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Waterfront: Out and About in Newport Harbor

Hopefully, we’re about to say farewell to the drought! While the professional doomsayers predicted we’ll never recover from the drought we’re off to a great turn-around. For those non-native locals, we have an arid climate that has always seen dry years and wet—but mostly dry...

Waterfront: Christmas Boat Parade Lights Up the Harbor

As you read this we are about to commence the third night of the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade. The theme of “Seas the Holidays” couldn’t be more appropriate. The organization and supervision of the Commodores of the Newport Chamber has been superior, as always. This event...

Waterfront: Lobster, Tuna and a Sunken Barge

Every year when lobster season commences, 50 or more lobster traps with attached lines and a floating buoy encompass the area outside the Newport Harbor jetties. We’ve returned from several Catalina trips in the evening and even though we are aware of the situation, one or two...

Waterfront: Fire Destroys Classic Wooden Tugboat

Over the years there have been many fires aboard locally berthed yachts, and I always find it very sad when the yachts are one-of-a-kind or owned by noteworthy users. Frank Sinatra’s yacht, Christina, named after his daughter, off and on berthed at the Bay Club, and a Linda Isle...

Waterfront: Prime Time for Boating

A week and a half ago I skippered a 44-foot Trojan International to Avalon for the day, so an out of town couple could spend part of their 10 year wedding anniversary celebration as guests of one of the owners. The seas were calm and the ocean water temperature was 73-degrees,...

Waterfront: Boating and Safety

  Last week one of the morning news shows placed an alert that there is a high surf warning that encompasses Malibu, Seal Beach, San Diego and Irvine. Irvine? Is a machine writing this or are Hollywood newscasters living on the moon? My favorite place to spend Labor Day is aboard...

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...