Monday, October 16, 2017

On the Harbor: Fall is here and reminiscing about sailing



By LEN BOSE
Fall is here, the leaves change color and the activity around the harbor cools down a little, so I thought I would take a cruise and report my observations.
October started off with a loud roar from the Huntington Beach Air Show. Activity on the harbor felt more like the 4th of July, let me take that back, the air show seemed to have broken the sound barrier in more ways than one. According to Dave Beek, owner of Island Marine Fuel, “The air show is one of the busiest days of the year for us.” Countless marine industry people were too busy to smile and just had their heads down…working. Marina Park was full and the Dunes launch ramp appeared to be close to capacity. The most common quote I heard was, “I have never seen so many boats out on the Huntington Beach flats at one time.”
Most of the boaters would be heading out of the harbor between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. then returning around 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. The fog was clearing up early, the sun was out and there was only a light southerly breeze rolling across the water. It does not get much better than that and the timing could not have been better for all the different harbor users that weekend. Everyone I talked to on the water planned on returning to the air show next year.
As the airshow left with a boom, just the way it came in, people seemed to take in a big sigh, sit back and relax before the next tide change of the holidays approaches. From my cruise around the harbor, the shipyards appeared busy, the repo marina looked empty which I assume is a good indication on our economy. The fishing charter boats looked to be shifting over to more whale watching charters. A pod of Orca whales passed by our coastline this month which has kept the sea lions in the harbor.
As I mentioned in my last column the sea lion population has been a constant irritation to the boats located in A and B mooring fields close to the harbor entrance. The model coyotes are still the leading deterrent to keep the sea lions off your boats and docks. The Coast Guard dock became a target early this month with some great effort, as the sea lion barking moved up the bay.
While walking the docks, it appears most of the marinas are full again along with an increase in brand new boats, which is always good for me and adds a giddyup in my step.
Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s new clubhouse is starting to take shape and there are loud noises that Balboa Yacht Club is moving forward in renovating their clubhouse too. Slips are getting bigger around the harbor, as yacht clubs seem to be adjusting and renovating their clubhouses. My gut tells me it will not be much longer before more condominiums will enclose our harbor.
This thought frightens me: We only have one launch ramp in town and the commercial pier is a third of its size 10 years ago. Accessibility to our moorings is becoming more and more difficult, so where can beginning boaters go to launch their boats? Like I said in my last column “What are you gonna do?”
I guess I’m going to show my age and dream of the past. Rather than wish on my youth returning, I will wish for the small boating clubs to return. I long for the days where we returned from the water, threw burgers on the BBQ, sat down to a simple picnic bench and told sea stories of the day. No big deal that my hat is on, pants are wet, or that the kids are throwing rocks into the water for the longest skip or running around and hiding from each other.
For me and the sport of sailing it appears my bubble has popped and I will have to take my hat off, waddle on up to the bar and order a 10 dollar draft beer and consider that 25 dollar hamburger. Ya ya…I know poor me. But I still like to dream of simpler days and the thought that I am turning into my Dad does not bother me one bit.
Sea ya.

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

Friday, September 29, 2017

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.

Speed

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!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

On the Harbor: Pitchin’ in for harbor cleanup and interesting tidbits from the Harbor Commission meeting

Bose Family Sailing in BCYC Club Championships 


Fall is upon us and quite frankly this time of year just confuses me. I wake up, it is sunny. I put on my jacket, go out onto the harbor, and I am sweating like an engine mechanic in a bilge, then the wind goes up…I’m cold what are you gonna do?
I’ll tell you what I am gonna do, I plan on doing my mechanic impression Saturday, September 30 and take part in the “The Harbor Cleanup Event.” Registration is at 9 a.m. at the Balboa Yacht Club, Trash Collection from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a BBQ from 12:30 to 2 p.m. BYC in association with the Ben Carlson Foundation is conducting a harbor cleanup day. The event is BYOV (Bring Your Own Vessel). You will need to have access to a dinghy, kayak, paddle board or other vessel to participate. If you need a kayak, contact the sailing center at Marina Park. I am sure they will be glad to rent you one. Nets will be provided. Not sure who’s idea this is, but WELL DONE! The chairperson of the event is Carrie Robertson, so odds are good it was her idea. If the Harbor Master gave out awards, at the end of the year each year, this one would have to be a favorite.
H20 Fleet 1 Championships

