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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Cruising Newport Harbor

Recently our family took a short bay cruise on the west side of Newport Harbor. Once you pass under the Newport Boulevard bridge, a posted sign advises this is a “No Wake Zone.” This small bayfront area includes the perimeter of Newport Island and a small channel that ends...

Time to go Fishing

“It never rains in Southern California.” Really? During our recent Saturday rainstorm, we attended a large family and friend’s celebration of Mom’s 90th Birthday luncheon at sister Di’s and Ken’s ocean view home. Happy Birthday Mom! She was a huge force while growing up to get me...

Avalon Deaths Offer Reminder of Boating Safety

As we close the boating chapter of 2014 and begin a new year, I thought it appropriate to once again pass along my primary goal for all boaters and boating passengers to think boating safety at all times. For many years, Catalina has promoted an extravagant dinner dance ...

Cruising in the Christmas Boat Parade

Before I tell you about the Christmas Boat Parade, I wanted to share a photo I snapped of an old (75+ years) wooden yacht moored off the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Normally it has a full cover on it, but the photo shows what the yacht looks like uncovered. Now back t...

A Busy December in Newport Harbor

The first week in December, I dropped by Amber Marine to see owner Brad Menet and make arrangements to service the 70 horsepower Evinrude that powers the 46 year old Glaspar christened the Judy Belle. This gave us time to plan decorations for our classic vessel which is entered...

Autumn in Newport Harbor

It never rains in Southern California. Really? Last week put a damper on Newport Harbor boating. I guess it has to happen eventually and I believe this is once again an example of how spoiled we are with our year-round boating environment. Boaters can be a hearty bunch when one...

Fall Regattas

Newport Harbor boating is as active as it has been for the summer months. Last Friday and Sunday I had the pleasure of sea trialing a sportfisher and skippering the vessel for a bay cruise around the perimeter of our harbor. Friday the air was warm, the wind was slight and the...

Newport Harbor Yacht Club Shore Boat Goes Electric

Several weeks ago we had dinner at my sister Diane’s home to visit with our unofficial brother, Gus, who lived here for a few years but is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and rancher of the Pampas. He came over from a Miami vacation to check on our Mom, Martha. While...

Exhibition Yachts

Last week was a busy week for our family and I wasn’t able to comment on the Lido Boat Show that the lovely Judy Belle and I attended. I was pleasantly surprised at the vast amount of yachts in the show and much more importantly, the vast crowd of dockside onlookers. Many times...

Lido Boat Show Drops Anchor This Weekend

Time flies when you’re having fun! It’s hard to believe that yesterday was the opening day of the Lido Boat Show (lidoyachtexpo.com). Earlier in the week I was able to cruise through the early boat arrivals before the majority of dock fingers and yachts were placed. I feel at...

Boating and Fishing

I’ve written in the past about Dick Valdes and his impressive Orange County career of creating at least three boat manufacturing companies. Columbia sailboats was the first that I recall, followed by Lancer which created sailing yachts, and two motorsailers which impressed me....

Boating Activities in Newport

Wow! It’s hard to believe that this weekend is Labor Day Weekend. This event usually is Newport Harbor’s busiest boating activity of the year. This is also a reminder to the active boaters that the off –season (an oxymoron) will begin at the holiday’s ending. The reason I mention...

The Pilgrim Comes to Newport Sept. 12

A friend asked me to help put the word out for a hands-on memorial for Dennis Holland on Sept. 12, 2014. For those unfamiliar with The Pilgrim and Dennis Holland (who passed away a few months ago), he was a local resident who spent 12 years building a sailing ship, the Pilgrim of...

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...