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By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | August 9, 2010
The search for a 45-year-old Newport Beach man whose skiff was found a quarter mile off Santa Catalina Island early Sunday morning was suspended Monday, according to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman who said too much time had elapsed for the victim to still be alive. The nearly 24-hour search for Frank Cipriano, last seen wearing a polo shirt and board shorts, was called off at 9:55 a.m. Monday after numerous search-and-rescue boats and more than a dozen helicopter flights tried unsuccessfully to find him, said Jim Hiltz, a command center chief for the U.S. Coast Guard in San Pedro's Terminal Island.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mike Whitehead | June 29, 2010
"26 Miles (Santa Catalina)," sung by the Four Preps in 1958, helped make Santa Catalina Island a national household name. Many recreational boaters and passengers on the Catalina Flyer will travel the 26 nautical miles from Newport Harbor to Avalon. But most people are only familiar with city of Avalon, or members of the local yacht clubs only make the crossing to the clubs' boat moorings and beach areas on the island. A smaller percentage and usually only a boater crowd know about the hamlet of Two Harbors referred by boaters as the "Isthmus."
NEWS
May 13, 2007
Operators of the Catalina Passenger Service in Newport Beach were biding their time Saturday until they could resume ferrying tourists to Santa Catalina Island, where a wildfire broke out Thursday. On Friday, the boat went to the island to pick up five stranded customers, office manager Kurt Guisness said Saturday. Guisness said officials won't let the boat return to the island till Tuesday. Guisness said business will pick right back up. The fire "never really hit Avalon….
FEATURES
August 24, 2007
Newport Beach Lifeguard John Graass completed his first swim from the Santa Catalina Island to Palos Verdes. At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Graass stepped into 71-degree water and started his swim on a ridiculously stuffed stomach, he said. “I was pretty full from a big dinner of pasta to make sure I had plenty of energy when I started,” Graass said, adding chugging eight ounces of Gatorade every 20 minutes didn’t help. Even with the warm waters after a few hours had passed, Graass felt the heat slowly being sapped from his extremities.
LOCAL
April 26, 2007
Body that was found in ocean is identified A body found floating just off the shore of Santa Catalina Island on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as that of missing boater William Eugene Ott, 61, of Phoenix. Ott's 30-foot boat came crashing against the west jetty of the Newport Harbor inlet last week, prompting a 280-square mile search, Orange County Sheriff's officials said. Rescue workers identified Ott as the boat's owner through a plastic bag filled with prescription bottles found floating near the wreckage.
NEWS
September 10, 2010
The Catalina Flyer, which ferries passengers between Newport Beach and Santa Catalina Island, has managed to avoid a long-term service disruption, which grew out of a mandatory state environmental law that required that it replace the engines on its catamarans. The company announced that the 500-seat boat will be replaced by a smaller vessel on Sept. 20, and that the boat will not have to disrupt service for a number of months, as initially anticipated. "The new boat is much smaller, so reservations become very important," an announcement on the company's website says.
FEATURES
By JIM CARNETT | March 14, 2006
For the fourth time in six years, a dozen Orange Coast College students ? and three faculty advisors ? will enjoy an "alternative" spring-break experience in Catalina. The students will be housed for four days at the Catalina Island Conservancy Volunteer Camp, and will engage in the protection and restoration of plants that are indigenous to the island. "Upon arrival, our students will receive an environmental orientation to the island at conservancy headquarters in Avalon," said faculty advisor Steve Goetz, an OCC professor of counseling services.
FEATURES
By Mike Whitehead | March 18, 2010
It feels like summertime as I reflect back to last weekend, when I was shoveling snow at our family cabin in Lake Arrowhead. This weekend should be perfect for boating with sunny skies and a slight breeze less than 15 knots in the afternoons. The ocean seas might become slight bumpy with a mixed set with 3-foot swells from the west and south. As always with warm air temperatures and cool water temperatures, you can expect morning and late afternoon fog to roll into the Southland.
NEWS
October 29, 2004
MIKE WHITEHEAD Ahoy. As the election nears, I thought I would take your mind off all the issues and give a breath of fresh air by cruising the Channel Islands off our coast. Did you know that for years, some locals have told tourists that they are seeing the Hawaiian Islands when looking at Santa Catalina Island? Not me, of course. Would I lie? Some boaters have known for years that lying just off California's coast are the eight Channel Islands, but most Southern California boaters are familiar only with Santa Catalina Island.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | February 14, 2014
Ahoy! How refreshing to hear that Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill actually addressed a couple of harbor-related issues in his speech during the 33rd annual Mayor's Dinner. I have known Hill for many years, and I have personally seen his interest in harbor improvements during my tenure as the marine division chair for the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Two items that constantly entered the discussion are the need for water taxis and the collective thinking outside the box on how to redesign the moorings with amenities such as electrical power and water service offshore - exactly what he mentioned as among his goals as mayor and what the city needs to develop in the harbor.