Speaking of favorites, the Harbor 20 fleet championships are on the same weekend as “The Harbor Cleanup Event,” September 30 and October 1. The early favorites in C Fleet are PJ and Mike Kohl, B fleet is anyone’s call. I am going to go with Gretchen and Richard Loufek. A fleet is much easier to pick: Diane and Bill Menninger are the heavy favorites, although there will probably be 17 other sailors bringing their best game. My gut tells me it is going to be a memorable weekend.
I attended the Harbor Commission meeting on September 13 with a couple of items on the agenda catching my attention. Because it is fall already, the discussion regarding standup paddle boards (SUP) might be forgotten until next summer, but with the drowning of a SUP user in Huntington Harbour last month this item could not be overlooked. Topics included quick safety lessons and mandatory lifejackets. This seemed like a wasted effort because who is going to listen or comprehend a quick safety lesson then place on a lifejacket on a hot sunny Newport day? In my opinion, the best idea came from Harbormaster Dennis Durgan when he asked, “Why don’t we require SUPs to wear a leash?” Key word here is wear and it seems to be an easily obtainable solution.

Coyote models
Next up, was the harbormaster report with most of it passing through one ear and out the other although two items took hold. Sea Lion Abatement was one item. I cannot think of anything that looks worse, on the harbor, than boat owners placing random netting and gallon buckets from Home Depot around their boats in an effort to deter sea lions. Nothing makes the phone ring more at the harbormaster’s office than when we have a large group of sea lions that are barking all night, what are you gonna do? The answer right now is coyote models, works like a charm. I first noticed them at the San Diego Yacht club about two years ago and finally figured out what they are for. If I had a boat on a mooring or a waterfront home, I would not hesitate to purchase a coyote model as a sea lion deterrent.
The next item that has been barking for attention for years, is harbor code enforcement. While showing a boat this week, I watched Newport Beach code enforcement officers place notices on nearby boats notifying them that they must cease and desist their Airbnb ads. Harbor operations workers have also been attaching courtesy notices on the dinghies that have been staying on the public docks too long. I have also watched code enforcement officers joining harbor operations on ride alongs. It’s all good and long overdue in my opinion.
New Public Pier

Talking about public docks, next time you are over at Lido Park, next to the Elks Club, notice the new public dock off of Central Avenue. The concept for this dock is for 35’ foot or smaller vessels to tie up for up to three hours and go to West Marine or the local restaurants.
My “Silly” Idea of the Week: Lets re-consider disregarding fishing line canisters that we see in other harbors for fishermen on our public docks and highly used fishing areas like along the railing across from the new public dock to dispose of their line rather than throw it into the water.

The start of Lobster Season

For me, I am hoping I still have my mojo after winning the BCYC club championships sailed in Harbor 20’s last Sunday. This weekend is the two warm regattas with the fleet champs at the end of the month, wish me luck! 
Sea ya’
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Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for StuNewsNewport.

Monday, September 25, 2017

For Sale: Alerion 28 ASKING $ 58,000






If you are looking for a daysailer with classic lines then the Carl Shumacher design Alerion 28 is calling you. Chances are you already have noticed her beautiful lines from a distance. The large sail area of her mainsail has kept your attention while she moves through the water with little effort. Built for the sailor who wants the best for their limited time on the water.

ASKING $ 58,000

Friday, September 22, 2017

BCYC 2017 Club Championships "This is how we do it"



Commodore Check Wert and Rear Commodore Steve Moffett

September 17, 2017 Newport Beach. A thin coated marine layer produced a slightly humid Sunday afternoon over Newport Harbor last weekend were twenty teams showed up for the The Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club 2017 Club Championships sailed in Harbor 20.

Sunday was split up in two divisions The Family Championships and the Club Championships. By far I enjoy the Family Championships because it brings out everything that is good about our sport and our yacht club. If you can head over to www.facebook.com/BCYCracing/ now click onto the link for the 2017 BCYC Club Champs these photos, provided by joysailing.com, provide a thousand different stories.
No Ketch-up?


One of the first photos you will find is of Katie and David Levy with their two daughters Emily and Harper. We rounded the weather mark and the Levy family was just next to us trying to place themselves in a good position to the rapidly approaching leeward mark. I look over and both Emily and Harper are in full melt down mode, Katie is trying everything thing she can to calm down the kids and still stay in the race. Looks like Katie had McDonald’s french fries onboard as an early go to, classic. I am sure next year Katie will not forget the ketchup.
Arnold Crew

The next memorable moment came in the second race when Kathie and Eddie Arnold, with two very young junior members, crossed the fleet to lead into the weather mark. “ We are winning, we are winning” they screamed with excitement as Eddie, filled with his own excitement tried to shush them.

Next was Erik Lidecis sailing with his two teen age sons that you can tell from the photos that it was not their idea to race in this event. We too had our own moments aboard Only Child, seems my son had a little to much fun the night before and being on a boat with his parents was not his first choice for that Sunday. 
Team Lidecis


Guy Doran had his brother and sister joined him, I recall hearing Dorans brother comment that he had not been sailing in years. The Johansson family did it right with all four members of the family sailing together. Daughter Zoe Lynn at the helm while her bother Jake Arne handled the sheets. Mom and dad where just there for the photo ops and drive too and from the club. 


The races where sailed out in the five point area of the harbor with the last race of each division finishing with a cannon blast in front of the club. We had a little breeze for the five races of the championship series with the breeze not shifting as much as it did in the family division. The team of Bose and Gaudio seemed to have figured out the puzzle of the day and took home the golden pickle dish this year. Team Levy placed second in the Champion division and won the Family division. Team Levy had won the Champion Division trophy a couple of years back and now was the first team to have placed their names on both trophies. 
Commodores just want to have fun!







Anyway you look at it this event it was a success and we all hope that next year you will put it on your calendar to join in on one fantastic way to spend a day on the water. Please do take a look at all the great photos Bronny took.

Sea ya 

Len Bose
BCYC DRM Member


This is how we do it!









Monday, September 04, 2017

On the Harbor: Summer sailing season will soon be behind

It's Raab by a nose!
Just like that and the 2017 summer sailing season has come to a close. Like always, the early warning signs were out with the closing of the Orange County Fair, football season starting and the arrival of Halloween candy on the store shelves.
The events that have fastened to my mind this summer are the Transpac race, Sabot Nationals, Lido 14 Championships, Taco Tuesdays at BCYC and NHYC Thursday night Twilight races.
I have already talked about the Transpac race this summer and, yes, I am still carrying around a big smile for winning our division in this year’s race to Hawaii aboard Horizon. I also have happened to notice a couple of other people around the harbor with the same type of smile.


Jake Mayol 2017 Sabot Champ!
Looking all the way back in time to 1948, less than 15 people have won the Junior National Naples Sabot Championships, Nina Nielsen Memorial Trophy, more than one time. This year BCYC member Jake Mayol is one of these 15 people. Mayol had to earn it with close racing down to the end, sailing on Mission Bay the first part of August. Peter Busch and NHYC member Erik Hou were all within three points of each other at the end. Other Newport Beach sailors did very well in this year’s Sabot Championships: Morgan Pinckney finished fourth, Sophia Devling was sixth and Gray Hemans was 10th. An outstanding performance from these junior sailors.
I was humbled by the names of the past repeat winners on the Nielsen trophy: Charles Merrill, Jerry Thompson, Earl Elms, Brian Thomas, Nina Nielsen, John Shadden, Jim Otis, Bill Hardesty, Tyler Sinks, Jake La Dow, Max Brill and now Jake Mayol. Very impressive, Mr. Mayol – for a job well done.
Out on the harbor in mid-August, the 2017 Lido 14 Championships were sailed with 31 boats showing up looking for a shot at the title. Friday, the first day, was a qualifying round splitting half the fleet in Silver and Gold Divisions. The favorites quickly moved to the top of the fleet, all past Lido 14 Champions. Mark Ryan had a small lead after the first day of racing followed closely by Mark Gaudio. Chris Raab, a top favorite, had two forgettable races on Saturday and fell to the back of the pack after six races. Sunday started with Gaudio taking a comfortable lead, if you can imagine a horse race announcer calling the race when the horse in the back breaks to the outside and quickly moves through the pack. That horse was Chris Raab and he flew through the fleet taking three firsts and a second in the last four races to win by a nose. I was out on the water spectating and it was some of the best racing I have watched in a long time. Other teams to watch were the 17-year-old Porter Killian, sailing my Lido, taking 4th and Jeff Lenhart, the 60-year-old who still knows how to hunt in these physical boats grabbing 5th place. I learned a lot by watching this regatta and hope to bring some of that knowledge with me into the upcoming Harbor 20 Fleet championships this year.
Speaking of the Harbor 20s, we have wrapped up our summer sailing season with BCYC Taco Tuesdays and NHYC Thursday night Twilight races. For me, Taco Tuesdays is the big night with 37 races this summer. In C fleet, with 15 boats competing, Robert McDonald showed that he wanted to take the entire summer series by putting in the best effort, and turning in his taco for the whole enchilada. In second and third place this summer were Richard Somers and Emile Pilafidis. In B fleet, there were 10 boats competing with Cole Pomeroy punching in his time card and taking the overall win. He was followed by PJ Kohl in second and Debra Haynes in third. No one wanted A fleet more than Mark Conzelman who made sure his boat was on the race course for every race with him and some of our harbor’s best at the helm. Conzelman crushed the fleet this summer with me garnering second and Gary Throne taking third.
NHYC Thursday night Twilight Series had 41 boats sign up this summer and 28 races. The Twilights are split up with monthly winners and the competition is intensified from Tuesday nights. Top finishers in C fleet this year were O’Sullivan, Twist and Swigart. In B Fleet it was Hause, Springer and Haynes. A fleet has Conzelman, Bissell and Menninger winning the golden ticket each month.
So, what’s coming up in September? We have the BCYC Club Championships on the 17th with Family and Champion divisions sailing in the Harbor 20s. There are also two Harbor 20 high point races that prepare the fleet for the upcoming championship during the first part of October.
On Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m., the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Marine Committee meeting at Marina Park will have our new Harbormaster Dennis Durgan review the progress made in the harbor.
For my paddleboard readers, make sure you have your life jackets on or attached to your boards. Rumor has it that the authorities are ticketing people without their life jackets.
With the summer sailing season over, I am hoping to get back on schedule and provide two columns each month. I have some good ideas … so please stay tuned.
Sea ya’
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Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for StuNewsNewport.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

On the Harbor: It’s a win at Trans Pac!

The Dream Team

Everything went as planned aboard the Santa Cruz 50 Horizon in this years Trans Pac race to Hawaii. We won our class of 10 Santa Cruz 50’s, finishing seven hours before the second place boat on corrected time. The next seven boats finished within an hour of each other for the battle of a podium finish.

Of the eight Trans Pacs I have completed, this was the first time that I have finished in the day. This made for some outstanding photo opportunities. The Facebook live video, helicopter and drone videos can be found on my blog site at  lenboseyachts.blogspot.com .

There is an important rule while sailing on an offshore race and that is  “what happens on the boat stays on the boat.” As always I did learn a number of lessons that I will try to remember in the future. One of the many lessons I learned was to keep a closer eye on all the race preparation expenses. When I send a piece of equipment out for inspection or repair I have to obtain quotes on the work. Then let the owner review these quotes for the final decision. Nothing worse than having to make a phone call and explaining why or how I was so far over budget.

As a race boat manager, I will also need to spend more time to detail regarding the terms of the contracts with the professional sailors on the boat. We had two paid hands on the boat, one was our navigator, the other our maintenance person. In the future, I will have an amount of satellite data that can be downloaded in the navigators agreement. Satellite data is weather information that is allowed per the racing rules. This way the navigator and owner will not have to have a discussion on what is to much, or to little, during the race. This always seems to happen towards the end of the race when it is nice and warm down below and dinner is in the oven.

We also learned you cannot have enough fans in the boat, two of the fans stopped working during the race and the looks I was getting from crew was concerning. The quote of the race was “There is a lot of defecation in the water.” We were very fortunate not to have hit any of the large crates we noticed floating by. We did catch a large piece of plastic dock line on our rudder and after some effort we were able to push it off with our boat hook.

So that’s a wrap on this years race and the accolades from around town have been overwhelming thank you again for all your acknowledgments.

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So what’s new around the harbor during all this time I have been writing about myself? As you know the city have just completed it’s first month of harbor operations, managing the moorings and city codes in our harbor. All the employees have been making the extra effort as in any new relationship. Although there is one person, who is a city employee that transferred from Public Works to assist on getting this project off the ground and that is Raymond Reyes.
Reyes is a beast at multi tasking and comprehension on all subjects from reciting, in one months time, all of Title 17 Harbor Codes and working through the software program that manages the Marina Park Marina and the Mooring fields. He is now the go to person for your mooring permit transfers or questions regarding Title 17. Reyes amazes me everyday I work with him, his patience, cordiality over the phone and to employees is some of the best I have ever worked with. Reyes is not the only one with super natural ability’s that is now working for Harbor Operations. In fact it is rather humbling for me to see how many people want to join this new team. For what it’s worth, things are looking better than I would have imagined coming off the starting line. It’s a long race and only time will tell but the harbor is looking good at this time.

Speaking of looking good, go check out this new Harbor Operations web site at  www.newportharbor.org . There is almost everything you wanted to know about our harbor.
What I found most interesting is the Guest Slips, Moorings & Anchorage link on the top of the page. Now scroll down to Mooring Transfers, almost to the bottom of the page, then click on the Mooring Transfer Log. This Log will give you a comparable sales log of what moorings have been selling for. Good stuff right?

Remember you do not have to keep a vessel on your mooring to keep your permit in good stature. Will be back next week to update you on who has been crushing it on the race course this summer.



Sea ya




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

Trans Pac 2017 Photos aboard Horizon




Charging to the Finish line.


We had some great Face book live video you can find here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1381243135519563/

Most of the photos are from of Sharon Green/ultimatesailing.com    


Team photo before start
Dream Team


Len Bose







Greg Helias and Justin Law

The Kids: Carson Reynolds, Justin Law, Alex Steele, Greg Helias


Alex Steele









Friday, August 04, 2017

Racing Catamaran for sale: AFTERBURNER $ 65,000









Looking for an extreme sailing experience? Would you like to be consistently ahead of the pack in our point to point races and finish before the sun goes down? All your day sails are turned into exhilarating memories. Then come take a look at AfterBurner and see if she will provider you with the on the water thrills you are looking for? Located in Newport Beach and ASKING $ 65,000 Please contact Len Bose Yacht Sales at (714) 916-0200






Sunday, July 30, 2017

FOR SALE: 1974 Cal 246 OHANA ASKING $ 115,000



FOR SALE: Cal 246 OHANA $ 115,000
The Cal Cruising 2-46s were designed by Wm. Lapworth and offers excellent sailing performance. The interior layout features two staterooms, two heads, two showers, large deckhouse salon with up galley, a more comfortable cockpit than most 50 footers, a large engine room, 260 gallons of fuel and 130 gallons of water. This particular one is equipped with an 85 HP Perkins diesel, fuel and water tanks replaced, NEW windows, all NEW wiring. This is a very clean boat owned by an experience yachtsman.




https://youtu.be/k5VsHZjQHbI





Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Horizon 2017 Trans Pac





I always wonder how I can afford this stuff? On July 5th at 13:00 just off of Point Fermin I will be aboard the yacht Horizon starting the Trans Pac sailboat race to Honolulu Hawaii. This is the tenth time I have started the race and have never been more confident in the boat and team aboard Horizon.

There are fifty-five boats that have signed up for the race and in our Division 4 we have ten boats that are very similar in size, speed and manufacture. All ten boats where built in Santa Cruz California with six of the boats being Santa Cruz 50’s and the other four Santa Cruz 52’s. You can call it the only corinthian class/one design ocean racing fleet in the world. For all the 40 + year old armchair racers this year with the dream, in what other class can you have real food, with a real head/ bathroom and a dry bunk? Then add the exhilaration of "Fast is Fun” aboard Horizon, in this years Coastal Cup we hit a new boat speed recorded of 28.8 knots.
Thats fast and scary fun!



Our goal is to bring forth the best possible effort for the 2017 Trans Pac Race. The yacht Horizon has had one of the most successful offshore racing records on the West Coast of the United States for close to twenty years. Her captain has owned the boat for the last five years and this is our second Trans Pac with her.

This seasons effort started back in October of 2016 when I started to put the sailing team together and preparing the boat for her annual maintenance. Quite often people approach me and ask if they can join our team, which is always a good thing. I had one person ask me what are the qualifications needed to apply? I smiled and had recently noticed that our whole team can easily beat me on the Harbor 20 race course and that was my reply to this prospect, “ You have to be faster than me.” Thats not the whole formula, just a big part of it.

The Mojo started flowing over us from the start with 32 year old Doug Cary signing on as our maintenance man and delivery skipper. Cary had just arrived from the East coast where he had been working with a very prominent sailing team. Cary keeps the boat together and does the bow for us.

Greg Helias 32 years old from NHYC, Helias was on the winning Baldwin Cup and Lipton Cup team over the last season. Helias brings his natural talent and a type of calming energy that unites the team together.



Justin Law 32 years old from NHYC, Law was apart of the previous, three years, winning team of the Baldwin Cup and is one of NHYC go to people for different challenge events. Law is loaded with natural sailing talent, very few people love the sport more than he does. He keeps it fast and fun on the boat.

Alex Steele 32 years old from BYC, he has participated on the BYC Baldwin Cup team over the last five years and was on the same sailing team as Law in College. Steele has the ability to think three moves ahead and keeps the team constantly thinking in this manner. For this reason I have asked Steele to be one of two watch captains on board for this race.

Carson Reynolds 32 years old from BYC, he too has also participated on the BYC Baldwin Cup team over the last five years. To be honest, this is really Reynolds team from the last Trans Pac that did very well. Reynolds is the manager that grasps the situation and makes good quick decisions. He also provides a barrel full of motivation and is our other watch captain.

Tom OKeefe is in his fifties and has been sailing Horizon for the last twenty years. I recall he has done four Trans Pacs on the boat. OKeefe is our go to guy, on where the different sails lead to, how to balance the boat and which sail should we be using.

Jeff “Elvis” Thorpe is in his late forties and has one of the best racing records, as navigator, to Hawaii. Thorpe pushes the boat, “ Are we here to race our are we cruising?” I have heard him say more than once while we ponder the thought of putting up more sail. Last season Thorpe guided our team to an overall win in the Puerto Vallarta Race and the California Offshore Race Week.



Len Bose is fifty-seven years old from BCYC. It’s my job to manage the team, herd the cats, and hope the plan all goes together.

Wish us luck, you can watch us at https://2017.transpacyc.com/media/watch



Sea ya