Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Newport Beach High Point Series Scorecard



The first race of the Newport High Point Series was the American Legions Yacht Clubs Mid-Winter Regatta. The Richley family aboard the Choate 48 Amante sail the best out of the gates this season. Who can catch them?

                   Midwinters

Amante              12 Points

Linstar                11

Viloletta              10

RD                       9

Kite 35                 8

Legacy                  7

Sting                      6

Cirrus                   5

Tango                   4

Flaca                    3

Arrow                  2

Lickity Split         1




       2nd Place Linstar









                                         3rd place Violetta



Next High Point race is Balboa Yacht Clubs 66 Regatta on April 18 & 19 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Harbor Report: Rowing coach put the 'sea' in OCC

DAVID A. GRANT, PRESIDENT EMERITUS,
ORANGE COAST COLLEGE



By Len Bose
February 20, 2015 | 5:34 p.m.

Between 1983 and 1985, I was at the Orange Coast College sailing center almost every day as a member of the OCC sailing team and then one year as coach. During this time, I met people like Jim Jorgensen, Brad Avery and Dave Grant.
At that time, Grant was the dean of students and the head rowing coach at OCC. It did not take much in the way of observation skills to quickly notice that Grant was the big man on campus. One thing I recall about Grant is that he was always a busy guy, and each day, you were greeted by him with a heartfelt hello and a laugh.
Jump forward some 30 years, and Grant has since retired from OCC. But I still get a very warm welcome and a laugh every time I run into him around the harbor.
Grant was born in Los Angeles, and his parents lived in Alhambra. In 1947, after the war, when his father got out of the Navy, the family moved to Costa Mesa.
"Dad did not want to live in the city, so he purchased 5 acres of land in Costa Mesa so that my sister could have horses and I could have dogs," he said.
Grant explained how he enjoyed exploring the bay, duck-shooting and water skiing.
"Kids used to sail their sabots around the bay and explore Shark Island, now called Linda Isle," he said. "We would fish for crawdads. It was pretty wild, and we thought that it would go on forever."

About that time, his father purchased a 24-foot sailboat with an outboard on the back, and the family would sail around the harbor and up and down the coast.
"Going out to the bell buoy was the most exciting thing in the world, and we would look down into the deep blue water and wonder how deep it was there," he explained.
Grant then went on to Newport Harbor High School, OCC and UCLA. At this time in his life, he had rowed a little at OCC and some at UCLA when one day the phone rang and Basil Peterson, then president of OCC, was on the line. He asked Grant if he would be interested in a one-year assignment teaching American history and invited him to his office to discuss the assignment.
During the interview, Peterson hardly looked up from his desk as he explained the one-year assignment. "One more thing — the crew is a mess. Go straighten it out," Peterson said as Grant was leaving the office.
Grant explained that he knew very little about crew, and, without even looking up from his desk, Peterson said, "I am sure you will figure it out."
Later, while Grant was thinking of his new assignment, he happened to see a copy of Sports Illustrated with Harry Parker, the new head coach of the Harvard varsity rowing team, on the cover. Grant picked up pen and paper and wrote to Parker, asking him for his help.
Parker accepted — and invited Grant to spend a week with him.
"I really learned rowing from the best coach in the world," Grant said. "He was fabulous, and he was my mentor through it all." This turned out to be a long-lasting friendship, and OCC extended Grant's assignment.
I asked Grant about some of his favorite moments as the OCC crew coach. He reflected back to 1968, beating Washington State University in the state of Washington. "Back then, that was like beating the UCLA basketball team at home," he said.
I could almost see the smile on his face over the phone while he described to me the team's trip to China in 1968 to compete in a rowing regatta. Grant was also invited back to China the following years as a coach. Grant noted that the team had been invited 10 times to the Henley Royal Regatta in England.
I asked him about the hard part of being the crew coach. ""Every year we would have great kids, fantastic kids that were under 6 feet tall try out for the team," he responded. "The odds of these kids making a boat was very remote, and telling them this was one of my hardest things I had to do as a coach."

