Friday, September 18, 2020

Friday, September 11, 2020

On the Harbor: Focusing on the Harbor Commission’s objectives for 2010-21

                                                                                                                Photo by Don Logan

I attended this month’s Harbor Commission meeting via Zoom this week. Of course, I missed the small print on the agenda indicating it was a Zoom meeting and drove to the council chambers beforehand. Fortunately for me, the Harbor Commission had a study session before the meeting that ran late and I was able to sign into the meeting just as the Pledge of Allegiance was being said.

Just in case you’ve lost track, our Harbor Commissioners are Bill Kenney chairman, Scott Cunningham vice-chair, Ira Beer, Gary Williams, Don Yahn, Marie Marston and Steve Scully. Simply put, the Harbor Commission is in place to advise the City Council on harbor-related matters. Each year, the Commission submits its objectives to the council for their approval.

The following objectives, 2020/2021, are intended to support the mission of the Harbor Area Management Plan and the two most essential responsibilities of the Harbor Commission: 1. Ensuring the longterm welfare of Newport Harbor for all residential, recreational, and commercial users; 2. Promoting Newport Harbor as a preferred and welcoming destination for visitors and residents alike.

Functional Area No. 1 Harbor Operations chaired by Bill Kenney regarding matters about the Management, Policies, Codes, Regulations and Enforcement.

The objectives of this function are:

1. Complete the current version of Title 17 while maintaining suggestions for future revisions. (Commissioner Yahn is tasked with the chair on this objective.)

2. Study and make recommendations for changes on Marine Activities permits. Identify all stakeholders within the Harbor who will require a Marine Activities permit. (Williams, Yahn) 

3. Help identify derelict vessels in the harbor including recommendations for limiting the inflow of derelict vessels into the harbor. (Beer) 

4. Study and provide recommendations for shore moorings including transfer permit policy. (Beer, Cunningham)

Functional Area No. 2 Harbor Viability chaired by Beer regarding matters about Assets, Amenities and Access.

The objectives of this function are:

1. Evaluate potential enhancements to city amenities provided to mooring permittees, residents and visitors. (Scully)

2. Support Staff with a permanent anchorage at the west end of Lido Island. (Williams) 

3. Evaluate options to consolidate and reduce the footprint of the mooring fields. (Yahn) 

4. Continue pursuit of a second public launch ramp. (Kenney) 

5. Complete evaluation for establishing day moorings off Big Corona beach. (Williams)

Functional Area No. 3 Harbor Infrastructure regarding matters pertaining to Sea Walls, Sea Level Rise, Dredging, Docks and Beaches.

The objectives of this function are:

1. Secure timely closure of RGP54 permit renewal with emphasis on a more streamlined process.

2. Establish a sustainable program that consistently re-nourishes our harbor beaches. (Marston)

3. Support Staff to obtain funding and approval to dredge the federal navigational channels to its authorized design depth.

4. Study various dredging methodologies that provide consistent maintenance dredging and could help combat sea-level rise and coastal erosion. (Marston)

Functional Area No. 4 Harbor Stakeholders regarding matters pertaining to Residential, Recreational and Commercial Users.

The objectives of this function are:

1. Develop a plan to communicate and assist Stakeholders required to complete and meet the newly defined Marine Activities Permit program. (Marston) 

2. Assist Staff in developing a communication outreach to the stakeholders similar to the program in place with the Mooring Association. (Marston) 

3. Continue dialogue with representatives of the Harbor Charter Fleet industry, other commercial vessel operators, and rental concessionaires to promote best practices for charter, and commercial boat operations in Newport Harbor with particular attention to vessel specifications, noise and pollution control/compliance and long-range plans for berthing. (Williams) 

4. Support Staff in the Harbor Attendance Study. (Yahn) 

Functional Area No. 5 Harbor Vision regarding matters pertaining to Community Outreach and the General Plan update.

The objectives of this function are:

1. Draft a Harbor Plan that can be used independently or in conjunction with an update to the General Plan. Special attention should be made to the preservation of marine-related activities and businesses in Newport Harbor. (Williams) 

2. Evaluate and make recommendations for Lower Castaways. (Marston) 

This is all pretty boring information, right? Yet this format works and produces results, and was introduced years ago by then Harbor Commissioner Doug West. So why do I bore you with this information? Because should any of these topics concern you, these are the commissioners you need to reach out to who can lend a hand. Don’t just complain on the sidelines: Step up and “Show your Newport Lov’n.”

Now for some fantastic news! Back on April 5th, I sent an email to two City Councilmembers and three Harbor Commissioners. I wrote: “If there was ever a time to push for a second anchorage, the time is now, or take a closer look at the idea of day moorings in Big Corona. Another idea would be to allow local boaters to just go and tie up to an open mooring for the day. This will spread out everyone interested throughout the harbor. To me, this is an easy answer to giving something back to our local boaters.” Well, I guess there was more than just me with this idea because last night the city Harbormaster Kurt Borsting proposed a six-month “Day-Use Mooring Sub-Permit Trial” which will allow boaters to tie up to an empty mooring for six hours for little to no cost. This will allow boaters to find their own spot in the harbor, away from their slips, and just chill. No pun intended, If we are lucky, this idea will be up and running sometime between the end of the month to mid-October. We are moving forward so more to come on this topic after I have a chance to talk to our harbormaster and update you on the process to sign up for a Day-Use Mooring. Send your ideas in to improve the harbor and who might just float to the surface.

Sea ya.


Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for Stu News Newport.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

JUST LISTED: 56' Bertram "Following Sea" ASKING $ 459,000

Below is a link to the vessel "Following Sea"

JUST LISTED 56' Bertram "Following Sea"

The boat has been berthed in Newport Beach, CA for the last Twenty-Five years. It is owned by the local inventor of the Duffy Electric Boat. He is an avid yachtsman both in racing offshore sailboats, fishing for Tuna and Marlin in local waters. As a builder of custom yachts and the largest maker of electric boats in the world Marshall "Duffy" Duffield has the-worked and re-placed every piece of this yacht using his talented boatbuilding experts of wood, metal, glass, electrical, mechanical, and canvas. "The boat is sound in every category and ready for immediate cruising and fishing. The boat is a perfect example of the genius of the designer Ray Hunt. The original "Moppy" 31 footer because the most famous advancements in hull shape in my lifetime. There is nothing like being on a Bertram going straight into a sea. The ride is very comfortable and extraordinarily dry. 

This is a one of a kind vessel, built for the discriminating yachtsman.  

Friday, August 28, 2020

On the Harbor: Experiencing the end of summer sailing


Have you ever noticed the professional athlete after losing the big game? They are sitting on the bench looking into the crowd in disbelief that their season is over. That’s the feeling that rushed over me this week while on the harbor and noticing the signs of summer dissipating over the horizon. Time to step up, brush the dirt off and get ready for the fall season.

One of the first sounds of fall I picked up on was the barking of the sea lions, yes...“Who let the dogs out?” They have returned as they always do this time of year. My annual reminder is mostly focused on the boat owners who are new to the offshore moorings. Sea lions barking is the only notice of the upcoming wave, and yes, if proper deterrence is not put in place, they will invade and conquer. I would encourage you to plan ahead and spend the extra money on the proper tools to detour them. One such piece of equipment is produced by Seal Stop, It’s clean, effective and acceptable by all the seal huggers. This with a layer of canvas covering your cockpit and swim step should do the trick, rather than receiving notice from the harbor department informing you that you will be fined unless you solve the problem. Reacting to such an urgent manner usually leads to a panic run to Home Depot for large orange buckets and plastic fencing which makes the harbor look like it’s trash pick-up day. Not to forget about all the repair bills and the day of a high-pressure wash you will have to complete before returning to your mooring. While you are out on your boats, remember to check your mooring gear; the Santa Ana winds normally return by mid-October.

