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The Harbor Report: A busy two weeks on the harbor

April 18, 2013|By Len Bose

The harbor will be bustling these next two weeks with the 40th Newport Boat Show and Newport Harbor Yacht Club's Ahmanson Cup Regatta this weekend, not to be outdone by next weekend's 66th Annual Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race and the Balboa Angling Club's 50th Annual Lily Call.

This last Wednesday afternoon, I spent a couple of hours previewing this year's spring boat show at Lido Village. As I walked down the main dock, I started to feel like years past when confidence was high within the marine industry. Andy Estiri from Sea Furniture was busy assembling his dock display of helm chairs, upholstery work and stainless steel hardware. Duffy Electric Boat Company has a large in-the-water display of their product line just below the main ramp.

As I walked down the docks I started calling my clients, informing them that there was something for them to see at this year's show. Some of the standout boats I noticed were the 1970 Hinckley Bermuda 40 "Black Irish," the 54 Eastbay "Scout" and the new Fleming 65. There was a number of clean, smaller express cruisers, sport fishers and even a couple of sailboats. Over the last couple of years, I have had that "bah humbug"-type feeling. This year, the show feels like it has something for everyone. I give it a thumbs up.

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This Saturday and Sunday is the NHYC Ahmanson Cup Regatta, which is the third race of the Newport High-Point Series. This race is a little unusual in that it is run as a pursuit race. The smallest boat starts first, which is me on the J 109 Linstar, with your handicap time as your head start. Just think of the 1980s arcade game "Pac-Man"; for us, Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde are the Santa Cruz 70s OEX and Retro. If they catch us after our head start and eat us up, we lose. The winds are forecasted to lighten up this weekend, so it does not look too promising for us.

We are sailing in the Ahmanson in an effort to get ready for the following weekend's Ensenada race. I've gone through all of the Linstar emergency gear and should have our Man Overboard Module (MOM) back this week after being repacked this year. I am sure all my readers understand that MOMs need to be repacked annually. There is an interesting story developing out of the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for this year's race. Commodore Tom Madden, aboard his Hylas 46 Stella Maris, has invited four BCYC junior sailors and their fathers to crew for him on this year's race. This should make for some good stories and good times.

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