Monday, July 28, 2014

Santa Cruz 50 Horizon New's Letter

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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Harbor Report: New commission gets its feet wet.

Our new ride

By Len Bose
July 25, 2014 | 6:47 p.m.

This week, I attended our Harbor Commission meeting, and for the first time in the years that I have attended these meetings, all the faces of the commission had changed.
The commission was created in 2002. Seven members serve a four-year term, and no commissioner can serve more than two consecutive full terms.
In my opinion, one of the most active and productive harbor commissioners is Paul Blank, who has been tasked with strengthening public outreach. Working alongside Blank are commissioners David Girling and Brad Avery, who have come up with the idea of a harbor cruise for the public.
The date has not been set, although it will be before this winter and, because of the generosity of Seymour Beek, will take place on a ferry boat. This cruise will be between 9 to 11 a.m. and will touch on almost every topic concerning our harbor. As soon as the dates have been confirmed, I will update you.
During the meeting, Avery, the newly elected commission chairman,
noted how much the harbor is changing, with eight major projects starting or due to start in the very near future: Marina Park, New Port Marina, Lido Village, Castaways, Back Bay Landing, Balboa Island sea wall replacement, Irvine Co. public dock and the Bay Island sea wall.
I have been attending the Harbor Commission meeting longer than any of the commissioners, and in seven years, I have never seen so many mooring permit holders fail to pay their annual fees and risk having their permits revoked. Five permit holders could lose their mooring permits, but they would be able to appeal their revocation to the City Council.
I have an interesting bit of news regarding the proposed pilot program for the multiple vessel mooring system. A survey will soon be sent to many of our harbor homeowners and mooring permit holders. Harbor users will also be able to take this survey online. This should provide very interesting information on how the different harbor stakeholders ascertain the need for smaller mooring fields.
On the water taxi front, a recommendation was made to the city manager that a consultant be hired to determine if any companies might offer an "expression of interest" in trying the pilot program next year. If I heard Commissioner Doug West correctly, there is an interested party.
Next on this month's agenda was the topic of updating our 10 public piers. The city will replace the decking and hand rails along with the benches on the piers. Nothing will be done on the gangways or floats at this time.
The last topic covered was the start of an ad hoc committee discussing water-propelled vessels. You have seen the water jet craft flying around the harbor, and there is still one company with a permit.
This ad hoc committee of Duncan McIntosh, Bill Kenny and Joe Stapleton will hold public meetings and come up with a recommendation for the City Council before the end of the year. My concern regarding this topic is acceptable noise levels over a period of time during the daylight hours.
For more information, go to the city's website at
That's it for this week. I am off for the race from Santa Barbara to King Harbor aboard our sailing team's new ride on the Santa Cruz 50 Horizon. Wish for wind for us — it looks rather light.
Sea ya.

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Harbor Report: Spreading the word on sea conservation

Michelle Clemente, our city's marine protection and education supervisor

By Len Bose
July 18, 2014 | 4:29 p.m.

This week, I journeyed into the upper bay, known to most of us as the Back Bay, to visit with Michelle Clemente, our city's marine protection and education supervisor.
Clemente's office is located in the Back Bay Science Center, sharing the same office structure with representatives from the California Coastal Commission, the Newport Bay Conservancy and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, which changed its name two years ago from Fish and Game.
The science center rests on state land and is a partnership with California, Orange County, Newport Beach and UC Irvine. It is hidden on Shellmaker Island just off Back Bay Drive, next to the Newport Dunes and behind a rather large gate.
This gate can be rather intimidating, although it shouldn't be. At the scheduled meeting time, Clemente greeted me with a warm welcome and a big smile. She took me on a guided tour of the facility and reviewed its mission statement:
"The BBSC mission is to provide a hands-on facility where students and the public can study and enjoy the estuarine ecology of Newport Bay, and the marine ecology of the ocean, while promoting natural resource conservation and stewardship throughout the watershed." (View it at
I was shown the county water-quality lab, the teaching lab and the high school students' lab. The teaching lab reminded me of our yacht club's junior programs, where kids between seventh grade and college are given a chance to learn about our coastal resources, highlighting the upper bay.
We then walked into the high school lab, where I learned about watershed, ocean acidification and a mysterious disease that is killing off sea stars up and down our coast. I found all three topics extremely interesting because they all affect the estuary, the harbor and our ocean.
Just outside the high school lab is a tide pool touch tank where visitors can get their hands wet. I asked if representatives of any of the yacht clubs' junior programs ever came by boat to check out the tide pool tanks and the estuary. "We do get the kids from the Newport Aquatic Center and the Sea Scout base, but the yacht clubs have not found us yet," Clemente said.
Clemente is one of the kindest people I have ever met, and I could instantly feel her passion for the estuary, harbor and ocean. We talked about eelgrass and ways to manage it better in our harbor. She also reviewed with me all the different programs that are run out of the science center, such as Shark Camp, MSA Summer Camp, Newport Seabase Camp, Marine Life Inventory, Shellmaker Discovery Tour, Community Days, Coastal Clean Up days and the OC Natural History Lecture Series. Information on all of these programs can be found on the center's website.
Another topic Clemente is passionate about is watershed and how to continually remind people about all the different pollutants that are washed down the sewers and make their way through the estuary, harbor and ocean.
Time again for one of my silly ideas. What if, as a city, we asked or required all of our large charter boats, Duffy rentals, SUP rentals, kayak and harbor tour companies and yacht clubs to pass out to their customers and members printed short reminders reviewing all the damage pollution can do to our estuary, harbor and ocean from watershed? The reminder could also be posted on a website used for registering for an event.
I will be racing in South Shore Yacht Club's Two Around Catalina this weekend aboard the J 109 Linstar. The Governor's Cup has been going on all week at the Balboa Yacht Club, and it's looking like another close battle. Make sure you check out the results at
Sea ya.

