Monday, October 20, 2014

The Harbor Report: Commissioner is leaving his mark on the harbor

                                               Harbor Commissioner Paul Blank                                 Photo
By Len Bose
October 17, 2014 | 3:01 p.m.

This week, I had a chance to catch up with one of my favorite people, active harbor user Paul Blank.
In July 2012, Blank was selected by the City Council to sit on our Harbor Commission. At that time, I wrote, "He's very responsive, truly loves our harbor and will make a great harbor commissioner." As it turned out, our council selected one of the best and most productive commissioners I've ever observed.
Blank started to fall in love with our harbor at age 8, when he signed up for the city's beginning sailing program. He later attended Estancia High School and then moved on to UCLA and participated on the sailing team. The day after he graduated from UCLA, he moved to Corona del Mar and has lived there ever since.
Blank stays active on our harbor by sailing his Sabot, paddling his stand-up paddleboard, racing on the 49-foot, 11-inch sailboat It's OK and spending time in his True North 38 power boat.
When I asked him how he most enjoys the harbor, he replied, "Any moment I get to spend on the harbor is just a blessing. Asking me how I best enjoy the harbor would be like asking a parent to pick their favorite child."
Blank and I talked further about his role as a harbor commissioner and how he became interested in taking the seat. He expressed a keen interest in local politics.
"It's important for individuals to get involved and have a say in what their community looks like," he said.
During the last two years, he has set up a committee on stand-up paddleboards, should they be restricted within our harbor, along with making public pier recommendations. Both tasks were completed and presented in such a professional manner that it has become the standard for the Harbor Commission. One also gets the feeling, when observing this type of presentation, that the City Council can make a timely decision and things get done.
Blank is now working on the Harbor Commission's outreach committee, among other topics. An upcoming event to take notice of is the special Harbor Commission meeting scheduled for Nov. 15. The meeting will convene in a conference room in the Harbor Patrol facility at 1901 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.
The meeting will then be moved to one of the Balboa ferries waiting at the Harbor Patrol visitor's dock for a tour of the harbor. Copies of the route with waypoints to be called out on the tour can be found on my blog,
Commissioners will address the waypoints about which they are most versed. The ferry has a capacity limit, and guests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Blank explained that the best way to prepare for the meeting would be to familiarize yourself with the waypoints and bring all of your questions and concerns.
We went on to discuss the hot topics of today and his concerns for the future. The most important topic today is our RGP 54 dredging and eelgrass mitigation permit, which should be completed in the first part of 2015. Another important topic is the development of our Lower Castaways. Both topics will be covered during the special meeting.
When we talked about the future, Blank brought up water quality and the rising sea level.
"The harbor's water quality has never been as clean as it is now in my lifetime, and it must continue to improve," he said. "Dredging and trapping debris and contaminants upstream is an extremely important element in keeping the water in the bay clean. Progress has been made; there is more to do."
While talking about sea-level rise, Blank explained the non-alarmist approach, which entails monitoring the harbor's data points and adjusting to the information.
Like Blank said, "It's important for individuals to get involved and have a say what their community looks like."
I was very pleased to hear that the Harbor Commission has added my idea of day moorings off Big Corona Beach to its description of alternative anchorage areas.
Be sure to mark your calendars for Nov. 15 and bring your questions.
Sea ya.

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

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Harbor Report: Lots of high points in High Point series

2014 Harbor 20 Championships at the NHYC

By Len Bose
October 10, 2014 | 5:21 p.m.

Over this last week, we wrapped up the 2014 Newport Beach High Point Series. We have a new Harbor 20 Class champion and Harbor 20 High Point winners.
Every year, our local sailboats race under the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) in an event sponsored by the Assn. of Orange Coast Yacht Clubs (AOCYC).
This series of races is called the Newport Beach High Point Series and determines our harbor's PHRF champion. The Newport Beach High Point started in February with the American Legion running the Midwinter Regatta and wrapped up with the Newport Ocean Sailing Assn. (NOSA) 14 Mile bank race.
The other regattas that make up this series are the Balboa Yacht Club's 1st 66 series race, race eight of the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club's ocean racing series and the Newport Harbor Yacht Club's Ahmanson Cup.
Amante taking this years Ahmanson

