| Jan 10, 2014
| 6:52 PM
The 2014 sailing season will be upon us before you know it, and this year, our local PHRF fleet needs your help. I will start to sound like a broken record, but I trust you still understand my meaning — local participation is at an all-time low. The...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 6:08 PM
The Alaska Eagle has proudly displayed the Orange Coast College flag on its stern for 32 years and more than 290,000 miles.
But Tuesday morning, as crew members worked to disassemble the 90-foot mast, OCC's flag had been replaced with the red, white and...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 6:08 PM
I took a last stroll around the deck of Alaska Eagle today. Every step, every hand rail felt familiar, as they do after finishing a long voyage.
I was 29 when we first took students aboard from the Orange Coast College docks in October 1982. Now, 31...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 9:40 AM
This week I had the opportunity to talk to a person whose family descended from the Mayflower. Named after her father's boat, Gale Nye Pickney has recently taken the helm of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club as its first female commodore.
| Nov 7, 2013
| 8:48 PM
While cruising the harbor this week, I was looking around for Newport Harbor's 10 most interesting boats of 2013. As most of you have noticed, I have quite an attraction to Windward Passage. That's when I picked up the phone and gave her skipper, David...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 4:45 PM
If ever there was a person who should be our harbor's ambassador, it is Phillip Ramser. I have never met a more congenial person in this harbor. This is why I write this column — I get to pick up the phone and ask people like Phil if we could talk....
| Nov 21, 2013
| 4:16 PM
Nancy Curran Caldwell
Nancy Curran Caldwell who was admired for her gracious heart, kindness of spirit and inherent elegance passed on November 14, 2013. She was the epitome of a lady, even as she faced her final days among her family and caregivers....
| Nov 22, 2013
| 6:45 PM
As we wait for winter to finally arrive at our harbor this year, two things stay constant on our calendar.
The first is that it's time for me to pull out all my Christmas Reyn Spooners and recognize this year's harbor award winners. This past weekend...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 1:14 PM
Another year has rolled by like a clearing winter's westerly breeze. This is the fourth year I have been writing the harbor column, and I look forward to many more years to come. I would like to take the time to review 2013 with you.
If this review perks...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 6:24 PM
I really got it handed to me during last weekend's Harbor 20 Fleet 1 Championships. The winds were light, and I could not put the puzzle together to make it to the finish line before most of the competitors.
No matter how I look back at the weekend,...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 4:50 PM
Saturday sees an inspiring happening at the American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291, when eager sailors will take part in the Sail for the Blind and Visually Impaired event. Participants will be able to help steer the boats and adjust sheet and...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 9:51 AM
I missed all the festivities in the Southern California waterways on the Fourth, as I was visiting Discovery Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta aboard a Mainship yacht. The air temperatures were over 100 degrees, which made for great...