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This is when I normally step over the line and try to give you a fishing report. The only one I can give you is that the selection at Santa Monica Seafood has been discouraging since the virus outbreak. What I have noticed is the fishermen that do know what they are talking about seem rather excited over the last month and a half. The Balboa Angling Club Facebook page is full of members holding their catches high, or better yet having their catch on the crane. Balboa Angling Club has the Master Angler Billfish Tournament coming up on September 11-12. For those of you that are not familiar with the Balboa Angling Club and have a kid that is showing an interest in fishing, send them that way. Visit Like I say every year, Balboa Angling Club is the best value in town with a long history in our harbor.


Just when you think you are headed out to the last of the Twilight Series, word comes down that the Newport Harbor Yacht Club is extending the Thursday night races through the end of September. The race will have an earlier start time of 5:30 p.m., but hey, I have four more races before calling it a Summer. BCYC wrapped up their Taco Tuesday this week with 37 entries in the Harbor 20 fleet and 23 PHRF boats. The top overall PHRF boats in C Fleet were Bob Kafka sailing his Catalina 30 Halcyon in third place, Caleb Everett aboard Tortuga in second and Scott Jones, who entered the BCYC Club-owned J-22, with many of the club’s best sailors onboard. In B fleet, we had Steve Fink sailing his beautiful Capri 30 Shadow in third, Joe Degenhardt’s Catalina 38 Lickity Split placed second, while Roger Gooding sailing his Evelyn 32 Rhythm was the boat to beat this year. In A fleet it was all about Jim Try Hard Bailey in first with Amante sailed by Tim Richley in second. This was the most competitive Harbor 20 fleet I have ever seen with nine competitors having a perfect attendance over 13 weeks. Participating in A fleet this year were four Newport Beach Sailing Hall of Famers: Jim Buckingham, Ann & Kurt Wiese and Argyle Campbell. Campbell took home the pickle dish this year in first place, followed closely by Team Rastello/Curtiss in second with team Conzelman/Thompson in third. In Harbor 20 B fleet, it was Chris Hill’s year with perfect attendance. C fleet Matt Hurlimann sailing Whatever to third place and a close battle for first with Debra Haynes sailing Spirit to second and John Bubb aboard Tiger ringing the bell in first place.

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Word on the street is that there will soon be a Marine Recycling Station located at Veterans Memorial Park. I need to check in with Harbormaster Borsting before committing and can only hope it is more than an oil and bilge pads recycling station. “Slowly I turned and step by step, inch by inch.” Let’s hope that someday we might even be able to remove the old channel markers 10 and 12. Go to my website at for a look at Channel marker 12 two years ago and today, to notice how many times boaters run into these deadly obstacles.

Sea ya!


Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for Stu News Newport.

2019 Ladder is bent

2020 Ladder straight 5 MPH looks damaged 

Friday, August 14, 2020

On the Harbor: Experience our bay on a Duffy


This week, I spent a lot of time shuttling Duffy electric boats to and from the shipyard for prospective buyers to complete their inspection process before they purchase a boat. The Duffy market has exploded this year with the demand reaching new heights. From what I am hearing, this is true across the board in the marine boating market. Similarities are also heard from the recreational vehicles market. I am a superstitious man so the less I say about the increased activity the better.

Let’s just say if you are considering moving to a brand new Duffy and selling the boat you already have, there has never been a better time. I sound like a salesman right, yet it is true. In the meantime, let me take you back to some of my fondest memories aboard an electric boat.

While on the harbor, during these warm summer days, I thought back to all the good times I have had while cruising the harbor.

As a college student, I recalled all the Friday nights we found a place to park the boat in the Rhine Channel, starting our night at Snug Harbor, and working our way down the channel to Woody’s Wharf.

