Friday, September 14, 2018

On the Harbor: Wrapping up summer and moving into fall sailing – lots to look forward to

Photo taken during this years summer fires
September brings less daylight to our harbor, yet the harbor always comes to a boil this time of year as the Harbor 20 fleet 1 championships make landfall on October 6 and 7. Leading up to the main event – BCYC Club Championships are on September 16 and on September 22 is The Harbor 20 Tune up Regatta. The following weekend is the Harbor 20 Fall One Design Regatta on September 30 at NHYC.
What does this mean to you, the average harbor user? Not a darn thing. For us Harbor 20 sailors, it means we have checked all our lines for chaff and all shackle pins and ring-a-dings have been taped and checked. We break out our “freshies” – new sails – and call our divers three times to make sure they don’t miss a spot on the bottom of the boat. Protest flags are pulled out from the bottom of the boat to make them more accessible and all the participants turn their hats around and put on their game faces

September brings less daylight to our harbor yet the harbor always comes to a boil this time of year as the Harbor 20 fleet 1 championships makes landfall on October 6th & 7th. Leading up to the main event is BCYC Club Championships on September 16th and on September 22nd is The Harbor 20 Tune up Regatta. The following weekend is the Harbor 20 Fall One Design Regatta on September 30th at NHYC.

What does this mean to you the average harbor user, not a darn thing. For us Harbor 20 sailors it means we have checked all our lines for chaff, all shackles pins and ring-a-dings have been taped and checked. We break out our “freshies”, new sails, and call our divers three times and to make sure they do not miss a spot on the bottom of the boat. Protest flags are pulled out from the bottom of the boat to make them more accessible and all the participants turn their hats around and put on their game faces.

It is to early to predict who are the top contenders because registration has not opened up yet for the main event. To get a better idea on who has been on their game I will review this past summers twilight scores. For the Harbor 20’s the main two summer series are BCYC Taco Tuesdays and NHYC Twilights. Both series had over forty entries and over sixty races combined between the two of them.

Top finishers in the BCYC Taco Tuesdays where, in C Fkeet, Kathy Sangster finishing in 3rd aboard Dragon Lady, Dick Somers in 2nd sailing Stop Making Sense and Bob “Barbecue” McDonald taking home the pickle dish aboard Undecided. In B fleet it was all PJ Kohl sailing
A Tack Dragon sailing to first place. In second was Debra Haynes aboard Spirit and in third was Cole Pomeroy sailing A Salt & Battery. Over in A Fleet David Camerini took home the third place trophy, my wife Jennifer and I received the second place award with our boat Only Child and this years A fleet and overall winner was Mark Conzelman sailing Shana’s Secret.

At NHYC Twilght Series runs over a three month time span with awards handed out each month. Top finisher in C Fleet was Dick Somers taking a clean sweep across the boarding first place. In B fleet Peter Stemler won June, Jay Swigart sailing Holy Sheet won the July series and Mike Kohl was victories in the August series. In A Fleet Chris Allen won the month of June sailing Zephr, in July it was Bill Menninger aboard his red boat Dart and in August  it was Perry and Brian Bissell sailing Bluebird into the top spot.

For the most part this summer was sailed in light breeze of under eight knots with only three races when we had evenings of breeze over ten knots. Another great summer on our harbor is complete as we take off the gloves and kick it up a notch.

The best big boat racing is on Tuesdays nights again BCYC Taco Tuesdays and on Thursday nights Beercans sailed out of BYC. Taco Tuesdays had twenty-three entries and sixteen races with Jim O Conner sailing Celia to first place in C Fleet. Steve Fink sailed to first place in B fleet and Rhonda Tolar took home the Leopard’s skin in A Fleet sailing Wild Thing. Over at BYC Beercans had over thirty skippers sign up in a three month series. The June series was won by John Cooper in PHRF 5 aboard Gem. PHRF 4 John Szalay aboard his boat Pussycat won his division, Larry Walter sailed Cha Cha Cha in PHRF 3, Seth Hall won Perf 2 aboard Marisol and in PHRF 1 it was It’s OK that rang the bell. In July it was Wes Selby winning PHRF 1, Bill McKeever winning PHRF 2 aboard Reliance, Tracey Kenney sailed Slapshot to victory in PHRF 3, while Mark Hunter sailing his J 80 In Appropriate took PHRF 4. PHRF 5 was won again John Cooper. After I am done writing this I am headed out to sail in the last race of the summer so you will have to check back on who won the final series.

