The first Harbor 20 was launched in April of 1998. Within twelve years there were about 150 Harbor 20s sailing in Newport Beach. Today there are over 400 Harbor 20s sailing throughout the United States, Canada, Chile, and Australia. Fleet 5 in Annapolis has over 30 boats and regularly has about 20 boats at the start of the Wednesday Night Racing series and Class Championship and over 25 for its three charity regattas (see Charity).
The Harbor 20 was designed with simplicity in mind and a competitive spirit at heart, whether you’re sailing upwind or downwind. For example, a roller-furling fractional headsail and self-tacking club boom help the Harbor 20 practically sail itself upwind. When running wing-and-wing, the club boom acts as a vang, effortlessly holding out the jib. The full-battened main stows neatly on the boom using lazy jacks. Finally, the control panel just behind the mast is centralized convenience at its very best. So, when you’re ready for the wind and sea, so is the Harbor 20.
The boat is fun and easy to sail but definitely competitive - especially in Fleet 5. The design eliminates any advantage where crew weight and strength are concerned. Winning a Harbor 20 regatta depends entirely on the skill of the skipper and his or her tactician. If you would like to experience the Harbor 20, please contact us and we will be happy to get you a crew spot for one of our races. We guarantee you will be hooked after just one sail!
Harbor 20 Class Association
The Harbor 20 Class Association is a voluntary Corinthian association. Its 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, and to promote friendship among owners and crews.
Information on the national Harbor 20 Class Association can be found here.
Harbor 20 Class Association Bylaws can be found here.
The Original Builder of the Harbor 20
Boat building began for W. D. “Bill” Schock at age thirteen when he built a Skimmer in the garage of his family's Hollywood home. After serving as a crew chief in WWII, Bill moved into a small beach house in Newport Beach and set up shop. He repaired the rental fleet at a local amusement park, among other odd jobs, and started building a cold-molded wooden International 14 for himself. Before he finished it, another I-14 sailor discovered the boat and talked Bill into selling it. W. D. Schock Boat Building and Repair was in business.
Steve Schock, the designer of the Harbor 20, is still very active in promoting the fleet and the Class Association.