Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Harbor Report: Calling for comments on story boards

BCYC Club Championships            Photo courtesy of

By Len Bose
September 19, 2014 | 6:26 p.m.

Summer is slowly coming to an end, and yet the harbor is as active as if it were June.
This weekend, you will notice the 36th annual Lido Boat Show in Lido Village. I had a chance to walk around the show this week, and a couple of thoughts came to mind. Inventory on late-model brokerage boats appears to be in high demand due to limited production over the last six years. The sailboats are back at the show, with large displays from Beneteau and Jeanneau, along with sailing catamarans. There is the normal amount of large boats, although the flagship of the show is the new 43-foot Hinckley Talaria power boat. If you are a yachtsman, you have to come and appreciate this work of art, as she is one good-looking vessel.
Two other boats that caught my eye were the two VanDutch 40s located on the south end of the show. What a perfect boat for Catalina. All boats are a compromise for your desired use, and for my use, this vessel comes very close to my dream boat. In my opinion, she might be missing eight feet of interior volume, and I have to wonder how she rides at anchorage with her hard chines forward. I wish the best to our local dealers and have a feeling they are entering the market at the right time. I recommend you go to the show and look for that hard-to-find, clean late-model boat and buy it. If I can speculate, these boats will hold their values for the next 10 years.
I also made time to attend this week's Tidelands Management Committee, where the topic was the Balboa Island Seawalls Replacement Project. Rather than go into great detail, I would like to refer you to the city's webpage, which you can find by Googling "Balboa Island Seawalls Replacement Project" and clicking on the top two links. What you might also notice while walking around the island are 30-some storyboards that were placed around the island this week. These will show you the height of the proposed seawall cap. The idea of the storyboard is to obtain your comments, which you can give by contacting
Balboa Island Story Signs

While visiting the seawall website, take the time to read through the different options staff has provided the tidelands committee. While attending these meetings, citizen advisory member Jamshed Dastur always provides the most useful information to the committee, and if you would like to read what Dastur has to say, you can go to my blog at to read his comments and concerns. This issue is rather important to our harbor, so please take the time to research this topic and take a look at the story boards. If you would like more information on this topic and other harbor issues, make sure you attend the Harbor Commission Public Outreach harbor tour aboard a ferry on Saturday, Nov. 15. This event will be limited to 60 people on a first-come, first-serve basis the day of the event. A photo of the route is posted on my blog site.

BCYC Family Champions The Doran Family

It's been at least a month since I talked about sailing Harbor 20s, so hold onto your tillers — here it comes. This last weekend was the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club Championships, sailed in Harbor 20s provided by club members and fleet one members. A total of 14 boats was collected for this two-day event. On Saturday was the Family Championships, which is intended to bring out the club's membership to use the club; participants get to invite family members who would not normally attend a sailing event, and it's the perfect photo op day to last a lifetime. Sunday is the club championship, which is very competitive and always introduces the Harbor 20 to sailors who would not have an opportunity to sail this boat in a one-design format. BCYC has run this event for three years now and the participants, who don't own a H20, truly consider joining the fleet and or returning to the fleet. This year's Family Champion is the Doran family, and the new BCYC Club Champion is Erik Shampain.
Over the next two weekends, things will get rather serious out on the harbor as fleet one gets ready for its class and fleet championships on Oct. 4 and 5. Next weekend, Sept. 27 and 28, are the warmup regattas that are run by BCYC and Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Wish me luck.
Sea ya.

LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist

Jamshed Dastur Letters to the City

November 15th Harbor Tour Route

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The 2014 Master Angler Billfish Tournament Rocked – Literally

High Angler  Jock Albright
The 33rd Annual Balboa Angling Club’s Master Angler Billfish Tournament was held September 12th and 13th with challenging weather conditions, high winds and seas and the anglers really had to work for it!  This is the most prestigious and oldest marlin tournament on the west coast.

