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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...