By the time we completed three of five races, Roy Jones' J 133 Tango and Brian Dougherty's J 105 Legacy were tied for first and the Richley family's Amante was in a very close third.
Then came the Ahmanson Cup, which was sailed in September. At this point, the Richley family decided to put the hammer down and won their class and took home enough points to take the lead in the High Point Series. With one more race left in the Newport Beach High Point Series, any one of these three boats could have taken home the coveted champion's light blue burgee.
With little to no wind last weekend, the 14 Mile bank race was abandoned and a round of Coors Light was passed around Amante as the race committee notified the participants.
This makes the second year in a row that Amante has won the light blue burgee, with 29 boats entered in this year's series. Be sure to give Amante a "well done" at the start of the BYC Sunkist series on Nov. 2 when you see it on the starting line.
While the 14 Mile bank race was being abandoned, another race had opted to keep going. The Harbor 20 fleet had 41 boats waiting around for wind after completing one race in the Saturday class championships.
With the weather as hot as it was, along with the light wind, this was one of the most difficult regattas I sailed in this year. Shannon Heausler was my crew, and we found some breeze on the far left of the course and sailed into a fifth-place finish on Saturday.
While waiting for the wind to fill in on Saturday, the eventual winners in A fleet, Gale and Jon Pinckney, sailed by, and Jon commented, "So, Len, I guess you sailed all the way over to the left and kissed the pig?" My reply was: "Not only did I kiss the pig, Jon, I dressed it."
Sunday, we got in five races in more light air, and the Pinckneys sailed a very consistent regatta, digging their way through the fleet when they needed to have all top-four finishes. If you are wondering how the Pinckneys did it, Jon wrote a detailed account of the race, and I posted it on my blog site at

Mark Conzelman had a tight battle with five other boats to win B fleet. The difference between first and seventh place was only nine points. In C fleet, Kathryn Reed won on a tiebreaker over Roxanne Chan.
Gale & Jon Pinckney
The Harbor 20 High Points Series results are in for 2014. In C fleet, Michael Volk was third; in second place was Andy Everson; and this year's winner is Jan Houghton. In B fleet, Len Connelly was third; Tom Corkett was second, while Conzelman sailed away with the trophy. In A fleet, Helen Duncan was second, and Peter Haynes took home the trophy.
Before we call it a year and prepare for our winter series, Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club has one more big regatta coming up Oct. 25 and 26. The Corinthian Cup is a junior event sailed in Sabots, Lasers and CFJs.
This is a huge event with approximately 70 to 80 juniors sailors representing themselves and their yacht clubs in an effort to win the Corinthian Cup. NHYC will be defending its title this year.
Sea ya.

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

Friday, October 10, 2014

Harbor 20 Fleet Championship Regatta Report

Gale & Jon Pinckney 2014 Harbor 20 Champions

October 4 & 5, 2014
By Gale & Jon Pinckney, Earth #15

It is important to understand that every regatta is different, and as such it is important to identify ahead of time, if possible, what the keys to success will be. Sometimes setup and tuning for speed are the priority and other times tactics or starting are more important. You could have a deep fleet in which anyone could win or a shallow fleet in which it is a one or two boat show for the win. Every regatta has a different set of circumstances that will determine strategy and success. Once you have correctly identified and committed yourself to the key points for victory, your process for making decisions throughout the regatta has a starting point, more structure, and hopefully you are rewarded with more consistency and better results.

We felt consistency was going to be a huge factor because of the depth of the fleet along with the possibility that we might not get enough races in for a throw out. Starting well would be key, but being aggressive trying to win an end on a small line would probably be too risky over the long haul. With super light winds from the south, we knew we would be racing through the moorings where speed is difficult to maintain as you have to navigate competitors, moored boats, and unsettled winds that just went through someone’s patio. Finally the tough fleet and conditions were certain to put everyone in situations in which they would be behind and have to try to come back. We felt the team that would ultimately win the regatta would be the one that could dig itself out from behind better than the other top teams.

Mast Tune

Our shroud tension was set the way Bill Menninger recommends, which is fairly loose around 16/17. I think that as long as your shroud tension was within one or two turns on either side of 17 you were fine. In general, in light air, you don’t want to be tight which I think starts around 20. Although some of us fixate on it, I do not think mast setup was a big deal this weekend unless you were tight. As an example, I found on the morning of the regatta that my mast is off-center, side-to-side by one inch, and has a significant bend to port up top. Mast Tune 101 always starts out with a straight mast that is centered side-to-side, but we sailed all weekend with it out of alignment, which drove me crazy. Since, as we still seemed somewhat fast, this tells me there must have been more important factors than mast tune in determining boat speed. That being said, I definitely plan to take my mast down and examine the problem further.


