Saturday, December 12, 2009

2009 Harbor Awards

By Len Bose

2009 BYC Club Champions (l) Dave Ullman, Commodore Allan Andrews and Walker Ban

It was a VERY good holiday for the Bose family. We sold our Nordhavn 62, Jarvis Newman 38 and a 45’ Catamaran in the month of December. Now that I have told you about my good fortune, I would like to report on the different award winners around the bay and make up some new awards.

The Corinthian spirit is a big part of the yachting tradition in our bay and the true yachtsman does not need to be recognized for their efforts. But let’s get real – everyone likes a “pat on the back” and hear the words “well done” for their efforts. The following are the award winners from around the bay.


66 Series
First Overall “BIEN ROULEE” Glenn Highland Owner
Second Overall “TANGO” Roy Jones Owner
Third Overall “AMANTE” The Richley Family

Long Point Race Week
First Overall “Linstar” John Shulze Owner

Belly Trophy
“Best Yacht Club results” Recipient: BYC

Seagal Leadership Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Adult Sabot Group recipient: Bob Reilly

Leo Collin Award for the Most Active Racing Sailor in the Sunkist, Twilight and Beercans Series recipient: Jim Jackman

Judy Franco Award for Involvement in the Balboa Bay Fleet recipient: Rowell Greene

Colline Gibbons Trophy & Marilyn Gibbons
for Colline Gibbons: For Top Performance in Sabots in the Twilight Series & Marilyn Gibbons: For Most Frst Places by a Non-Keel Boat in the Sunkist Series recipient: Molly Lynch

Most Competitive Fleet for Support/Organization for a Racing Fleet recipient: Gator Cook

High Angler - Female recipient: Ali Johnson

High Angler - Male recipient: Eric Noyes

High Angler Junior recipient: Samuel Bigelow & Nick Johnson

Angler Event Chair of the Year recipient: Chris Webb

Race Committee Member of the Year recipient: John Minor

Race Manager of the Year recipient: Pinky Greene

Ocean Racing Sailor of the Year recipient: Bill McKeever

Match Race Sailor & Big Boat Sailor of the Year recipient: Chris Nesbitt

Blue Water Sailor of the Year
recipient: Erik Berzins

Franklin Angler Award recipient: Harvey Wills

Race Council Member of the Year recipient: Jeff Keenan

Event Chair of the Year recipient: Judy Gorski

Pluck Award for Overcoming Some Obstacle Well, or Hanging in There through Adversity, and Pluck may be a combination of Luck and Persistence recipient: Glenn Highland

Franklin Cruising Award for Biggest Contribution to the Cruising Group recipient: Buzz & Pat Lowe

BYC Angler for Outstanding Angler including tournament results, notable catches, etc. recipient: Kevin Klemm

BYC Senior Club Champions
recipients: Don Becker, Bob Strang, John Minor

BYC Club Champions recipients: Dave Ullman, Alan Andrews, Walker Banks

One Design & Dinghy Sailors of the Year
recipients: Kieran Chung & Ryan Davidson

Sportsman of the Year for displaying outstanding sportsmanship during the yachting season recipient: Don Becker

Commodore James Whyte Memorial Perpetual Trophy for the BYC member of the year recipient: Greene Family

The two most prestigious awards at BYC are the Sportsman of the Year and Member of the Year awards. Winning one of these awards means you went the extra mile for your club and harbor. Also note The Franklin and Club Champions. At BYC, the Club Champions win a front row parking place with their name on it.


Burgee of Merit
Serves as NHYC’s highest honor awarded to a west coast yachtsman. The Burgee of Merit is not awarded annually, but only at a time when the Newport Harbor Yacht Club Board of Director recognizes an individual’s accomplishments as worthy of the award. The criteria for receiving the Burgee of Merit includes competing in an Olympic Games, winning a major world championship or bringing unusual distinction to west coast yachting in general.
2009 recipient: Mike Martin

Race Committee Excellence recipient: L. Douglas Sloan, international judge & international umpire

Off Soundings Award recipient: David Stone Solala, & Paxson Offield Kelsey Lee

Fletcher Olson Perpetual Trophy awarded to the non calm sailors who have shown the most outstanding sportsmanship and leadership throughout the year.
Recipient: Chris Segerblom

Vince Healy Award presented to an individual who has shown conspicuous loyalty to the club.
Recipient: Jack Hutchinson

The Jack and Meta Going Cannon Award presented to a individual who has served their club and its members in exemplary fashion.
Recipient: Larry Somers

Boat of the Year: 86’ Fife Schooner Astor, recipient: Richard Straman

At this time I regard the “Burgee of Merit” as our harbor’s most prestigious award.


