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June 21, 2012
A passenger on a 28-foot sailboat escaped unscathed after the boat beached in shallow water and sank off Balboa Peninsula, authorities said Thursday. The boat was discovered rocking in the surfline off F Street about 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Newport Beach Fire Department. The sailboat's skipper was on shore at the time, according to the Fire Department. Orange County Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol deputies and Newport Beach lifeguards tried to pull the boat out of the inshore trench where it was stuck, fire authorities said.
NEWS
February 13, 2008
The Newport Beach Harbor Commission is expected to take the first step toward tightening regulations on sailboat racing in Newport Harbor tonight with the creation of a committee to examine the issue. The reexamination of sailboat racing comes after Newport Beach Harbor Patrol recently cited some racers for traveling at unsafe speeds and creating a nuisance in the harbor. County codes allow for motorboat races if participants get a permit, but both county and city law give city officials the power to restrict or stop traffic — including races — in the harbor for safety reasons.
NEWS
June 3, 2013
A sailboat carrying 80 to 90 bales of marijuana ran aground in Newport Beach Monday after the U.S. Coast Guard attempted to stop and board it, authorities said. During a routine patrol, a Coast Guard crew saw a sailboat entering Newport Harbor near Balboa Island and decided to board it for an equipment check, authorities said. As Coast Guard officials approached at 1 a.m., the sailboat veered right and came ashore at Ruby Avenue and South Bayfront. Two people, described only as white males, jumped from the boat and ran away.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | January 10, 2011
The owners of a legendary local sailboat manufacturer, W.D. Shock Corp., have sold their family business. Tom and Jane Shock sold the 65-year-old company founded by Tom's father in Newport Beach. The sale marks an end of a respectable run in the sailboat manufacturing business, which used to have many companies in the Newport-Mesa area. Shock produces Lido 14 sailboats, one of the most popular models here since the 1960s. It also makes Harbor 20s and other the Harbor models that are very popular with Newport sailors today.
LOCAL
By Lauren Vane | March 23, 2006
Newport Beach firefighters and sheriff's harbor patrol officers battled rough seas to rescue a man who had a stroke during a sailboat race Saturday, officials said. Authorities received a medical aid call from Vessel Assist, a private boat rescue service, at 4 p.m. Saturday that a 77-year-old man aboard a racing sailboat was having a stroke, said Harbor Patrol Sgt. Fritz von Rettberg. The steering on the 55-foot sailboat had malfunctioned, and the crew was unable to move the boat, said Battalion Chief Dave Mais.
FEATURES
By Josh Aden | March 30, 2007
A strange new type of boat has been cruising up and down Newport Bay, drawing double-takes from salty, old-time seafarers as well as those new to sailing. The vessel drawing all the stares is the 20-foot sailboat Flying Lateen, and what makes it noteworthy is a new type of mast and sail rig of the same name. The design made its debut on Wednesday at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club's Sailors Luncheon. The Flying Lateen rig, whose patent is pending, was invented by former Laguna Beach resident and retired engineer Robert "Bud" Short, who now lives in Laguna Niguel.
NEWS
February 4, 2001
A Fountain Valley resident in his 60s died Saturday after suffering an apparent heart attack on his sailboat in the Newport Beach harbor, Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol said. John E. Foster, a member of the Balboa Yacht Club, collapsed on his 38-foot sailboat, "Drifter II," at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sgt. Ron Peoples of the Harbor Patrol said. Peoples said by the time the Harbor Patrol reached Foster, he had already turned blue. Foster's boat was towed to the Harbor Patrol dock where paramedics administered CPR for about half an hour.
NEWS
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."
NEWS
April 19, 2011
The Newport Beach Harbor Commission recently approved changes to the harbor speed limit that would allow certain sailors and human-powered vessels to exceed the city's 5-knot speed limit, which equals 5.75 mph. Boaters who are in a permitted race, or who are practicing for a permitted race, would be allowed to exceed the speed limit under the proposal . It still has to be approved by the City Council. For years, sailboat racers and law enforcement personnel have been trying to reach such a compromise.
NEWS
April 29, 2012
SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard is set Sunday morning to resume an aerial search for a crew member who has been missing since a 37-foot sailboat was apparently struck by a larger vessel south of San Diego during an annual race from Newport Beach to Ensenada, Mexico, leaving three other people dead. Three bodies were recovered Saturday near the Mexican-controlled Coronado Islands. The dead were taken to the San Diego County medical examiner for identification. A Coast Guard cutter and a Mexican naval vessel searched through the night for the crew member of the sailboat Aegean.
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By Mike Whitehead | June 12, 2013
Ahoy, and summer officially begins next Friday! Does anyone find it surprising that a sailboat carrying 80 to 90 bales of marijuana was beached in Newport Harbor after a brief chase by the Coast Guard? This occurred at 1 a.m. on June 3 after the drug smugglers entered the harbor and refused to allow the Coast Guard personnel to board the sailboat. Finally, the boat was run aground on Balboa Island, and two people leapt from the vessel only to disappear in the night. This is not surprise to me and nor is it a surprise to law enforcement.