Locating pressure and placing yourself in it was by far the single most important item to pay attention to this weekend. When the wind is 2-4 knots, as we had all weekend, the difference is staggering when you find yourself in 2 knots more pressure than your opponent. With four knots instead of two, you are probably going twice as fast and able to point 20 degrees higher. When we sail in the normal 8-10 knots when the wind is filled in across the course, 2 knots more pressure always helps, but it is nowhere near the game changer that it was this weekend. When you hit a soft spot in 8-10 knots, you can still coast and maintain most of your momentum and get going again with relative ease when the next puff hits. Not so when it is 2-4 knots! If you slow down as the result of less pressure, pinching, poor sail trim, steering or tacking, it will take forever to get up to speed again.

With that in mind, the number one priority on our boat was looking for wind at all times. I am always trying to identify where the next pressure is located and what path will allow me to sail to it as soon and as easily as possible. More importantly, since everyone else is presumably of the same mindset, I must do better by identifying where the next two or three pressure systems rolling down the course will be, after the one that everyone else is looking at is gone. I need to know how fast or slowly they are traveling, how long they will last, how much pressure they contain, and once I am in them, will they connect me to the next cycle of pressure systems coming down. Sometimes a smaller pressure line won't look as good short term as a larger one your opponent is in, but it may connect you to the next one or two better. It is easier said than done, but this system of “connecting the dots” is usually the key to winning in our small, shifty bay. While we were always trying to pass the boat in our immediate area, our biggest gains were always made two or three moves in advance using this process.

Pressure aside, we were always trying to go fast, because when you are fast you have more options. This requires keeping the sails a little looser and the bow down footing whenever possible. When you are fast, you are free to tack or pinch, if need be, for a short while to cross boats, moorings, create lateral separation from an opponent to leeward, or to connect sooner with a puff on your beam. If you are slow going into any of the above maneuvers, you lose too much speed and it will take too long for you to get up to speed again. Every decision we made this weekend was based on speed and pressure. We never went wing on wing all weekend (reaching is faster), and we never tried to pinch over a moored boat unless, by reading the available wind, I was absolutely 100 percent sure we could clear it. If there were any doubt at all, we would reach off and duck. All things being equal, I would rather head down and ease sails to a beam reach and gain a lot of speed to duck - than have to tack in 2 to 4 knots.

We made some huge ducks of 20 feet or more on large moored boats or opponents. Maybe in hindsight a tack would have been better. Perhaps we could have gone wing and wing a couple times, too. However you have to accept the fact that of the hundreds of decisions you make over the course of the weekend, you will be wrong 25 percent of the time. When you prioritize all your decisions based on speed, when you are wrong you are still going fast and you still have all your options. On the flip side, when you are wrong 25 percent of the time and going slowly or almost stopped, you will lose way more boats than someone who made a wrong decision but is still going fast. It adds up over the course of a weekend. There is too much at stake in 2-4 knots to risk being wrong when the penalty is slowing down significantly. This is where you typically lose lots of boats as opposed to one or two. Things are different in 8-10 knots, but 2-4 knots is a completely different animal. One other thing I did for speed was reread Jim Kerrigan’s article on the H20 website “Positive thinking about zero to four knots of wind”. He makes some very good points. We did everything he said…except lie down!

Our final key to the regatta was recognizing the winning team would be the one that could come back from adversity and salvage a decent finish when caught deep. Whenever I race, I always study results and find something interesting. In this particular case, I highlighted those come back races as this was where the regatta was won or lost. I try to identify what factors contributed to the problems in the race and how those problems can be corrected in the future. I then calculate the average finish in these races to see how well we were able to come back when we were behind. From there you can also determine what you did right or wrong in your comeback. In our case, all three highlighted races were the result of bad starts. In the start of race one, we couldn’t lay the pin and had to gybe around and start late. In race three, we were over, and in race six, we had to circle back around after getting shut out at the RC boat for barging and again start quite late. I have concluded that the solution for the poor starts is that we need to compensate for the extreme light air by positioning for our final approach earlier and from a better location. Starting near last in 50 percent of the races is not the formula for success, and I will definitely try to apply the lessons learned in the future. We were a bit lucky because if there had been a stronger steadier wind, we probably wouldn’t have been able to catch up as well as we did. The light, fluky winds allowed plenty of opportunities to catch up using the techniques that I described above. Another perspective in looking at results below is that the most important race of the regatta was race #3 as Pinckney and Campbell started the race in last place after being called over early. Menninger is launched and wins the race gaining 12 points on Campbell but Pinckney makes a comeback and only loses a point to Menninger.