Quite often, we would meet some new friends and introduce them to the harbor by returning to the Duffy and continuing to cruise down the peninsula, frequently stopping by the yacht clubs and other favorite restaurants to use their facilities and partake in the local nightlife.

Favorite stops along the route included the Studio Cafe, which we referred to as the “Who Do You Know.” Then we stopped off at Dillman’s, Class of ‘47, and the Balboa Saloon before returning to the boat, many times with new crew members.

On numerous occasions, many of our new crew had never experienced the harbor aboard a Duffy.

As proper gentlemen and yachtsmen, we could not comprehend how anyone could miss out on experiencing our harbor at night, with the moon, stars and lights reflecting off the rippling water. In the late summer months, during a red tide, the bright, glowing bioluminescence in the water was more entertaining than the laserium.

Staying on course, we would then cruise down to the east end of the harbor and visit the two Corona del Mar yacht clubs before stopping on Balboa Island at the Village Inn. Many times, our visits were short, because it was more fun to be on the harbor rather than in a crowded restaurant.

Other frequent stops were the lighthouse beach on Harbor Island, the different water slides around the harbor, or a climb up on one of the fiberglass whales in Newport Dunes. If the water was still warm and the tide high, there was the occasional thought of jumping off one of the harbor bridges before returning to our starting waypoint.

On one of these summer nights, there was one crew member who grabbed my complete attention. Our first date was a Duffy cruise, just the two of us, and a stop for dinner at George’s Camelot in Lido Village. While leaving the restaurant, when rounding Z mark and heading under the Lido Isle bridge, I asked if it would be okay to kiss her. Two years later in the same location, where we jumped off a bridge together and had our first kiss, I asked her to marry me.

Now, 20 years later, I and that same crew member, now promoted to the first mate, along with our teenage deck hand, take Duffy harbor cruises together. Our deck hand has heard the story before and is uninterested each time we reminisce about all of our good times together. The stops along the route are less frequent and the nights much shorter. What has not changed is the beauty of our harbor and how my first mate looks at me each time we pass under the Lido bridge.

If you have never taken a Duffy electric boat cruise around our harbor, I highly recommend it. The truly priceless time on the water with your high school friends or your grandchildren will be cherished throughout your lifetime.

There are many places to rent a Duffy for the night – from the Duffy rentals on Pacific Coast Highway, the Irvine Company, Marina Boat Rentals at the Balboa Fun Zone and Windward Sailing Club.

If you are considering a new Duffy, just stop by the Duffy showroom and ask for Matt or Jim. No high-pressure sales from this team; they just want to make sure you enjoy your harbor experience.

Should you wish to look over what the brokerage Duffys have been selling for, please visit my blog site at

Sea ya.


Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for Stu News Newport

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

On the Harbor: The Flight of Newport

Sunday, July 17 was the start of the 85th Flight of Newport Beach. I am sure there are many readers who remember this race as the Flight of the Lasers, Kites or Snowbirds over the years.
Five years ago, I interviewed Seymour Beek, who referred to the race as “The Flight,” because over the years, the race has been sailed in the Snowbirds from 1948 to 1970, Kites 1972 to 1973 and now Lasers from 1975 to the present. The Laser also happens to be an Olympic-class boat. Over the last four years, the Harbor 20 fleet has joined the Lasers to compete in separate classes for the Flight of Newport Beach.
In 1954, Tom O’Keefe won The Flight and I had a chance to talk to him over the phone. “At that time, The Flight was the largest one-design race in the world. I recall once I got into the lead, there was a newsreel boat filming the race and it later played in the theaters. I also remember all the powerboats in the bay blowing their horns at the finish line when I won the race. It was a big deal at that time,” O’Keefe said.
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He also recalled a story about a competitor whose boat did not measure into the rules and this person had won several different regattas that summer. There was someone who took offense to this competitor and swam from Balboa Island and tipped the boat over just before the start of the race. O’Keefe remembers the harbor department following the swimmer back to the beach he had come from. “I still have the silver-plated bowl I won as the take-home trophy that year. I will always remember all those boats,” O’Keefe said.
This year, I checked in with Alex Curtiss who had just won his third consecutive Flight. Over the last two years, Curtiss has won the H20 Flight, and the year preceding that, he won the Laser Flight – one of only two people who have won both classes. Curtiss has sailed with Robert Kinney in both of his H20 victories and shared his race with me. “After a slow start, we round the first mark in 8th place, then while sailing up the Lido Channel towards Z mark we made our gains and took the lead. The top three boats round the last mark very close together. It was Jungle Ball all the way to the finish,” Curtiss said. Brian Bissell had rounded the last mark in second followed closely by Jon Pinckney. The term Jungle Ball means throwing the lead around in any direction with the wind shifting to the left. Team Curtiss/Kinney took the checkered flag while Team Pinkney finished in second and team Bissell placed third.
Team Curtiss/Kinney