It all started with a Kick-Off Party on September 10th held at the Tee Room in Newport Beach with a packed house!  Marlin had been caught since August 2nd and the participants couldn’t wait to hit the water and were truly excited about this year’s tournament. 

The fishing started on Friday at 6:00 a.m. and the first fish was hooked up at 8:04 am and was released after tagging with the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) Satellite Tag for the Great Marlin Race.  This is the first time the Great Marlin Race is being tracked in Southern California waters.  During the tournament 2 tags were deployed and you can track their paths by going to

All in all, the tournament was a great success for the Balboa Angling Club and the participants are ready to come back next year!

Here are the results:

2014 Master Angler Billfish Tournament
Clubs = 8              Boats = 49           Anglers = 193
24 Hook Ups       15 Releases
Total Fish            1st Day                                     9 Released       
                                2nd Day                                    6 Released       

High Club
        1st                  Pescadores -  Team 1                     540 pts.
        2nd                 Dana Angling Club – Team 1        480 pts.
        3rd                  Tuna Club – Team 1                         390 pts.

High Boat            
        1st                   Bounder                                              300 pts.
        2nd                  Kea Kai                                                 240 pts.
        3rd                   Poco Loco                                            210 pts.

High Angler
          1st                 Jock Albright                                      240 pts.               
          2nd                Bill Buchannan                                   210 pts.
          3rd                 Rod Halperin                                      180 pts.
          4th                 Vick Sommers                                   180 pts.
          5th                 Calen Offield                                      180 pts.
          6th                 Drew Lawler                                       180 pts.
          7th                 Bob Denault                                       180 pts.
          8th                 Brian Fox                                             150 pts.
          9th                 Alyson Gillett                                     150 pts.
        10th                 Linda Crean                                        150 pts.

The winner of the Bob and Sally Kurz Perpetual Circle Hook Award is Vick Sommers on Sleeper
And in the Tuna Division Greg Taite of the S. S. Minnow took home 1st place.

For more information on the Master Angler Billfish Tournament, the Great Marlin Race and Balboa Angling Club, please contact Amy Elliott at the Balboa Angling Club 949.673.6316 or via email at


High Club Pescadores

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Harbor Report: To jet-pack, or not to jet-pack

By Len Bose
September 12, 2014 | 5:16 p.m.

