March 19, 2009
Ahoy, Well, exciting news for all you sailors, judges, committee members and anyone who want to see a humorous and lively presentation by Dave Perry on sailing tactics and rules of sailing. Dave, who was voted into the Sailing World Hall of Fame and is an author of three sailboat racing books, is the authority on sailing’s rules and tactics. He will have copies available for purchase of his newest book “Understanding the Rules of Sailing” commonly referred to as “The bible” when it comes to the Racing Rules of Sailing.
February 6, 2009
DON’T CRY FOR ME, CATALINA MEL GRAU February 24, 1919-January 31, 2009 For over fifty years I had a mooring at Catalina Island. With all of its beauty, it was always a part of my life—from the time I was a young, single man to the many years that I shared it with my wife and daughters. The sea has always been an integral part of my life. Prior to going into the U.S. Army Signal Corps for five years during World War II, I worked for Walt Disney on the productions of Pinocchio and Fantasia.
August 29, 2007
It was only a week ago that Roy Woolsey drew cheers during one of the social parties at the Lido 14 Class Championships. Fellow sailors hollered for the man, who was known for his zest for life and who was known to continually ignore his age for the sake to become at one with the sea. That’s how his family will remember Woolsey and that’s how the community will also keep his memory. Woolsey, a former commodore of the Lido Isle Yacht Club, died at the age 90 early Tuesday morning.
August 20, 2007
Woolsey eagerly awaits 50th regatta in Newport The name of Roy Woolsey's Lido 14 speaks volumes about his philosophy on life. It's called, "Lift," an indication that positive thoughts usually occupy the mind of this 90-year-old Newport Beach resident. Twenty years ago, Woolsey bought the boat and it was named Header back then. "A header is when the wind is adverse to you and you fall back," Woolsey said. "You sail on headers, you're not going to win. I thought: We can't have a negative tone, so I changed the name to Lift, for when you turn more upwind and more toward the weather mark."
July 11, 2007
The gleaming metal trophies, championship pewter plates and awards placards locked in glass cabinets in the lobby of the Lido Isle Yacht Club bring to mind images of sailors with years of experience racing in sleek, streamlined boats. The Admiral Sir Joseph Porter Regatta, going on this week, seems to fit in with such images — until you learn who Admiral Sir Joseph Porter was. Phil Gautschi knows all about the admiral. That's because as a teen serving on the board of the junior summer sailing program at the Lido Isle Yacht Club during the early 1970s, Gautschi and other teen board members made him up. "We came up with the idea for a fun regatta, which is really all it was. It wasn't for real serious sailors to go and beat the tar out of each other, because there was too much of that already," Gautschi said.
March 28, 2007
77, of Newport Beach, CA, passed away peacefully at home on March 26, 2007. Jerry was surrounded by family and friends as he ended his battle with Parkinson’s disease. Son of Adelaide and Kenneth Kingsley, Jerry was born October 8, 1929 in Pasadena, CA. He attended La Cañada Elementary School, Flintridge Prep. and graduated from USC in 1952. He took great pride in the 35 years he spent at Douglas Aircraft as an Industrial Designer. Jerry enjoyed sailing, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
December 26, 2005
sr spotRoy Woolsey knows plenty about sailing and the history of Newport Beach. The Lido Isle resident still wins awards for his sailing, even if most of them are for longevity. If you were curious about the history of yachting in Newport Beach, Roy Woolsey would be the man to find. The 88-year-old skipper has seen it all. If you can believe it, he remembers the days when there was still vacant land available on Lido Isle. Woolsey and his wife Louise bought a summer home on Lido in 1952 and made it their permanent home 10 years later.
June 11, 2005
Louise and Roy B. Woolsey, both 87, have lived on Lido Isle since 1960, when they left Los Angeles and moved into their vacation home. Roy B. Woolsey, a retired lawyer who was once commodore of the Lido Isle Yacht Club and is still an active member, continues to sail his Lido 14 and his Laser on a regular basis. He races in the Flight of the Lasers every year. Louise Woolsey, who holds a master's degree in zoology, spent several years working as a teacher.
May 25, 2005
Newport Coast resident, Monica Botwinski, strutted her stuff at the 9th Annual Circles of Life Fashion Show on May 15 at the Anaheim Marriott. Botwinski is a melanoma survivor, who was treated at the St. Joseph Hospital of Orange Regional Cancer Center. The annual fashion show is held every year to celebrate the men and women who have fought and won the battle against cancer. Twenty-six Orange County cancer survivors modeled a variety of the season's hottest fashions from local retailers.
November 6, 2004
Stanford Charles King Stanford Charles King, a 45-year resident of Balboa Peninsula, died on Oct. 27 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 83. Mr. King is survived by his daughter Kellee Fitzgeorge and five grandchildren. Dennis B. Pickens Services for Dennis B. Pickens, a longtime Lido Isle resident, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 600 St. Andrew's Road in Newport Beach. Mr. Pickens died on Thursday.