What's Afloat

April 13, 2000

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A pair of U.S. Coast Guard-approved courses that train mariners to take

license exams -- in order to operate commercially and carry passengers


for hire--are being offered this spring by OCC's Sailing Center. The

non-credit, five-week courses run concurrently, today through May 16.

Classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays

from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at OCC's Sailing Center in Newport Beach.

The license final exam will be administered on May 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5

p.m. at the Sailing Center. The courses include all the training required

for taking either the Operator Uninspected Passenger Vessels License Exam

or the Master/Mate License Exam for inland waters and near coastal

routes. Registration is $755 and $785 respectively. The sailing center

is located at 1801 W. Coast Highway. For more information, call (949)


Eleven spectacular Puget Sound educational cruises have been scheduled

for this summer aboard OCC's Norwester, a classic 75-foot wooden motor

yacht that introduced actor John Wayne to yachting five decades ago. It

will mark the third summer that Norwester has taken students and

community members on cruises through Puget Sound. Excursions are set to

run June 17-24, June 30 -July 6, July 8-14, July 16-22, July 28-Aug.3,

Aug. 5-11, Aug. 14-19, Aug. 25-31, Sept. 2-8; Sept. 12-20 and Sept.

23-Oct. 1. For reservations and costs, call (949) 645-9412.

Learn to sail or windsurf at Resort Watersports. You can also rent

windsurfers and 14-foot sailboats at $15 per hour. Call (949) 729-1150.

Sailboat rentals and private lessons are available at Marina Sailing in

the Balboa Fun Zone. Advanced classes include navigation, big boat, power

boat, introduction to heavy weather and first-mate instruction. For more

information, call (949) 673-7763, the Blue Dolphin Sailing Club at (949)

644-2525 or the Lido Sailing Club at (949) 675-0827 for rentals.


Beginning sea kayaking, rolling clinics and private lessons are offered.

Kayak and sea ski rentals are also available. For more information, call

(949) 675-1215 for Paddle Power, 1500 W. Balboa Blvd.

Two-hour kayak tours begin at 10 a.m. Sundays from Newport Dunes. Cost is

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