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By Mike Whitehead | February 14, 2014
Ahoy! How refreshing to hear that Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill actually addressed a couple of harbor-related issues in his speech during the 33rd annual Mayor's Dinner. I have known Hill for many years, and I have personally seen his interest in harbor improvements during my tenure as the marine division chair for the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Two items that constantly entered the discussion are the need for water taxis and the collective thinking outside the box on how to redesign the moorings with amenities such as electrical power and water service offshore - exactly what he mentioned as among his goals as mayor and what the city needs to develop in the harbor.
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NEWS
September 10, 2010
The Catalina Flyer, which ferries passengers between Newport Beach and Santa Catalina Island, has managed to avoid a long-term service disruption, which grew out of a mandatory state environmental law that required that it replace the engines on its catamarans. The company announced that the 500-seat boat will be replaced by a smaller vessel on Sept. 20, and that the boat will not have to disrupt service for a number of months, as initially anticipated. "The new boat is much smaller, so reservations become very important," an announcement on the company's website says.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | August 9, 2010
The search for a 45-year-old Newport Beach man whose skiff was found a quarter mile off Santa Catalina Island early Sunday morning was suspended Monday, according to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman who said too much time had elapsed for the victim to still be alive. The nearly 24-hour search for Frank Cipriano, last seen wearing a polo shirt and board shorts, was called off at 9:55 a.m. Monday after numerous search-and-rescue boats and more than a dozen helicopter flights tried unsuccessfully to find him, said Jim Hiltz, a command center chief for the U.S. Coast Guard in San Pedro's Terminal Island.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mike Whitehead | June 29, 2010
"26 Miles (Santa Catalina)," sung by the Four Preps in 1958, helped make Santa Catalina Island a national household name. Many recreational boaters and passengers on the Catalina Flyer will travel the 26 nautical miles from Newport Harbor to Avalon. But most people are only familiar with city of Avalon, or members of the local yacht clubs only make the crossing to the clubs' boat moorings and beach areas on the island. A smaller percentage and usually only a boater crowd know about the hamlet of Two Harbors referred by boaters as the "Isthmus."
FEATURES
By Mike Whitehead | March 18, 2010
It feels like summertime as I reflect back to last weekend, when I was shoveling snow at our family cabin in Lake Arrowhead. This weekend should be perfect for boating with sunny skies and a slight breeze less than 15 knots in the afternoons. The ocean seas might become slight bumpy with a mixed set with 3-foot swells from the west and south. As always with warm air temperatures and cool water temperatures, you can expect morning and late afternoon fog to roll into the Southland.
FEATURES
By Joseph Serna | January 8, 2009
Thirty years ago, the headline in the Daily Pilot in big, bold print read “SS Catalina Here, at Last.” It was a celebrated event that captured Southern California’s attention: the arrival of “The Great White Steamer” to Newport Beach. The SS Catalina, a 300-foot vessel that for decades had transported millions from the California coast to Santa Catalina Island, was retired and going on a tour of sorts, thanks to increasing docking fees it was forced to move from harbor to harbor, including Newport Beach, San Diego and Long Beach.
FEATURES
August 24, 2007
Newport Beach Lifeguard John Graass completed his first swim from the Santa Catalina Island to Palos Verdes. At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Graass stepped into 71-degree water and started his swim on a ridiculously stuffed stomach, he said. “I was pretty full from a big dinner of pasta to make sure I had plenty of energy when I started,” Graass said, adding chugging eight ounces of Gatorade every 20 minutes didn’t help. Even with the warm waters after a few hours had passed, Graass felt the heat slowly being sapped from his extremities.
FEATURES
By Kelly Strodl | August 10, 2007
John Graass stood on the sand admiring the sunset over Catalina Island during the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguards' hot dog lunch last year, when one of his neighbors jokingly asked, "Think you could swim that?" Without missing a beat, Graass, 25, a swimmer since high school, confidently replied, "Of course." Which prompted the 10-year Newport Beach lifeguard to think maybe he really could make the 21--mile swim. And so at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Graass will attempt to become the 136th swimmer to cross the chilly waters from Santa Catalina Island to the shores of Palos Verdes.
NEWS
May 13, 2007
Operators of the Catalina Passenger Service in Newport Beach were biding their time Saturday until they could resume ferrying tourists to Santa Catalina Island, where a wildfire broke out Thursday. On Friday, the boat went to the island to pick up five stranded customers, office manager Kurt Guisness said Saturday. Guisness said officials won't let the boat return to the island till Tuesday. Guisness said business will pick right back up. The fire "never really hit Avalon….
LOCAL
April 26, 2007
Body that was found in ocean is identified A body found floating just off the shore of Santa Catalina Island on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as that of missing boater William Eugene Ott, 61, of Phoenix. Ott's 30-foot boat came crashing against the west jetty of the Newport Harbor inlet last week, prompting a 280-square mile search, Orange County Sheriff's officials said. Rescue workers identified Ott as the boat's owner through a plastic bag filled with prescription bottles found floating near the wreckage.
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