About the Fleet
With over 30 boats, Fleet 5 is one of the most active one-design classes in Annapolis. Our purpose is: to promote the continued enjoyment of Harbor 20 Class Yachts in fair, Corinthian, one-design racing, and in day sailing and other social activities; to promote friendship among owners and crews; and to support charities through fundraising and regatta participation.
In the Spring and Summer, our boats are raced in the competitive AYC Wednesday Night Race series, and through the winter months in the AYC Frostbite Series. In addition, the boats and owners participate in the H20 Fleet 5 Spring and Fall Championship Regattas which decide the Class Champion and selection to participate in the annual East-West Challenge Cup. The H20 East-West Challenge Cup includes sailors from Annapolis (Fleet 5), Hilton Head (Fleet 3), Charlotte Harbor, FL (Fleet 6), Santa Barbara (Fleet 4), Smith Mountain Lake VA (Fleet 7) (our newest fleet) and Newport Beach (Fleet 1) and the location rotates annually from west coast to east coast. Fleet 5 hosted the 2017 East-West Challenge Cup in September with pictures of the spectacular event available on the Gallery page. The Fleet also supports the Leukemia Cup, CRAB BYBG Regatta, and the Hospice Cup rounding out an active and challenging annual racing schedule.
Cancellation of the 2020 Harbor 20 Class Championship; Plans Underway for 2021 Event (17 MAR 2020)
The Harbor 20 Association Class Board met on March 16 to review plans and contingencies regarding the 2020 Harbor 20 Class Championship in Annapolis given the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
After careful consideration, the Board regretfully concluded that it is in the best interests of our Class and participants to cancel the 2020 Championship and focus on holding the event in 2021 in conjunction with the 2021 Annapolis NOOD (National Offshore One-Design) Regatta. Our primary focus for the Championship and the Class overall is the health and well-being of our members, competitors, guests, volunteers, housing hosts, and supporting yacht club employees. While it is sad to lose out on the 2020 Championship, we know that the Board made the right decision for the Class and our communities.
We will look to our Fleet leaders and members for insight and wisdom on how we adjust the remainder of our 2020 activity schedule in light of COVID-19, as well as plan for a great 2021 Championship in Annapolis next year. Our members are second to none in their love of sailing, fun, friendship, teaching, and learning. COVID-19 might be impacting our sailing and racing schedules but it will never dampen our spirit!
In the interim and most importantly: be safe, stay healthy, and remain caring and compassionate to all who need it during this challenging time (HINT: that is all of us).
If you are interested in learning more about Harbor 20 Fleet 5 and how you can get in on the fun this year, please send a note to Communications@Harbor20Annapolis.org Thank you!