Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Harbor Report: The race through paradise

The crew of Linstar at this year's Long Point Race Week. (Joysailing / August 26, 2013

By Len Bose
August 26, 2013 | 3:30 p.m.

As summer comes to a close each year, one event on the calendar stands out: Long Point Race Week.
Thirty eight boats signed up for this race to Long Point, Catalina, this year and were greeted with perfect weather, good friends and breathtaking scenery.
Friday night's party was at Newport Harbor Yacht Club's way station at Moonstone Cove. While sitting in one of the lounge chairs, near the entrance pathway into the station, I was enjoying the sunset and explaining my poor performance as tactician — the person who decided what course to take to the island — to the owner of the boat I sail on.
I could not help but overhear the comments of the crew members of different boats as they walked down the pathway. I heard "Oh wow" the most from people as they scanned the cove. My favorite conversation of the night went like this: "Honey, how come you have never taken me to this tropical paradise before?" with the reply, "Because you told me you would not spend the night on the boat with eight drunken sailors."
This event attracts most of the high-performance racing sailboats from Santa Barbara to San Diego. The fastest boat was Tom Holthus' 65 foot Reichel Pugh "Bad Pac" and the smallest Mark Wyland's J/105 "Lucky Star."
Seymour Beek was sailing with the Madigan family aboard the Schock 35 "Berserk." The Richley family was sailing well, as usual, aboard "Amante." This year's top overall local boats were "It's OK," finishing third overall and third in class, followed by "Katana," which finished fifth overall and fifth in class.

Where is that Lady?

Saturday's sail is without a doubt my favorite of the year. It typically starts from Long Point around Ship Rock, at the Isthmus, and ends up back at Ship Rock. Sailing up to Ship Rock always has its challenges, although the real fun does not start until we have rounded the rock and all the colorful spinnakers start to pop open like a late summer flower bloom.
Photo courtesy of

The backdrop of the island and all the colorful spinnakers remind me of a quote, "Life is not measured by the moments of breath you take but by the breathtaking moments."
Saturday's fun party was kicked up a notch with live music and photos of the previous day's racing. Bronny Daniels,, has been shooting this event for a number of years, and this year she hit it out of the park. Her photos where projected onto a large screen, strategically placed right next to the bar.
Dude, I cannot get up!

Once the photos started, it was like feeding seagulls. The flock of sailors did not leave the screen until every photo was viewed at least three times and they were out of drink tickets. I had some great laughs with a lot of old friends before turning my attention back to the band and the dance floor.

The feeling of being overserved was quickly approaching, and I still had not improved my performance on the race course, so I shifted to drinking water and walking down to the beach for another look at Whites Cove. I took in all the different boat lights, the stars and the music. My favorite part was hearing all the laughter across the water, which brings me back to my happy place each year.
It is always entertaining at Sunday's breakfast to see how many sailors can walk a straight line and engage in conversation. Fortunately, we had a good breeze for our return trip home and finished third in our class and ninth overall. Not our best Long Point Race Week results, but we still came home with sun burns and big smiles.
One of many vintage wines 

Sea ya.

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

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Harbor Report: Harbor 20 championships still growing strong

Peter Haynes Chalk Talk at End of Summer Party

By Len Bose
August 22, 2013 | 9:34 a.m.

As the summer comes to its unwelcome end, the water temperature begins to rise as it always seems to this time of year.
This occurs not because of the sun, but rather the approach of the Harbor 20 Fleet 1 Championships on Sept. 28 and 29 in Newport Harbor. For me to obtain a better reading on this phenomena, I pulled aside class president Peter Haynes for a quick interview during Sunday's Caribbean Beach Party at the Lido Isle Yacht Club.
This is an end-of-summer party for Fleet 1, which is completing its 15th year of existence. Standing at the club, looking down onto the marina and seeing the 36 boats in attendance, one is amazed how this fleet continues to grow.
This is where Peter and his wife Debra Haynes enter the picture to the great fortune of the fleet back in June of 2006. Debra and Peter were considering the purchase of a sailboat and had gone out to view the boat on its mooring. At that same time, a number of Harbor 20s started to appear for an afternoon race.
Peter looked at Debra and said, "That's what we should be doing." One month later, they purchased Spirit, boat number 201. The following year, Peter was asked to join Fleet 1's board of directors for which he subsequently became fleet captain and is now the class president.
In the early years of the fleet, people were into enjoying the boats and weren't paying close attention to the sailing rules. As the fleet grew, it became obvious to Peter that playing "bumper boats," when boats run into each other, was not that much fun and it was expensive to repair the boats.
Peter then came up with an idea to improve the behavior and the skills of the fleet by holding the following seminars: "Understanding the racing rules of sailing," "boat handling and sail trim," and "racing tactics."
"Over the last five years, we have completed 23 seminars with 540 people attending," he said.
At this point, there are 140 Harbor 20s in Newport Harbor with about 45 active racing members. I asked Peter how the fleet has continued to grow.

"The fleet has started C-class for beginning sailors to compete and learn how to race. We have a time-consuming points system, monitored by our web editor Nik Froehlich, that allows members to qualify to race in A fleet."
To stay in A fleet, members must win a trophy in one of the high point series within a year. In my opinion the well-attended B fleet is one of the biggest factors in keeping the class strong. Peter explained the other contributing factors.
"The quality of racing has improved, many A sailors will mentor and ride along with beginning sailors, the continued close attention to the class rules so that boat owners can't outspend each other on improvements to their boats, and that it has become the only one-design class in town that is still racing over 100 races a year."
I then asked Peter what has been his biggest achievement during his tenure as fleet captain and class president. This was not an easy question for him to answer, because he is not the type to pat himself on the back.
"My biggest sense of accomplishment is getting the sense of orderliness on the race course," he said.
I have cornered Peter in the bar after racing at least three times this year for rule definition and interpretation. This has improved my sailing skills and fun factor tremendously this season, even when he has informed me that my interpretation of the rules was incorrect.
Special thanks must always be given to the fleet's founding fathers for coming up with the concept of the perfect boat to race in our harbor. This is a story that I will need to write about in the near future.
I would also like to give a shout out to John Whitney for all the hard work he has done for the fleet over the past few years. Its always refreshing to work and participate with a group of people whose main goal is to improve our sport of sailing.
To join the fleet go to and click on the "join" link. There are a number of different ways to charter a boat, or just start asking people if you can crew for them. I have seen many people get picked up for crew during the day of an event. Another way to meet many of our fleet members is to attend the "Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing" seminar this Sept. 8 at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.
Sea ya.
LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Flashback from 2011/ Bringing sailing to the forefront

I was granted an interview this week with Craig Thompson, chief executive of the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA), which is overseeing the 34th America's Cup, to be sailed in San Francisco Bay in August 2013.
Thompson, a Newport Beach resident, was born in Pasadena in 1949. He has worked his way up the sports marketing ladder. He was director of volleyball for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and launched the first World Beach Volleyball championships in Rio de Janeiro in 1986.
He has also worked in Switzerland for the International Equestrian Federation, and then spent four years with the track and field division of the International Assn. of Athletics Federations, where he contributed to the marketing strategy, TV and sponsorship sales, as well as management of all major IAAF events worldwide. Thompson is best known for his marketing campaigns for the UEFA Champions League.
ACEA's chief executive is responsible for branding, venues, facilities, sponsorships and commercial partners, and the television programming.
Here's my interview with Thompson:
Question: Welcome to town. I noticed you moved in a little more than a year ago. How did you come about selecting Newport Beach as your primary residence?
Answer: I grew up in Santa Ana and then moved to Newport Beach after I graduated [from] UCLA, so I already had the pleasure of living in the area. Then after 25 years living and working in Europe, my wife and I decided to move back to Newport Beach, where our extended families now live.
Q: Do you have time to use our harbor?
A: I have a great love and respect for the water, so one of my focuses for the 34th America's Cup has been the creation of a comprehensive sustainability program that can benefit all of the world's oceans, not just bodies of water near our host cities. I'm excited to engage people around the world in ocean conservation and share how we can all make a positive impact so our oceans and marine life flourish once again.
Q: I understand [billionaire Larry] Ellison has set a mandate to bring younger people to the sport of sailing. Will we see members of the America's Cup Teams visit our junior programs or possibly receive local media attention? For example, the NFL reporting on junior football programs from around the country?
A: Youth are the future of our sport, so you will see a number of different ways we'll be interacting with children. For example, we plan to introduce a Youth America's Cup to create a clear career pathway to sailing in the America's Cup. We are working on finalizing the details now for a 2012 introduction, but the concept is to utilize the AC45 boats working with countries around the globe.
Q: How do you plan to obtain the attention of the non-sailor during the next few years?
A: Great question. One of main goals is broadening our audience. There are a number of things that we're changing to make the America's Cup and sailing itself more accessible. We'll have new boats, new courses, new rules, new formats that can be more readily packaged for TV, plus more racing through our America's Cup World Series. And we're transforming the viewing experience through our onboard cameras, an interactive website and a whole new social media experience. I believe viewers will get to see that these sailors aren't just the top sailors, but the true athletes that they are.
Q: I still purchase Bud Light because of the "Bud Cam" on Stars and Stripes sailing in Fremantle, [Australia]. Can you tell us about some of the new innovations or camera angles we will see onboard in this America's Cup?
A: For the first time, we'll have cameramen onboard, so fans will get to see the racing close-up for the first time. You will get to see the quick decisions as they are made, the extreme athleticism needed to handle these boats. You will feel like you are right there with them.
Q: In 1977, it was Ted Turner and his locomotive cap, 1983 […] Australia's wing keel, 1987 […] The Fremantle Doctor, and in 2010 it was Attorneys and a Wing Sail. What will 2013 be remembered for?
A: I think the 34th America's Cup will be remembered for a number of things, but one thing in particular will be some pretty extreme racing, and I don't mean just a drag race. To create a race that puts a premium on tactics, crew work and maneuvering, the America's Cup Race Management team has taken two steps. First, they've instituted a design rule that helps ensure all of the boats are about the same speed. This means that no boat can win just by speed alone. Second, they are introducing boundaries on the course to prevent large separations between boats. This move will force boats to engage with each other, creating really close racing situations. Multi-hulls are very fast boats and will therefore reach the course boundaries sooner, so races will become a true test of skill and strategy, not just speed.
Q: What can the club sailor do to help you popularize our sport?
A: One of the greatest things about sailing is that you participate in the sport whether you are 8 or 80. With the focus we're placing on the fan experience, I think the next America's Cup will open the eyes of many more people to sailing. What we can all do is to welcome our non-sailing friends to the sport — get them out onto the Bay and allow them to experience the wonder of cutting through the wind and waves. Give children the access to sailing — invite them to crew or take a turn at the helm. And, most importantly, we all need to work together to protect our oceans so we can all continue to enjoy them for generations to come.
Sea ya.
LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist.

Craig Thompson was asked to step down 6 months after this interview.

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Friday, August 09, 2013

The Harbor Report: A few words en route to Catalina

Dan Rossen and Len Bose sail in the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club Championships. (Joysailing / August 8, 2013)

By Len Bose
August 8, 2013 | 8:44 a.m.

I need to keep this harbor report a little short this week, as the family is loading up Linstar for a midweek Catalina vacation.

Last weekend was as busy as it gets on the harbor. Saturday was the South Shore Yacht Club's raft-up in the five points anchorage just off the tip of Lido Isle. I have never made it out for this event, and this one was a little quieter than previous years. Gary Hill had a band set up on the aft deck of the William B and about six to eight boats side tied to one another. One of our harbor regulars reports that it was a good time and he had his boat back into his slip by eight. I have to mark my calendar for next year and do my best to make it out to the anchorage and support this event.
Over at the Balboa Angling Club, the Helen Smith Offshore Tournament, 30-pound line, was taking place last Friday and Saturday. Alan Baron crewed aboard Eric Noyes' good-looking Mikelson 50 Reel Noyes and caught the largest dorado at 19.94 pounds. It was heard around the docks they caught a "boat load" of fish, and that's a big boat. The vessel Shadow had Brett Reichert aboard and brought in the largest tuna at 47.27 pounds. Ryan Marshall found the largest yellowtail at 25.40 pounds. The club seems to be one of our harbor's hot spots, with membership continuing to grow. Next tournament is the Newport Harbor Bass Bay Open on Aug. 24.
This weekend is one of the year's biggest events for me at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. It's time again for the club championships, with Saturday being the family championships and Sunday the club championships. Sailed in Harbor 20s, the family event already has 12 teams signed up, and club championships has 10. I would think we will have about five more entries in each event by the time you are reading this.
The family event is very relaxed, more for the photo ops and a chance to invite family members out on the race course with you. There must be a club member at the helm and two immediate family members as crew in each boat. With my small family and my wife having to work Saturday, I called my first cousins. I will have two adults and three teenagers aboard, and I'm hoping that it's a windy day so I can look for the photo boat to do circles around. I know, I am such a poser, but someone's got to do it.
Sunday, things get a lot more serious, and I am bringing my good friend Dan Rossen as my crew. This year, the club championships has been renamed the Doug Mills Memorial Trophy, and the entry list is more competitive than the Harbor 20 class championships. Last year's winners, Mark Gaudio and Patrick Kincaid, have not signed up yet, but something tells me they will. Chris Raab also joined BCYC this year, and if Mike Pinckney, Erik Shampain and Eric Mayol are in town, the entry list starts to get heavy. Right now, David Levy is the favorite, and he has the skill level to beat the above names if they show up. It's not like myself, Peter Haynes, Guy Doran and the other entrants are not going to have our game faces on.
The mark roundings will be close, and I am sure we will have short discussions at each one. But at the end of the day, I am sure we will all applaud the winner. All BCYC members and friends are welcome to come aboard the spectator boats and join in the fun. Last year, we had a rather large fleet of spectator boats, and it was energizing to hear everyone cheer you on.
The phone just rang and my list of to-do's just grew by five. Whites Cove in Catalina is my happy place, so I have to run!

Good Times in Catalina

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

Friday, August 02, 2013

The Harbor Report: In touch with the young generation

Kelly Blake working at Duffy Boat rentals

By Len Bose
August 1, 2013 | 2:31 p.m.

This week, I headed out onto the harbor with the idea of interviewing two people with interesting summer jobs.
My first stop was easy, I stopped by Duffy Electric Boat Rentals at 2001 W. Coast Hwy. to interview Kelly Blake, the son of one of my best friends. Kelly is 19 and has been attending Orange Coast College. Like any 19-year-old male working on our harbor, Kelly's passion is chasing waves, females and skating. His job entails checking in and out Duffy boat rentals, detailing, and instructing people how to operate and navigate the boats around our harbor.
When I asked him if he liked the job, he replied, "I love it. It's fast-paced, we have a great crew and we are always busy." I was surprised to learn that on a busy summer day, there can be as many as 70 charters going out with a fleet of 25 boats. "We take about 15 minutes to detail the boats between charters before sending them back out," Kelly said. I inquired if he had a favorite Duffy model boat. "Yeah, totally, the 21-foot Suncruiser has a back patio on it that is pretty cool. Whenever I go out on them, I just like to chill outside."
So what types of parties have the most fun on the boats? "It depends," Kelly said. "Some people appreciate it differently. There are a lot of grandparents taking their grandchildren out and taking family reunion cruises. College kids always seem to have a great time, it just comes down to who appreciates it the most. Grandparents always seem to come back with the biggest smiles on their faces."
With the summer winding down, Kelly's focus is turning toward his studies. "I have to pass school," he explained with determination inflicted into his voice. "I am bummed I'm going to have to leave this place."
For my next stop, I hopped into my dinghy and headed out to meet Cameron Pizzica on the bait barge. Cameron is 21, lives in Huntington Beach and will be attending Cal State Long Beach this fall. On his down time, he heads to the beach and runs track.
While working on the bait barge, he pulls 24-hour shifts and wakes up at 5 a.m. to get ready for his customers. "I am part salesman and security guard," he said.
Cameron Pizzica working the bait barge

Cameron's duties are to wash down the barge twice a day and monitor the barge's fuel levels. He has been employed by the San Pedro Bait Company for the past four years and has only worked the Newport Bait Barge. "I started working one day a week and have worked my way up to three days now," he explained with great pride in his voice. Four people work the barge, and most have their own dogs with them. Unfortunately, I did not get the name of Cameron's dog, but I could tell this was his home. The dogs keep the birds and sea lions away along with any uninvited late-night guests.
I talked to Cameron about his product. "We have squid, anchovies and sardines," he said. "The Pamela Rose drops off fresh bait about three times a week." When I asked him about the water quality since the dredging has been completed, he felt that there has been a huge difference. "In years past, I could not see the bait because the water was so cloudy," Cameron said. "Now I can easily see the condition of the bait. We have lots of dolphin swimming by, and of course, we have lots of sea lions because the barge is like a floating buffet for them. Another thing I have noticed is how much stronger the current has gotten."

Being at the doorway of the harbor, I had to ask what are some of the strangest things he has seen. "It's always interesting to watch the Harbor Patrol speed out of the harbor," Cameron said. "I had some kids stop by at 1 in the morning in their electric boat wondering what the barge was for. I also noticed a large whale swim right in front of the harbor entrance this year. Other than that, it's rather peaceful out here."
As I was wrapping up my interview, a local charter boat pulled up for bait and a very cute girl cruised by in her dinghy and said, "Hello, Cameron, do you remember me?" He quickly replied, "Yes," and the crew of the charter boat chimed back humorously, "Hello, Cameron, do you remember me?" Life's good on the harbor this week.
Sea ya.
LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist.