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By Joseph Serna | April 25, 2008
When Tim Martin sets sail with his team in the annual Newport to Ensenada race today he knows he’ll have a tough time winning a trophy. But that’s OK. He’s more about teaching than competing. Martin is shipping out with a crew of five boys and one girl, all between 14 and 21 years old. All are Boy and Girl Scouts, and most are relatively new to sailing. For Martin and his crew, the race is less about winning — though he’s confident they may just take home the trophy — and more about grooming future yachtsmen and women.
March 1, 2002
Newport Beach Mayor Tod Ridgeway today will meet with the new mayor of Ensenada, Mexico, Dr. Jorge Catalan Sosa. The meeting between the leaders of the sister cities will take place at 11 a.m. at Newport Beach City Hall, 3300 Newport Blvd. Catalan is visiting the city as part of the Newport Beach Sister City Assn. Okazaki, Japan; Antibes, France; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, are also Newport Beach sister cities. Ridgeway met with Catalan for the first time last month to talk about advancing cultural and educational exchanges -- a topic the pair will revisit today.
May 11, 2003
Carole Karamanos More than 10 years ago, a cadre of ladies from TeWinkle Middle School in Costa Mesa started a group called "Go-Go" -- "Girls Only Go Out." The group started having Bunko Parties, viewing movies together, meeting for dinner at special restaurants, getting together at spring break for outings in Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead and Palm Springs. We even take annual cruises to Ensenada, Mexico. Some women are married, some are single, and most now have grown children.
By Joanna Clay, | August 16, 2010
Since 1892, Hussong's Cantina has been a stop for many travelers heading to Baja California. The family-run Ensenada, Mexico, institution boasts that it invented the first margarita in 1941. The Hussongs, German immigrants, claim they poured the first glass of the tequila drink to Margarita Henkel, the daughter of Germany's ambassador to Mexico. Now, through the ingenuity of a Newport Beach lawyer and his business partner, the iconic bar might find its way to Orange County. Jeffrey Marks, a corporate lawyer who lives in Newport Coast, and his partner, Scott Frost, recently purchased the licensing rights for three of Baja California's most-frequented watering holes: The Giggling Marlin Bar & Grille, Papas & Beer and Hussong's Cantina.
By Steve Virgen | April 25, 2012
The water can be a calming presence for a sailor sometimes. Andy Rose surely found solace as a young sailor when he was 10 in Newport Beach. His father, Robert, died of a heart attack at age 48. Andy's mother, Lucy, entered young Andy in the junior sailing program at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, which at the time rented a small space from Balboa Yacht Club. Andy loved it. He found escape, some fun and eventually his life. "She just wanted something for me to do during the summer after my dad had died," said Andy, 61, a co-owner of It's OK, a high-performance Andrews 50. "Unfortunately for her it kept me busy more nights and days than she had ever intended.
April 23, 2005
Andrew Edwards The annual regatta from Newport Beach to Ensenada, Mexico, has linked the two coastal cities for 58 years. As mariners started the Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race Friday, officials from both cities met to discuss the possibility of strengthening the cities' bond. Ensenada Mayor Cesar Mancillas Amador led a delegation that met Newport Beach officials and members of the Newport Beach Sister Cities Assn. at a hilltop home overlooking the race Friday.
February 20, 2004
June Casagrande Not even the winners themselves get to behold all 48 Newport to Ensenada trophies in their historic splendor. The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum is putting together an exhibit that captures, for the first time, the legendary Newport to Ensenada yacht race's past. "This is just such a big event with so much history for Newport Beach that we're really excited to be doing this exhibit," said Glenn Zagoren, director of the museum.
April 25, 2003
June Casagrande Some say the Newport to Ensenada race's days of debauchery are long gone, vanished like the images of pornographic movies that used to be projected onto one yacht's sail. Others say that Newport to Ensenada hasn't outgrown the wild times, but that they themselves have grown into a more sober and serious racing experience. They're both right. While the 56-year-old race has been working to polish its image into one more consistent with the Tommy Bahama target market, there's still plenty of partying for those looking for it. "In the early days, for me, the race was a vehicle to go down and play," said Steve Schupak, a Costa Mesa resident who sailed his first Newport to Ensenada in the 1980s at age 16. His wildest memories include a certain Sunday in the late 1980s when cruise ship passengers, Ensenada racers and other revelers "turned Papas and Beer into 'Girls Gone Wild.
April 24, 2003
June Casagrande For nearly a year, optimistic sailors have been clinging to the hope: It could happen again. Strong winds from the northwest could once again blow fortune onto Newport to Ensenada racers, who could once again breaking records and setting personal bests. Their wishful thinking just got a lot more realistic. Early weather predictions give a good chance that winds of 25 to even 30 knots out of the northwest could be on tap for the annual yacht race when it departs Newport Beach at noon Friday.
February 9, 2010
Courtenay Dulak   A Fun Valentines Theme Evening!   The event is this Wednesday, at Port Restaurant, from 6-9 pm.  Port's address is 440 Heliotrope in Corona Del Mar and will include: appetizers & raffle ticket included, red hot shots, and raffle prizes. A $20 Entrance donation kindly suggested.