Boats are selling, and the marine industry people around town are moving like it's 2007. That's part of the reason why I was not able to submit a column last week.
While I was working in Monterey last week, Amy Elliott from the Balboa Angling Club called me, and it sounded like she had just won the lottery. "Eric Kim just caught a 50-pound wahoo. There are news trucks here and people everywhere. We have never seen a wahoo of this size this far north before. I'll send you over the information." Click. Wahoo are a warm-water fish that are normally found in Hawaii or Mexico. With the rising ocean temperatures, the fishing has been going off the scales this summer (that's a Len Bose pun, by the way).
This week, I attended the Harbor Commission meeting where the subject was water-propelled vessels or jet packs and the review of the commission's goals for 2014-15.
To me, the water-propelled vessels issue is a no-brainer, and one of my favorite people in town, Judy Cole, eloquently pointed out the obvious during public comments. "Jet packs" are no different than jet skis and should be kept to the same standards as any other vessel moving through the harbor. In other words, the operation of "jet packs" should be restricted inside the harbor, and the operators should only use them in the ocean.
I was very pleased to notice how the water-propelled ad hoc committee chairman took on this task. Bill "Skip" Kenney took the bull by the horns and gave an informative presentation on his progress. It's always good to see a new commissioner jump in, put his head down and get to work.
These are the proposed goals for the Harbor Commission for 2014-15:
1. The first objective is an improved Regional General Permit 54 (RGP54). This improved permit will streamline permitting for residents and marinas to dredge under their docks by combining the permits required by the Army Corps of Engineers, California Coastal Commission and State Water Resources Control Board. Without this city permit, this type of dredging is extremely complex and expensive for the individual and marina operator.
The major obstacle to having a usable dredging permit is eelgrass. One way to work past this obstacle is to develop the Newport shallow waters eelgrass mitigation plan. At last count, there are six government agencies that all have to sign off on this plan to make this permit more efficient and cost-effective. Harbor Commissioners Doug West, Duncan McIntosh and Brad Avery, along with Harbor Resources Manager Chris Miller, have been working on this project for more than two years now. They have worked their way through every agency other than the Coastal Commission, which will be reviewing this and hopefully coming to a decision by the first of next year.
2. Development of recommendations for the best public use of the Lower Castaways. This objective has been assigned to Commissioners David Girling and Avery. Chairing this objective is Girling and, from my observations, he is staying on task and has made good progress, receiving help from the city manager, council member Nancy Gardner and the Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission.
3. Bulkhead and pierhead lines in conjunction with current vessel overhang regulations. Commissioners McIntosh and Joe Stapleton have this task. It was commented that this task is too broad in scope and should be focused on vessel overhang.
4. Strengthen the Harbor Commission's public outreach. Commissioners Paul Blank, Girling and Avery have this task. Blank is chairing and, as always, doing an outstanding job. Make sure you mark your calendars for the Public Outreach Harbor Tour aboard a ferry. It will be Saturday, Nov. 15.
Other topics being considered are marine code enforcement, alternative anchorages, water taxis and floating docks.
I'd like to give it up for Miller and Harbor Resources Supervisor Shannon Levin. From my observation point, both of these two are stepping up and walking that extra mile for our harbor.
Remember, "it's up to you" on how you want our harbor to look and run. This is the best time of year to get involved. Make a note to attend the next month's commission meeting and Sept. 17 Tidelands Management Committee meeting.

Sea ya.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

FLASH BACK: Newport Beach Bridge Jumping

This last week a good friend of mine posted on Facebook “Jumped all 10 Newport Beach Lower Bay Bridges in 2 hours and 10 min”

The first thing I thought to myself is “I want todo that” and now I also want to beat the time record. The key to being safe is you have to go on a full moon so you have the Higher High Tides and plan your route out and pray you do not get caught by the Harbor Department. Because if they do catch you, you will be fined severely. You could also crash and burn and end up in a wheel chair the rest of your life!

If you want to take this challenge and beat the record let me know? I will be willing to time you and place you in the record books.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Harbor Report: Beautiful weather for the Long Point RacWednesday

Long Point 2014 Photo Courtesy of

By Len Bose
August 29, 2014 | 6:26 p.m.

This time each year, I reflect back to previous Long Point Race Weeks, and this year's event — which took place last weekend — was another extraordinary regatta.
The race starts on a Friday in Newport Beach, headed toward Long Point in Catalina. Saturday we race up and down the island, and on Sunday we return home to Newport Beach.
As always, the Balboa and Newport Harbor Yacht clubs host the regatta at their Catalina Island way stations at White's Cove and Moonstone. The two coves are almost side by side, and the festivities rotate between the two. With picturesque views as a backdrop, the event offers a perfect way to wrap up the summer sailing session.
This year we were greeted with perfect warm summer days, plenty of wind in all three races and flat seas. As we headed out of the harbor for Race 1, I noticed a large swell running down the inside of the break water. This normally indicates a south swell.
South swells do not make for a pleasant night's stay in most of Catalina's coves, and I was picturing myself having to swim in with my camping gear to stay on the island. Fortunately, upon our arrival, swells from Hurricane Marie had not arrived yet and our weekend could not have turned out any better.
As always, I spent a couple of hours in my happy place — the red chairs at the entrance to the Balboa Yacht Club station — looking over the cove and listening to all the sounds under a dark, star-filled sky.
With more than 40 boats entered in this year's race, the competition was as strong as it has ever been. Team Bolt, sailing its new-to-them Trans Pac 52, was the overall winner this year. Roy P. Disney, sailing his Andrews 70 Pyewacket, came in second, while Chad and Kerrie Downey took third aboard Elixir.
It's difficult for me to explain just how picturesque this regatta is. Therefore, I strongly recommend going to and clicking on the 2014 pictures link, which will take you to Long Point Race Week photos. As always, photographer Bronny Daniels hit it out of the park, perfectly capturing every moment of this race.