Five years ago I talked with Jon Pickney, who has won The Flight more than anyone else with seven wins. He is now up to eight Flight wins by winning the first Harbor 20 flight in 2017. Since he only finished in second this year, by a couple of boat lengths, I thought it would interesting to talk to his son, Morgan Pickney, who at the age of 15 had just won his first Flight of Newport, sailing a Laser. Morgan had a difficult start and felt he was in 15th place coming off the starting line. Keeping his composure and reviewing his observations, he continued on a port tack after mark “1” heading toward Bayshores. “I had noticed the marine layer had been burning off and expected the right shift to be coming in sometime soon. As predicted, the shift came at the opportune time for me and I took the lead going to the second mark of the race,” Morgan said.
I enjoyed talking to Morgan because the amount of information he described while sailing the course was intriguing. Another thing that I appreciated was he expressed an interest in all the names on the trophy and truly took in the history of The Flight of Newport. With my awareness decreasing with age, the task of finishing ahead of any of the Pickneys seems to be a difficult task.
Buddy Richley

I also had a chance to talk with Buddy Richley who finished second in this year’s Lasers fleet. “I had a good start that went as planned, maybe too good. I rounded the first mark with a good lead and decided to cover who was in second place and tacked onto starboard shortly after rounding the first mark. As I approached the NHYC moorings and tacked onto port, there was some kid hooked into this huge right shift and was gone. While working my way up towards Z mark there were a couple of left shifts, so I thought I had a chance to regain the lead, yet I still had to fight to keep my second place with the competitor behind me. Downwind the kid sailed’s good to be young,” Richley said. I then told Richley that was a Pickney and he replied, “Pickney, that figures!” I could hear his sigh through the phone, “You mean Morgan Pickney?” Richley has placed 2nd twice in the Flight and 3rd and 5th over the years. He then asked me if I knew of any good H20s for sale.
With the Flight of Newport now completed, it appears we are on the final leg of summer sailing and I am extraordinarily appreciative of our harbor and how we all can still compete and abide by practicing proper social distancing.
Sea ya!

Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for Stu News Newport.

Friday, July 17, 2020

On the Harbor: Harbor Commission’s Paul Blank watch is completed.

