May 1, 2000
The motor yacht Idle Hour was homeported at Balboa from 1935 to 1960. She was moored off Abalone Avenue, South Bay Front, Little Island, in the Balboa Yacht Club anchorage. Owned by Harold W. Mason of Balboa Yacht Club, she was frequently used as a Race Committee Boat. Idle Hour was sold to Jesse Curtis of Balboa Yacht Club and Newport Harbor Yacht Club in 1951. Curtis would later recall, "During my ownership she was a frequent visitor to Catalina and all of the Channel Islands.
April 26, 2003
Deepa Bharath White sails fluttered in the gentle afternoon breeze Friday over an ocean that was almost the color of Sinatra's eyes. Through binoculars, several people on Ocean Boulevard watched hundreds of sailboats take their positions for the Newport to Ensenada race. Massoud Balbas, who works in Newport Beach, said he was in awe. "This is my first time watching the boats leave Newport," he said. "Look at this, it's beautiful. The ocean, the boats -- they're all beautiful."
March 19, 2001
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- When Marcus DeChevrieux, the curator at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, starts talking about his job, his work sounds a lot like that of a detective. The Corona del Mar resident, whose passion for sailing and maritime history has continued to grow ever since childhood, said that by looking at 18th and 19th century ship paintings, he's able to find out more than is obvious to the untrained eye. Reading the ship's flags, DeChevrieux figures out the vessel's name.
September 12, 2003
Interfaith meeting location changed The location has been moved for a talk by Los Angeles Times religion reporter William Lobdell to the Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council. Lobdell, a former editor of the Daily Pilot and an award-winning reporter for the Times, will discuss "Challenges facing the Faith Community." The Wednesday meeting will be held at the New Millennium Church, 4500 Campus Drive No. 118, Newport Beach. The event will begin at 11:45 a.m. and is expected to end by 1:30 p.m. Lunch is $7.50 per person with reservation or $10 at the door without reservation.
April 16, 2003
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January 28, 2005
MIKE WHITEHEAD Ahoy. I like sailing this time of year even though it might be a little chilly on the water -- at least you can pick your spot at the empty anchorages. I bundle up with lots of layers to keep warm, and I always bring extra jackets for my landlubber friends who forget how the wind chills when blowing across the water. In the new power yachts, I simply change the temperature on the heating control unit in the pilothouse. Recently, we have had weather systems pound the coastal areas, and this can create hazards for boating.
August 16, 2007
Santa Catalina Island — more often referred to as Catalina Island — is part of the Channel Islands of the California archipelago, 22 miles long and 8 miles at its widest, and about 22 miles south-southwest of San Pedro. Most of the island is owned by the Catalina Island Conservancy, whose mission is "to be a responsible steward of its lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation." The island is home to thousands of species of native animals, including North American bison and Catalina Island quail.
April 28, 2006
Ahoy. Many of skippers and crew members are likely nursing hangovers from the annual party held last night at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. I do believe that the club's bash is one of the largest pre-race parties in the sailing circle. In case you're wondering what I'm talking about, today is the start of the 59th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. This is considered the largest international yacht race in the world, with 460 sailboats registered, as of April 26, that will cross over one of the two starting lines.
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.
June 24, 2002
Ahoy. Our coastline is being invaded. First, it was the naked Chinese immigrants swimming ashore at Crystal Cove. And now the FBI has sent warnings, which it is downplaying, that Al Qaeda operatives aboard a boat are heading for Catalina Island. When I heard the sonic booms from the Space Shuttle, I thought to myself: "There goes my destination for lunches, as Al Qaeda has arrived on the island." What a mixed message from the FBI that only serves to scare tourists away and put residents of the island on edge.