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By Len Bose | January 24, 2012
Are you ready to rumble? The attention signal has been sounded for the 2012 sailing season. That's right, it's time to pick up the Assn. of Orange Coast Yacht Clubs (AOCYC) 2012 racing calendar and start marking down which events you plan on sailing in this year. I would like to give a shoutout to the people in our harbor who are managing our winter races. If you are like me and say "I do not sail in the rain," you have to give these people a big thank you for doing race committee work, because no matter what the weather is like, they cannot call in sick.
By Len Bose | November 8, 2011
At the end of this month, I will be announcing Newport Harbor's 20 most interesting boats. While I was gathering information for this year's story I thought it would be fun to do a story on the harbor's two most interesting sailors this year. Limiting this list to two people was not easy, but the more I thought about it, the easier it became. The two sailors who grabbed my attention this year are Jack Cannon and Christian Rosene. Jack, 87, started racing Cal 20s in Newport Beach in 1962, and over the last 50 years, he has consistently remained active.
By Len Bose | October 25, 2011
No matter how much I try to ignore it, fall is here and the 2011 sailing season is winding down. That means it's time for Newport Harbor's yacht club award banquets. For me, the award nights are like the start of the holidays with all of your friends attending and remembering all the up and downs you had over the boating season. It also gives you time to start talking about what you have planned for next year. Who knows? If you see your favorite competitor make his way to the awards' platform for the third time, you might just find the money for that new bottom you have been thinking about.
By Mary Cappellini, Special to the Pilot | October 25, 2011
The Newport Harbor High School and Corona del Mar High School sailing teams continued their dominance in the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Assn. (PCISA) on Saturday and Sunday by taking second through fifth place at the PCISA All-Girls Invitational Regatta at the San Diego Yacht Club. Thirteen high school girl teams from the San Francisco Bay Area to the San Diego area competed in the regatta in the San Diego Bay and off Shelter Island. There were two days of racing with a total of 18 races combined with the A and B divisions.
By Imran Vittachi | September 15, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — From their perch on a buoy bobbing by the entrance to Newport Harbor, a party of California sea lions welcomed the Irving Johnson with a cacophony of honks. On Monday's voyage up the Orange Coast from Dana Point, the crew of the tall ship had unfurled its sails, which gleamed in the late morning sunlight. The brigantine's deckhands could be seen changing tack on the jib sails out front to catch a wind blowing in from Catalina. They were preparing the 100-foot, 100-ton boat for its approach into the harbor.
August 20, 2011
When he was a child in Croatia, Tony Burica first got wind of sailing. He'd watch large schooners coming and going from the port. Images of ketches sailing the Mediterranean hang from his shop walls. One night in Communist Croatia, Burica fled the party, which wanted to conscript him, he said: "You'd have to be a fanatic, or not have a brain. " He bid goodbye to his childhood sweetheart Tereza and sailed across the Adriatic Sea, from Croatia to Italy, in 1951. Without papers, Burica wound up in a labor camp, he said.
By Sarah Peters, | July 25, 2011
COSTA MESA - Gilbert Iwamoto, a pioneering catamaran builder who continued his craft well after he had gone legally blind, has died, friends said Monday. Iwamoto died at home Wednesday of complications following a heart attack. He was 90. Known for his artisan's touch and hardworking attitude, Iwamoto founded Gil's Catamarans on East 16th Street in Costa Mesa. "He had a work ethic like nobody's business," said Susan Iwamoto, his daughter-in-law. As the second youngest of 10 children in a Japanese American family, Iwamoto was no stranger to hard work, Susan Iwamoto said.
June 22, 2011
By Gordon Glass About 10 or 12 years ago, the city of Los Angeles allowed a private foundation to use a city-owned parking lot on San Pedro's main waterfront street to build two, 90-foot wooden schooners. A chain-link fence provided public safety while encouraging public viewing of the construction process. A construction crew of professional shipwrights and amateur volunteers worked more than two years to complete the Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson. Both ships are now sailing in the foundation's youth programs.
By Mary Cappellini, Special to the Daily Pilot | May 26, 2011
Newport Harbor High School's Sailing Team placed second in the 2011 Interscholastic Sailing Assn. Baker National Team Race Championship in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday and Sunday. Boston's Tabor Academy placed first. Newport Harbor, Corona del Mar High School and Point Loma from San Diego represented the Pacific Coast Region. The other teams came from regions nationwide and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Harbor was the only Southern California high school team to medal. CdM placed ninth.
By Len Bose | May 20, 2011
It's been "breeze on" during the past week. I have noticed a lot of wide-eyed sailors, race committee members and photographers coming in off the water with looks on their faces as though they had "cheated death one more time. " The Monday night American Legion "Sundowner Series" races have produced a good turnout to start the season. UC Irvine's J-22s are new to the scene and have five new boats racing in class. Could this be the start of a new fleet in town? Rob "Big Rob" Wallenberg, my good friend from Sailsmile who sails on the Capri 30 "Good Rhythm," told me, "There has been a good turnout and plenty of wind, although we can't catch Violette.
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