Jean is starting to show her age. At just over 40, she still moves gracefully, but her admirers around Newport are starting to notice the cracks and blemishes.
Many tourists still snapped photos of her, though, to show friends just how beautiful Newport Beach is. But, soon, she will instead be the symbol of foggy Monterey.
Jean is one of UC Irvine's six classic Shields sailboats that will soon be moving north. The school recently purchased modern boats for its students, racers and recreation sailors, and will retire its fleet of 30-foot Shields to the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, where they will be refurbished.
"We're happy that the boats are going to where they'll be appreciated," said Joyce Ibbetson, the school's boating program director. "It's a combination of sadness to see the boats go, and excitement to have something new."
One of the UCI Shields suffered a structural failure when it was racing in February's Midwinter Regatta at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. At that point, the school inspected the other five boats and determined that they had to make major repairs or buy new boats.