Tuesday, March 13, 2018

On the Harbor: My sail from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta

Horizon & Lucky Duck after the start of the 2018 SD to PV Race
The clocks have moved forward and spring sailing season is underway. This last week I was sailing aboard the yacht “Horizon” in the 2018 San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Yacht Race.

The Newport Beach entries were John Raymont Andrews 40 “Fast Exit,” Steve Sellinger Santa Cruz 52 “Triumph,” John Shulze Santa Cruz 50 “Horizon,” Manouch Moshayedi Bakewell White 100 “RIO” and Tom Corkett Andrews 70 “Runaway.” “Horizon” started on Friday, March 2 in Division 5 with the other Santa Cruz 50’s & 52’s.

The forecast was for a light sea breeze out of the south and dying off as we reached Ensenada. This forecast left Friday starters with a bit of a hindrance, because the smaller boats in Division 7 had started the day before with a clearing westerly and there were reports of 40 knot squalls and blown up spinnakers. Saturday starters are the big boats like the 100-footer “Rio,” Andrews 70 “Runaway” and Roy Disney Andrews 70 “Pyewacket.” Their forecast was for 15 knots out of the southwest.

With that aside and a 1,000 mile-race to Puerto Vallarta, we knew that there would be many opportunities for us to make that time up on the other boats for the overall standings. One thing that always comes to mind is that the race is never over until you cross the finish in a Mexico race. I first heard this saying from Newport Beach City Councilmember Brad Avery back in the ‘80s and have always remembered it. 
Out of the starting gate it was our class favorites “Horizon” and “Lucky Duck” side by side reaching out of San Diego harbor and pointed for the Coronado Islands. At this point, on “Horizon” it officially became duck season. The two boats exchanged the lead at least five times down the Baja coast, always staying within eyesight of each, and crossing jibes under the light of the full moon at night. When two competitors meet up like this, they normally push their boats that much harder with the sail changes happening with each wind shift rather than giving it the old five-minute rule and waiting to see if the wind will shift back.

Crew of Horizon
Life aboard “Horizon” goes into a four-hour off, three-hour on watch system after the first dinner with three people staying on deck, unless we have to make maneuvers and everyone is called on deck. With each maneuver, be it sail changes or gybing each crew member, the assigned position throughout the race never changes. For example, the same person will drive the boat, just like the same person will be in charge of pulling up and letting down the halyards that lift the sails up and down.

I am also listed as the chef aboard the boat and by today’s race boat standards that’s not too far from the truth. In an effort to save weight, most competitors are chocking down freeze dried foods which I hear are not that bad if you can add your favorite hot sauce. Aboard “Horizon,” breakfast consists of yogurt and granola or cereal with fresh fruit. Every other day I will warm up some Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches, which are always well received. There is nothing more appreciated than a warm meal while you are out to sea. For lunch, I’ll fix deli meat sandwiches with avocado, onion and lettuce, and on odd days serve up hot dogs, which have seemed to be the crew’s favorite. For dinner, we ask for volunteers to provide the boat with dinner casseroles with favorites being beef stroganoff, pasta bake and enchilada pie. Each dinner is served with a fresh salad and choice of dressing. After the galley is cleaned up, I’ll fill a container with candy bars, trail mix and or some dried fruit along with leaving the Starbucks instant coffee and hot chocolate packets out for the crew. Now that might not seem as much of an effort on my part, but have you ever tried boiling water for hotdogs while tight reaching with the 3A spinnaker up and the boat leaned over in a mixed sea? It is rather challenging just serving the meals to the crew.

One of the largest obstacles of this race is navigating past Cabo hole, which can block the wind has much as 30 miles away, before entering the Baja Gulf on your way to Puerto Vallarta. So, there we are with the Duck just close enough that we can talk to them. As night falls and the full moon has not yet risen, the two boats split so that we can’t make out our running lights. This is when our navigator, Alex Steele, puts his plan into effect on how to work our way through the Cabo hole as fast as possible. Steel put in a ton of time studying this part of the course and just crushed it. The next morning, the Duck was more than 30 miles behind us in four knots of wind, while we were close reaching in at 15 knots headed straight for the finish line.

Like I mentioned before, a Mexico race is never over until it’s over, and we kept the throttle down until we crossed the line with a first in our class and seventh overall. Another great race with a solid group of sailors from our harbor! This years’ crew was John Shulze, Len Bose, Alex Steele, Justin Law, Tom Okeefe, Creig Chamberlain, Andrew Dippel, Doug Cary and Greg Newman. Now we have to get the boat home and start getting ready for the upcoming Ensenada race.
Sea ya!
Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for StuNewsNewport.

Monday, February 26, 2018

On the Harbor: Well this time...I’m on terra firma

Every so often my wife, Jennifer, and I will head up to Paso Robles for our wedding anniversary and considering this year was our 25th anniversary, it was time to go on a vacation that did not involve boating.
We started this pilgrimage 24 years ago and found the bed and breakfast – Summerwood Winery & Inn. This modern farmhouse concept has always felt extremely comfortable to us, so we have returned five times over the years.
Summerwood Inn

We have made changes to our route over time and now prefer to have a big lunch before wine tasting and picnic in the room for dinner. We found ourselves a little too puckered up and over saturated from a day of tasting to appreciate a fine dinner at a restaurant.
Before our journey started, I had asked some friends Lori Bowman and Tad Springer, who I have noticed head up to Paso Robles annually, for their recommendations on which of the wineries we should visit.

Our first stop was at DAOU, where we had made a 12:30 p.m. reservation and barely made it on time after all the LA traffic, and departing Huntington Beach at 8 a.m. Most of the wineries now prefer reservations and private tastings to open tasting rooms of the past. The DAOU winery is spectacular with breathtaking views at an elevation of 2,200 feet above the Adelaida District. Jennifer and I decided to ignore the cold crisp breeze rolling through the mountains and selected to sit outside for our tasting. While the falcons soared beneath us, Jennifer and I quickly became at one with the lawn furniture and the wine while both releasing full sighs after the long drive. The presentation at DAOU was overwhelming, and I have now learned that I need to drink the wines we purchased at home before commenting on my likes or dislikes.
Our second stop of the day was at Denner Vineyards which we had visited before some eight years ago. Denner produces some of Paso’s best wines, so we had to return to this gorgeous winery. The prices bunched me up a bit, but I wanted more and purchased one bottle of their 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a big buck winery and it shows from the moment you pull into the parking lot with astonishing views and friendly consultants. Our appointment was with David who described the wines seductively with a touch of humor along with his celebrity impersonations. Good times were had and we will return. Should we be carrying a big bag of gold, we plan on staying at the Comus house in one of their four rooms at Denner. These rooms are magnificent with a commanding view of the valleys below.
Closing time at most of the Paso wineries is 5 p.m., and we were running out of time, so we pulled into Jada which is just down the street. I liked the wines, although I was still a little overwhelmed by the prices at Denner and didn’t purchase anything at this stop. We ran into a nice couple and came to find out that he had also graduated from Edison High school two years before me. This kicked up the energy level, so we had one more stop in us at Dilecta. The owner and winemaker is Orin Stang, who had previously worked at Booker and Law Estate Wines. The tasting room was a small barn offering no views, but Stang poured the wines himself. I purchased two bottles: one was named Tiller, a Syrah and the other – an unorthodox Syrah. While walking back to the car, Jennifer commented that she didn’t care much for the wines and questioned me on why I had purchased them? I simply said, “I don’t know.” The odd thing is when we returned home, these wines were fantastic, and I won’t hesitate to purchase more. This is when it came to me that the hilltop wineries with their views seemed to have made their wines taste better.

Calcareous Views
Day two started with a 10:30 a.m. appointment at Law Estate Wines and OMG…this place is beautiful and a must see. Reservations only, where we met Madison who was an intern from Florida who had only been there for two months and was as knowledgeable as someone who had lived in Paso their entire life. Law Estate Wines is another hilltop winery and is just below DAOU. We purchased their 2014 bottle of Sagacious, a blend of Mourvedre, Syrah and Grenache, along with a bottle of Audacious, which is a blend of Rhone and Bordeaux varietals. Parker gave them both high ratings, so I’m hoping the view did not influence my decision to purchase. From Law we crossed the street and went down to Calcareous, which turned out to be, in our opinion, the best value in all of Paso Robles. Wondrous views, outstanding wines at attractive prices. At this time, we took a break for lunch and went downtown to Buona Tavola, an Italian eatery that we were both very pleased with, and found it refreshing to take a Pellegrino water break.
After a lunch break, we headed over to Turley because they have always been my favorite red Zinfandel vineyard, and as always was not disappointed. In fact, their prices are much more affordable than most of the hilltop vineyards.
So that’s it…another memorable anniversary in Paso. I will be getting back on the water in my next column with a review of the San Diego to Puerto Vallarta race starting on March 2. Wish us luck and we’ll be sailing on the yacht Horizon again.
Sea ya!
Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for StuNewsNewport.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

On the Harbor: Keeping you updated on the winter series races and more…

The mighty AMANTE dominates winter series
To say that things around the harbor are “heating up” is a bit of pun with the weather we have been having.
I was in Basin Shipyard this last week and they are working hard with the yard at full capacity. While walking by the outside of the shipyard it reminded me of a busy Sunday morning at the Galley restaurant with all the customers wrapped out around the corner waiting for their table.

