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.
February 12, 2005
In late 2004 the Newport Sea Base, a youth-oriented maritime educational program, took possession of a renowned world-class racing sailboat, formerly known as Bright Star (2001-2004) and Zephyrus IV (1997-2001). Renamed Scout Spirit, this 78-foot Maxi Turbo Sled is the only racing boat of this kind owned and operated by a youth-oriented sailing facility in Southern California.. In her first race as Scout Spirit in January 2005, she upheld the tradition of success, taking line honors in Del Rey Yacht Club's Berger Series Race 1 Malibu and Return.
April 2, 2004
MIKE WHITEHEAD Ahoy. When you drive along Mariner's Mile, do you notice anything different at 1931 W. Coast Highway? 1931 is the address of the Newport sea base that is finishing a major renovation to the tune of approximately $6 million. I am very impressed with the final appearances of this property and how well the area is improved from the old to the new sea base. I must confess that I am a member of the sea base committee and that I have seen this dream turn into reality.
August 2, 2003
Paul Clinton Boy Scout leaders said they aren't worried about a federal judge's ruling that overturned a San Diego scout group's lease on Thursday because that group excluded some groups from a public park. The Boy Scouts Orange County Council have a $6.5-million sea base on Orange County tidelands. The group holds the lease to the 1.1-acre property at no cost. "The San Diego facility was exclusively used for Boy Scout functions," council spokesman Brett Beck said Friday.
October 7, 2002
Ahoy. "Phenomenal that we are breaking ground for the new Sea Base," said retired Rear Admiral Dave Janes, who is the chairman of the Sea Base's executive committee. "We are nearing our financial goal and looking for the remaining money to complete this project." Personally leading the charge for the committee's 2010 vision, Dave is dedicated to having a state-of-the-art maritime facility in Newport Harbor. Thousands of lives have been touched by the Sea Base, which now is in need of a face lift and interior renovation, so it is the perfect time to focus the effort and see that the vision materializes.
October 5, 2002
Paul Clinton MARINER'S MILE -- What a long, strange trip it has been for the new Scout Sea Base, which passed a significant milestone Friday when scout leaders broke ground on the much-anticipated project. The $5.2-million base, which is expected to be completed for summer scouting activities, is nearly five years in the making. Construction begins about four months after a long-awaited approval from the California Coastal Commission. With the project, local scouts are looking at broadly revamping their cramped existing base, which was built in the 1930s.
October 4, 2002
Paul Clinton More than four years after launching an effort for a new sea base in Corona del Mar, local Boy Scouts are at last ready to turn over the first shovel of dirt to build their new digs. Construction is set to begin today on the new $5.2-million Scout Sea Base, which is expected to be completed in June, exactly five years after they had first hoped to build it. The work will kick off with a 6:30 p.m. ground-breaking ceremony. The new base, which includes expanded classroom space, a new dock and a rowing center, hit a few bumps along the road, including objections from the California Coastal Commission and a long-running effort to raise funds to pay for the project.
June 13, 2002
Paul Clinton MARINER'S MILE -- Ignoring advice from their own staff, California coastal commissioners on Tuesday approved a new Boy Scouts sea base. Commissioners voted 7 to 1 at their monthly meeting to approve the project, despite some in-house objections about the size of the new building, which will block some of the "view corridor" facing Newport Harbor. Local Scout leaders now say they'll move ahead full steam on the $4.5-million base, which has been stalled for more than a year.
February 9, 2002
-- Paul Clinton Plans to expand the Boy Scout sea base in Corona del Mar were put on hold indefinitely by the California Coastal Commission this week. The Orange County chapter of the Boy Scouts has been working to expand the base for almost four years. The project hit the skids in mid-December, when commission staff members objected to the height of the project, saying it would reduce the view of Newport Harbor from West Coast Highway by about 20%. The commission pulled the item from its agenda at a Wednesday meeting in San Diego.
August 27, 2001
Bryce Alderton NEWPORT BEACH -- With chants such as "Homophobic BSA [Boy Scouts of America], they don't want me because I'm gay," about 50 volunteers representing three organizations lined Coast Highway Sunday to protest county dollars that go toward the Boy Scouts of America, which, the protesters contested, discriminates and excludes gay youth. Joe Delaplaine, an organizer from the Stonewall Initiative for Equal Rights, strolled behind the line of protesters, holding a megaphone and leading some of the chants directed toward cars, bicyclists, runners and anyone passing by. Members from the International Action Committee and Liberate Orange County also walked the sidewalks Sunday.