I knew Grant has a great passion for the sea and plenty of sea stories. Here is one he told me: In 1972, during a six-month sabbatical, Grant and three of his closest friends purchased a Cal 28 by the name of Passages and sailed to Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji and New Caledonia, retracing some of the routes of Capt. James Cook.
"Well, I never told the crew how often I dropped the sextant, which always made for excitement during our expected landfalls," he said.
Another time he and the OCC sailing director, Avery, were making plans for the college's 65-foot sloop Alaska Eagle to sail in the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race.
"The fire was blazing with my dog at our feet," he said. "It was warm in my living room and very comfortable. Then fast forward into the race, and everyone on the boat was seasick except Avery and I while we smashed into these huge seas with water going over our heads constantly. Avery and I had three-hour watches on the wheel, and while Avery was coming onto watch, he looked through the boat's port light and asked me to tell the story again about the fire and what a great idea this race was."
Grant was inducted into the Intercollegiate Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1975, becoming only the sixth West Coast mariner to be given that prestigious honor. He even found time in 1989 to climb the 19,240-summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.
I wanted a list of Dave Grant maxims.
He laughed and answered: "Regarding what to do when you lose, you can be disappointed but not discouraged, and as a coach, I would say, 'I never give up until you give up.' To a sailor, I would say, 'A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.' This would always remind me to go to sea. There has been many times when I have used the quote from Cecil Rhodes, 'So little time, so much to do.' We have a lifetime to do these things, and we are crazy not to do them."
We then talked about some of the changes he experienced in the harbor. He mentioned "the loss of the big sailing vessels in front of the Stuft Shirt, which is now called A'marree's. It was always a sight to see the Goodwill, a 161-foot schooner, sail in front of the sea base. I also have a concern that the harbor is so built up now that kids have lost the chance for adventure around the harbor."
When I asked him if he had any concerns around the harbor, Grant explained, "The harbor distinguishes us from most other cities. We have a harbor and we don't take very good care of it. Why don't we put huge amounts of money into cleaning things, making sure the catch basin running through the Back Bay is maintained and improved? We have a fabulous resort, and we don't take very good care of it. If the city would put some money into it, it would be money very well spent."
At the end of my interview, Grant pretty much summed it up in one short comment: "We are very lucky to be here."
I have much more biographical information and notes regarding Grant on my blog site at lenboseyachts.blogspot.com. I have to tell ya, I learned a lot on this one.
Sea ya.

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





Notes:

