Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Harbor Report: Start of sailing season 'off the charts' Unedited

      OEX Finishing BYC Cabo 2012

I am so excited about the start of this boating season I cannot stand it! This last weekend was off the charts, Newport at its best and there is so much more to come.
This last weekend started with the Balboa Yacht Clubs Corona del Mar to Cabo race on Friday and Saturday. The winds where light for the two starts with the breeze coming in with a vengeance early Sunday morning. By the end of Sunday the carnage reports started to filter in with “Medicine Man” suffering a broken boom in a 38 knot puff, crew is safe. If you are getting 40 knot gusts of wind, with a big swell off Cedreos Islands running, then blend this all together and you are going to have some wide eyed sailors, walking really low to the ground when they finish this race. Looking at the weather reports and watching the “yellowtrack” race tracking, I can hear the “Help me Mr. Wizard’s” from the crews from behind my computer. Go to for a full report.

Onboard CONDOR during Sunday Squall

Speaking of wide eyed sailors if you did not stop by Newport Harbor Yacht Club this weekend to watch the Baldwin Cup Team Race then you missed some of the best sailing our harbor can provide. Sailed in Harbor 20’s the event ran from March 30- April 1st with Sunday finals pegging out the fun meter. The wide eyed sailors where all the 100 + people watching from the dock. Best described by Chris Raab when commentating the semi finals over the docks PA system to the crowd. “Oh wow, wow, WOW! that was close” with out a doubt this is how you promote sailing. I have never been a the edge of my seat watching sailing before and with boats sailing within a “wet sponge throw” of the main dock I do not know how it can get any better than that. Well done to The Newport Harbor Yacht Club and all the volunteers from around the harbor. I happened to have noticed a large number of people from other clubs helping out and that’s truly what’s it all about. NHYC also has the revised Ahmanson Cup Series starting April 21 & 22. This is also part of the Newport High Point Series. The new format is Random Leg racing with pursuit starting, which means we will be doing longer courses with the smaller boats starting first. To me the event has more of a grass roots feeling for our harbors club racers. Make sure you sign up for this event, its time that we clean out our bilges and go boating together.
Over at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club the Angelman Series will be running windward/leeward course’s on April 14. Paul DeCapua and his crew has been doing an outstanding job this season setting up perfect windward leeward courses for our local PHRF racers. BCYC will also be running the Lorin Weiss Harbor 20 Series April 15, the last date was cancelled because of to much wind so make sure you sign up for this one. I have to get my name of this trophy, Lorin was a good friend and one of our harbors finest. BCYC is also very involved with this years Ensenada Race starting April 27. This years race will set a new record on the fun meter and I can’t wait! Everything will be centered at the Hotel Coral , with scheduled bus trips to and from the hotel. Entry’s are approaching maximum capacity and everything seems to be lining up for a memorable year.
We have had a little set back with finding a place for our Harbors Marine Recycling Center. If any of you ever have a chance to talk with a City Council members please ask them for a Marine Recycling Center, reconsider the proposed tideland permits tax increases and while you have their attention have them throw a little spiff of 8 annual parking permits for this years Newport High Point winners. I have one more story this week to tell you about so head over to my blog site at
Sea ya

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