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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.
By Mike Reicher, | 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.
By Brad Avery, Special to the Daily Pilot | January 7, 2014
I took a last stroll around the deck of Alaska Eagle today. Every step, every hand rail felt familiar, as they do after finishing a long voyage. I was 29 when we first took students aboard from the Orange Coast College docks in October 1982. Now, 31 years later, Alaska Eagle is flying the Dutch flag once again, and in a few days will be loaded onto a ship in Los Angeles bound for Rotterdam. At a certain point in life you begin to realize that letting go is a skill, and happiness is related to how good you are at it. I have some work to do. What exactly am I letting go of?
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 20, 2002
A shopping benefit is happening this weekend at At-Ease in Fashion Island. At-Ease will donate 10% of its sales to Children's Hospital of Orange County. The event will also include entertainment, special orders and trunk shows. Today, members of the U.S. Olympic Sailing team will sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. And, Bill Ficker, the winner of America's Cup 1968; Brad Avery, the director of the OCC School of Seamanship; and yacht designer Gino Morelli will greet customers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sperry Topsider and Reyn Spooner are showing their latest spring and summer lines.
By JIM DE BOOM | April 14, 2007
"On Tuesday, Jan. 30, a close friend and neighbor suffered a stroke in his spine, a rare and life-changing medical experience," according to Rotarian Joan Archibald, a member of the Rotary Club of Costa Mesa. Bill Thomas is 40, married with two young children — Keoni, 3, and Makaio, 9 months. Thomas is at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta and is on a respirator. He is paralyzed from the neck down. You can read more about Bill at . The neighbors and the Rotary Club are coming together from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. April 27 for a Casino Night at the Halecrest Clubhouse, 3107 Killybrooke Lane, Costa Mesa, with the proceeds going to the Thomas family Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
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