Wish me luck this month!

Sea ya

Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for StuNewsNewport.

Friday, August 31, 2018

On the Harbor: Sailing to Catalina during Long Point Race Week

2018 Long Point Race Week  "Stark Raving Mad"      photo courtesy of

In the time it takes to brush a mosquito away from your ear, summer is nearly completed and yet I am still itching for more.
As you hear the buzzing approach, you try not to look at the calendar to notice that fall is quickly approaching. We still had one weekend in the month of August which means we were headed over to Catalina for the Long Point Race Week. That perfect one last weekend to give summer one last whack upside the head.
Horizon photo courtesy of

Long Point Race Week brings in Southern California’s best racing boats and offers them a world-class sailing event. This year, we had the usual suspects entering the event with Hasso Plattner aboard his 68’ foot Reichel/Pugh CLAUDE, Roy Disney 70’ Andrews PYEWACKET and my favorite boat – Jim Maddens 60’ Swan STARK RAVING MAD.
Out of the 45 boats entered, 18 of the participants are from our harbor with Molly Lunch & Alan Andrews sailing DOUBLETIME to a 2nd place overall. Another fantastic result was Seth Hall aboard his J 124 MARISOL, finishing 3rd overall. Rounding out the top 10 was James Devling in 8th in CARBON FOOTPRINT, and our team aboard HORIZON finishing 9th.
Aboard HORIZON, we lean rather heavy into the fun meter inviting our regular crew members along with their spouses for a total of 15 people aboard. That’s close to doubling our normal amount of crew. With wine, ice and 150 cold beverages to help with the smiles over the three-day weekend, we were well provisioned, which makes for a rather heavy race boat. Fortunately, Carson Reynolds allowed us to bring our camping gear and some of the provisions aboard his escort boat “Row Boat.”
Crew of Horizon

One of the ways to win this event has always been who shows up with the biggest, baddest escort boat for the crews to sleep aboard and relax on after a hard day’s racing. But this year, there was a little twist added when more attention was given on who had the best floaty toys attached to the back of their boats. Late on Saturday afternoon, the crew from MEDICINE MAN started a parade by picking up a number of very large inflatable pink flamingos and other associate rafts and towing them around the anchorage.
With the Catalina backdrop, warm water, sunny days and sparkling nights, things just do not get much better than that. Yes, the sting of the ending of summer is approaching but the remembrance of the Long Point Race Week will last for a lifetime.
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Back at home, the last week of August brings the end to BCYC Taco Tuesdays and the NHYC Twilights Series. This last Tuesday, we had a cool summer breeze on the harbor with about 12 knots of wind coming out of the West. For us here in our harbor, that’s close to calling it a windy night, and as I looked up the race course, one of our best Harbor 20 friends Debra and Peter Haynes’ rigging had failed and their mast fell into the water. This is bad and while everyone was looking at who or what would come to the assistance of the Hayneses, out of nowhere came a gorgeous dark blue Duffy 22’ Bay Island to assist them. From afar, my first thought is how can anyone from a Duffy help a Harbor 20 with their mast and sails in the water. Within a very short period of time, the Duffy captain had the H20 in tow and assisted them back to safety. I was astonished on how easy it was for this Duffy captain to make this monumental effort to help a harbor user.
Photos courtesy of ©ShellyCastellano/SCPIX

Later that evening, the Hayneses showed up at the after-race party where Debra told the story: “This very nice gentleman appeared out of nowhere and said he had a lot of experience in this situation and would like to help. Before I knew it, we were off the harbor and at a friend’s dock. When I thanked him and asked him his name he replied ‘Duffy.’ When I said yes, I know you have a nice Duffy, but what’s your name; whereby the skipper replied ‘Duffy’. I don’t think he heard me correctly,” Debra said.
I started to laugh a little because just after the incident, I noticed it was our Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield. It does not get any better than that and I have never, in all my years, seen someone help another harbor user more. Good stuff makes you smile and feel good about things going on in our harbor.
Photos courtesy of ©ShellyCastellano/SCPIX

Speaking about feeling good about things, Rhonda Tolar continues to lead the way in making sailing fun in our harbor, with her continued promotion of Taco Tuesdays at BCYC. Just completing her 8th year and 128 weeks of gathering opportunity drawing prizes, she raises the energy level to where the participants gave her team of volunteers a standing ovation last Tuesday night. No one sells the sport of sailing better than Tolar in Newport Beach, and for that, we say well done and thank you.

