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By Emily Foxhall and By Emily Foxhall | December 20, 2013
After months of preparation for some, the winners of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and the Christmas Ring of Lights have been declared. More than 30 judges, picked randomly from the community, scored boats in multiple categories, such as best music and best boat under 30 feet, on Wednesday and Thursday nights, said Seymour Beek, chairman of the judging. Seymour said he found himself impressed as soon as the first few boats floated by. "You think, 'Oh, my God, how could anybody outdo that?
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NEWS
By Len Bose | December 20, 2013
This week I had the opportunity to talk to a person whose family descended from the Mayflower. Named after her father's boat, Gale Nye Pickney has recently taken the helm of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club as its first female commodore. Shortly after she was born in Chicago, her family moved to Newport Beach. She grew up on a Cal 40 that was kept back east and a 45-foot Stephens motor yacht here on the West Coast. The family cruised from Northern California down to Mexico and spent quite of bit of time in Avalon on Catalina Island.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Emily Foxhall | December 18, 2013
The sun had long set at the bridge to Balboa Island, where 3-year-old Connor Murphy stared off into the harbor, mumbling the words to "Feliz Navidad," which he had recently learned. Off in the distance, the Orange County Sheriff's Department boat approached, spraying water as it led the charge for the 105th annual Newport Beach Christmas boat parade. "Ready?" asked Connor's dad, Bryan. "Santa's boat is coming!" Boats of all sizes -- about 80 in all -- passed one after another by Murphy's perch, casting sparkling reflections onto the dark water.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Emily Foxhall | December 17, 2013
By Tuesday morning, Peter Barbour had installed Snoopy's dog house, Charlie Brown's Christmas tree and Linus' blue blanket - all on his 11-foot dinghy. A long to-do list yet remained: Put in place Charlie Brown. Find fluorescent lights. Download music. This decorating of his craft, D25, named for Dec. 25, is an annual labor of love for Barbour, who has been preparing for his 10th year of participation in the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. The event, which starts Wednesday, marks a way to give back to the community, he says.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | December 11, 2013
Last year around this time, it was an almost ubiquitous news item in Newport Beach: the proposed boycott of the annual Christmas Boat Parade by residents who opposed a new city-imposed fee hike on their docks. The grass-roots group Stop the Dock Tax asked property owners to keep their vessels and homes dark out of protest. City Councilman Mike Henn used the Daily Pilot's opinion page to denounce the "sensationalized threats. " As the furor escalated, the tourism bureau, Visit Newport Beach, ended up putting out a statement clarifying that the parade would go on as planned.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | December 10, 2013
Crusted over with brine and barnacles, their plastic bodies faded, the 20 or so watercraft stacked on the dock weren't the prettiest boats in Newport Harbor. But to the small crowd who braved Friday morning's chilly breezes hoping to score a deal at one of Newport Beach's periodic abandoned-boat auctions, the assortment of old kayaks, dinged paddleboards and sagging inflatable boats looked like a potential gold mine. "There's a lot of junk out here," said Brandon Brewer, 24, who picked up two 9-foot inflatables with outboard motors intact for $480.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | November 21, 2013
Tucked away in the Island Hotel's kitchen, past the room-service carts and the dinner assembly stations, an old Sabot leans against a storage room wall. It awaits repair, not for sailing but for nibbling. Before most guests awake Friday morning, the Newport Beach hotel's pastry team will wheel the boat into the hotel's lobby and begin to cover the dinghy with piece after piece of gingerbread, creating a decoration fit for a holiday celebration in the coastal town. "I wouldn't say nobody will eat it," Andy de la Cruz, the Island Hotel's pastry chef, said last week with a laugh.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | November 15, 2013
Ahoy! We have wonderful Christmas boat parades - cruising in harbors, lakes and rivers - to look forward to next month, and yes, boats being towed on trailers down a few main streets across the country. I hope boaters have started to plan or maybe already begun decorating their vessels for this festive time of the year. I say vessels because I have seen all types of floating crafts, from surfboards, outriggers, canoes and kayaks to things that you'd never expect to be able to float - not to mention aqua cars in and around the parade routes.
NEWS
November 11, 2013
The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade has added two awards this year, bringing the total list of prizes to 19. The event, now in its 105th year, will now honor Sweepstakes Winner — Non Commercial and Most Entries from a Yacht Club. The former prize, which recognizes clubs, families or other residential groups, complements the sweepstakes award for commercial productions. "It's the boat everybody talks about the next day," said Jeff Parker, the chief operating officer of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.
NEWS
By Len Bose and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | November 7, 2013
While cruising the harbor this week, I was looking around for Newport Harbor's 10 most interesting boats of 2013. As most of you have noticed, I have quite an attraction to Windward Passage. That's when I picked up the phone and gave her skipper, David "Halfdeck" Johnson, a call and asked for a interview. "Sure, Len, why don't you meet me at the boat at 2 tomorrow?" David said over the phone. Hearing this, I became rather excited that I would finally be able to go aboard one of my all-time favorite yachts.
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