Officers & Directors 1966 for Best in Whitney Series recipient: Steve Brown

Officers & Directors 1961 for the Most Events Other than BCYC recipient: Erik Shampain

Marcia Holyoake Perpetual for Service to Race Committee recipient: Scott Truesdell

BCYC Ocean Racing Participation for the Most SCYA Events PHRF recipient: Mike Dwight.

Maclaughlin Ocean Racing Perpetual for the BCYC Member with the Highest Score
– Ahmanson recipient: Rhonda Tolar

Officers & Directors 1960 for Greatest Number of Racing Points
recipient: Erik Shampain

Miller Perpetual for Greatest Number of PHRF Points
recipient: Erik Shampain

Officers & Directors 1983 for Ocean Racing with One Over 600m recipient: David Janes

Skipper Hi-Point recipient: Mike Dwight

Crew Hi-Point recipient: Erik Shampain

Gaudio Family One Design recipient: Erik Shampain

Wayne Gary for Power Fleet recipient: Mike Dwight

James Berkshire for Lido 14 Sailing recipient: Ellen Collins

Commodore Langley for the Most Improved Sailor of the Year recipient: Mary Bacon

Lorin Weiss Perpetual for Ensenada Cruising Class recipient: Dan Redding

BCYC 1st to Finish in the Ensenada Race recipient: Dave Janes

Leukemia Cup recipient: Jeff Burch

Commodore Bussey for Most Active BCYC Family recipient: The Caulfields

Elmer Carvey for the Yachtsman who Contributed to Race Committeerecipients: Jerry Moulton & Paul DeCapua

Most Active Angler recipient Bob Kircher

Commodore Domanski for Outstanding Committee Chair recipients: Jerry & Nancy Valuch

The big awards at BCYC are Commodore Domanski along with the Gaudio Family. I know I would be very proud to display either of these trophies on my mantle.


John J. Alden Trophy
LIYC Best Place in Largest Fleet (Non Ensenada) in Ocean Race recipient: The Richley Family

Robert Bogen Memorial Trophy
LIYC Cruising Trophy recipient: Tony and Linda Kinninger & Chris and Diana Miner

Lido Hole in the Head Trophy
LIYC Most Unusual Sailor recipient: Greg Shaver

Commodore Rutter Trophy
LIYC Most Distinguished in Yachting recipient: Carter Ford

Jerome Robinson Trophy
LIYC Best in PHRF Ensenada Race recipient: Chuck Brewer

Commodore Haskell Trophy
LIYC Most Improved Adult Skipper recipient: Jim Ciucki

Commodore Lockney Trophy
Most Loyal Adult Member of LIYC recipient: Debbie Benedict

Commodore Ray Trophy
LIYC Adult Nite Flight Low Point recipient: Tim Richley

Commodore Hinshaw Perpetual Trophy
LIYC Commodore Dinghy Race recipient: RC Carter Ford and SC Phil Ramer

Commodore Niblo Appreciation Trophy Starboard Yard Award
LIYC Commodore's Right Arm recipient: Lynda Gruver

Commodore Munson Special Recognition Trophy
Above and Beyond the Call of Duty recipient: Julie Auckerman

Commodore Ward Trophy
LIYC Family Award for Skill, Loyalty and Sportsmanship recipient: The Crook Family and The Bakkila Family

Commodore Schockley Trophy
LIYC Friday Night Low Point recipient: Kathy Sangster

Commodore Woolsey Trophy
LIYC Low Point in the Commodore Woolsey Regatta recipient: Walter Johnson – BYC

F. Platt Preston Trophy
LIYC Best Service for Junior Sailors recipient: C. Thomas Ruppert and Diana Miner

The two most prestigious awards at Lido Isle Yacht Club are the Commodores Rutter & Ward Trophies. If you are the recipient of the Commodore Rutter Award you have truly stepped it up a notch within our harbor.