                                       BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
                                                                  
                                    DAVID A. GRANT, PRESIDENT EMERITUS,
                                                  ORANGE COAST COLLEGE

David A. Grant: Administrator at Orange Coast College for 34 years.  He was named the College’s president in August 1989. He served in that position until 1997.
Dave was born in Southern California and grew up in the Harbor area.  He graduated from Newport Harbor High School and Orange Coast College.  He received his BA in political science at UCLA and his MA in American history from Cal State University, Long Beach.  He also did post-graduate work at Stanford, University of Stockholm and University of Oslo. 
 In 1963 Dave was selected to be an OCC history instructor and head rowing coach.  He served as Assistant Dean of Students from 64-1974 and as the Dean of Students from 1975-1986.  He then served as Director of Marine Programs, Facilities and Services for OCC for three years prior to being named as OCC’s College President.
As College President, Dave was intensely involved in all its operations, raising substantial amounts of money from the outside for College needs: The remodel of the Robert B. Moore Theatre, the Student Center and the new Harry and Grace Steele Children’s Center.  He championed the new Technology Center and set up the College’s first High Technology Group to keep the campus up to speed in technology.    He encouraged a now flourishing international students program, inaugurated an Honors Program for those students who wanted a particularly rigorous challenge, established a Transfer Opportunity Center and a Puente Program aimed at assisting Hispanic students as well as a Re-Entry Center, geared to help women returning to higher education.  He put the College first in the state with a Skills Guarantee Program, which guarantees the quality of OCC graduates to employers.
Dave selected more than 80 full-time new faculty members, revitalizing many academic divisions.During his tenure as President of the College,  he also taught a class five days a week from 6 am to 8 am each morning.
 For all those reasons, he was honored by the Governor of California and the California State Legislature.
 The OCC President was inducted into the Intercollegiate Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis, Maryland in 1975 becoming only the sixth West Coast mariner to be given that prestigious honor. 
 During a 1972 sabbatical leave, Dave sailed a 28-sloop to Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji and New Caledonia, retracing some of the routes of Capt. James Cook.  He has sailed extensively in New Zealand and Australia, having competed in the Sydney-Hobart yacht race several times, circumnavigated NZ’s South Island aboard the College’s sloop Alaska Eagle as well as sailing with that vessel in the Society Islands and through much of Northern Europe.  He has also sailed amongst the Galapagos Islands and competed in several TransPacific  and Mexican yacht races.  He has sailed through the Straits of Magellan and was a member of an expedition to South Georgia Island, east of Cape Horn.
 In 1989, he climbed with a team to the 19,240 ft. summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. 
 Dave has been coaching rowing at Orange Coast for most of his adult life, fitting in those early morning hours 6am to 8am before his “real job” on campus.  During his tenure, the Pirates have become a formidable rowing power in the US.  His crews have won numerous championships and have competed many times at the Henley Royal Regatta in England.  OCC was the first American college crew to be invited to race in the People’s Republic of China which they did in 1985. He also coached rowing for elite Chinese oarsmen for a summer in Shanghai.   He served as Assistant Rowing Coach for the United States for the 1984 Olympic Games.  Twice he has been featured in the nation’s premier sports magazine, Sports Illustrated.
 He has been a significant fundraiser for the College, having just chaired the committee that raised $substantial funds for the addition to the College’s School of Sailing and Seamanship.
He was a leader in establishing the Newport Aquatic Center and served on its Board of Directors for 10 years, and as its president for four years.  He has been a member of the Orange Coast College Foundation Board since 1989 and was a key member of the team that successfully passed a major bond issue for the Coast Community College Dist. The OCC Collegiate Rowing Center is named for Dave.
 He served on the Board of Trustees of the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum including a two year term as the President of the Board. At the Nautical Museum he has been a frequent lecturer on historical maritime adventures.
 He is a member of Newport Harbor Yacht Club, the Cruising Club of America and the Leander Club at Henley on-Thames,  England.   He was recently the Chairman of the Orange Coast College Foundation Board of Directors as well as President of the Friends of the OCC Library.  He was also elected to the public office of Trustee of the Coast Community College District for a second four year term.





OCC'S DAVE GRANT IS INDUCTED INTO PRESTIGIOUS LEANDER ROWING CLUB
Thursday, July 11, 2002

Retired Orange Coast College president David A. Grant, who recently completed his 38th and final season as the college's head crew coach, has been inducted into the prestigious Leander Club, located in Henley-on-Thames, England. 
Grant returned this week (July 9) from England where his OCC crew reached the second round of the Henley Royal Regatta competition. After beating the University of Bristol, England by four lengths in the opening round, the Pirates lost to Queen's University of Belfast by two lengths in the second race. 
The Pirates competed in Henley's Temple Challenge Cup division. 
Grant, 63, has taken his OCC crews to the Henley Royal Regatta on 10 occasions in 38 years. He joined Orange Coast College's faculty in 1963, and served as OCC president from 1989-95. He took three years off as crew coach while serving as president. 
Though he retired from the college in 1995, Grant continued to coach OCC's crew. 
Founded in 1818, the Leander Club is the world's oldest and most renowned rowing club. It is headquartered in a building located next to the Henley Bridge, situated at the finish line of Henley's famous rowing course. 
Leander's membership, which stands at 3,000, comprises distinguished past and present British and overseas oarsmen and oarswomen, together with those who've given special service to the sport of rowing. 
Earlier this spring, OCC's beautiful boathouse on North Lido Channel in Newport Beach was named in Grant's honor. The boathouse is now called the David A. Grant Collegiate Rowing Center. 
Grant served as OCC's assistant dean of students from 1964 through 1974, and was dean of students from 1976 through 1986. He was director of marine programs, facilities and services from 1986 through 1989. He became OCC's sixth president in '89.

