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Waterfront: Gone Fishing

If ever there is an appropriate phrase to sum up what a multitude of anglers are thinking and doing, it’s “Gone Fishin’” Last summer and throughout what we used to consider the off-season, water temperatures were above normal and the Bluefin Tuna never left the outer banks within...

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...

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...