Now, I am going to announce the Inaugural “Daily Voice” Harbor Awards. I put a lot of time into this and talked with a lot of the people, whose names appear above. While walking the harbor, I stopped and asked the shipyard workers, ferry operators, divers, ship captains and fuel dock attendants. I gathered all this information and combined it with my personal observations of 2009 and came up with the following awards.

Isaac B. Potter Award (The job is ours, let us go to it!”) presented to the individual who has served our harbor in exemplary fashion.
Recipient: Carter Ford

I have known Carter Ford now for more than 10 years. During this time I have seen him put in countless hours and a great deal of effort into our harbor. From the Mooring Association, public docks and Marina Park, his efforts have truly made an impact for the better of our harbor. He is a man that completes his tasks and is a good person.

No. 8 Channel Marker Award for Courageous Readiness and Determination in additional to continuing against all odds.
Recipient: Leslie Daigle

Council member Daigle’s continued efforts to secure funding for dredging the upper and lower bays has to be recognized. The city was awarded $17.36 million in federal stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act this year. Council member Daigle kept this issue on the front of her agenda and has had a big part in achieving this goal.

Heart of the Harbor Award is awarded to the Ambassador of our Harbor.
Recipient: Don Duffy

Don Duffy has been the operator of our harbor’s Clean Sweep Vessel for the last 15 years, and I can’t think of one time when I did not receive a warm greeting from him. He will be retiring this year and his efforts will be truly missed.

The Harbor Voice Award serves as the “Daily Voice” highest honor award. It is presented to the individual or individuals who have made the extra effort in improving our harbor.
Recipient: The Newport Mooring Association

The effort this group has made is truly remarkable. To get a better understanding of all their accomplishments one needs to go to their web site at and start reading. A personal THANK YOU to each director for his or her efforts and services.

That’s it for 2009 in Newport Harbor. Thank you for reading my column this year and I look forward to providing you with more useful information next year.

Sea ya’

Len Bose

Len Bose is the owner of Len Bose Yacht Sales

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


The other night I received one of those late night phone calls. You know the one – you can just feel the problems coming through the line. This call was from the L.A. Coast Guard looking for the vessel and owner of the boat I had sold a couple of weeks back.

“Mr. Bose, this is Lt. Jones from the Coast Guard Station in Marina del Rey. The EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) for the yacht TOMTOM has been activated and we have been informed by the previous owner that you might know the location of the vessel.” Lucky for me the boat was on a mooring in front of the Newport Beach Coast Guard Station. “Yes sir,” I replied. “If you call your Newport Beach office and have them look through their window they can see the boat.”

Len Lesson #15. It’s easy to complete the transfer of registration of one's EPIRB. All you need to do is call (301) 817-4515 and have the serial number of the EPIRB, previous owner's name, and the previous name of the vessel. The helpful person on the phone will instruct you to register the EPIRB in your name at the Beacon Registration Database System at It's free and it's very simple.

I had never realized that you could go into this system and update your account at any time, including new phone numbers (cell and satellite), an email address, the color of your boat and how many people you have onboard, along with a short float plan. Just make sure you update your information regularly.

Speaking of updating, unless you are a speed reader with good comprehension in panic situations, take the time to read the manual a number of times and check your EPIRB monthly. You should follow your manual step by step. Check the battery, run a self-test and make sure you note that you have properly installed your EPRIB onto your vessel. It's so simple to complete a self-test; even I completed the task without error. Now don’t take me wrong, I also had the manual in my lap and had read it five times. I called the manufacturer on my cell phone instructing me step-by-step, and after about my fifth time and knowing the manufacturer's rep. on a first name basis I felt confident to complete this task on my own.