Grant was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 1975. He was only the sixth West Coast mariner to be given that prestigious honor. He was an assistant U.S. Olympic crew coach for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. 
During his 38 seasons as OCC's head crew coach, Grant's Pirates became one of the most formidable collegiate rowing powers in the nation. They won more than 80 percent of their races -- against the likes of such collegiate heavyweights as UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Harvard and Pennsylvania. 
Grant's OCC crews have competed in international regattas in England, Ireland and Canada. In 1984, his Orange Coast squad became the first Western crew ever to row in the People's Republic of China. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Harbor Report: The man who monitors the moorings

Deputy Sean Scoles of the Newport Beach Harbor Patrol

By Len Bose
February 13, 2015 | 4:17 p.m.

This week, I had a chance to catch up with Deputy Sean Scoles of the Newport Beach Harbor Patrol. Scoles' duties included monitoring the mooring fields, keeping the moorings' maintenance schedule, contacting derelict boat owners, maintaining a mooring waiting list and anything mooring-related.
This has been the third year that Scoles has given me time to interview him, and we started again with the definition of a derelict boat. He reminded me that boats that are not operational, take on water and are in disrepair all fit into the Harbor Patrol's definition of a derelict boat.
"Just because a boat is ugly does not mean it is derelict," Scoles said. He indicated that there are about five to 10 derelict boats, on offshore moorings, in the harbor at this time. "We are doing our best to contact these owners and working with them to solve the problem," Scoles explained.
Please take note that mooring permit holders no longer have to keep a boat on their moorings. This can be part of the reason we see so many open moorings in the harbor at this time. If you do happen to own a boat that is in danger of becoming a derelict, your best option is to bite the bullet and pay a salvage company to dispose of your vessel.
You should also note that the city of Newport Beach has been awarded a grant from the state referred to as the Vessel Turn In Program (VTIP). This could be one of your best options to solve your problem. Stay tuned for more details on this very important topic.
We then reviewed our mooring waiting list policy. The last time I checked, there were 250 people on the list. Every two years, the people on the list have to respond to a letter that they still have interest in obtaining a mooring. If they do not respond, they are off the list. It is the responsibility of everyone on the waiting list to update his or her phone number or home address.
Next, we talked about guest slips and guest moorings. "Just come to the dock with your boat and bring a photo ID, CF registration and/or Coast Guard documentation with you up to the office, and we will collect the fees and you are on your way," Scoles said.
If you would like to anchor in the designated anchorage area, you just need to drop anchor and can stay for five days in a 30-day period. If you would like to raft up with two or more vessels, you can obtain a marine event application online on the harbor department's website.
Scoles went on to tell me that the best way for the public to help the Harbor Patrol is to contact it at (949) 723-1002 should you see anything out of the ordinary or have a noise complaint. "It's a big harbor, and the more eyes we have, the better," he said.
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I was pleasantly surprised to see that 50 people attended this month's Harbor Commission meeting. On the agenda was the Mooring Review/Ad Hoc Committee Formation to examine the current administration of the moorings and to make recommendations to the Harbor Commission, which would then forward those recommendations to the City Council for consideration.
The good news is that Councilman Duffy Duffield was in attendance and spoke to the audience. "We can make this thing work." he explained. He reminded the crowd that now is the time to take part in the system, attend the public meeting over the next couple of months and bring forward a recommendation that the council can pass.
That's the good news; the bad news is that most of the Harbor Commission had to recuse themselves because they are mooring permit holders, belong to a yacht club with moorings or have a possible conflict of interest.
This left Commissioners David Girling, Duncan McIntosh and Joe Stapleton with the whole kit and caboodle. Who really knows what caboodle means, but there was a whole bunch of it dropped on their laps. To make a quorum, the subcommittee needed another commissioner, and by a draw of cards, Brad Avery was selected to vote on the subcommittee recommendation only and not to take part in the subcommittee meetings.
Most everyone attending the meeting who replied to public comments requested the ability to transfer their permits again rather than surrender them back to the city, which is due to take effect in the near future. This will be a huge topic of interest that I will report on over the next couple of months.
Sea ya.

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

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Invictus due into Newport Beach Friday the 13th

The 216-foot mega-yacht Invictus
Invictus is due into town on Friday the 13th between 2 & 3 PM.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

MOORING? Tonights Harbor Commission Agenda Meeting starts at 6:30.

