Why are the Cal 20’s out of the water?




Many of our members have been curious about the mysterious appearance of our prized keelboat fleet “on the hard”, or out of the water in the past few weeks.

This time of year provides a great opportunity to learn even more of the pleasures of sailing, which include an up close and personal view of the undersides of the boats and what it takes to keep them in top shape for the sailing season.  We asked the experts to tell us more.  Thanks Dave Morris for the inside story.

Tell us a bit about our sail boats that are in the yard right now—



“We have a fleet 9 keelboats (boats with a permanent keel or counterbalance that keep the boat stable under sail):   8 Cal 20s and 1 20′ Impulse.  We bring all but 2 or 3 into the yard at a time for repairs and maintenance.


We leave a couple in the inner harbor for member use.  If no maintenance was done to the boats things would break, bottoms would become fouled and eventually they would end up on the bottom of the harbor.”



So who does the maintenance?

“We have a “sponsorship program” that pairs boats with sailors (and non-sailors who want to learn more).  The sponsorship isn’t a financial sponsorship, but sponsors work to keep the boats in tip top shape and they get first dibs on sailing the boats in sponsor races during the sailing season.


The club provides the tools and materials to maintain the boats while the sponsors provide the energy to maintain the boats in a safe and seaworthy condition.  The sponsors get to personalize the boats to some extent.
That is why the boats are rigged slightly differently among the fleet.   Sponsors and their helpers (all hands welcome) perform the maintenance.  The majority of the work is done during the winter months when we normally have strong storms and need to move the boats to the inner harbor for protection.  During this time we bring the majority of the boats into the yard for bottom cleaning, painting and general repairs. ”

Tell us more about the racing season—


“During the sailing season of April- October we have monthly Sponsor’s races.  These races are free, low key and fun.  All members are invited to participate but the sponsors get first choices on the boats since they put in the efforts to maintain them.

We also have a C-15 fleet, Laser fleet and Optimist fleet.  As with the Keelboats they all need maintenance.  They don’t just magically repair themselves.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of a keelboat contact Dave Slater or Dave Morris at keelboats@hmbyc.org    C-15s   c15s@hmbyc.org.”


And this is a great time to learn more.  This Sunday, January 12 is the annual HMBYC sailing brunch from 10-1 at the club.  Whether you are experienced, novice, aspirational or just curious, join us, learn something new and meet some great friends.

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