| Jan 24, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Wow, I cannot believe that the 2014 Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race is starting to show on the fringes of my radar screen once again. In only a few months, hundreds of sailboats will cross the start line in the ocean off Balboa Pier...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 2:44 PM
I started this week by taking my bicycle ride on the beach trail, and as the crisp winter air touched my face, I looked out over Catalina as a boxer looks at his next opponent.
This weekend is the Mid-Winter Catalina Island Race (formerly known as the...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 4:07 PM
After interviewing Gino Morrelli for my column last week, I had a chance to ask the same questions of his partner, Pete Melvin, of Morrelli & Melvin Design and Engineering Inc.
Morrelli and Melvin are best known for their catamaran designs and their...
| 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....
| Sep 26, 2013
| 6:01 PM
I am still sitting on the edge of my seat after watching the 34th America's Cup this past week. If you recall my article from two weeks ago, I was ready to shoot the dog.
To quote Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill after going down 1-8, "It's not...
| Sep 28, 2013
| 6:32 PM
After an international boat trip of his own, Ray Wilson was back selling at the Lido Boat Show on Saturday.
The representative for Heritage Yacht Sales was pushing a pair of Catalina sailboats, ones he said could cruise around the world much like he...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 5:11 PM
This is the summer of exciting sailing races with the now-underway America’s Cup challenge in San Francisco Bay and the Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac), which began off Point Fermin in San Pedro and is currently finishing off Honolulu&...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 4:43 PM
The glory of summer on the Newport Coast was celebrated recently at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club as over 200 guests converged for the annual "White Party." Benefiting the Newport Harbor Sailing Foundation (founded in 1997), the annual summer tradition...