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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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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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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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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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The Mechanics of Boating

The Mechanics of Boating

There is a rich history of boating in and out of Newport Harbor. Growing up on the waterfront includes all forms of swimming, surfing and boating. Year round boating is unique to the warmer climates in the southern states. The school summer recess, weekends and the afternoon sunshine months allowed boating for those of us […]

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Fair Weather Boating

Fair Weather Boating

For a few weeks it seemed like winter arrived with rain every few days, and the Newport Boat Show was about to start. More often than not, it seems it always rains at least one of the boat show days. As usual, it doesn’t take long for the weather to change, and earlier this week […]

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Sunseeker Yacht Argo Featured at Newport Boat Show

Sunseeker Yacht Argo Featured at Newport Boat Show

This weekend is the Newport Boat Show in Lido Village, and in my opinion the “Belle of the Ball” will be the 108-foot Sunseeker Predator, Argo. This $6 million yacht is in a class by itself. Some insight into the uniqueness is appropriate. For more than 20 years, Sunseeker Yachts – manufactured in Great Britain – […]

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