February 21, 2000
Editor's note: OCC's 65-foot sail training sloop Alaska Eagle recently completed an expedition voyage from Tasmania to New Zealand via two remote subantarctic islands in the Southern Ocean. During the 2,300-mile voyage, Alaska Eagle's 11-man crew braved storms, predatory sea lions and the everyday challenges of sailing near the bottom of the world. Now berthed in Wellington, New Zealand, Alaska Eagle is in the middle of a 14-month sail training voyage from Newport to Australia and return.
April 30, 2006
The first boat to finish the 59th Lexus Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race was the same one that finished first last year. Pyewacket, the maxZ86 previously owned by Roy Disney, pulled into Ensenada Harbor at 5:08 a.m. Saturday. The monohull boat, which was donated to the Orange Coast College School of Sailing & Seamanship last year, finished with an elapsed time of 17 hours, 8 minutes and 20 seconds. Brad Avery and Keith Kilpatrick co-piloted Pyewacket in the race.
August 5, 2001
"For years and years, people wouldn't come down here. It's really good to see people on this beach. There's a lot more people on this beach since [the residents] left." -- Jeannette Merrilees, a Crystal Cove activist, on the number of people now using the public beach. 'We can't understand why Costa Mesa -- who will get absolutely creamed -- has not joined the fight to support El Toro. To have only two council members here is pathetic." -- Tom Anderson, a member of the Airport Working Group, during a meeting on the proposed airport.
July 4, 2003
June Casagrande As the top racers in the world face off in the prestigious Transpac race, none other than Orange Coast College's own Alaska Eagle is keeping track of their positions and transmitting the information to shore. For the eighth time, the 65-foot sloop owned by the college's School of Sailing and Seamanship is the official communications vessel for the race, which kicked off this week. The first wave of racers left Tuesday from Palos Verdes for the race to Honolulu, which lasts a week or more.
May 14, 2005
Michael Miller A Marina del Rey boat owner has donated the Kialoa III, a famous, 80-foot racing vessel, to Orange Coast College's School of Sailing and Seamanship. Jim Kilroy, who owns the Kilroy Realty Corporation, announced his gift to the school on Thursday. The Orange Coast College sailing school will receive the 31-year-old yacht in June after its crew sails it to the United States from Panama. After its arrival, the school will use the 80-foot aluminum boat for its summer voyage to Catalina Island, as well as other educational trips in the future.
September 1, 2006
After less than a year in Newport Harbor, the celebrated racing yacht Pyewacket may have seen the last of these waters. Roy Disney, who donated the boat to the Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship last summer, is chartering the boat to race in the 2007 Transpac race from Los Angeles to Hawaii. To ready it for the race, Disney will pay for a renovation that will make the boat more competitive — but the modifications will leave the boat with a keel too deep to fit in Newport Harbor.
October 6, 2011
Likely launching the harbor's first significant dredging since its inception, the Newport Beach City Council is planning to approve an agreement Tuesday to dump more sediment at the Port of Long Beach. Already, the city has been towing barges of polluted mud from the Rhine Channel to the port, and officials recently secured space for additional contaminated dirt. That muck, and some non-toxic silt, however, has formed shoals throughout Lower Newport Bay, causing boats to increasingly run aground.
August 15, 2013
The Newport Beach Harbor Commission agreed Wednesday to let two large vessels temporarily moor in the harbor. The yachts' permits could be revoked at any time during their stay. The commission voted 5 to 1 - with Karen Rhyne dissenting and Duncan McIntosh absent - to allow the 216-foot Invictus and the 130-foot Marama temporary mooring. The Invictus plans to be in the harbor intermittently from Aug. 26 to Oct. 31, while the Marama will anchor Sept. 25 to 30, according to Harbor Resource Manager Chris Miller.
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.