There are a couple of other things you should look at while inspecting your EPIRB. Check the housing of your device so that it's not obstructed or damaged and look at the expiration date on your EPIRB. There are a couple of features that need to be updated every two years, and make sure your lanyard is secured. The true yachtsmen will log all this maintenance. I'd also suggest that during your yacht club's opening day inspection ask members if they have inspected their EPIRB and have logged their work.

Should you ever be in the very unfortunate position of “stepping up” to get out of your yacht, remember this one piece of information: “Once the EPIRB is turned on, leave it on … the satellites will hear you! There have been cases where people have kept turning the EPRIB off in an attempt to prolong the life of the battery.

Sea ya',

Len Bose

Len Bose is the owner of Len Bose Yacht Sales.

Monday, October 12, 2009

SHORT TACKS: Come Sail Away With Me!

By Len Bose

I want to take some time each month and report on one of the local racing fleets. We will start by introducing the fleets and provide contacts for you.

While racing on the bay, I have noticed the following fleets are still active. Lehmans 12, The Lido 14’s, Harbor 20’s, Fins, Sabots, FJ’s and our local Performance Handicap Racing Fleet or PHRF for the keel boats.

The Lido 14 fleet (which I own) started from the design board of Barney Lehman and was produced by the W.D. Schock Corp. starting as far back as 1958. This fleet has provided an introduction to sailing for more than 50 years, and has produced some of the harbor’s top sailors such as Mark Gaudio, Nick Scandone, John Papadopoulos, Dave Ullman and Jack Franco.

I bought a Lido 14 when I was a student at OCC taking beginning sailing on Lido 14’s. I was on the school’s sailing team and we used the Lido 14 for our practices. I thought it ironic that Nick Scandone was introduced to the fleet the same way.

Flash ahead 25 years. The Lido 14 has rejuvenated my interest in sailing by allowing me to return to my collage days and at the same time letting me sail with my 10-year-old son Andrew. I can race in a class championship with more than 50 boats attending or I can sail from the club over to the Pavilion for ice cream with Andrew. I’m as lucky as Roy Woolsey who sailed in his last class championship with his son at the age of 90 in 2007.

For more information about the Lido 14 class, visit here.

For more details about the local fleet, go to my blog and catch up on the activity of Fleet 1 over the last two years.

Our next race is Dec. 5 at Balboa Yacht Club in the Sunkist Series which starts at 1 p.m. You’ll be able to watch most of the race from the main dock. If you’re interested in buying a boat, contact my good friend John Papadopoulos who owns Double Wave Marine Sales at

The fleet even has a boat we will let you try a few times to make sure it suits you.

Here are some race results:

Last weekend’s American Legion Lido Classic. There were a number of us out there last weekend. Parents drove the start and to the first mark, then passed the helm over to our kids. This led to some exciting moments!

Lido 14

1st place: The Bose Family

2nd place: The Foster Family

Newport Harbor Winter Series, with two races then back to the club for some lunch followed by two more races. Very competitive racing with some of the best sailors. Visit

Fin Class

1st place: Henry Sprague, 9 Points

2nd place: Bill Bissell, 12 Points

3rd place: Erik Bissell, 13 Points

Harbor 20 A Fleet

1st place: Bill Menninger, 10 Points

2nd place: Terry Gloege, 12 Points

3rd place: Bob Yates, 16 Points

4th place: Chris Allen, 17 Points

Harbor 20 B Fleet

1st place: Peter Haynes, 14 Points

2nd place: Andy Binkerd, 17 Points

3rd place: Rolly Pulaski, 19 Points

Lehman 12

1st place: Nick Madigan, 15 Points

2nd place: Garth Reynolds, 16 Points

3rd place: Brian Bissell, 16 Points

Len’s Lesson #5: “You’re never as good a sailor as the day you graduate from college.”

On the horizon, the yacht clubs’ annual award winners and this year’s Daily Voice Yachtsmen of The Year Award.

Sea ya’ next week.

Len Bose is the owner of Len Bose Yacht Sales

SHORT TACKS: Harbor Busy With Sailboat Races And Sea Lions

If you did not notice how active the harbor was this last weekend you have to come on down and join in on the fun. Everyone was out yachting from Bahia Corinthian Yacht Clubs (BCYC) Double Handed sailboat race series to Balboa Yacht Clubs (BYC) weekend Sunkist/Choc Regatta.