Pinckney 7 1 2 4 1 4 Total: 13/3 = 4.3
Menninger 8 5 1 1 4 10 Total: 23/3 = 7.6
Campbell 1 2 13 2 9 6 Total: 28/3 = 9.3

Key to Regatta

Ability to come back and post a good score in a race where you are deep.

Pinckney total score in races #1, #3 and #6 =13
Menninger total score in races #1, #2 and #6 = 23
Pinckney totaled 10 less points in comeback races.
Total overall margin of victory was 10 points.

This was a very tough regatta and we feel fortunate to have won. Sailing in 2-4 knots really is a different ballgame and we hope that sharing with you our approach and debrief is helpful. Also thanks to the always humble Bill and Diane Menninger for letting us rent their trophy for the year!

Monday, October 06, 2014


Amante repeats and takes the 2014 Newport Beach HighPoint Series

Legacy finishes in 2nd place

Tango in 3rd

Amante repeats and takes the 2014 Newport Beach High Point Series. I will do a complete write up of this years series in my column this week.

                   Midwinters         66      BCYC  NHYC
Amante         07              17        7      14   = 45
Legacy          10              18       4       9    = 41
Tango           11               13       8       5    = 37
eXigent                          16          0      13   = 29
Cirrus              0              19         5       5   = 29
Linstar          08              14         3            = 25
Adios            09              15         0            = 24
Berserk                           12          0      10   =22
In Appropriate               18          0            = 18
RD                                  12          6             =18
PussyCat      05              10          2             =  17
Maiden                          16           0             = 16
Sting                               14          0              =14
Kokopelli2                                          12      =12
Free Event                      11          0               =11
Margaritaville                                       11    =11
Beserk                                                   10    =10
Whistler                          10          0              =10
TNT                                 09          0           = 09
Lickity Split   01             08          0    1      = 10
BOLT                                                     8      =8
Hot Ticket     06                             1           = 07
Its OK                                                  07      =07
Marisol                                                 06     =06
Violetta         04                0           0            = 04
Lucky Star    03                 0           0            = 03
Rebel Yell                                              03  =  03
Bud                                                         02  = 02
Baraka          02                  0          0            = 02

Next race: ALYC Midwinters 2015    2-14 & 15

"online" calendar is incorrect. 

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

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

For those of you who wonder how the scoring works?

Saturday, October 04, 2014

The Harbor Report: A new shine on the shore boat

NHYC refit shore boat

By Len Bose
October 3, 2014 | 2:37 p.m.

It was brought to my attention this week that the Newport Harbor Yacht Club had completed a major refit to its shore boat.
I'm sure most of you can give a flying burgee about NHYC's shore boat, but this story is kind of cool. Hearing the rumor of the refit and how it was powered brought me down to the club the day I caught wind of it.
I noticed the old shore boat had a new glow. The gel coat on the hull, deck and interior had all been redone, the fenders, rub rail, boot strip, bottom paint and CF numbers had been replaced, and everything was in its proper place. For being more than 50 years old, the shore boat is standing tall.
As I walked closer to the boat, one of the club's prominent members, Chip Donnelly, was waiting to be shuttled out to a boat when I inquired about the boat's power system and who had done the refit work. Donnelly is a straight-to-the-facts kind of guy and I am not a very good listener, so most of what he told me about the boat's drive system went in one ear and out the other.
Donnelly has known me now for more than five years and probably realized that I am more of a seat-of-the-pants sailor who needs to touch and feel. So he told me I needed to go for a ride and see how this vessel performs.
Donnelly told me that the refit was completed at Duffy Boats as he peeled back the engine hatch and started to explain all the features of this electrical motor. I started to understand that the motor has 150 horsepower, same as the previous diesel. The motor is driven by AC current, which is provided by an inverter located just in front of the engine. The drive is cooled by a heat exchanger, and all the batteries on the boat have a one-point filling system. The batteries looked a little taller than the ones I've seen on other Duffy boats, and I was noticing how much thought went into the installation.
I had reached my input limit when we closed the engine hatch and Donnelly requested the boatswain, the boat's operator, to punch it. The torque was immediately felt as the large wake moved through the mooring field, and we quickly reduced speed. I asked the boatswain if he had towed anything to the dock yet, and he explained that they had brought in a 65-footer the other day without any problem. I then asked if he had to recharge during the day, and he replied they have not even come close to that point.
Marshall "Duffy" Duffield, who has always been easy to talk to

