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Waterfront: Helping Boaters in Need

Summer continues on Newport Harbor with an active amount of boaters seven days a week. As proud grandparents ourselves, we really delight in watching youngsters operating family vessels up to 20 feet, and the seven year olds (and above) being tutored and learning sailboat racing...

Waterfront: International Junior Match Sailing Championship

The 2015 Governor’s Cup 49th Annual International Junior Match Race Championship sailbing regatta hosted by Balboa Yacht Club was held last week, with the final races last Saturday off the Newport Pier. Competition was fierce with the two Newport crews staying in contention until...

Waterfront: Summer Sailing Season Breezes Into Newport

The summer sailing season shifted into high gear last week when laser sailors from all over Southern California raced in the Flight of the Lasers on Sunday. This annual regatta is always fun for the small light weight and fast dinghies. The day before the race, we had a steady...

Waterfront: Old Glory and Flight of the Lasers

The Fourth of July had an abundance of yachts of all sizes enjoying and celebrating one of the busiest boating days of the year. We entered the Old Glory Boat Parade put on by the American Legion Yacht Club. The crowds ashore and on their docks were quite appreciative and...

Waterfront: Fourth of July in Newport Harbor

It’s a small world on our waterfront. For those many of us who have spent their lifetimes in Newport Harbor, we share similar memories of harbor events. While we may not know everyone’s name, we know of them on sight. A few years ago I walked into Beach Pit Barbeque in Costa...

Waterfront: Wooden Boat Show Offers Nautical Delights

Superior! That is the one word to me that describes the Wooden Boat Festival that I attended at the Balboa Yacht Club several weeks ago. The location, booths, support staff, program, shuttles and the yachts (small to big) were very impressive. I’ve attended scores of boating...

Waterfront: Summertime and the Fishing is Easy

The fishing season is greater than ever for this time of year. As mentioned months ago, last fishing season was the best I can recall of the last 60 years. I bring this up because now a climate expert with Scripps Institute is saying while last year could have been (but wasn’t)...

Waterfront: Wooden Boat Festival Raises Hull

Next Saturday, June 6, is the 2nd Annual Wooden Boat Festival, held at Balboa Yacht Club. This delightful event was once part of the old Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, and has been revamped by sponsors and the Balboa Yacht Club. Wooden boat festivals are held in every boating...

Newport Boat Show May 15 – 17

May 15 – 17: The Newport Boat Show in Lido Marina Village celebrates its 42nd year as the premier yacht show in the West. This year’s show will feature the newest vessels to reach the Western United States as well as shoreside exhibitors showcasing innovative products and...

Waterfront: Drop Anchor at Newport Boat Show

Next Thursday through Sunday, May 14 – 17,  is the 42nd annual Newport Boat Show in Lido Marina Village. Thursday the show starts at noon, the other days start at 10 a.m. The shows end at 7 p.m. each day, except 5 p.m. on Sunday, although experience shows many brokers and...

Newport to Ensenada Race Photos

Photos by Lawrence Sherwin and Jim Collins The 68th annual Newport to Ensenada Race kicked off on Friday, April 24, under cloudy skies. Over 200 boats, including about forty first time entrants, registered to sail the 125 nautical miles to Ensenada. For race results and more...

Mega Yachts in Newport Harbor

Wow! While the calendar may say spring, the warm weather and volume of boat and yacht use says summer, summer, summer. As you can see by my photo, the 200-foot-plus Invictus has visited our humble harbor once again. I had planned, upon its return, to putt over and interview the...

‘The Search for Freedom’ with Adventurous Souls

  By Riley Keating | NB Indy It’s the pull of the tides against your legs as the waves meet shore. Even as a child, that visceral experience delivers an urge that pushes you to take another step into deeper water. It’s basic instinct calling. It’s your introduction to...

Newport to Ensenada Race Ready to Sail

Nearly 200 sailboats will leave Newport Beach and make the 125 mile trek to Ensenada, Mexico when the annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race gets underway today at 11 a.m. off the Balboa Pier. Dubbed the “world’s largest international yacht race,” the boats (and crews) compete for...

Waterfront: Newport to Ensenada Update

I was very excited to find this trimaran at Newport Harbor Yacht Club this week and to talk to the crew.  Orion sails out of St. Francis Yacht Club and will be the fastest boat in the Newport to Ensenada Race. The crew was a little dismayed that the weather forecast for Friday is...

BNP Paribas 2015 Finals Weekend

The 2015 BNP Paribas Tennis Open finished with a dazzling display of tennis brilliance. Novak Djokovic (Serbia), the world number one ranked player, met Roger Federer (Switzerland), the world number two ranked player, for the 38th time. In an epic battle, Djokovic prevailed in...

Warm Weather Brings Boaters to Newport

The day after we left the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay waterfront (where we were visiting relatives), it snowed. That’s hard for us to believe with the heat wave we had last weekend. Newport Harbor had almost as many boats cruising as an August Sunday. Speaking of Sunday, last...

BNP Paribas Open

The 2015 BNP Paribas Open began this weekend in Indian Wells. The event, voted the best tournament in 2014 by the players, features the world’s top ranked tennis players. Serena Williams, the enigmatic number one ranked woman, reappeared after a fourteen year hiatus. The...

Visiting Vessels in Chilly Chesapeake Bay

We thought a change of scenery would provide interesting nautical information and lifestyles, so we traveled east—to Chesapeake Bay on the East Coast. We’ve traveled the Baltimore, Maryland inner harbor, several Chesapeake Bay locations and the Potomac. As the weather is...

Waterfront: Newport Harbor is a Pit Stop for World Travelers

Around November of last year I started to notice the annual migration of yachts anchored in the Newport Harbor Turning Basin from all ports north including Alaska, Canada, Washington, Oregon, and Northern California. These (mostly sailboats) visit our harbor on their way to the...