For us on the Santa Cruz 50 Horizon, it was a dream come true. I have to tell you, earlier this year we traveled to the island of St. Maarten, in the Caribbean, for the Heineken Regatta. Personally I prefer the Long Point Race and sailing against all our good friends.
Now don't get me wrong. I am very fortunate to have experienced the Heineken Regatta, and it's very well known around the world as one of the best, but to me Long Point is what it's all about. It beats it on the fun meter by a large margin.
One of my favorite moments of the regatta occurred last Sunday as the fleet was waiting for the breeze to blow in. Over the VHF radio, a voice very familiar to the community broke the radio silence. It was Steve Steiner aboard the light blue Medicine Man. "I just want to take the time and tell you how grateful I am to get to participate with all of you in this wonderful event," he said. "This place is so beautiful, thank you."
A roar of applause followed and echoed across the water.
I have to assume you have all been down to the beach to see the large swells from Hurricane Marie, now a tropical storm. If you head over to, you will see the damage done at White's on Catalina.
I asked Newport Harbor Yacht Club Rear Commodore Gary Hill how Catalina's Moonstone has held up, and he had heard that it was in good shape with only a couple of large boulders being swept into the station by the large swell.
If you are headed over to the island this weekend, better keep your game face on. Part of my routine before heading over is to visit the different web cams on the island. My favorite is on the Balboa Yacht Club's web page. Look to the White's Cove web cam. If the water has a lot of turned up sand in it, and you notice the large white wash on the beach along with the pier float missing, best to reconsider your plans for the weekend.
One last interesting observation I noticed this week was that, with the swell, all the large sea lions have come into the harbor because they cannot sun on the bell buoys. These new guests are not resting in the normal places, so make sure you check on your boat this weekend.
Sea ya.

LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist.

Wednesday at Long Point

Last Sunday before the swell rolled in. You will not see this in The Pilot.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Santa Cruz 50 Horizon New's Letter

Hello crew,

This years Long Point race played out like a wet dream with a happy ending. As you all have read by now we finished third in class and seventh overall. Thats our second best finish over the last ten years.

Ten years and we just keep getting better. The party’s, the wine and the company will keep a smile on my face, as big as Milton’s when he was told his bag was being returned to the boat, for the next thirty years.

We had more good times at camp Ada this year, thank goodness our team mother kept me from getting up and having that last whiskey by handing me a water bottle Friday night. It still cracks me up that in the middle of the night, with only the sound of the waves slapping onshore and echoing down the beach, that I hear Big Rob yell “YAAHHHH” in his sleep. Big Rob seemed to be a little quieter Friday night than normal and it was confirmed that he did have a roasted chicken in his tent. I heard Rob say, at the end of the night as he entered his tent to go to sleep, “YAAHHHH come here you little chicken.”

This regatta’s MVP has to be given to Liz and Mark Mueller for hauling all of our stuff to and from the island, then dealing with the disappearance of Milton’s bag. Please give a big shout out to the Mueller’s and if you see them at the bar this Thursday night please buy them a drink. I feel they played a very big part in our final result. Thanks guys! 

This has been an amazing season this year with the Heineken Regatta, 3rd in class in Ensenada, 2nd at Yachting Cup and 4th in Long Beach Race week. I’d like to try again to have a year end party at my house for John where we all thank him for this amazing year. Give me your ideas this Thursday night.

The season is slowing down and I will forward our calendar for next year before the end of September. Thank you all for your efforts, it was obvious to me that everyone was giving their best effort and you can’t ask for anymore than that.

How did I miss this?

