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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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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.
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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?
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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
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.
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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
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.
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By Brad Avery, Special to the Daily Pilot | February 15, 2011
ABOARD THE ALASKA EAGLE, off South Georgia Island — With 30 knots of wind behind us, Alaska Eagle was flying along at 11 knots. Suddenly we found ourselves in fog with 200 feet of visibility. "Up for ice!" Peter called from the mast. As we quickly turned toward the wind, a golf cart-sized chunk of glacier slid by to starboard. In clear weather, the ice is easy to spot by our four lookouts, but the fog now demands more attention; hitting a ton or two of a bit of iceberg can do serious damage.
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By Emily Foxhall | August 23, 2013
Two Newport Beach residents hope to stop the arrival of two large yachts slated to moor temporarily in the open harbor area in front of their homes next month. When the boat owners independently asked to anchor in the newly dredged waterfront, Newport Beach Harbor Commission members approved their requests as a welcome opportunity to try out a different use for the area on the west end of Lido Island. But residents fear this may be a first step toward the harbor changing for the worse.
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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