Cheyenne



(6)
CURRENT BUSINESS

1.Mooring Review – Ad Hoc Committee Formation
At the January 27, 2015 City Council Study Session, staff presented a recap of the recent changes to the City’s administration of the moorings, as well as the residential and commercial piers in the harbor. As a result, the City Council directed the Harbor Commission to study the moorings, and to return to the City Council with a recommended path forward.

Recommendation:

1) Establish a Mooring Ad Hoc Committee to evaluate the City’s current administration of the moorings, and to make recommendations to the Harbor Commission who would then forward those recommendations to the Council for consideration. 
2.Harbor Commission Pairings with the City Council and Other Commissions, Boards and Committees
Each year, the Harbor Commission typically assigns individual Commissioners to pair with individual Council Members in an effort to promote awareness of the various issues that might affect both bodies, particularly harbor related items. In addition, the Harbor Commission may also consider assigning individual Commissioners as liaisons to other Commissions, Boards and Committees within the City.

Recommendation:

1) Approve the Harbor Commission’s pairing assignments with the City Council; and

2) Approve the Harbor Commission’s pairing assignments with other City Commissions, Boards and Committees, if desired. 
3.Cheyenne 30-Day Update (February)
Per the Harbor Commission’s direction at the November 2014 meeting, the Commission will review the 30-day update for the vessel Cheyenne as submitted by Mr. Chris Welsh.

Recommendation:

1) Receive and file 

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The Harbor Report: A solid score for this harbor supporter


                                              NHYC  Racing Director Jenn Lancaster

By Len Bose
February 6, 2015 | 2:39 p.m.

Twelve years ago, Jenn Lancaster left her teaching job, packed up her car and moved to California from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Fortunately for every sailor in Newport Beach, Lancaster became the Newport Harbor Yacht Club's racing director.
Lancaster was born in San Diego into a military family and moved around the country before settling in New Hampshire. One spring, her father allowed a team from the US Naval Academy to stay at their home during a sailing regatta. Lancaster noticed their sailing team's jackets and decided she wanted one.
She then followed the team members down to the dock, where she first noticed the University of New Hampshire sailing team.

"From that moment, I was hooked and never missed a practice," she said with great fondness. She started racing competitively at age 18, which led her to this job.
Today, Lancaster spends her days writing all the notices of races, sailing instructions and race results and doing all the logistics involved in running the different sailing events for the NHYC. When I asked her what her favorite part of her job is, she said scoring.
"People are always so eager to see how their hard work has translated to the results on a piece of paper, particularly the kids," Lancaster said.
That's when I reminded her that, most of the time, I am not that happy with my results. She quickly reminded me that not everyone has to win a trophy to be happy. Some people are happy to beat their rival or friends or just not come in last.
"I really do love the kids events," Lancaster went on to say. "I love their faces and to listen to them singing to themselves when sailing their sabots. That's when I really enjoy my job the most."
Then there are the days when she has talked on the phone with America's Cup winner Dennis Conner and other famous sailing personalities like Paul Cayard regarding the event NHYC is hosting that weekend. Or she has spoken with the sabot parent who wants to know when his or her kid will be off the water that day.
"Knowing every little aspect of the sport is pretty fun and pretty cool," she said with great pride in her work.
I asked about some of the recent changes over her tenure that have affected race management.
"The sport has become more complex, and people are spending a lot more money," she said. "Because they are spending more money, the participants are expecting better race management. We are stewards to people's recreation time, and we need to put in just as much effort as the participants. We are all out there to have a great day on the water."
She went on to explain how much time is saved with online race registration and entry fees.
The sailing season has already started for Lancaster. NHYC is hosting the Islands Race, which goes around Catalina and San Clemente islands and finishes in San Diego, and this year's Cabo race, both in March.
I had to ask what she does on her day off. "I like walking, reading, and I really enjoy cooking," she said. "In fact, I have been spending a lot of time learning vegetarian recipes recently."
We then discussed the communication line in our harbor among the different stakeholders — for example, the charter boat captains, Orange Coast College crew and Newport Aquatic Center.
"Chris Miller and, this last year, Chandler Bell with the Chamber of Commerce have done an outstanding job putting on the Sailing/Charter Coordination meeting each year, where all the harbor stakeholders have a chance to meet each other in person and make arrangements to talk on the VHF radio together the day of large events," she said.
I asked her how the race participants can help her with her job.
"Everyone has always been very kind to me," she said. "I have to dig deep for this. One way that participants can help would be not to press it too hard with the charter boats or the Duffy rentals." I laughed and told her that I needed that extra two feet when maneuvering around these boats to win the race. At the same time, I realized how wrong I have been for so many reasons over the years.
Lancaster is a good-hearted person who has become an integral part of this harbor's history. It's too bad that the Daily Pilot has not continued its Hall of Fame for our harbor, because Lancaster has earned a spot on the wall.
Sea ya.