Rhonda Tolar

Sea ya.

Monday, August 13, 2018

" A star to guide me" 2018 Jr. Sabot National Championships.

Our Harbor needs more sailors like Emily Wolken
I headed up to Alamitos Bay this week to check out how all our local kids were doing in this year’s Junior Sabot National Championships. With over 118 competitors from around Southern California, things seemed bunched up more than an oversized cork in a half bottle of wine. But that was just my first impression of the volunteers for the Long Beach Yacht Club.

After I was told I could not go out to the race course with the coaches or the mark set crew I was directed to head over to the press boat where I was inspected by yacht clubs TSA senior agent and was then asked to walk through the full body scanner. I was denied to board the first press boat but things got much better after I met Alex Demmier who was skipper of the second press boat. The reason I prefer to start with the coach boats is that I get the full history of our local competitors. Fortunately, I ran into Demmier who is a coach for Long Beach Yacht Club who quickly updated me on the first two days of this series. Joining us was the photographer from the Long Beach Yacht Club Mike Frat.

When Demmier asked what I was looking for I informed him I always like to interview the sailors that are showing the most passion for the sport, they may not be in Gold or Silver fleet but you can tell from a glance that this is the place where they want to be. Fleets are split up into Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron the first day of racing for the Jr. Sabot Nationals. 

This is when Frat told me the story from yesterday when he watched Emily Wolken from the Lido Isle Yacht Club sailing in the Iron Fleet. On day two, race 2, of the series, she was called over early and returned to the starting line to clear herself of this infraction. By the third mark in the race, she had worked her way back up to second place when she was side by side with the first place boat when he tacked away and started sailing to the wrong mark. She kindly informed her competitor that he was sailing to the wrong mark where he changed his course and stayed in first place to win the race Wolken held on to her second which was her best finish of the series. Wolken finished 12th out of a fleet of 27 in the series. 

After hearing about this story I called Wolken's stepmom Amy the day after the Championships and asked if it was OK to interview Emily. Emily is 10 years old and sails a Phoenix sabot, she explained the story and I should have asked why she just did not let her competitor sail in the wrong direction. After hearing the innocence in her voice, my gut tells me she would have answered: “ Because it was the right thing to do.” When I asked Emily if the race course was confusing she said: “No we had a day to practice before the race.” I then asked her what was her favorite race of the year and if she continues sailing in the future. Her answer was short and simple. “ I liked the Nationals and I will probably be back.” 

The next sailor I noticed was Brooks Orradre from the Bahia Corinthian Yacht who had qualified to sail in Silver fleet. Orradre really did not seem to have a care in the world yet he kept his focus and boat speed up around the race course. Orradre is 13 years old and took very good care of his boat with a soft landing at the dock, bailed all the water out of it, rolled his sail up and made a second look at the boat before walking up the dock. This is where I had a chance to interview Orradre. He sails a Corsair sabot, which was kind of funny because when I asked him what type of boat he sails he told me “ A Sabot”. He likes the Mid Summer regatta and plans on sailing for a long time “ I like the competitiveness of sailing.” he said.  Orradre explained how fortunate it is to be a BCYC member where one of his coaches is Mark Gaudio who has coached him to recognize wind shifts and tack or gybe on them to get to the mark faster.

While watching the third race of the Gold fleet I noticed sail number 10300 come into the leeward mark with a huge pack of boats. Huge gains or losses can be made at the turning marks in short course racing. This skipper was extremely patient by almost stopping her boat, holding on to position to round the mark and letting the crowd play through then grabbing the inside lane and passing five boats with clear wind. After the racers returned to the dock I approached the skipper who is Sophia Devling. Devling awareness on the race course is well advanced and it is always extremely educational for me to watch and learn. Devling comes from a sailing family and when I asked if she will continue sailing she replied, enthusiastically, that she enjoys sailing dinghies sabots and 420’s. She plans on focusing on dinghy sailing for the near future. I asked if she planned on sailing on her dad’s boat on the upcoming Long Point race week she said “No”. Devling sails a Phoenix sabot and enjoys the harbors Gold Cup races. “They feel the most competitive,” she said. I explained that she should sail with her dad while she can but I think she was more interested in her friend pulling on her shoulder to go grab some lunch. Smart kid it will be fun to watch this one grow up and take over the helm of her dads boat within the next ten years.
No Pressure 

