Saturday, February 12, 2011

W. D. Schock Memorial Regatta

March 5 & 6, 2011

from: Newport Harbor Yacht Club

The W.D. Schock Memorial Regatta is just a month away, and we are trying a few new things to make the racing fun for all of the boats we are expecting at this year’s event.

The Race Committee plans to have the Harbor 20 fleet begin racing at noon both days and sail two races. After the second race, the Harbor 20s will head to the dock for a break while the Lido 14s & L12s race. If weather conditions permit, the sequence will be repeated. This schedule has been a huge success in other NHYC multi-class one-design events because it allows everyone to enjoy a less congested racecourse.

As an added attraction, the club will be giving each boat a special tracking device. It monitors the boat’s every move and charts the “track” from start to finish. It is the coolest thing! After the racing, each skipper will be able to track his or her progress over the racecourse and compare speed and direction with the rest of the fleet. We used this during the Harbor 20 Domenico De Sole Regatta last year – the data is amazing!

There is an entry fee with this regatta, which includes 1 Saturday night regatta dinner party ticket. If you would like to purchase additional tickets please do so during the entry process. There will be extremely limited tickets available for purchase at check-in and no tickets will be sold at the door. Chef Polly and his staff put out a delicious spread so you won’t want to miss this great chance to mingle with friends during a great weekend of sailing.

Please be sure to read the Notice of Race for all the official details. You can enter today by visiting the W. D. Schock Official Notice Board on our website ( Just go to Racing and then to the Calendar. If you have questions, please contact Charlie Underwood at the NHYC Race Office, or 949-723-6870.

Until next, sweet sailing.


Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

The great thing about Harbor-20's is that they are an excellent cross-generational class. Seniors and juniors can compete head-to-head with each other. And I like this idea of a fleet tracking device and would like to learn more about it.

Pandabonium said...

Doc - I don't know which system they'll use for this regatta, but one is called "Map My Tracks". It uses gps equipped cell phones and a computer display program. Pretty neat.