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

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Harbor Report: Mariners Mile still nearing finish line



The 216-foot mega-yacht Invictus

By Len Bose
January 30, 2015 | 5:35 p.m.

As I traveled around the harbor this week, the first question that came to mind was, when will the construction along Mariners Mile on Pacific Coast Highway be completed?
I picked up the phone and called Mary Locey, the city of Newport Beach's information specialist. Locey informed me this is a Orange County Sanitation District project and that it is scheduled to be completed by the end of May. I have to assume that most of you will prefer things getting back to normal sooner rather than later.
Speaking of getting things back to normal, did you get a chance to read Hannah Fry's story in the Daily Pilot on Jan. 27 regarding possible lower dock fees and how the Harbor Commission will review the current fees for onshore and offshore moorings? If this topic is of interest to you, make sure you look it up at dailypilot.com.
My first thought regarding reducing tideland permit fees is of a dog chasing its tail. I am in favor of this idea, as I am sure most of the bayfront homeowners are. The devil is always in the details and whether the city, as the state's steward of the tidelands, can decrease dock fees for residential pier owners without reviewing the many other factions of the tidelands permit holders.
Regarding the Harbor Commission reviewing the current fees for mooring permit holders, my concern is from the last time the Harbor Commission and the Newport Mooring Assn. worked together and their recommendations were received and filed. Kind of like a dog getting their nose rubbed in it after doing something bad in the house. I do not see history repeating itself with this City Council, although I feel many of the people who helped last time are still shaking their heads from past lessons learned.
With reference to lessons learned, the 216-foot mega-yacht Invictus will return to the turning basin in front of Lido Village, slated for Feb. 13 to 15 and Feb. 20 to 22. I enjoyed seeing her here last year and have always dreamed about selling a vessel like this someday. I know of a couple of good friends of mine who are not very keen on this news, and I will need to check up with them after the Invictus visits this year. One thing I will keep my eye open for is the Invictus coming down the harbor while I race my Harbor 20 during this year's mid-winter regatta scheduled for Feb. 21 to 22.
I am also keeping my eye on Feb. 28 for the Coastal Safety at Sea Seminar at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.
The event will be presented by US Sailing. It is specifically designed for inland and coastal racers and cruisers. The material applies to power- and sail-boaters. Skippers and crew should attend (particularly husband and wife). The topics will include personal safety gear, man overboard, emergency communication, search and rescue, and more. Bruce Brown is the authorized US Sailing moderator and delivers a very informative seminar. I attended his Offshore seminar last weekend and came home with two pages of notes. I strongly recommend you attend this event to start this year's boating season. If you would like to compare notes with me, just send me an email or give me a call.
This week, I also noticed about three of our larger charter boats are not in town. I have to assume they are out for annual maintenance, and this is their slow season. Things look to be busy in our local shipyards this time of year, and for the first time in a long time, I noticed a marina taking down a "slips available" sign.
As we approach the start of spring, I thought I would update you on who is leading the Newport Harbor Yacht Club's Harbor 20 winter sailing series. In the Harbor 20 C fleet, Porter Killian has a good lead over Phil Crosby. In B fleet, Team Whitney has a one-point lead over Team Reed. This one looks like it will come down to the last race. Three points are the difference between first place and third in A fleet. Mark Conzelman is in third with 33 points, followed by Anne and Kurt Wiese with 31 points, and in first place are Karen and Gary Thorne. The last race of the series is scheduled for Feb. 8. Let's hope we have some breeze this month.
Sea ya.


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

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