So what did I learn by watching this year’s Sabot Jr. Nationals? I need to be better prepared with my questions and stay away from yes and no questions. I learned I needed to improve my race course awareness and stay away from a huge pack of boats. I also learned that it is more sportsmanship like to tell your opponents that they are sailing around the wrong mark before you pass them and have put them away.

Sea ya

Friday, August 03, 2018

2013 Ranger R-27 FOR SALE ASKING $ 142,500

The Ranger Tug R-27 grabs your attention at first sight with a blend of tug and commercial fishing stying inherited from the Pacific North West. While stepping into the cockpit one quickly recognizes the quality of workmanship that goes into the Ranger product line. In the past, I have used the term pocket cruiser to describe a vessel that gives you that extra mile in design and functionality. The value in these vessels are second to none and should not be compared to your average weekend style vessel. The Ranger Tug R-27 emulates pride of ownership from bow to stern and will accommodate you and your family to any cruising ground your heart desires in complete safety. This is one smart boat.

Two of the features that grabbed my eye while looking into the heart of this vessel is how the engine is set low which then lowers the boat’s CG and makes it more stable. Accessibility around the engine compartment is not a concern and after first opening the engine room main hatch I stepped back and said: “Nice, that is how you do it right.” The next feature I noticed was the electrical system and the wiring throughout the boat. I am not a marine electrician but after 30 years in the marine industry, I can tell you when vessels are in pristine condition. I have only used the word pristine a hand full of time during my career and this is one of them.

This boat will grab your attention as fast has it grabbed mine and I look forward to recognizing that look of satisfaction on your face at our first viewing. KING HARBOR SLIP IS TRANSFERABLE TO NEW OWNER!

* Interior upholstery was replaced with Sunbrella canvas in 2017.

Electronics and electrical system

Garmin Autopilot with a remote.
Garmin 7212 Chart Plotter, GPS, Depth
Garmin 4KW Radar
(4) Batteries, two house, one engine, one thruster.
Battery Charger
200 Watt Freedom Pure Sine Wave Inverter, replaced in 2016
Mase Generator 2.5 KW with 100 hours
Kyocera Solar Panels 140 with control panel
Galvanic Isolator

Generator and Engine Service

June of 2018   Generator Service
Fuel Filter
Fuel Lines
Raw water intake hose.

Jan 2018 Engine Rebuild and Service
Complete Lower end rebuild and detail
New Serpentine and water belts replaced (Spares included)
New Raw Water Pump
New Alternator (180 Amp)
New Starter
New Engine Mounts
Transmission Service

ASKING $ 142,500  Located in King Harbor, Southern California  USA

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Summer Wind...

Think anyone has ever run into this ChannelMarker

Newport Harbor and it is summer time, it does not get a hotter than that. So assuming you have opened all your windows to let the sea breeze in this what you might be hearing in the wind.

The Flight of Newport Beach was held on Sunday, July 15 and was greeted with a cool light southerly breeze. Twenty-nine Lasers showed up on the starting line with Alex Curtiss taking the first overall. Two stand out skippers in the Laser fleet were Seymour Beek who placed 16 and Dave Tingler who finished 25. I feel it is safe to assume that both of these skippers have done this race before going back to the original Snowbirds. For the second year, the Harbor 20’s joined in “The Flight of Newport Beach”  which might be safe to say is the second longest tradition in the Harbor second only to the Christmas Boat Parade dating back to 1934. This year it was all about the two guys in a red boat with red hats on. Justin Law with the tiller in his hand while Bill Menninger passed out the cold beverages as crew. Without a doubt the two guys in red hats where the pre-race favorites then proved it after rounding the first mark and staying above the oncoming competitors while Argyle Campell and Phil Thompson decided to sail a little lower. The guys in the red hats crushed it around the course enjoying the warm breeze and cold beverages. I tanked it this time sailing my Harbor 20 and quickly getting rolled by the fleet that started on the high end of the line. For you racers out there the start was similar to a Sunkist start heading out the harbor towards channel marker # 6.

