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By Britney Barnes | December 8, 2011
COSTA MESA — A longtime Newport Beach resident has donated a $2-million yacht to Orange Coast College, the largest donation of its kind to the campus. Jerry Barto and his family gave their 92-foot luxury vessel, the Nordic Star, to the college's Professional Mariner Program to help students train for a career in the industry. "All three of my kids went to OCC, so this was a family decision," Barto said in a prepared statement. "We wanted to help students and this great program, so it was an easy decision to make.
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August 28, 2000
Mathis Winkler As 10-year-old Josette got ready to board Orange Coast College's motor yacht to welcome her dad, Michael Last, out at sea, she could think of one reason why she enjoyed his absence from home. "I got to sleep in the big bed," she said, adding that she was "kind of" looking forward to having him back. Together with a dozen other sailing enthusiasts, Last brought the Alaska Eagle, the college's 65-foot sail training vessel, home from a 20,000-nautical-mile trip Sunday.
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August 1, 2001
Danette Goulet ORANGE COAST COLLEGE -- When Orange Coast College's Bonaire set sail from Hawaii bound for the shores of Newport Beach last month, she carried a crew of eight. Now, she floats broken and empty 750 miles off the coast of California. The final two crew members, Capt. Marcus MacKenzie of Newport Beach and Robert White of Costa Mesa, had to abandon the vessel on Saturday after a broken mast step crippled the ship last week, said Brad Avery, OCC's director of seamanship and sailing.
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By Britney Barnes | August 21, 2012
A day on the job for Richard and Sheri Crowe might include climbing a smoke-spewing volcano, watching Antarctic icebergs cave in, or guiding student sailors through rough seas to remote destinations. But now, after 30 years as captains of the Alaska Eagle, the Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship's 65-foot training vessel, the Crowes have retired. "It was way easier to say, 'Hey, I'm ready to retire,' than to say, 'I'm ready to stop running this boat,'" Sheri, 52, said while onboard the school's flagship sailboat in Newport Harbor on Monday morning.
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By Mike Reicher | May 1, 2012
A GPS device from the doomed racing boat Aegean struck a jagged island, an online tracking system shows. The sailing community was buzzing with the news Tuesday, as racers emailed a link to Spot, a personal satellite tracking company, and speculated anew about the original theory of the accident. Up to now, many thought that the 37-foot Aegean was struck by a larger commercial vessel, such as a tanker or freighter. The accident claimed four sailors' lives Saturday during the annual Newport-to-Ensenada race.
NEWS
February 28, 2000
Brad Avery Editor's note: This is the second in a five-part series on OCC's Alaska Eagle's 2,300-mile journey from Tasmania to New Zealand. o7 Jan. 18, 54 South 161 East aboard Alaska Eagle.f7 It's a beautiful day in the Southern Ocean, with a 30-knot southwesterly pushing us through big lumpy seas toward the Auckland Islands 100 miles away. Alaska Eagle is running along at a steady 10 knots with a reefed main, staysail and small jib topsail out on the pole.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | August 11, 2008
A pirate-clad ukulele player and a septuagenarian celestial navigation buff sit down at a dinner table. What do they talk about? How do they pass an entire night together? It’s almost a rhetorical question given the improbability of this pairing, but about a dozen people now know the answer thanks to a transpacific sailing expedition that recently ended in Newport Beach. The Alaska Eagle, a 65-foot aluminum sailboat that just returned from a yearlong, 20,000-mile trip to New Zealand and back, was staffed by a motley crew of sailors, and they didn’t just eat one meal together.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | November 30, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — While the City Council reformed aspects of its harbor mooring management on Nov. 23, it left intact one of the practices identified by a grand jury critical of the process. Under the new rules, two yacht clubs will still be able to lease some of the public moorings from the city and distribute them among members. The practice, which has been in place for generations, restricts the public's access to about 20% of the 800 offshore moorings (those in the depths of the harbor as opposed to on the shore)
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By Hannah Fry | January 7, 2014
The Alaska Eagle has proudly displayed the Orange Coast College flag on its stern for 32 years and more than 290,000 miles. But Tuesday morning, as crew members worked to disassemble the 90-foot mast, OCC's flag had been replaced with the red, white and blue-striped symbol of the Netherlands. The change represents the School of Sailing & Seamanship's farewell to the 65-foot sloop. The college in Costa Mesa sold the Alaska Eagle earlier this month to Diederik Nolten, a Dutch sailor and businessman, for $350,000.
NEWS
December 6, 1999
Jim Carnett Orange Coast College's beautiful 65-foot sail training vessel, Alaska Eagle, will compete this holiday season in the infamous Telstra Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. The event claimed six lives last December. The 55th annual race is set to begin in Australia's Sydney Harbor on Sunday, Dec. 26. The fleet of 84 yachts will head out into the Tasman Sea and finish four days and 630 nautical miles later at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in Hobart.
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