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Fishing and Sailing

Fishing and Sailing

The busy summer sailing and fishing seasons continue with gusto. Last weekend we had a local offshore fishing tournament, and this week we had a sailing championship. Recently I bumped into a harbor long-timer that has worked on hundreds, if not thousands, of boats in Newport Harbor. Everette Tibbits has been hand-painting boat names on our fleet […]

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Governor’s Cup and the Flight of the Lasers

Governor’s Cup and the Flight of the Lasers

Summer continues and boating, fishing and sailboat racing are at full throttle. I want to make a correction: Marguerite Valdes added that the Columbia Yacht Corp., producer of thousands of sloops I mentioned in a previous column, had a photo of a man waterskiing behind a Lancer 65-foot which was in production following the Columbia ventures, […]

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Boating Safety

Boating Safety

Recent events have once again reminded me of the most important issue with regards to boating: safety! Safety must always be on the forefront of all events before, during and leading up to the ending of your boating. The following proves my conclusion. After the 4th of July fireworks on Biscayne Bay in Miami, three boats […]

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Summertime is Regatta Time

Summertime is Regatta Time

Following the end of the school year, sailboat racing commenced with a strong showing from adults and the younger crowd. The end of June was the Summer Gold Cup at Newport Harbor Yacht Club, and the weekend prior was the Adult Sabot Association Series at the same club. Also at NHYC: on July 20 they […]

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Memories of Newport Harbor

Memories of Newport Harbor

In the mid-1950s I was able to sail and putt-putt around Newport Harbor with my older brother. That was a bygone era where kids were playing with their friends until dark and no one even thought twice about not locking their front doors. The “Leave It To Beaver” TV show was a good example of […]

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Old Glory Boat Parade

Old Glory Boat Parade

Some of the fondest memories local boaters retain are the very special boat parades and boat greeting armadas that nautical traditions necessitate. On Sept. 11, 2002, scores of boats met outside the jetty off Big Corona Beach to share solidarity and respect for the fallen a year earlier in New York City. Many times a large […]

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A Boat Builders Paradise

A Boat Builders Paradise

As I’ve stated in past columns, our area was once a hub of new boat construction. On the border of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach on 16th Street between Newport Boulevard and Superior Avenue were two international yacht builders whose vessels sailed the seven seas. On the north side was Ditmar and Donaldson, which built beautiful […]

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Local Youth Baseball Team Wins Big

Local Youth Baseball Team Wins Big

A team of elite athletes recently brought home a trophy from a statewide competition. Newport Beach Elite Baseball won California Competitive Youth Baseball League Championship on May 18. The 18-month-old program also won the Arizona Triple Crown Spring Championship in March. Elite Baseball is a nonprofit organization that teaches “baseball fundamentals, etiquette and IQ” under […]

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Fond Farewell to Shipbuilder Dennis Holland

Fond Farewell to Shipbuilder Dennis Holland

I would like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of Dennis Holland on his passing. He was quite a character, and his accomplishment of building his tall ship, the Pilgrim, was huge. If I recall correctly, she is a replica of the tall ship that Richard Henry Dana crewed on a couple […]

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An Active Boating Season Approaches

An Active Boating Season Approaches

While last week winter continued with snow falling in several areas of the Midwest, it was appropriate for Newport’s sun worshipers to continue working on their summer tan. Easter fashion was bathing suit attire on the boats cruising the harbor and shade hats were worn while the bonnets were left at home. The seas and […]

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