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September 28, 2003
Lolita Harper The skies were gray, the wind was cold but the spirit at the Newport Harbor Yacht club Saturday afternoon was bright and cheery, as Newport Beach high school sailing teams shared their typical sailing routine with children from Shalimar Place -- some of whom had never been on a boat. Roger Riley, Tom Tupman, the ever-dedicated staffers at Shalimar Teen Center and high school students from Newport Harbor, Corona del Mar and Sage Hill high schools worked to introduce 18 "at-risk" Costa Mesa students to the sport of sailing.
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | July 12, 2007
Tyler Wolk, the youngest sailor in this year's Transpacific Yacht Race, has been keeping mum about his cooking skills. Wolk, 18, is not just a hardcore seaman. The 2007 graduate of Newport Harbor High can rustle up some pretty good grub. Wolk was on the Newport Harbor team that took first-place honors in a state cooking competition, and won second at the National ProStart Student Invitational. The students had to cook a three-course meal with no running water or electricity.
June 11, 2002
More than 400 people helped raise $60,000 at a boat auction and marine gear sale for the benefit of Orange Coast College's School of Sailing and Seamanship on June 1. The annual event was held at the school's Newport Beach facility and featured an assortment of such maritime items as boats, kayaks, rowing sculls, sails, rigging, life rafts, dinghies, outboards and electronic equipment. The school is at 1801 W. Coast Highway, between the Balboa Bay Club and the Orange County Sea Scout Base.
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | May 12, 2008
UC Irvine sailing coach Mike Pinckney never fancied himself as much of an engineer, but when his friend needed him to turn into one, he found his way. Balboa Yacht Club member Nick Scandone, a Fountain Valley resident, is headed to Beijing in September to compete in the 2008 Paralympics in sailing. And he?s doing it with Pinckney?s help. Scandone, who started racing as a disabled sailor after he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig?s disease in 2002, has been able to continue racing not only because of his partner, Maureen McKinnon-Tucker, but Pinckney, 44, who started customizing Scandone?
By Alicia Robinson | July 18, 2006
NEWPORT BEACH ? Australia native Thomas Spithill, 18, who started his sailing career when he was just 3 years old, is on the team to beat this year at the 40th annual Governor's Cup. The youth sailing race starts today at the Balboa Yacht Club. This year, 12 three-person teams of sailors between the ages of 12 and 19 will compete in round-robin fashion ? each boat competes one-on-one against every other boat, and the top teams compete in semi-final and final matches. In addition to the United States, there will be teams from Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.
By Joseph Serna | March 14, 2008
For many enthusiasts, sailing isn’t an activity: It’s a lifestyle. Second-year Balboa Yacht Club director Jim Forquer was no different. There are seeds of what Forquer loved even when he was a teenager, said his son, Andy. The elder Forquer bought his first boat before he was 20. “It was a ridiculous tar-and-pitch kind of boat; something really old-school that took a lot of maintenance,” said 22-year-old Andy, Forquer’s youngest son. “Maintaining boats turned out to be a lifelong endeavor.
March 26, 2001
John Blaich EDITOR'S NOTE: John Blaich is a Corona del Mar resident who, about once a month, will write histories of interesting boats that graced Newport Harbor. In 1923, Jim Webster of Newport Harbor Yacht Club read of a plan for a new sailboat called a snowbird in the Rudder Yachting Magazine. He felt this sailboat would be an ideal boat for children to sail in the shallow waters of Newport Harbor. So Webster hired Tom Broadway, a local boat builder, to build four snowbirds for a price of $200 each.
August 7, 2000
We have Lindsay Davenport, a net gain to our local courts. Dennis Rodman likes to "hoop it up" around here. Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield still have that lovin' feeling about Newport Beach. And Leigh Steinberg manages to negotiate a sporting life here, as well. Newport Beach is home to some fairly well-known celebrities. It made me wonder what it takes to be considered a celebrity. It must mean that you are considered to be very good at something or can run faster than the others, jump higher or can answer all the questions Regis Philbin throws at you. You have to be the best and well-respected by your peers.
By By Alicia Robinson | February 11, 2006
Sailing instructor joins Newport facility as executive director and sets to work on new programs for Scouts.With the addition of a new executive director this week, the Newport Sea Base is now fully staffed and preparing to launch new programs, base officials said Friday. Former sailing and windsurfing instructor Charles Abbot was chosen from among 60 applicants as the sea base's director. He replaces Catherine Malm at the helm, an educational sailing facility operated by the Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
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