors must report to the Race Committee on the NHYC patio after the race. Scores will not be recorded, and trophies will NOT be awarded.

All participants are invited to join us afterwards on the NHYC Deck for friendship, drinks and a lively discussion.

Our planned schedule is shown below. An email will go out the week before to remind all Fleet 1 sailors of the event and telling of any changes.

January 12 and 26

February 9 and 23

March 8 and 15

April 12 and 26

May 10 and 24

June 7 and 21

July 12 and 19

August 9 and 16

September 13 and 27

October 4 and 18

November 8 and 22

December 13

You can also find each Frolic in the Fleet 1 2024 Calendar.

2024 Fleet 1 Learning Opportunities!

The learning program for Fleet 1 is being enhanced this year by combining class room education with on-the-water exercises. This makes sense because classroom knowledge is of no value unless put into practice and sailboat racing is complex enough as to require classroom education in order understand the game.

Program Overview

There are three large but essentially separate bodies on knowledge required to be a proficient sailboat racer each of which will be covered in detail in a day-long seminar in a classroom setting. Each will be followed up 2 – 3 weeks later with an on the water clinic. Bring your own boat and crew to the clinic, and as in the past, experienced mentors will be available to sail with you.

Seminars are day-long events that include a continental breakfast and lunch. Clinics will start later in the day with an on-the dock “chalk talk” starting at 11:00, lunch at 12:00, and sailing from 1:00 until 4:00 with break halfway through. Happy hour will commence at 4:00!

The schedule of events is:

January 21       Seminar            “Strategy & Tactics”      BCYC    All day  Click here for the event page

February 10    On-the-water Clinic       LIYC      11-4 Click here to register

March 24         Seminar            “Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing”       BCYC    All day

April 6              On-the-water Clinic       BYC      11-4

June 2              Seminar            “Boat Handling & Sail Trim”       BCYC    All day

June 15            On-the-water Clinic       LIYC      11-4

Registration Fees:

Seminars. $119.99 per event

Clinics $50.00 per person per event

Events such as these are scheduled far in advance so don’t miss these opportunities to up your game in 2024!

If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact me:


We hope to see you there!

Online Learning now Available

I have often been asked whether my classroom seminars are videoed. The answer is yes, but not for the purpose of releasing unedited footage, Rather the intent has always been to edit the raw video and use it as content for self-paced online courses. Two are now available:

Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing    6 hours 8 minutes


RIGHT OF WAY                                                            34 minutes

GENERAL LIMITATIONS          `                                   1 hour 40 minutes

AT OBSTRUCTIONS                                                    55 minutes

AT MARKS                                                                   1 hour 50 minutes

THE START                                                                  29 minutes

SUMMARY                                                                  9 minutes

Boat Handling & Sail Trim          5 hours 29 minutes

AERODYNAMICS         20 minutes

SAILING THEORY         1 hour

SAIL SHAPE                  1 hour 40 minutes

DEMONSTRATION      51 minutes

SAIL TRIM                    38 minutes

BOAT HANDLING        1 hour

The courses include a PDF copy of the course book.

To access the online courses, click here.

The upcoming Strategy & Tactics seminar on January 21 at BCYC will also be recorded, and an online course will be released in the future. If you are in the Fleet 1 area and plan to attend this event, please note that this is NOT a rules seminar. “Strategy” is about getting around a course as quickly as possible, and “Tactics” is about how to implement your strategy in the company of all the other boats, i.e. it is about boat-on-boat interactions – which are dependent on the rules. If you do not have a good working knowledge of the rules, completing the online course in advance would greatly enhance your enjoyment and ability to understand the information presented in “Strategy & Tactics”.

I you avail yourself of these learning resources, I would be very interested in your feedback. Please see free to contact me:

Peter Haynes


Strategy & Tactics, Sunday January 21, BCYC


While “Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing” and “Boat Handling and Sail Trim” are essential topics to understand in order to be competitive, neither will teach you how and why a sailboat race is actually won. “Strategy” is a plan you make before the start as to how you would sail the course as fast as possible in the absence of other boats. “Tactics” is about boat-to-boat maneuvers that help you to sail to your strategic plan. Great for skipper and crew because two heads are better than one!

Sunday January 21

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club

8:15  Registration / Continental Breakfast

9:00 Seminar begins

12:00 Lunch

5:00 Seminar ends

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and course materials.

$119.00 if you register by January 17

$144.00 if you register after January 17

To register click here.

Join us also for the on-the-water companion clinic for Harbor 20’s on February 10 at LIYC! Bring your own boat and crew and put into practice what you learned at the seminar. Experienced mentors will also be available to sail with you. For information and registration click here.

If you have any questions about this seminar, please feel free to contact me:

Peter Haynes


We hope to see you there!

2024 Racing Seminar Schedule – Save the Dates!

Strategy & Tactics – Sunday, January 21

Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing – Sunday, March 24

Boat Handling & Sail Trim – Sunday, June 2

These are day long classroom seminars conducted by Peter Haynes at BCYC.

Stay tuned for further information, and for an announcement when registration opens for the January event.

If you have any questions about these seminars, please feel free to contact me:


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