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NEWS
June 3, 2013
A sailboat carrying 80 to 90 bales of marijuana ran aground in Newport Beach Monday after the U.S. Coast Guard attempted to stop and board it, authorities said. During a routine patrol, a Coast Guard crew saw a sailboat entering Newport Harbor near Balboa Island and decided to board it for an equipment check, authorities said. As Coast Guard officials approached at 1 a.m., the sailboat veered right and came ashore at Ruby Avenue and South Bayfront. Two people, described only as white males, jumped from the boat and ran away.
NEWS
By Len Bose | April 11, 2013
Two years ago, almost to this date, I interviewed Roger MacGregor and his daughter, Laura MacGregor Sharp, at their boat building plant located on Placentia Avenue in Costa Mesa. The story was titled "The dawning of the age of fiberglass," and now, after some 50 years and 45,000 boats built, the MacGregors have decided to stop production of their 26-foot sailboat at their plant. "Dad's not closing the doors," Laura explained over the phone this week. "He continues looking forward and plans on building custom-ordered 70-footers.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | July 28, 2012
As the 2012 Olympics sailing events begin Sunday, one Newport Beach family will be remembering the accomplishments of their father. Ted Hinshaw was the 1984 Olympic Games yachting commissioner and organized the sailing events in Long Beach. Hinshaw died July 24 at Hoag Hospital fromParkinson's-related complications, his son Marc said. He was 83. From the world stage to Newport Harbor youth competitions, Hinshaw managed sailing events and organizations, drawing on his financial and business experience.
NEWS
June 21, 2012
A passenger on a 28-foot sailboat escaped unscathed after the boat beached in shallow water and sank off Balboa Peninsula, authorities said Thursday. The boat was discovered rocking in the surfline off F Street about 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Newport Beach Fire Department. The sailboat's skipper was on shore at the time, according to the Fire Department. Orange County Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol deputies and Newport Beach lifeguards tried to pull the boat out of the inshore trench where it was stuck, fire authorities said.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | June 12, 2012
A sailboat competing in the annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race likely ran aground before it splintered and sank, according to an official report released Tuesday. On April 28, the Aegean crashed into the rocky shore off North Coronado Island, one of several Mexican-controlled islands about 15 miles south of San Diego Bay, according to an independent panel investigation by U.S. Sailing, the sport's governing body. All four aboard the 37-foot, Redondo Beach-based vessel were killed: skipper Theo Mavromatis, 49, of Redondo Beach; William Reed Johnson, 57, of Torrance; Joseph Lester Stewart, 64, of Bradenton, Fla.; and Kevin Rudolph, 53, of Manhattan Beach.
NEWS
From the Los Angeles Times | April 29, 2012
For the second time in a month, sailboat crew members have died while racing off the California coast. Two weeks ago, five died when their 38-foot boat was swamped by two waves near the Farallon Islands, 27 miles from San Francisco. And now, four crew members are believed to have been killed when their 37-foot-boat disappeared Saturday on a race between Newport Beach and Ensenada, Mexico. The regatta sponsors believe the sailboat collided with a "much larger vessel" although theU.S.
NEWS
April 29, 2012
SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard is set Sunday morning to resume an aerial search for a crew member who has been missing since a 37-foot sailboat was apparently struck by a larger vessel south of San Diego during an annual race from Newport Beach to Ensenada, Mexico, leaving three other people dead. Three bodies were recovered Saturday near the Mexican-controlled Coronado Islands. The dead were taken to the San Diego County medical examiner for identification. A Coast Guard cutter and a Mexican naval vessel searched through the night for the crew member of the sailboat Aegean.
NEWS
By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Daily Pilot | March 24, 2012
Dressed in festive pirate regalia, more than a dozen protesters rallied Saturday afternoon below the Ferris wheel at Balboa Fun Zone, supporting the side yard boat restoration project of Newport Beach shipwright Dennis Holland. Holding pirate flags and picket signs while chanting "Save The Shawnee," the protesters - some coming from hundreds of miles away - attracted the attention of the bustling Saturday crowd, just in front of the ferry to Balboa Island. Waving signage stating "Don't let mediocre minds destroy a great ship" and "Screwing someone legally is still wrong," the group collectively cited The Shawnee's historical significance as their reason for protesting the ordinance that requires Holland to move the boat off his property.
NEWS
April 19, 2011
The Newport Beach Harbor Commission recently approved changes to the harbor speed limit that would allow certain sailors and human-powered vessels to exceed the city's 5-knot speed limit, which equals 5.75 mph. Boaters who are in a permitted race, or who are practicing for a permitted race, would be allowed to exceed the speed limit under the proposal . It still has to be approved by the City Council. For years, sailboat racers and law enforcement personnel have been trying to reach such a compromise.
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