NEWPORT BEACH — From their perch on a buoy bobbing by the entrance to Newport Harbor, a party of California sea lions welcomed the Irving Johnson with a cacophony of honks.
On Monday's voyage up the Orange Coast from Dana Point, the crew of the tall ship had unfurled its sails, which gleamed in the late morning sunlight. The brigantine's deckhands could be seen changing tack on the jib sails out front to catch a wind blowing in from Catalina. They were preparing the 100-foot, 100-ton boat for its approach into the harbor.
"That is so cool," exclaimed Paul DeCapua, Race Committee chairman for the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.
DeCapua was among those watching the goings-on aboard the Irving Johnson from behind the wheel of the BCYC's 34-foot Baja Cat, which idled nearby.