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By Len Bose | July 12, 2013
I attended this month's Harbor Commission meeting last Wednesday night and thought it might be a good time to update everyone on what's going on in the harbor. My good friend Doug West's term as chairman ended Wednesday night, and before he gave up the gavel, he reviewed his term and the tasks that the commission has engaged in this year. Doug then went through the list of tasks under the commission's objectives of "Ensuring the longterm welfare of Newport Harbor and promoting Newport Harbor as a preferred and welcoming destination.
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NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | March 30, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — The city is creating a special permitting process to allow sail and crew racers to exceed the harbor's 5-knot speed limit. Five knots equals 5 nautical miles per hour, or an approximate speed of 5.75 mph. After years of discussion and various proposals, the Harbor Commission, Orange County Sheriff's Department's Harbor Patrol, boating organizations and city officials appear to have agreed on a concept. It would allow groups such as yacht clubs and collegiate associations to apply for a permit before a given regatta — both for sailboats and crew boats — and any practices leading up to the races.
NEWS
By Brad Avery | August 31, 2013
Newport Beach is a beautiful, vibrant community with a spectacular yacht harbor that has a long history of accommodating all manner of watercraft. We're passionate about our town and harbor, and about boats. Everyone has an opinion about what boats should be gracing our waters. If I could have my way, I'd only allow classic sailboats on the harbor, although I have to admit I like those big futuristic yachts at the Balboa Bay Club. Some people think the harbor is too crowded. "There are too many paddle boarders.
NEWS
By Len Bose | March 21, 2014
I made it back last week from the 34th Heineken Regatta in St. Maarten, where I observed a couple of fresh ideas on how to better promote yachting events. First off, the regatta was spectacular. I highly recommend that you place it on your bucket list. One innovative idea, which I could not help but notice, was the use of drones. They were about the size of a Frisbee, hovering above the regatta and the various parties, filming all of the activities. If you would like to view the beauty of this Caribbean island, along with the types of boats in the event, Google "Heineken Regatta drone.
NEWS
March 6, 2000
Brad Avery Editor's note: This is the third in a five-part series on OCC's Alaska Eagle's 2,300-mile journey from Tasmania to New Zealand. The Auckland Islands are devoid of humans. Atrocious weather and soggy soil doomed several settling attempts during the last 150 years. However, after our arrival from Macquarie Island, we discovered that the Aucklands do have residents who lead an idyllic life. They keep beachfront residences and live off of the sea. It's a bigamous society, where the males keep half a dozen females occupied, lolling on the beach day after day. So we shouldn't have been surprised when were chased off of the first beach we landed on by a male hooker sea lion.
NEWS
By Brad Avery, Special to the Daily Pilot | March 3, 2011
ABOARD THE ALASKA EAGLE, at sea in the South Atlantic — We departed South Georgia Island on short notice. Our weather routers, New Hampshire-based Commanders' Weather, gave us an immediate "go" when we asked for a good departure date within the week. So we sailed for Buenos Aires five days early to increase our chances of avoiding extreme weather on our 1,600-mile journey from South Georgia Island. The Alaska Eagle's eight-leg schedule demands being on time for changing our student crews.
NEWS
January 7, 2000
im Carnett, Special to the Daily Pilot HOBART, Tasmania - Alaska Eagle, Orange Coast College's beautiful, 65-foot sail training vessel, finished 24th out of 80 boats in the 55th annual Telstra Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, staged between Christmas and New Year's Day. The race is known or its wild and rough conditions. Last year's event claimed six lives. Eighty yachts started this year's race on Sunday, Dec. 26 in Sydney Harbor. Fifty yachts finished, while 30 were forced to retire.
NEWS
By Len Bose | June 14, 2012
I decided to do a "walkabout" around the harbor in search of this week's story and happened to fall upon one at the Newport Harbor Shipyard. Kamalii is a 75-foot Rhodes ketch design, which was originally built for Edward Doheny in 1958 by Wilbo boat works in Wilmington. She sailed in five races from Los Angeles to Hawaii between 1961 and 1969, and has spent the last few years behind Bay Island. She was recently sold to a buyer from New Zealand, and is having her hull and systems repaired by Richard Strizzi and Rick Brown.
NEWS
By Brad Avery, Special to the Daily Pilot | February 8, 2011
ABOARD THE ALASKA EAGLE, off Cape Horn — We are anchored in Martial Cove on Herschel Island, just eight miles north of Cape Horn. The wind is howling through the rigging at a steady 40 knots, with gusts up to 50 knots. The Alaska Eagle is sailing back and forth on her tandem anchors and heeling over in the gusts. Sometimes a blast shakes the mast and the whole boat vibrates. Even in this well-protected cove, 2-foot foot waves are rolling past us, and the lead-gray sea is covered with streaks of white.
NEWS
December 16, 2000
552 CLUB JUNIORS: "Celebrate the Holidays" with the 552 Club Juniors at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Balboa Pavilion. At $55 per person, the holiday party festivities include dinner set against the festive backdrop of the Newport Harbor Boat Parade, dancing to "Blue Machine," 50/50 drawing and silent auction, and presentations of the Coslow and Davies Outstanding Juniors Awards. Funds raised will go toward the new Women's Pavilion at Hoag Hospital. Organizers note this is a great way to kick off the Holiday Season and make new friends.
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