By Emily Foxhall | May 3, 2014
ENSENADA, MEXICO - Before lunch began, Commodore Chuck Iverson sat in the back corner of a restaurant, reviewing the guest list. It seemed a generic Newport Beach scene: place settings arranged on white tablecloths. Ocean view. Members of the Newport Ocean Sailing Assn., or NOSA, bedecked in navy blazers and khaki pants, mingling with the mayor. Still, the group hadn't valet parked their cars outside. They'd arrived by van. And they were greeted with glasses of wine, not from California, but vineyards in Mexico.
April 26, 2014
Swells, whipping wind and overnight rain met sailors competing in the 67th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race that that is usually a calm jaunt down the coast to Mexico. "From 6 o'clock on, it was hold on and don't fall over," said Dennis Jensch, who sailed on his boat called Patience. Jensch said winds reached up to 38 knots and the rain was harder than he had ever seen before. At its peak, he couldn't see the end of his boat. The first two boats to arrive in Ensenada after a Friday morning start were a pair of trimarans, who finished the 125-nautical mile trip within two minutes of each other.
By Emily Foxhall | April 26, 2014
Burgers, fries and onion rings had been served at the private party on Ruby's rooftop deck, but the Newport Beach sailing enthusiasts rose from the white plastic chairs, abandoning their food for a better view. They craned their necks and angled their cameras as the vessels raced past the Balboa Pier. "Look at them go. Isn't that exciting?" Jerry Moulton said into a microphone for the benefit of the crowd. "It is to me. " It was the start of the 67th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, and Moulton had arrived with a wealth of information and a list of the 168 registered boat names at hand.
By Len Bose | April 18, 2014
The Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race is quickly approaching, and I thought it might be interesting to offer my thoughts on preparing for the race and discuss race strategy. In preparing the boat, my first thoughts are always about weight and keeping the boat as light as possible. We sail a 35-foot J 109 that rates 69 in Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) and only needs five crew members to be competitive. . To keep the weight down, I empty all the water tanks on the boat and bring only bottled water.
By Emily Foxhall | April 15, 2014
The historic Balboa Village filled with new energy Sunday afternoon, as business owners gathered under white tents to offer passersby everything from lobster rolls to boating artwork. The event, called a Kickoff Fiesta, celebrated the upcoming Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. It also marked a chance to promote ongoing revitalization efforts on the Balboa Peninsula — an area sometimes better known for its plethora of bars and unruly twenty-somethings than for kid-friendly activity.
By Len Bose | April 11, 2014
I am writing my column aboard a 757 headed to Miami in an effort to sell a 2009 Tiara 3900 power boat. As I review the boat's specification sheet, in preparation for the boat's inspections, my mind returns to a few of the observations I noticed around the harbor last week. I started at the Newport Beach boat show at Lido Village, and one of the first things I noticed was that most of the yacht brokers I have worked with over the past 25 years have all gotten older and seem to be pulling their pants higher.
April 8, 2014
William (Bill) Hector von KleinSmid, 76, of Corona del Mar, California, died peacefully at his home March 16, 2014, surrounded by his devoted family. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Marjorie; his beautiful daughters Kristen and Lauren, their mother Marilyn Randolph (Charles), his brother Ben, Margie's children, Cindi Sanchez (Ron) with Anna Marie, Ronny and Jessica, Scott Campbell (Karry) with Sabrina and Veronica, and TomCampbell (Diana), plus many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.
By Hannah Fry | April 2, 2014
Family members of one of four men killed during the Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race two years ago have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the boat's GPS manufacturer and distributor. Loren Mavromati, the widow of Theo Mavromatis (their last names are spelled slightly differently), and their three children filed the lawsuit March 26 against Spot LLC, the Colorado-based company that manufactured the boat's safety alert system, Globalstar, Travel Safety Group and , which sold the product.
By Mike Whitehead | January 17, 2014
Ahoy! Are you planning to cruise your boat south of the border to Ensenada or Cabo San Lucas for an adventure and warmer weather before the hurricane season begins this year? Then I highly recommend that you do not cross the U.S.-Mexican border without the proper paperwork aboard your vessel or prepare to potentially have your boat impounded by the Mexican Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT). Many American and Canadian boaters who cruise into Mexican waters are not aware of the SAT, which is similar to the IRS. Additionally, many boaters do not know or understand the specific fees and exact paperwork that must be carried aboard any visiting vessel while in Mexico.
By Mike Whitehead | August 1, 2013
Ahoy! Around this time of year, a number of boat owners move their boats to a different cruising area, and then return home after the end of summer. For example, if the boats are moved to the Pacific Northwest, owners want to start their trek back before winter weather begins. There are yacht delivery companies that can move a boat either by truck or aboard a ship, and Yacht Path International was one of those companies. Yacht Path, was known locally for deliveries along the Pacific Coast and up to Seattle or Vancouver.
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