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By Len Bose | May 30, 2013
This week, I sat down with Deputy Sean Scoles of the Newport Beach Harbor Patrol with the intent of introducing myself and learning more about moorings in our harbor. The first thing I learned was that Sean is very approachable, and he quickly made me feel comfortable talking to him. From the start of our conversation, I felt like I was talking to someone I had known for years and would call my friend. Sean has been assigned to the harbor department for the last eight years and worked closely with his predecessor, Deputy Carlos Contreras, as the mooring deputy and boat accident investigator.
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NEWS
By Annie Kim | May 29, 2013
This year's Christmas party hop will be "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and the theme for the 105th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. The event committee recently held a public contest for theme suggestions and received 160 submissions. Two local residents, Judy Candelaria and Michelle Stranak, both sent in an identical idea and "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" was selected. Previous themes have included "Feelin' Christmas-Sea in Newport Beach!" in 2011, "A Holiday Beach Celebration" in 2003 and last year's theme of "Surf, Sand and Santa!"
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | May 22, 2013
Ahoy, and welcome to Memorial Day weekend! Memorial Day weekend signals the official start of the boating season across the nation, and literally millions of people will be on the water enjoying boating-related activities. Thousands of boaters will be cruising the harbors in Southern California, and many will venture into the Pacific Ocean. However, be aware of the weather and sea conditions as King Neptune and Mother Nature are mixing it up a little this weekend. We will have a mixed set with the swells about two feet from the west-northwest and also from the south-southwest.
NEWS
May 10, 2013
The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce's Commodores Club is asking for the public's help finding a theme for this year's annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Decked-out boats will travel the 14.7-mile route around Newport Harbor nightly from Dec. 14 to 22 in the 105th parade. Anyone with a theme idea can submit it to entries@christmasboatparade.com or deliver it to the chamber's headquarters at 1470 Jamboree Road by noon May 22. Whoever submits the winning theme will win a free VIP trip for two on Santa's boat on one evening of the parade.
SPORTS
April 26, 2013
In 65 years there had been just one boat that finished the Newport-to-Ensenada Yacht Race before sundown. Now, make that two. Loe Real, a Jenn 60 trimaran, completed the 126 nautical miles from Newport Beach to Ensenada in 7 hours, 3 minutes, 51 seconds Friday, nearly breaking the record set by Stars & Stripes in 1998. Stars & Stripes finished in 6:46:30, 17 minutes, 21 seconds faster than Loe Real. The Newport Ocean Sailing Assn. sent out a special report shortly after Loe Real arrived to Ensenada.
NEWS
By Annie Kim | April 26, 2013
Moving on from a tragedy that claimed the lives of four sailors a year ago, more than 200 boats set sail in the 66th Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race Friday. But when the final starting bell rang, most of the spectators and competitors had their eyes on just three crafts. Event organizers and fellow competitors agree the top contenders of the world's largest international yacht race are the crews aboard Medicine Man, Taxi Dancer and Bad Pak, which finished first in last year's race.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | April 22, 2013
A Newport Beach lifeguard swam through 6-foot waves and fought against 16-knot winds to cut two anchor lines that were keeping a 24-foot Bayliner in dangerous waters, rescue workers said Monday. About 2:41 p.m. Sunday Newport Beach Fire Department Lifeguard Capt. Arn Van Dyke responded to a report of a boat dragging anchor about 20 feet off shore at L Street near the Balboa Peninsula, officials with the Newport Beach Fire Department said. The four or five passengers aboard appeared not to notice the surf had increased or that the boat slipped anchor in the high winds, authorities said.
NEWS
By Annie Kim | April 19, 2013
Newport Beach residents Doug and Alice Brownell stood on the docks admiring a 39-foot catamaran exhibited Friday at the Newport Boat Show. The couple has attended the boat show, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, nearly every year since the 1970s. "We have our little Duffy, but it's fun to dream," Doug said, as Alice took photos of the catamaran. The reason the event has grown so big is its location - Newport harbor rather than a convention center floor - greatly enhances the feel and experience of the show by putting boats in their "natural environment," according to founder and producer Duncan McIntosh Jr. "This is the biggest water boat show on the West Coast," he said.
NEWS
By Len Bose | April 4, 2013
Starting today and through this weekend is the Newport Harbor Yacht Club's sixth annual Baldwin Cup Team Race sailed in Harbor 20s. This event was conceived by NHYC Staff Commodore Bill Palmer and has quickly turned into one of our harbor's most prestigious sailing events. Attending the regatta this year are the Royal Thames Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club, New York Yacht Club, Larchmont Yacht Club, Seattle Yacht Club, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Southern Yacht Club, St. Francis Yacht Club, Balboa Yacht Club, Yale Corinthian Yacht Club and two teams from Newport Harbor Yacht Club.
NEWS
March 30, 2013
After about a decade of informally contemplating the idea, Newport Beach Harbor Commission will discuss creating an additional anchorage area off the western tip of Lido Isle. Only this time, the city has some research under its belt. "Because of the recent Lower Bay dredging, we had to relocate our existing anchorage [normally] located on the eastern tip of Lido," said Harbor Resources Manager Chris Miller on Friday. The area, designated for visiting boats dropping anchor in the harbor, was moved to the island's western tip for about 10 months.
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