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The Harbor Report: The numbers are in for Newport winter

February 14, 2013|By Len Bose

I have been out on the harbor a lot lately, sailing my Harbor 20 and showing boats. Therefore, it must be that time to update you on the past winter's race results, upcoming races and some of my harbor observations.

While walking through the shipyards this week, I could not help but notice our harbor's larger racing sailing boats being pulled out in preparation for next month's Newport to Cabo race sponsored by the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. At last count, there are 35 boats entered in this year's race. The first item I noticed, while walking through the yards, was that all of these finally tuned racing machines had been sitting in the mud in their slips.

You can't help from saying to yourself, "That's bad," and by the fifth time you hear yourself say that, you can only hope that Harbor Commissioner Doug West and his team can find a way to obtain a usable RGP-54 dredging permit. If you are not familiar with what a RGP dredging permit is, please refer to my Jan. 24 column "The eelgrass is greener with state blessing."

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This year's winter series has wrapped up, with most of the events being sailed in light winds, which was the exact opposite from last year. Over at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, Rhonda Tolar's Farr 40, "Wild Thing," won Class A in the Hot Rum series, while "Violetta" won Class B and "Sleeping Beauty" won Class C. The club's Ocean Series is already underway, with Paul Casanova's Santa Cruz 50, "Flaca," leading the series, followed closely by Jeff Burch and his Tripp 33, "Hot Ticket."

This is a long series, and I am sure the leader board will change many times. One of the standouts in this series is Karl Pomeroy's new J/70, "Zero to 60." Karl and his crew have been all father-and-son teams, which is always heartwarming to watch.

Just up the street, Balboa Yacht Club has completed its Sunkist Series. Tolar, again with "Wild Thing," won Class A, with "It's OK" following in second and "Dare" in third. In the Thistle Fleet, Joel Buffa was this year's winner, and over in the Laser Fleet, Gator Cook took home the first-place prize.

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