No excuses for me although I had just completed the South Shore Yacht Clubs 90 mile Two Around Catalina race that had started the day before and we had finished a little after 6:00 Am. South Shore Yacht Club had come up for a new idea for this year’s race by allowing competitors who’re age had added up to 120 to bring a third person. Buddy Richley and I took advantage of this new rule and brought our bowman from Horizon Andy Dippel. Most of you might know already Horizon is a Santa Cruz 50 and a bit of a handful for just two “Old Guys”. The day started all “Aces and eights” for use winning the start, taking the right-hand side of the course first, changing to our small jib just before the wind completely filled in. We were all smiles as the smaller boats disappeared behind us, the breeze headed us enough to go into the Long Beach gate and in the flat water, we gained substantially on the 70-foot boat that we were racing “Mr. Bill” has we popped back out the LA gate. One tack back towards Point Fermin before crossing the channel to get around Catalina everything going as planned. Short story the East end of Catalina would not let us go and the little boats sailed up to us where we restarted the race when the morning southerly wind filled in. Bad luck for us, the good luck is SSYC is doing everything to keep this event going.
Upper bay/ Backbay channel marker lights?

Talking about not giving up and it might just make a comeback. What I am referring too is an anchorage in the turning basin. The Coast Guard earlier this month denied an application to have a temporary anchorage in the turning basin. The turning basin is located on the west end of Lido Isle. Like all government agencies to achieve this goal will take more time while a study on the impact to the navigational channel is completed. The consensus is that the Coast Guard is looking for a smaller anchorage that was originally proposed. This has to be frustrating for our Harbor Commissioners who have been working on this concept for over five years. I have to wonder just how long it will take to remove those three old fixed channel markers that have been targeted for removal before this summer started. So much for asking for lights on our upper bay channel markers although I have heard that the new marine recycling center has been completed at the Basin Marina. I will have to check on that and report back to you later. So stay with me here as my mind slips athwartship, did anyone else wonder how the 216 foot INVICTUS was able to obtain a guest mooring permit on the week of the 4th of July? If you are still with me can you picture one of the harbor departments minions looking up from their little harbor catamarans and telling the skipper of INVICTUS to move it along as the megayacht camped out in front of the owners home at the end of the peninsula for hours at a time? If I am not mistaken that’s right in the middle of the Federal Channel entering our harbor. Well, that comment should do it for me no chance I would ever get the listing on INVICTUS LOL. One last thing if any one of my readers has a bayfront home I could really use a new slip to rent. The Irvine Company has raised my slip rent to $1,000 a month for my Harbor 20 and with a tear in my eye I am considering changing the name of my boat from “Only Child” to “Ugly Step Child”. There that should do it!

BREAKING NEWS: Just posted on the Citys web site:

The City of Newport Beach is seeking an innovative and solution-oriented individual to serve as its new
 Harbor Master. With a permanent population of over 86,000 residents, Newport Beach is known for
 its fine residential neighborhoods, strong business community, quality school system, vast recreational
 opportunities, beautiful beaches, excellent dining, and world class shopping districts. This position requires
 seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience in harbor management or administration, including
 experience related to commercial harbor leases, and at least three (3) years of responsible management
 and supervisory experience. Education equivalent to complete of a Bachelor’s degree in a water-related
 biological science, business or public administration or a closely related field and possession if a valid
 California driver’s license is required. Possession of Basic First Aid, CPR, and PC 832 certifications
 and a California boater’s license are required within six months of employment. The salary for the
 Harbormaster is $98,016-$147,000 annually; placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications and experience.

What does this indicate, does our present Harbor Master meet these requirements, reads as if the City is looking for for a replacement?

Sea ya

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

On the Harbor: Award winners...who do you know?

Ryan Lawler, 2017 Outstanding Angler of the Year, with his bluefin tuna catch
where did he find a pair of those shoes?


I am a bit of a history buff and one of the subjects that have intrigued me is the different achievements that can be won by our harbor users. In this column, I will go around the harbor and give a brief description of the different awards and who has won them over the years.