I was taken back to the dock and grabbed a couple photos of the boat from the club's long dock. Next, I gave a call to Marshall "Duffy" Duffield, who has always been easy to talk to because I always end up laughing, then feel like I have done something to make the harbor better. Did I happen to mention that Duffy is running for City Council this election?
He explained that this has been a dream of his for over 40 years when he first brought the concept up to the club's board of directors. He pointed out that the annual fuel and maintenance cost savings for the shore boat would be $15,000. The batteries should last for more than 10 years, and one of the keys to all this coming about was that people are becoming more familiar with electrically powered vehicles.
Another big factor was that the technology became available to purchase and install. We need to give the NHYC a "well done" for leading our harbor into the future of yachting.
Sea ya.

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

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Harbor Report: The man who walks the docks

AMANTE takes the lead in the Newport Beach High Point Sreies

By Len Bose
September 26, 2014 | 4:44 p.m.

This week, I had the opportunity to catch up with Troy Heidemann, the new dock master at the Balboa Bay Club.
Heidemann has to have one of the best views I've ever seen from someone's office window. Right in the middle of the club, out on the end of the dock, rests his work place with almost a 300-degree view of the Lido channel.
This view is not necessarily new to Heidemann, who grew up in Newport Beach and has worked on the harbor most of his life. He met his wife, Deborah, during a Thursday night beer can race and now has a daughter, Rachel, and a son, Joshua, who are all very active on our harbor.
New BBC Dock Master Troy Heidemann

As dock master at the club, he spends his time working with maintenance crews, boat owners and captains while keeping the docks safe and in order. With over 150 slips at the resort, which appears to be full at this time, his day goes by fast.
I was surprised to learn that the club is open to the public. For some reason, I always thought you had to be a member, but anyone can bring a Duffy to the guest dock and go on up and have breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Waterline restaurant or just watch the sunset from the A&Q Kitchen + Bar. The guest docks can hold up to 10 Duffys and are only available by first-come-first-served availability.
I also learned that if you want to bring your boat in and stay for a couple days or weeks, there are sub-lessees available to the public. Pre-approval by the dock master is needed before arriving, and you would then be able to use all the features of the resort: dining, beach, pool, spa, cable TV and Internet hook up, weight room and Duffy rentals all at your disposal. I'm going to have try this myself as a staycation and tell my customers to do the same.
One must be a member of the club to become a permanent slip tenant. From my observations, the marina is very clean with good parking, dock carts and plenty of water underneath your boat to keep from grounding even in our king tides. The marina is about half an hour from the harbor entrance, and being that the federal channel runs in front of the club, this allows even mega-yachts to reach this fine resort.
If you are reading my column and it's Saturday, Sept. 27, you might consider getting into your Duffy and heading over to the resort for its OktoberFestival from 2 to 5 p.m. If you need more information, go to the resort's website at and look under the "Activities" link.
Now that I have gotten reacquainted with Heidemann, I'll hit him up for information and observations on the harbor's activities, from the holiday boat parades to visiting mega-yachts. From his vantage point, he will see everything going on in our harbor.
Speaking of what's going on, the Richley family, aboard their Choate 48 Amante, dominated last weekend's Ahmanson Cup sailed out of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Amante sailed in PHRF division 2, which had nine local boats all contending for this year's Newport Beach High Point Series. With this win, Amante has taken the lead away from Brian Dougherty and his J 105 Legacy. Following in a close third place is Roy Jones' J 133 Tango.
The next race in the high point series is the 14 Mile bank race on Oct. 4. Any of these three boats can take this year's series, although I'd have to give the advantage to Tango because of the normal tight reach home from the 14-mile bank. Amante and Legacy are two of our harbor's best-sailed boats, and the race will be very close; stay tuned by checking out my blog site at
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Sea ya.

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

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Harbor Report: Calling for comments on story boards

BCYC Club Championships            Photo courtesy of

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

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

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

BCYC Family Champions The Doran Family

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

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

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