May 22, 2005
Many of us don't know much about boats, but we can certainly recognize a generous gift when it sails into the harbor. Such is the case with the Kialoa III, an 80-foot, world-class racing boat recently donated to Orange Coast College's School of Sailing and Seamanship. Kialoa III's owner, Jim Kilroy of Marina del Rey, said he chose the college because it is close to his home and because of the quality of its sailing program. That must be quite a program.
January 30, 2003
Christine Carrillo Orange Coast College's School of Sailing and Seamanship announced Wednesday that it has received its largest donation ever in the form of an 88-foot, $2-million motor yacht. ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc. founder Milan Panic, a former Yugoslavian president, donated the yacht, which served as his private vessel for 20 years. The donation will allow the school to adopt a new noncredit program geared toward vocational instruction. "We don't see it as a luxury yacht.
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.
April 16, 2001
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- Right around now, Brad Avery's probably somewhere off the Oregon coast. Last Thursday, the director of Orange Coast College's School of Sailing and Seamanship headed up to Vancouver Island to bring his motor boat back to Newport Beach. And last Tuesday, as he sat in his new office that overlooks Newport Harbor, the passionate sailor said there's nothing wrong with letting the boat do most of the work once in a while.
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.
August 24, 2000
Amy R. Spurgeon NEWPORT BEACH -- Santa Claus paid an early visit to Orange Coast College's School of Sailing and Seamanship this year with the donation of Black Irish, a 41-foot 1966 Hinckley luxury sloop. Instead of a red suit and black boots, this Santa -- also known as Ed Cox -- dons Polo shirts, khakis and loafers. "I've had the boat for 16 years. I know the program and think it will be a good home for the boat," Cox said while proudly patting the recently varnished wood exterior of the boat.
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.
January 5, 2000
A 65-foot sailing vessel belonging to OCC finished in the top third of an annual boating race in Australia. The Alaska Eagle finished 24th out of 80 boats in the Telstra Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, which was staged between Christmas and New Year's Day. Only 50 yachts finished the 630-nautical-mile race. The rugged race touted by Australians as "The Sail of the Century" claimed six lives in 1998. No one was injured this time, but the sailing crews did have their share of problems.
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.