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

BAC report

Newport Beach residence and Junior’s at Mater Dei High School, Matt Brennan and Ben Teitscheid wanted to give back to their community.   Through research and their love for coastal living, chose to start an Ocean Club with the Boys and Girls Club of Westside Costa Mesa. "The kids at Westside Costa Mesa Boys and Girls club rarely have an opportunity to leave their local neighborhood" shared Brian Dolan, Director of Newport Mesa Boys and Girls Club.  With his suggestion, Matt and Ben reached out to these kids.   They wished to introduce participants to the wonders of our ocean, bay and environment.  The first 6 children to get signed permission slips from their parents were in!  And, it turns out they were all girls! 

The first trip was to the Harbor Patrol Station in Newport Beach.  The girls were able to explore the Sheriff’s station and climb aboard some of the boats.  This was the first time many of the girls had been aboard a boat or a dock!  There were many questions from the girls and you could see a twinkle in their eyes as their interests were peaked.

Since the boys were members of the Balboa Angling Club, the second trip was to the BAC where the girls were shown around the clubhouse and then played the Fish Identification Game created by Club Secretary Amy Elliott and run by BAC Member Teri Holland. “The game is easy if kids pay attention and these girls were awesome considering they had never been exposed to these fish” stated Elliott.

The next activity planned at the BAC was learning to fish with the help of Matthew and Ben, but first the “Kea Kai”, a 44’ Pacifica pulled into the dock to weigh in the first Dorado of the season!  Jock Albright brought his catch in just in time for the girls to check out their first game fish.  The weigh in was fun and as we presented Jock with the First Dorado Flag, the girls were on hand for the photographs.

Once the weigh in was complete (this is a really big thing for the kids), then it was time to fish!  The girls learned to operate the rods and reels and were instructed in proper casting techniques.  One of the girls caught her very first fish, a stingray!  Both Ben and Matt were excellent role models and the Balboa Angling Club is a terrific place to learn about fishing!

Giving back to the community has never been more satisfying.  Several more trips were planned including Newport Beach Lifeguard facilities, ExplorOcean, and the Balboa Ferry.   This program has worked so well, that next year Matt and Ben want to expand the program!

(For more information about the Balboa Angling Club, call 949.673.6316, stop by the clubhouse at 200 A Street in Balboa just a few doors down from the Balboa Pavilion or go to

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

FLASH BACK: The Harbor Report: The eelgrass is greener with state blessing

Photo by Chris Pickerell of Cornell Cooperative Extension's Marine Program
By Len Bose
January 24, 2013 | 4:25 p.m.

