Virgen's View: Rose delivers at luncheon

April 25, 2012|By Steve Virgen
(Daily Pilot File…)

The water can be a calming presence for a sailor sometimes. Andy Rose surely found solace as a young sailor when he was 10 in Newport Beach.

His father, Robert, died of a heart attack at age 48.

Andy's mother, Lucy, entered young Andy in the junior sailing program at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, which at the time rented a small space from Balboa Yacht Club.

Andy loved it. He found escape, some fun and eventually his life.

"She just wanted something for me to do during the summer after my dad had died," said Andy, 61, a co-owner of It's OK, a high-performance Andrews 50. "Unfortunately for her it kept me busy more nights and days than she had ever intended."

Five years later, Andy entered his first Newport to Ensenada race.

Wednesday, he was the keynote speaker during the Yachtman's Luncheon at Newport Harbor Yacht Club. There he was talking about his first race to Ensenada, talking about the fun and telling racers how to approach certain areas for the race that starts on Friday near Balboa.


Andy didn't talk about his childhood, or his father's death, during his presentation, that featured power-point and jokes, some that can't be for print.

Afterward, he could talk about growing up in Newport Beach, about what his mother meant to him and his love for Corona del Mar High, where he graduated in 1968 before going on to Stanford.

"There were some incredible teachers there," Andy said of CdM. "Life-changing."

He referred to his mother as a great lady who was very encouraging and supportive of his pursuit to become a sailor.

The CdM teachers had a great impact on Andy's life, but sailing also changed his life.

"I've been all over the world," Andy said. "I've been to places I never would have been. I have friends in so many countries. It's a very intense sport. When you sail with somebody across an ocean or something like that you develop a friendship that you might not really develop in real life in years."

Andy entered his first Newport to Ensenada race in 1966 on a little boat called, "Sally." When he reached Ensenada it was then he discovered Hussong's Cantina. He didn't want to go on the record about who he partied with, but a tradition started, that included margaritas and tequila sunrise drinks.

Alcohol has been prominent for many in this race throughout the years. Food, parties and just an overall good time have also been heavily involved for Andy, a world-class sailor who was in the 1977 America's Cup.

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