Let’s start with the Commodore Albert Soiland Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the winner of the “Flight of the Snowbirds” now referred to as “The Flight in Newport Beach.”
In 1957, 163 boats signed up to place their name on the trophy; Dick Ward crossed the finish line first and placed his name on the trophy that year. Other past winners that I recognize are Barton Beek in 1940 and Dick Deaver in 1949 with 138 boats that year, Burke Sawyer won in 1958 with 151 boats competing, Pat Scruggs won in 1968 and Jon Pinckney’s name is plastered all over the trophy. In fact, Pinckney was the first to win in a Harbor 20 last year. Participation has been down from the late ‘50s, but if you can get your name on this award you will be in the history books for a long time; the first race was sailed in 1936. This year’s race is on July 15 and is open to Harbor 20s and Lasers.
Len Bose receiving the Edward F Kennedy

My next stop was at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club’s trophy cases. You’ll find two very prominent awards. The first being the Edward F. Kennedy Memorial that is awarded to the Newport Harbor Yachtsman of the Year. This is one of two awards in our harbor that can be given to a non-club member of the presenting club. First awarded in 1984, names that jumped out at me are Lloyd “Swede” Johnson 1985, David Grant 1996, Nick Scandone 2006 and Mike Pinkney 2008. The other award is the Elmer Carey Memorial (formerly Balboa Bay Club Yachtsman of the Year until 1982) Award to the BCYC Yachtsman who most contributed to the organized yachting community. This award was first presented in 1959. Past recipients included Cooper Johnson in 1966, Jim Emmi in 1975, Lorin Weiss in 1988, Carolyn Hardy in 1998 and in 2012, Peter Haynes.

J.A. Beek Perpetual
For those of you that love our harbor but don’t happen to sail, I stopped by the Balboa Angling Club and talked with Mindy Martin, the club’s secretary. So, let’s see if a sailor can tell a good fishing story? One of the highest esteemed awards at the BAC is the “Outstanding Angler of the Year Award” which is scored on a point system based on line test used. Previous winners include Jim Duncan in 2002, Vick Sommers in 2011 and Ryan Lawler in 2017.
The J.A Beek Perpetual Trophy awarded for the First Tuna of the season has been restored by the Beek family and is displayed in the BAC’s trophy case. This award was first presented in 1979, and names on this award you might know are Jeff Jones 1983, Steve Crooke 2008 and Nate Dunham 2018. 
Harbor 20 Fleet One has one particular award that has always grabbed my attention and is presented at the end of the year holiday party. The Arthur B Strock Service Award is given to members who have performed outstanding service for the Harbor 20 Fleet One organization. This award was first presented to Arthur Strock in 2001 for his service and in 2006, it became an annual award. Names of admiration are Phil Ramser 2007, Peter Haynes 2009, John Whitney 2013, Shana Conzelman 2016 and Debra Haynes 2017.
NHYC Bergie of Merit

My next stop was at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club where two awards grabbed my attention the first time I ever walked in. The first is the Don Vaughn Award, which is bestowed annually to NHYC members’ “Crew of the Year.” This crew member has shown their positive influence and importance onboard racing sailboats. The recipient is chosen only by the previous winners. This award was first presented in 1981 to Gordo Johnson and other past winners included Bill Menninger in 1997, Marshall Duffield in 1998, Brad Avery in 1999, Craig Chamberlain in 2002, Tom Corkett in 2015 and Nick Madigan in 2016.
The next award is one of the most coveted trophies in our harbor and can be presented to any distinguished yachtsman that has brought unusual distinction or notice to West Coast yachting and the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, which was first awarded in 1936. This is not an annual award and is awarded upon the action of the NHYC board of directors. Names that grabbed my attention were Don Ayres, Grant Baldwin, Tom Blackaller, Tom Corkett, Dennis Conner, Bill Ficker, John Kilroy, Justin Law, Lowell North, Michael Menninger, Phil Ramser, Chris Raab and Nick Scandone.
Over at the Sea Scout Base, starting in 2007, they have presented the “Good Sea Scout Award” that honors local mariners for their contribution to the boating industry, from innovative yacht and sail designs, and improving youth access to boating and sailing, to sportsmanship at the highest level. Above all, those honored have shown the personal character traits that scouting embodies and promotes. Recipients include Duncan McIntosh 2007, Jim Warmington 2008, Dave Ullman 2009, Marshall Duffield 2010, David Janes 2011, Bill Ficker 2012, Gino Morrelli and Pete Melvin 2014, Timothy Hogan 2015, Gary Hill 2016 and Seymour Beek 2017.
My last stop was at the Balboa Yacht Club where two awards stand out above the rest in the large trophy cases you see as you enter the club. The first is the BYC Sportsman of the Year Award. It was first presented in 1939 and given to an active racing skipper who consistently displayed outstanding sportsmanship during the yachting season. Some of the names are Barton Beek 1940, Bill Ficker 1946, Bill Taylor 1966, Dave Ullman 1969, John Arens 1972, Lloyd “Swede” Johnson 1982, Paul Blank 1996, Nick Scandone 2003 and Alex Steele 2016. Another noteworthy area in the BYC is the “Wall of Recognition” that was created in 1980, and honors many of the members who have served as Distinguished Yachtsmen over a span of years in the world, yachting through excellence in racing, or have been a credit to the BYC. Names like Dave Ullman 1980, Lloyd “Swede” Johnson 1988 and Nick Scandone 2006 are just a few of the names that appear.
Unfortunately, I was not able to list every winner of these highly regarded awards and will leave that to you when you view these trophies, to decide where your name should be placed.

Sea ya

Sunday, July 01, 2018

The Harbor Report: It's good to be king.

By Len Bose

Sunday July 17 is the start of the 81st Flight of the Lasers and when people like Brett Hemphill, David Beek and Gator Cook call me up to ask me to write a story about “The Flight” I am all over it.

First call I made was to Seymour Beek to find out as much about the race as I could. Beek first sailed in the race at the age of seven, I did not happen to ask Beek what year that was but the race started in 1936. The race first was known as the Flight of the Snowbirds, which is 11 foot monotype sailing dingy. The Snowbird was a class in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Beek’s best finish’s were in 1948 and 49 with two-second places to Gil Kraemer and Dick Deaver respectively. These were the years when as many as a 160 boats would be on the starting line at the same time. To finish in the top fifty would be quite the accomplishment, but to finish second during this time,with all the past Olympians 0n all those boats, needs some serious respect and acknowledgment.

Beek refers to the race as “The Flight” because over the years the race has been sailed in the Snowbirds from 1948 to1970, Kites 1972 to 73 and now Lasers from 1975 to present. The Laser also happens to be an Olympic class boat.

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 news reel boat filming the race and later played the news reel in the theaters.” O’Keefe said. “ I also remember all the power boats 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 recalled a story about a competitor who's boat did not measure in to the rules and this person had won a number of 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 recalls 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.

Next I checked in with Chris Raab who had won The Flight in Lasers in 99, 02 & 03. “ This race meant everything, I needed a new sail really bad and the winner received a new sail. My father was at work and he did not have time to trailer my Laser down from Long Beach so I remember sailing my boat from Long Beach to Newport, at the age of 15, so that I could practice a couple of days before the event. Dude this race meant everything to me, it was huge!” Raab said.

I had to pick up the phone and call the man himself Jon Pinkney who has won The Flight more than anyone else with seven wins. Like all the past winners the first thing he said was “ It was the big event, the biggest race on the bay at the time, and I wanted that new sail. Out of the 100 boat that started the winner was the king.” Pinckney said.

Pinckney recalls the 1990 Flight, which was one of the windiest, as the one that got away from him. “ Phil Ramming and I came off the starting line ahead of the fleet. Ramming had just tacked off of O mark to starboard and lee bowed me back to the right side of the course. Ramming then made it in front of the ferry, that was headed into Balboa Island, and I had to sail around it. I was never able to catch him after that.” Pinckney said. This was some twenty-six years ago and Pinckey was telling the story as if it was yesterday.

When I told Pinckney and Raab about the winner of this years Flight receiving a new sail they both got rather quite. I’ll let you know if I see Raab on his Laser this week before the start. Sailing Pro shop is donating the new sail along gift certificates, the entry is free thanks to the Newport Chamber of Commerce. There are several categories that people can enter, such as the youngest skipper, parent child, couple, oldest skipper, and bragging rights.

Entry and information can be found on the website,

Boat name of the week “ Chill Vibe”

Sea ya

LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist for the Daily Pilot.