SB-KH 2014   

At one with the Horizon

Hello Team,

I hope everyone enjoyed the Santa Barbara to King Harbor race in which we placed 2nd in class and 16th overall out of 91 boats. I could not think of a better way to be introduced to the new ride, John liked her so much he drove the first four hours of the race. "Do you think he is going to drive the whole race?" Milton asked me. " No I think he is just getting to know her." I replied. Did anyone else notice how many people stopped and stared at Horizon has they walk down the dock?

I am sure you all noticed the quote on the front page of Sailing Anarchy "here's the nicest Santa Cruz 50 on the planet" when you hit the link the below photo appears.  Another great quote and or expression was on Eric face when the kelp pole strap broke "Hey Dad check this out!" he said with a little red in his face. 

I am sure the new crew members were all amazed with all the different pieces that Eric kept taking out from down below to trim the boat. It goes without saying that Erik was this weeks MVP along with all the original Horizon crew members by not losing a step and completing their tasks without hesitation while running like a well oiled machine.

For me, I found myself stepping back and observing. It took me a good five hours and a couple of sail changes before I could shake the feeling that I was in an expensive wine store and if I touched anything I could break it.
Some observations I noticed that we will need to improve on. If you are not trimming stay out of the cockpit, if you need to take a leak use the head. If Jon posts a "watch list" follow it and make sure you get on deck in time for your watch. When you are sitting forward of the cockpit make sure you are on the rail and not the cabin top and make sure you stay tuned with the boat on whether you should be on the high or low side. 

Next Race is Long Point August 22-24th. I need to confirm that you will be able to attend ASAP. Let me know if you will be camping at "Camp Ada" or would like to stay on the boat.

Erik Sampain this races MVP
Patrick Kinkade &  Len Bose "Yea bitch this is our ride"

The grand master Jon Sampain

"It's all good"  Tom O' Keefe

The Cheese

The sexiest looking Santa Cruz 50 on the planet, can I get an amen?  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Harbor Report: Fiberglass repair artist keeps busy

Hans Van Iseghem

By Len Bose
August 22, 2014 | 2:30 p.m.

Most of this week, I have been busy showing and selling boats. I hesitate to say this, but things appear to be picking up in the marine business.
As I make my way around the harbor each week, I see the same marine industry people hard at work and eager to stay busy. Over the past seven years, some people have disappeared into the corn field while others have continued to prosper.
One person who has kept his head down and kept working is Hans Van Iseghem. He is best described as an artist in fiberglass repair who works on everything from a sabot to mega yacht.
Van Iseghem moved to Newport Beach 30 years ago from Belgium to help a friend build a 65-foot catamaran. Over time, Van Iseghem made fiberglass repair his niche, and he has been busy ever since.
"It's a dream for me and the time has gone by fast," he said, adding that he is now 72. Looking at Van Iseghem, I would have never guessed — he moves as fast as a 30-year-old.
"I've always had a job to go to. Sometimes things might slow down a little, but I have been very fortunate," he said.
Van Iseghem said fiberglass has not changed all that much. In the early years, boat manufacturers used a lot of fiberglass because it was unknown how long it would last. Over time, builders have used less and less when constructing a new vessel.
"Fiberglass is very forgiving. It's not dangerous for the surrounding area should you notice a chip or a type of crack in the gel coat," he said.
Fiberglass boats should be buffed and waxed twice a year and washed weekly, he said. If you have a dark-colored boat, you will need to wax your boat four times a year to maintain that rich color.
Van Iseghem's repairs tend to range from structural to cosmetic.
"Each job is different," he said. "I have to assess the damage, match the color and blend it all together to look like the rest of the boat."
Work comes to Van Iseghem by word of mouth, and he's at it six days a week. He spends most of his time on the east end of the harbor, and from time to time he might even be seen on the west end.
He is easy to notice in his white disposable suit, as dust swirls around him. Never hesitate to say hello.

LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist.