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April 8, 2005
WHAT'S AFLOAT is published periodically. If you are planning a nautical event, submit the information to the Daily Pilot, 1375 Sunflower Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92627; by fax to (949) 646-4170; or by e-mail to SAILING CLASSES A Coastal Navigation Certification class is being offered by Orange Coast College's School of Sailing and Seamanship. The comprehensive six-week course provides instruction in the theory, practice and procedures for navigation and piloting.
October 1, 2003
GETTING INVOLVED runs periodically in the Daily Pilot on a rotating basis. For information on adding your organization to this list, call (949) 574-4298. OPERA PACIFIC The Opera Pacific Guild Alliance, a support group for Opera Pacific, has activities for volunteers. (714) 546-6000. OPERATION CLEAN SLATE Operation Clean Slate, a Costa Mesa-based organization for graffiti prevention, needs volunteers to paint out graffiti and other duties.
August 24, 2000
Amy R. Spurgeon NEWPORT BEACH -- Santa Claus paid an early visit to Orange Coast College's School of Sailing and Seamanship this year with the donation of Black Irish, a 41-foot 1966 Hinckley luxury sloop. Instead of a red suit and black boots, this Santa -- also known as Ed Cox -- dons Polo shirts, khakis and loafers. "I've had the boat for 16 years. I know the program and think it will be a good home for the boat," Cox said while proudly patting the recently varnished wood exterior of the boat.
October 30, 2000
WHAT'S AFLOAT is published periodically in the Daily Pilot. If you are planning a nautical event, submit the information to the Daily Pilot, 330 W. Bay St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627; by fax to (949) 646-4170; or by e-mail to o7 dailypilot@latimes.comf7 . SAILING CLASSES A course on provisioning for coastal and offshore cruising will be offered by Orange Coast College's School of Sailing and Seamanship from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at OCC's Sailing Center, 1801 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.
By Hannah Fry | January 7, 2014
The Alaska Eagle has proudly displayed the Orange Coast College flag on its stern for 32 years and more than 290,000 miles. But Tuesday morning, as crew members worked to disassemble the 90-foot mast, OCC's flag had been replaced with the red, white and blue-striped symbol of the Netherlands. The change represents the School of Sailing & Seamanship's farewell to the 65-foot sloop. The college in Costa Mesa sold the Alaska Eagle earlier this month to Diederik Nolten, a Dutch sailor and businessman, for $350,000.
June 14, 2012
John Conser of Costa Mesa, a designer and builder of the Conser 47 catamaran, greeted David Pollitt, proud owner of the Conser 47, Shearwater, upon David's completion of a three-year, solo circumnavigation around the world. "Congratulations, David, on your close loop return," he said. David was not your usual catamaran sailor, in fact he had not sailed a cat. David is a Julliard graduate and a former symphony conductor and has a captain's license from Chapman School of Seamanship in Stuart.
By Mike Reicher | April 30, 2012
Sailors reflected on their sport's ever-present dangers as they returned from Ensenada on Monday, two days after fellow competitors perished in an apparent collision. The tragedy reminded them to sail with experienced crew members and craft a careful night watch plan, local racers and experts say. The three confirmed deaths were the first in the 65-year history of the Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race. A fourth crew member of the Aegean, the doomed 37-foot sloop from Long Beach, is still missing and presumed dead.
By Britney Barnes | December 8, 2011
COSTA MESA — A longtime Newport Beach resident has donated a $2-million yacht to Orange Coast College, the largest donation of its kind to the campus. Jerry Barto and his family gave their 92-foot luxury vessel, the Nordic Star, to the college's Professional Mariner Program to help students train for a career in the industry. "All three of my kids went to OCC, so this was a family decision," Barto said in a prepared statement. "We wanted to help students and this great program, so it was an easy decision to make.
By Tom Ragan | February 26, 2010
Gone are the days of sharing showers, restrooms and other facilities. Gone are the days of the men’s and women’s crew teams having to practice their rowing at the Newport Aquatic Center. The Orange Coast College’s Sailing and Seamanship Center in Newport Beach has received a serious face lift. Nearly $4 million went into a series of improvements that were officially dedicated Thursday at the center, which is the only one of its kind among community colleges nationwide.
By Mike Whitehead | April 30, 2009
Did you know that this week is Air Quality Awareness Week? Well, neither did I, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service and the Environmental Protection Agency are urging Americans to “Be Air Aware” through these air quality awareness days. What do we do or celebrate on this festive occasion? I have no idea, but it would seem that you would try to reduce air pollution in your daily activities. Also, administration is predicting the chance of showers tonight and Saturday, and chilly air temperatures this weekend.
By Daniel Tedford | March 5, 2008
OCC announced the sale of its 36-acre island in Canada Tuesday after putting the land up for sale a year ago. Rabbit Island, which is about 50 miles north of Vancouver at the top of the Strait of Georgia, sold for $2.19 million to a privately held British Columbia corporation made up of three people who plan to use it as a vacation retreat. School officials estimate the total net earnings of the sale will be close to $1.86 million. The money, received Monday, will go toward expanding the OCC School of Sailing and Seamanship, said Doug Bennett, executive director of the OCC Foundation.
By Steve Virgen | January 29, 2008
A moment of doubt surfaced and painful thoughts came alive. All that work and practice was about to go for naught. Another second-place finish seemed to be made for Chris Segerblom and Andrew Mason. It was only a year ago they settled for runner-up status to Evan Miller. This time, with their catamaran behind Miller’s, and with 100 yards remaining, Segerblom and Mason took action, rather than just thinking negatively. They perished those bad thoughts. In the end, with just three boat lengths remaining, Segerblom and Mason passed Miller and Taylor Reese to win the U.S. Youth Multihull Championship Jan. 21. “At first we looked at each other in disbelief,” said Segerblom, a Newport Harbor High sophomore.
By Ana Facio Contreras | November 3, 2006
The Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship isn't just about teaching students how to tie the right knots or how to navigate through choppy waters. You can also learn how to enjoy yourself on a cruise. Cruise ship lessons? Not quite. Next year, the college will offer a new class called Cruises for Couples — no shuffleboard though "The class is intended to prepare couples who are thinking of doing an extended voyage on their own," Segerblom said. The school may be well-known in the sailing community, but there may be some landlubbers who haven't heard of it — or are unaware of the diverse types of classes offered.
June 24, 2006
Orange Coast College will hold its annual spring boat auction and marine gear sale today. Bidder registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the marine gear sale starts at 8 a.m. A live auction starts at 9 a.m. Items in the auction will include sailboats, power boats, dinghies, kayaks, ski boats, sails and more. All the boats and accessories were donated to the Orange Coast College Foundation, so no background information will be given about the items at the auction. There is no restriction on the price an item can be sold for. Some vessels have gone for as little as $10 at previous auctions.
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