BCYC Double Handed Series is a three-race keelboat event starting in September and ending in November. This event is always on the top of my list because one really breaks a sweat while trying to get your boat around the course. You can’t help but laugh at your self as you stumble around the boat to get the genoa down and the spinnaker up. Then quickly looking over and see how your competition is doing and asking yourself if you are too old for this? This years winner was Chuck Brewers Beneteau 44 “Heartbeat II” with the Sea Scots base Dave O’Hara onboard throughout the series. By the way Dave I will be back next year! Results can be found at

One would think that the racing season is slowing down as the holidays fast approach? Not in Newport Beach, BYC Sunkist/CHOC regatta is Balboa Yacht Clubs largest attended series of the year. The CHOC event, which earned a reported $ 15,000 this year, is only run the first month of this four-month series. On Saturday the dingy fleet which includes Harbor 20’s (18 boats entered), Sabots (9 boats entered), Lazers (7 boats), Lido 14 (15 Boats) and the Thistle (3Boats). I would like to call out the Fin fleet, where were you guys? On Sunday it’s the Keel boats turn with forty-seven boats making it out on this warm fall day. Now you have to give it up to the yacht “Scavenger” and Bill Taylor’s crew. The aft part of this boat has been winning races dating back before there was water in the bay. I just hope I can bring home at least half as many pickle dishes Bill has over the years. He makes it easy for me to return each year because if he is out there having fun with family and friends so am I. Results can be found at

While taking my cruise around the bay this week I noticed that the big male sea lions have left the bay in search of food after a busy summer. With less sharks being reported the Sea Lion population is raising and these big fellows have leaned that man means a meal. NOW this is kind of a “no brainier” DON’T feed the seagulls and DON”T feed the SEA LIONS! Because the same thing ends up happening although it’s just not on your head it’s on your boat. By feeding these guys it just adds to their aggressive behavior. I stopped by Island Marine Fuel ( to talk to owner Dave Beck and asked him what he has been seeing? “Most of the sea lion population have taken over the two derelict boats the county put on the mooring across the bay.” Dave told me “This is probably a good thing because the Sea Lions do not really care what type of boat they own and it keeps them off my boat” Unfortunately the County removed the boats and towed them in for auction and the Sea Lions are now back on the search for a new crib.


Lesson # 27. The best way to keep the sea lions off your dock or the back of your boat look s to be a wooden 2” by 2” peg board.

Lesson # 17 Allways go to for your yacht photos. I don’t know where I would be without Bronny help.

On the Horizon, I will be doing a story, the first part of next month, reviewing the Yacht Clubs annual award winners.

Sea ya

Len Bose

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Perfect First Boat Costs Next To Nothing By Len Bose

By Len Bose

I received a sales call this week from a prospect who was not sure if he wanted to purchase a power or sailboat. He just wanted to get on the water and start yachting.

I asked, “Do you know how to sail?”


“Have you owned a power boat before?”

"No, I just want to get on the water!"

All right then, I have just the boat for you! It's called the School of Sailing & Seamanship at the Orange Coast College sea base at 1801 W. Coast Hwy Newport Beach” I then brought up the school web page and started to tell my future prospect to sign up for beginning sailing.

As I glanced through the web page I noticed that the sailing base has a lot more to offer than when I learned how to sail there some 30 years ago. I then informed my prospect of all the different powerboat classes that are available along with the weekend trips to Catalina and the Channel Islands.

The school offers everything from first aid and CPR classes to sailing to Hawaii. I found myself eyeing the marine electrical systems class imagining how much money I can save on my boat if I understood my AC and DC systems better.

When I heard my prospect over the phone asking, “Are you still there?”

I told him that the school will place him on the proper course in deciding just what your needs and desires are.

"Once you have accomplished that I will find the proper yacht for you,” I said.

My prospect asked if the classes are expensive? No, a beginning sailing class works out to be about $7 an hour. Now that's value.