This week's column should be titled "Eelgrass for Dummies" — because the topic has been a sticking point around the harbor for years, and we all have to understand it better if we ever want to obtain dredging permits for our docks.
In my column dated Jan. 11, I discussed Regional General Permit 54, which helps residents acquire a dredging permit without going through all the sediment-testing and agency negotiations. I should also point out again how lucky we are to have Doug West as our Harbor Commission chairman and Chris Miller as our harbor resources manager leading us to the goal line.
To continue with the football analogy, I see the harbor in the red zone at first and goal. The goal is to receive a Newport Harbor amendment from the National Marine Fisheries Service's Southern California office, which will allow us a "Newport Specific Plan" that will supersede the Southern California eelgrass mitigation plan, then blend this plan into our RGP 54 permit for April 2014.
I lost you, didn't I? The problem now with our RGP is that most people cannot use it because of the cost of the mitigation of the eelgrass under their docks. What our harbor commissioners and resource team are proposing is the "Newport Specific Eelgrass Plan" that will manage eelgrass on a harbor-wide basis, manage thresholds for total eelgrass population and reduce the burden for individual mitigation.
This means if we can grow 19.6 acres of shallow-water eelgrass, from our bulkheads to the end of our docks, we can impact 1.5 acres a year. I do not recall the exact average amount of eelgrass under impacted slips, but I recall something like a couple of square yards per dock. The last harbor eelgrass survey showed that we have more than 15.45 acres of shallow-water eelgrass at this time.
Within the next couple of weeks, Miller and West will be meeting with the National Marine Fisheries Service and selling this plan to them. If they can make the sale, it is my understanding that most of the other agencies will fall in line and we could just end up with a usable RGP by March of next year. So the next time you see West or Miller, make sure they understand we are all behind them.

Reader Harry Crowell recently sent me a list of questions regarding eelgrass, and I passed those questions off to Mike Josselyn of WRA Environmental Consultants. Here are those questions, with Josselyn's answers.
Crowell: Can you explain exactly why this eelgrass is becoming so important?
Josselyn: Eelgrass is considered an important habitat for fish and invertebrates, and the EPA considers any area supporting eelgrass to be a "special aquatic site" and subject to special attention during permitting. The National Marine Fisheries Service also must evaluate impacts to eelgrass as Essential Fish Habitat.
Crowell: Exactly what is the value of eelgrass within Newport Bay?
Josselyn: Eelgrass provides habitat to a variety of fish in the bay, provides stability to the sediments and is a food source for some fish and invertebrate species. Eelgrass only grows in sheltered habitats along the California coast, and where it is found has generally been considered a productive marine habitat.
Crowell: How long has eelgrass been growing in the bay?
Josselyn: It is a native plant in California and has been found in aboriginal middens along the California coast. It is likely to have been in Newport Bay to various levels for thousands of years as sea level rose and flooded the river valley that is now Newport Bay.
Crowell: When was it first known that eelgrass was in the bay?
Josselyn: I have seen early photographs of the beaches within the bay, and it appears to be present. The population of eelgrass has been monitored since 1993 and most recently by the city since 2003.
Crowell: Has the eelgrass been in larger amounts in the past?
Josselyn: Detailed and consistent surveys in the bay have only been started by the city in 2003 and only in shallow-water areas. Those first surveys found about 30 acres in the shallow portions of the bay; however, surveys in deeper water indicate that large areas of eelgrass also occur in navigation channels.
Go to my blogsite at to learn how you can legally grow eelgrass in your own backyard.
Sea ya.
LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist

So you want to learn how to grow grass in your back yard legally? Keep reading, to tell truth the city is going to need more seeds very soon???

Friday, July 11, 2014


Brian Dougherty J 105 LEGACY Tied for first with Tango

Tango is tied for first

After three races in this years Newport Beach High Point Series Legacy and Tango tie the knot for the lead.

                   Midwinters         66      BCYC
Legacy          10              18       4      = 32
Tango           11               13       8      = 32
Amante         07              17        7      = 31
Linstar          08              14         3      = 25
Adios            09              15         0      = 24
Cirrus              0              19         5      = 24
In Appropriate               18          0     = 18
RD                                  12          6      =18
eXigent                          16          0     = 16
Maiden                          16           0     = 16
PussyCat      05              10          2     =  17
Sting                               14          0      =14
Berserk                           12          0      =12
Free Event                      11          0      =11
Whistler                          10          0     =10
TNT                                 09          0   = 09
Lickity Split   01             08          0   = 09
Hot Ticket     06                             1 = 07
Violetta         04                0           0  = 04
Lucky Star    03                 0           0 = 03
Baraka          02                  0          0  = 02

Amante is in third

Next race NHYC   Ahmanson Cup  September 20 & 21

"online" calendar is incorrect. 

Editorial: If you are enjoying the Newport High Point Series please work with your yacht club and ask them to make an extra effort for this series and promote the next event at the awards. 

This years lessons learned: When a yacht club hosts an event it is highly recommended that if only one race is sailed  all classes sail the same distance. 

Rummaging Around The Harbor

Brian Dougherty J 105 Legacy leads The Newport Beach High Point Series

By Len Bose
July 11, 2014 | 6:59 p.m.