Because of the virus, I stayed away from June’s Harbor Commission meeting. This was a big mistake on my part, because a good friend of mine was terming out of his seat on the Harbor Commission after eight years.
Flashback! I wrote on June 26, 2012 the City Council selected Paul Blank as the new harbor commissioner, who will be filling “Duffy” Duffield’s topsiders. He’s very responsive, truly loves our harbor, and will make a great harbor commissioner. I first noticed Paul back in 1985, when he was sailing for UCLA and I was coaching the Orange Coast College sailing team. It was the last event of the season, and we were trying to qualify for the Pacific Coast Championships when Nick Scandone (sailing for OCC) told me he could win this event if he could stay in front of Paul.
At this month’s meeting while the commissioners were reassigning objectives, Commissioner Cunningham said, “Looks like we have to fill in all the Blanks.” That pretty much describes it. Over his eight years, Paul took on more than his share of objectives and has been one of the very few commissioners who completed their tasks. Now, please don’t take me wrong. We all understand that government moves at the same speed as a Duffy with 10-year-old batteries. Yet Blank was able to accomplish many of his assigned tasks.
I am going to go out on a limb and try to remember them all. The first that comes to mind is the public docks. Blank presented a lengthy report on the size range of boats that needed dock space and then applied this information toward the best use of the public docks. He also worked with staff on maintaining the docks, as well as creating new ones. One of the best ideas that Paul implemented was the meeting/harbor tour on the Balboa Ferry reviewing the commissioner’s objectives. He was also very involved with giving permitted harbor users the ability to exceed the speed limit. For example, sailboat races and crew races. This was a very time-consuming permit that involved several government agencies. He spent hours updating Title 17 of the City’s Municipal Codes and was extremely receptive to many of the different harbor users’ needs.
Paul has worked diligently on long-range planning and public outreach. I recall personally meeting him at least four times with many quick responses to my phone calls and emails. Over the last 12 years as the harbor reporter, no one has run a better meeting than Paul while serving as the chairman. His attendance, percentage-wise, matched Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played. Let us just say there are very few people who love and care for our harbor as much as Paul Blank does, and to that I give him a “Well Done.”
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While attending July’s Harbor Commission meeting, I learned that dredging will start this fall in the harbor entrance with most of the sediment being placed along our beaches out about a half mile. The last channel dredging took place in 2003. This project will include rebuilding the boardwalk on the east jetty by raising the wall and widening it. The funding was acquired from the Army Corps of Engineers for stage 1 of the low bay dredging project. Council members, staff and harbor commissioners are all working hard to find the big pot of gold to complete the low bay dredging.
If I heard it right, progress has been made to open the proposed second anchorage in the turning basin off Lido Village. The last update I had was that a new Coast Guard Commander gave it the thumbs down along with changing those three remaining channel markers made of telephone poles that many people still run into. City Harbormaster Kurt Borsting has made contact with the Commander and reports a promising line of communication.
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We had two big sailing events this past weekend with 64 boats attending the Lido Isle Midsummer Jr. Sabot Regatta. The top three finishers in division C3 was Caitie Karle from Long Beach Yacht Club in 3rd; was Olivia Corbin from BCYC in 2nd, and the person taking home the big pickle dish was Mesa Uliasz from BCYC. In Sabot C2’s, it was all Jack Bengfort from, in 2nd was Sophia Corzine from LBYC and in 3rd Kathleen Keller from NHYC. Next in Sabots C1 we had Zarrin Harvey in third from BCYC, Matt Andrews from NHYC and Victoria Messano from LBYC bringing home the gold jersey. In Sabots A/B BCYC Isaac Stone stole the show with six 1st place finishes out of nine races, in second was Caleb Everett from BCYC, and in third was Walter McFarland from LBYC. 
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NHYC revived its Club Championships with a marathon event over three days. The first two days was a Harbor 20 2v2 Team Race followed by a fleet race with two divisions of Harbor 20’s and One division of Lehman 12’s. I was helping out with mark set on Saturday and Sunday and the competition was intense, to say the least. In the Harbor 20 fleet racing it had 14 boats in two divisions. With three fleet champions and eight Newport Beach Hall of Fame sailors, there was no room for blunders. I am not clear on how the scoring worked, but the turnout was amazing.
Alex/Jake/Doug/Robert/Carolyn/Clare - 67 points
Jon/Gale/Brian/Perry/Michael/ Lauren - 74 points
Justin/Andrew/Bill/Maddie/Bob/Haley - 82 points
Sea ya!