Over at Newport Harbor Shipyard, things seem to be just as busy with a number of large racing sailboats getting ready for the upcoming season. Two new race boats, to our harbor, have been recently added with Newport Harbor Yacht Club members Jim Bailey having purchased the Trans Pac 52 “Destroyer” and David Team recently purchased  the Trans Pac 52 “Vesper”. Destroyer will be making her Southern California sailing debut in the Islands Race on February 16. Vesper has been seen heading out of the harbor looking for wind to start practicing for the upcoming season. They are headed to San Diego February 10 - 11 to compete in the TP 52 Mid-Winters event that promises to have nine TP 52 boats attending. ( Update: Vesper dominated the first day of races during the Mid-Winters and broke a spreader during a spinnaker set and had to withdraw from remained of the regatta.)

If you are wondering about the outcome of our winter series races across the harbor…here are the results. In the BYC Sunkist Series, in PHRF class A with no throwout – James Dealings’ “Carbon Footprint” took first and held off team “It’s OK. In B class, The Richley family aboard “Amante” kept rolling for the win and in class C “Doubletime” swept the series with straight bullets. The real race in class C was for second with Bill McKeever’s “Reliance” holding off Brian Dougherty’s “Legacy.” Class D came down to a tiebreaker for first with Ray Booth sailing “Altheris” just nipping out John Szalay’s “Pussycat.”
Over at the BCYC Hot Rum Series, in PHRF C, Bob Wine sailing “Carioca” won the class. “Pussycat” took class B and “Amante” won class A. In the Harbor 20 NHYC Winter series, Ann and Kurt Wiese won class A, Doug Rastello brought home the class B trophy and Kathryn Reed held on to her lead to win class C.

Nate Dunham 17.97 Halibut
The Balboa Angling Club is off to a fast start this year. Harbor 20 sailor and past Balboa Angling Club President Chris Allen took off on New Year’s Eve with crewmember Nate Dunham aboard his boat “Taravana.” Dunham caught a 16.71 lb. BFT (I hope that means bluefin tuna) and a 5.42 lb. yellowtail, which allows Allen to bring home the first two flags of the year. Allen described the weather as perfect with flat seas and a whole lot of fish. He still had a rather large smile when telling me about his trip a month later. Another big day at the Angling center is receiving the 1,700 juvenile sea bass on January 19, 2018. I assume most of you are familiar with the sea bass cages in the mooring fields just in front on the Balboa Angling Club. The sea bass are released later in the year, with the volunteers from the center talking care of them in the meantime.
Upper Bay

Upper Newport Bay channel markers
News around the harbor: A number of topics have been brought up during the Harbor Commission meetings, and I have heard some rumors around the harbor. It has been indicated that three old channel markers 6, 10 & 12 will be removed and replaced with new floating markers. This is long overdue, and we can only hope this task is completed this year. Another topic broke the surface at the last meeting, and that is marine recycling so that all you boaters will now have a place to dispose of your hazardous waste without driving miles inland to do so properly. I’ve heard these centers will be around the harbor sooner rather than later. My little harbor birds also informed me that the upper bay channel markers have a very good chance of being lit up at night, so you can make your way through the upper bay much easier when it’s dark. The word around the harbor, during the recent Blue Moon high tides, is that the amount of flotsam that was collected was overwhelming. One boatsman from the NHYC reported that he scooped up a whole drowned chicken. The good news is that with the large water flush, people are telling they have never seen the water so clear. This is very good news for the harbor, because when you add the amount of sunlight we have been having, the chance of a good crop of eelgrass might follow for this year’s surveys. Remember eelgrass is our friend!
Wish us wind and luck as we will be competing in the Islands race on “Horizon” in preparation for this year’s Puerto Vallarta race.
Sea ya!
Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for StuNewsNewport.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

SC 50+ Horizon: This is why we are FAST


Had some work completed for us last year before Hawaii

This is what we found at this years haul out

Bottom Damage at Haul Out

Carbon cloth was used for spot repairs behind keel. They have delineated possibly the substrate was wet and not thoroughly dry before applying. We inspected the damaged area of the interior and it visually is intact meaning no signs of cracks. 