"Well, thank you, Len," he said. "That’s good advice. Looks like I can sign up online. Perfect!"

"Just don't forget me," I said.

OK, time for Len's Lessons.

Lesson #543: When you bring a boat down to Ensenada, make sure you tell your credit card company you are headed out of the country. After I placed a month’s slip rent at Cruise Port Marina, my card company turned off my card.

Lesson #544: Make sure your credit card works before you get to window #2 at the port captain's office. This caused me about a two-hour delay.

Lesson #545: I also noticed the owner of a sport fishing vessel from Long Beach, who had been in line longer than me, trying to purchase nine fishing licenses. He should have called Joan Irvine Travel at (949) 548-3481. Joan will save you a ton of time from everything from a Mexican fishing license to your temporary import permit and port entry papers and don’t you dare forget about your LLC maritime letter of permission. I would have saved about three hours if I had called Joan first.

Next week I will report on Balboa Yacht Clubs Sunkist and CHOC regatta/series this weekend. Get your boat out and help The Children’s Hospital of Orange County bysigning up for this regatta! I will also be competing in BCYC Double Handed series this Saturday and I will be sailing around the bay checking in with all my friends.

Website of the week is the Stern Scoop. Look through this page for your yachtsmen holidays gift ideas. Then go shop on ebay like I do.

Sea ya.

Len Bose is the owner of Len Bose Yacht Sales.

SHORT TACKS: Getting A Charge Out Of Electric Boats

By Len Bose

Hello, everyone my name is Len Bose, and I have been a yacht broker in Newport Beach for 22 years. I’ve been sailing for more than 35 years, and I should be around for another three-plus decades before I give up the tiller.

I asked Tom Johnson and Bill Lobdell if I can take a trick at the helm on reporting the harbor news in the Daily Voice. I only had to buy them lunch and tell them a couple of yarns before they casted me from the dock. As I sailed away I heard Bill yell over the water, "Convince our readers to go yachting!" No problem, I thought to myself, I can do that!

So as I sailed away from the dock and before I reached M mark I looked under my boom and noticed 12 ladies having a bachelorette party on a 21-foot electric Duffy boat. Now that brings back good times! I can write books of all the fun I’ve have had in bay launches.

From my college days of going from Woody’s to Snug Harbor and then going for a midnight swim down the water slides at Lido Isle Yacht Club, the Bay Club and the Dunes singing and laughing the whole way around the bay. To a couple of years later, I got lucky, no pun intended, the night my wife accepted my proposal to marriage just under the Lido bridge next to Z mark in a electric Duffy.

Now these days, I take sunset cruises with my wife and friends. We also spend time on the water taking my 10-year-old son out on scavenger hunts with his friends or dressing up as pirates and terrorizing the harbor. So are you asking yourself, how can I get in on some of this fun?

It’s simple, call Lee at Duffy Boats Rentals at (949) 645-6812 or you could spend hours just going through its web page gathering your ideas for your cruise. There is something for everyone cruising the bay and like Lee told me, “There is no wrong day to go out on a Duffy.”

I just booked a boat for my wife and I to take a sunset cruise this weekend for three hours. I requested a pu-pu platter from one of the local restaurants, and I plan on stopping by Rolfs wine store and grabbing a couple good bottles of wine. Just at sunset, I plan on switching the iPod to some of Dean Martin's greatest hits and heading straight for z mark just next to the Lido Bridge. That’s amore, baby!

Len's Lessons 345 through 353: While cruising the harbor in an electric boat stay to the right of everyone. But remember not to get close to the docks, those overhanging anchors from the big boats will sneak up on you and grab you. Never go under bridges, stay out of the mooring, never go against the grain of traffic, know where the lifejackets are on the boat, pay close attention to your check-out person on the dock and take your pirate's eye patch off while driving because you never know when the next bachelorette party will cruising by.

On my next tack I am headed down to Ensenada to deliver a 40-racing sailboat I just sold to an Australian fellow. I promised him I would get the boat on the yacht path transport ship where the boat will be loaded up to be taken to its new home in Thailand.

Sea ya.

Len Bose