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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.
March 11, 2005
MIKE WHITEHEAD Ahoy. I have received many offers from readers to crew aboard my eight-foot Sabot in the upcoming Transpac Race to Honolulu, which I mentioned in last Friday's column. I am going though the resumes now, but I do not think that I will be up to par with the Newport Sea Base's recently donated maxi turbo sled Scout Spirit, a 78-foot Reichel Pugh. I believe this is the first time that a sailboat from the Newport Sea Base has entered the 1,125-nautical-mile race from Marina del Rey to Puerto Vallarta.
September 8, 2007
The Newport Sea Base, 1931 W. Coast Highway, has announced that classes for boys and girls ages 6 to 18 will begin Sept. 18 and continue till February. The classes will be offered on weekdays, weekends and evenings, and will cover a variety of subjects including beginning, intermediate and advanced sailing, canoeing, kayaking, first aid and more. The base is operated by the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, and has provided maritime programs for Orange County youth since 1937.
By Jill Cowan | October 3, 2012
Bill Ficker's list of maritime accomplishments is long, but at a luncheon Wednesday he reminded attendees about one that event organizers forgot: early adopter of stand-up paddleboarding. "I'm a little hurt," joked Ficker, an America's Cup winner and architect who was being honored with the 2012 Good Sea Scout Award from the Newport Sea Base. The 84-year-old then showed off a picture of himself as a boy, gliding across a wide open Newport Harbor, using what he said was a kayak paddle.
By Joanna Clay | April 14, 2012
To traditional yacht clubs on the East Coast, Opening Day signals the melting of ice from its harbor. Newport Sea Base's celebration Saturday aptly signaled the start of the season with sun and high winds. Director Shana Bannert Aguirre said she checked the weather daily, concerned after Friday's rain. Hundreds of locals came out to support the Open House, which offered free events such as pontoon boat rides around the bay, tours of the Sea Scout boats and free burgers and hot dogs cooked up by the Newport Beach Firefighters Assn.
By Emily Foxhall | April 15, 2014
The historic Balboa Village filled with new energy Sunday afternoon, as business owners gathered under white tents to offer passersby everything from lobster rolls to boating artwork. The event, called a Kickoff Fiesta, celebrated the upcoming Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. It also marked a chance to promote ongoing revitalization efforts on the Balboa Peninsula — an area sometimes better known for its plethora of bars and unruly twenty-somethings than for kid-friendly activity.
By Lauren Vane | March 17, 2006
There's something for everyone at the Newport Sea Base this spring as the center's latest session of classes and programs kicks off Saturday. With more than 100 boats and a harbor-side location, the sea base is a spot where water enthusiasts of all ages and abilities can take classes and get some hands-on boating experience. "What they get from this is an opportunity to develop and find out what their interests are," said sea base program director Berkeley Green. The sea base, on Mariner's Mile, will hold its first spring session Saturday through April 8; other sessions run May 6 to 13 and June 3 to 10. Participants have their pick of classes; topics include canoeing, motorboating and environmental science.
August 26, 2001
Stonewall Initiative for Equal Rights, a Los Angeles-based gay and lesbian rights group, is planning to stage a protest in front of the Boy Scouts of America Sea Base on Coast Highway at about noon Sunday. A Sea Base employee said Saturday that the two buildings there will be closed Sunday. "We heard there were going to be quite a few of them tomorrow protesting on the sidewalks," said employee Brenda Stewart. Organizers have said they will protest against the Boy Scouts' policies on admitting gays into the organization and against the Orange County Board of Supervisors' decision last year to extend the Scouts' lease on the Sea Base property for 30 years.
February 26, 2007
The tall ship Argus will soon depart the Newport Sea Base to undergo $1.5 million in repairs to become seaworthy again. The ship will get an official send-off at 11 a.m. today from the sea base, 1931 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, and will leave with the help of a tug boat around 6 a.m. Tuesday. Argus has hosted hundreds of Boy Scouts learning to sail, but the vessel was taken out of commission in early 2006 after a U.S. Coast Guard inspection showed wood rot and iron sickness, which can cause a ship to leak.
By Lauren Vane | April 23, 2006
A group of boisterous, unruly pirates took over the Newport Sea Base on Saturday. They sang, they carried on, and they even shot off a few cannons. But the antics were all in good fun. The crew of seafaring thieves were well received by the crowd of children and parents who gathered at the sea base to join in the opening day celebrations. "Opening day celebrations are carried on throughout the world of yachting, and we're carrying on the tradition," said Newport Sea Base program director Berkeley Green.
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