Reinforcing applied with fairing glaze

Areas of touch up and rudder to shop for white bottom paint finish

Horizon Rudder with new white bottom paint

First coating of proline epoxy primer

Epoxy primer Strut

Keel White application


Ready to launch

Looks like she is doing 20Knots just setting there

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Saturday, February 03, 2018

LBYS Good Start to 2018:


2018 SOLD:
                                          2005 28' Alerion
Represented Seller

                                          2014 Duffy 21' Sundeck
Represented Buyer & Seller
                                         2010 Duffy 22' Cuddy
Represented Buyer & Seller
                                          2015 Duffy 22' BayIsland
Represented Buyer & Seller
                                          2014 Duffy 22' BayIsland
Represented Buyer & Seller.
Three deals in contract with new listings arriving daily and strong showings. Time for a bottom turn and get back on it! Check out the comparable sales on your Duffy at http://boseyachts.blogspot.com

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Winter Sailing Series…what’s going on


Balboa Yacht Club 2017-18 Sunkist Series
Courtesy of Joysailing.com
The Newport Beach winter sailing series is about halfway though its season, so I wanted to provide you with an update on races that will be taking place in our Harbor. 
Balboa Yacht Club 2017-18 Sunkist Series
Thirty-five boats signed up for this year’s four race Sunkist Series and like all the other harbor winter series it has been sailed in light winds and strong currents. The final race of the series just happens to be on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4 with most of the competitors wondering how they will get home in time to watch the game.
In PHRF A fleet, Jim Devling’s shiny black boat “Carbon Footprint” has sailed very consistently and leads the fleet going into the final minutes of the game. Just behind, is team “It’s OK” that with a throw out, discarding their worst race, this series could end up in a tie breaker. It’s going to be close…let’s hope for wind.
PHRF B has “Amante” winning and if there is a throw out she does not have to go out on the field for the fourth quarter. Peter Wells sailing the J 120 “Adios” is in second followed by Seth Hall aboard “Marisol.”
In PHRF C, “Doubletime” has the overpowering offensive line in this series with three first place finishes and like Amante can sit the fourth quarter out should there be a throw out in the series. Tied for second is Brian Doughty J 105 “Legacy” and Bill McKeever “Reliance,” both boats with identical scores, this race will be close.
PHRF D appears to be a close one with Ray Booths C&C 35 “Altheris” only two points out of first with nine points to John Szalay’s Peterson 34 “Pussycat.” Third place is tied between Mark Rosene “RD” and Roger Gooding “Rhythm” both with 11 points. This series will be a barn burner with some of the best racing in the harbor. Now I really want the wind to show up!

PHRF E has another close game going on with Gavin Herbert Rhodes 41 “Madness” in first place with nine points. Followed closely by Caleb Everett’s Moore 24 “Tortuga.” All good stuff, so make sure you tune in.

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club Rum Series
Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club Hot Rum 2017-18 Series
Jan. 21 will be the last race of the three-part Hot Rum Series. Twenty-seven boats have entered and are split up in three PHRF classes and have been greeted with light winds and strong currents.
In PHRF A, The Richley Family sailing the mighty “Amante” has a thee point lead over Russell Grant’s “Wild Thing,” and in a close third is Bill McKeever’s well sailed “Reliance.”
Next up is PHRF B with Joe Degenhardt’s “Lickity Split” in third, Larry Kilger’s “Healer” in second and “Pussycat” with a strong lead in first.
PHRF C has Emile Pilafidis sailing “Party Globe” in third, Bob McDonald aboard “Undecided” is in second and with another strong lead, Bob Wineat is at the helm of “Carioca.”

Newport Harbor Yacht Club Winter Series
NHYC 2017-18 Winter Series
Forty-four Harbor 20’s have entered Newport Harbor’s Yacht Club’s Winter Series this season. Racing has been close and the winds have been light as we approach the last race in the series on February 4. First race is an hour earlier at 12 p.m., because the start of some silly football game!
In Harbor 20 C fleet, Kathryn Reed’s “Wood in it be Nice” is leading going into the fourth quarter by six points to Mike Kohl aboard “A Tack Dragon” in second. Ross Watanabe is in third and only 11 points out of first.
In B Fleet, Doug Rastello brought in fleet champ Bill Menninger as his front line and they have rolled through the competition. Chris Allen racing his boat “Zephyr” with Walter Johnson as his crew are not known to give up, even though it appears the fat lady is clearing her voice. Allen is 15 points back and might just show up with a Cal Bears hats on and pull something out of his sail bag.
A fleet has “Shana’s Secret” with Mark Conzelman at the helm with a six point lead and has been the only team to keep a perfect attendance in the series. Conzelman will have to keep his head down and not look up at the game monitor going into the last quarter of the series. Should he decide to look up, he will see a yellow boat by the name of “Ping” with Anne and Kurt Wiese chasing him down. Over the last six races, team Wiese has not finished out of the top three and no one has thrown a flag at them.
Get out and enjoy the races!


Monday, January 08, 2018

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.