September brings less daylight to our harbor yet the harbor always comes to a boil this time of year as the Harbor 20 fleet 1 championships makes landfall on October 6th & 7th. Leading up to the main event is BCYC Club Championships on September 16th and on September 22nd is The Harbor 20 Tune up Regatta. The following weekend is the Harbor 20 Fall One Design Regatta on September 30th at NHYC.
What does this mean to you the average harbor user, not a darn thing. For us Harbor 20 sailors it means we have checked all our lines for chaff, all shackles pins and ring-a-dings have been taped and checked. We break out our “freshies”, new sails, and call our divers three times and to make sure they do not miss a spot on the bottom of the boat. Protest flags are pulled out from the bottom of the boat to make them more accessible and all the participants turn their hats around and put on their game faces.
It is to early to predict who are the top contenders because registration has not opened up yet for the main event. To get a better idea on who has been on their game I will review this past summers twilight scores. For the Harbor 20’s the main two summer series are BCYC Taco Tuesdays and NHYC Twilights. Both series had over forty entries and over sixty races combined between the two of them.
Top finishers in the BCYC Taco Tuesdays where, in C Fkeet, Kathy Sangster finishing in 3rd aboard Dragon Lady, Dick Somers in 2nd sailing Stop Making Sense and Bob “Barbecue” McDonald taking home the pickle dish aboard Undecided. In B fleet it was all PJ Kohl sailing
A Tack Dragon sailing to first place. In second was Debra Haynes aboard Spirit and in third was Cole Pomeroy sailing A Salt & Battery. Over in A Fleet David Camerini took home the third place trophy, my wife Jennifer and I received the second place award with our boat Only Child and this years A fleet and overall winner was Mark Conzelman sailing Shana’s Secret.
At NHYC Twilght Series runs over a three month time span with awards handed out each month. Top finisher in C Fleet was Dick Somers taking a clean sweep across the boarding first place. In B fleet Peter Stemler won June, Jay Swigart sailing Holy Sheet won the July series and Mike Kohl was victories in the August series. In A Fleet Chris Allen won the month of June sailing Zephr, in July it was Bill Menninger aboard his red boat Dart and in August it was Perry and Brian Bissell sailing Bluebird into the top spot.
For the most part this summer was sailed in light breeze of under eight knots with only three races when we had evenings of breeze over ten knots. Another great summer on our harbor is complete as we take off the gloves and kick it up a notch.
The best big boat racing is on Tuesdays nights again BCYC Taco Tuesdays and on Thursday nights Beercans sailed out of BYC. Taco Tuesdays had twenty-three entries and sixteen races with Jim O Conner sailing Celia to first place in C Fleet. Steve Fink sailed to first place in B fleet and Rhonda Tolar took home the Leopard’s skin in A Fleet sailing Wild Thing. Over at BYC Beercans had over thirty skippers sign up in a three month series. The June series was won by John Cooper in PHRF 5 aboard Gem. PHRF 4 John Szalay aboard his boat Pussycat won his division, Larry Walter sailed Cha Cha Cha in PHRF 3, Seth Hall won Perf 2 aboard Marisol and in PHRF 1 it was It’s OK that rang the bell. In July it was Wes Selby winning PHRF 1, Bill McKeever winning PHRF 2 aboard Reliance, Tracey Kenney sailed Slapshot to victory in PHRF 3, while Mark Hunter sailing his J 80 In Appropriate took PHRF 4. PHRF 5 was won again John Cooper. After I am done writing this I am headed out to sail in the last race of the summer so you will have to check back on who won the final series.
Wish me luck this month!
Wish me luck this month!