I spent this week rummaging around the harbor looking for stories and contacting my best sources for the latest information.
I heard that William "Skip" Kenney is our newest harbor commissioner, while Duncan McIntosh and Doug West retained their seats on the commission. I've known Skip for more than 10 years, and he is not one to mince words. He will get his tasks completed ahead of time and ask the difficult questions.
The next Harbor Commission meeting is scheduled for July 21, and one of the items on the agenda for discussion is whether to develop a dredging capacity for our harbor. More discussion on this topic is always a good thing for the overall maintenance of our harbor.
Another topic that might make it to the agenda is my idea of day-use moorings just south of the harbor entrance in front of the Corona del Mar beach. At this time, this area is available for part-time anchorage.
As I mentioned last week, I noticed this idea while sailing in Long Beach and came to find out that Mike O'Toole was the visionary who placed moorings around the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. It took 10 years for his vision to take shape after obtaining a permit from the Coastal Commission, setting up a public dinghy dock on the pier and completing environmental impact reports.
One of my harbor sources commented, "I think it would be fun. Now, to put it into action may take longer than we have left on this Earth, but hey, it's still a good idea."
We all know that our local boaters prefer not to anchor, and this could be a way to get more people to use their boats. At first glance, I would propose that these moorings only be used during the day and that the city collect fees similar to what is charged in Catalina: $33 a day for boats under 30 feet to $80 for boats between 70 and 80 feet.
People and groups could reserve them, and the Harbor Department can keep an eye on everyone. If you like this idea, please make your voice heard at the next Harbor Commission meeting.
I've been writing about my "catch and dispose" of Mylar balloons and promised to give shout-outs to people who send in photos of their catches. The Bents family hauled in a record catch of 19 balloons last week, and I have posted photos of everyone who sent in their photos on my blog, I will also ask our harbor commissioners to support the campaign.
Another issue still on the table is derelict boats and what to do about them. Ever since the requirement that mooring permit holders — whether offshore or shore mooring — are no longer required to keep a vessel on its mooring, many derelict boats have been removed from the harbor. I have observed many more derelict boats on shore moorings rather than at offshore moorings. This blight can only be solved by the residents attending the Harbor Commission meetings and expressing their concern.
Harbor code enforcement should also be brought back to the table, and I still feel the harbor should have a code enforcement officer. This officer could also manage the public docks and, who knows, maybe someday manage our day moorings in Corona del Mar.
Out on the racecourse, this summer's twilight series is past the halfway point. In Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club Taco Tuesdays' Harbor 20 fleet, Michael Volk aboard Lighting, Jan Houghton sailing Kismet and Steve Selling sailing Trident are all within four points of each other in C fleet.
Over in B fleet, Mark Conzelman at the helm of Shana's Secret is right on the heels of John Whitney's Fun D. In A fleet, I happen to have a small lead, sailing my boat Only Child over Bob Yates' Jubilee.
At Newport Harbor Yacht Club twilights on Thursday nights, Roy Delis sailing his boat Harborsol won C fleet in June. In B fleet, Daniel Geissmann aboard Red Devel won the month, and in A fleet, Chris Allen aboard Zephyr came from behind and beat Jim Kerrigan sailing A Salt and Battery and Ed Kimball aboard Dragon Lady.
This Saturday is the BCYC Ocean Series, which is race No. 3 of the Newport Beach High Point Series. Brian Dougherty's J/105 Legacy holds a four-point lead over Tango, Amantte and Adious.
Sea ya.

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

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Mylar Catch of the week!

7-7-17 NEWS FLASH! Bents family bring in record haul!

Bents family brings in record setting catch of 18 balloons, which bring them to the top of our leader board for July

The Bents family joins in on the "Catch and dispose" board

Joy Sailing Catch this week
Team Linstar still leads the Mylar balloon "Catch and dispose" leader board for the week. Although we do have four new competitors that can place their names on the catch board. Which is what this is all about!

The Bents family is the first team that sent in a photo of their catch this week!  At Long Beach race week Sam Heck, who was driving the J 120 Shenanigans before the start of the race, maneuvered his boat in front of Linstar to claim their first catch.

Bronny Daniels from Joy Sailing picked up this large group of balloons and sent in her photo.

Jane Hoffer crew getting into the hunt.
Just received word that Jane Hoffer crew on Catalina 37's was in the "catch and dispose" hunt this weekend.

I also received an email from good friend Megan Delany who should being joining the competition soon aboard their boat Ripe Tide?

Lessen learned: If you find a ballon, that has been in the water a long time, and you notice the ink starting to dissipate away place those balloons in a garbage bag. The ink will stain your cloths and your boat.

Happy hunting!

PLEASE send in your photos of you catch!