50's Ocean Racing in S.Cal.

sleddog

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As memories and photos fade, it's not too late to recall a vibrant ocean racing scene in S. Cal during the 50's.  The fleet was mostly wood, with good looking overhangs, varnished spars, South Coast winches and Watts Sails, red lead bottom paint, Kenyons and RDF's for navigation. NALU II won the '59 Transpac with sacrificial chickens aboard, and GOODWILL carried a crew of 51.  HILARIA never had an engine, and SALLY and SIRIUS were the prettiest 10 meters in the world.

  As a kid I crewed on our family Lapworth 36 and was in awe of the diverse designs and characters who sailed them.  Here is a recollection of some of the fleet.  For every boat or personality recalled, there are a dozen more with matching stories to be told.

ALTAMAR, ANTIGUA, AKAHI, ATORRANTE (go Burke!), ANDALE, AMORITA, TEMPEST, KITTEN, ESCAPADE, CHOLITA, VALENTINE, CHUBASCO, CAROUSEL, COTTON BLOSSOM, BUTCHER BOY, BARLOVENTO, CHERRIO. 

Alex Irving, Barney Huber, George Griffith, Ash Bown, Peggy Slater, George Fleitz, Clark Sweet, Hale Field, Chuck Ullman, Porter Sinclair, Pappy Allen.

 DASHER, DANCER, VIXEN, MADCAP, MARA, CASSANDRA, HOLIDAY, COQUILLE, CALIFIA, GALATEA, JADA, JINKER, GAMIN, HANAHULI, KIRAWAN, GOOD NEWS, BONNIE DOONE, KELPIE, FREEDOM, HILARIA, JADA, KIALOA, KAMALII, BAGATELLE, LANDFALL, LEGEND, FLYING SCOTCHMAN (Lapworth's first design), LEDA, MORNING STAR, NAM SANG, NOVIA DEL MAR, SANTANA, NELLY BLY, RED WITCH.

Gene Wells, Fred Smales, Willard Bell, Gabe Giannini, Jack Hedden, George Sturgis, Prent Fulmour, Dick Steele, Goldie Joseph, Peter Grant, Clark Sweet, Ray Wallace.

ODYSSEY, NALU II, FLYING CLOUD, MARIE AMELIE, ORIENT, QUEEN MAB, HUSSY, REBEL, RENEGADE, STARLIGHT, SEA DRIFT, SANTANA, SERENA, SOLILOQUY, SERENADE, STAGHOUND,, ISLANDER, SIRIUS, SPARKLE, SALLY, WINDWARD, WHITE CAPS, WESTWARD HO, CONSTELLATION, WESTWARD, LANDFALL, PIONEER, DOUBLE EAGLE, PURITAN, RESOLUTE, SILOUETTE, TANTALUS, L'APACHE, SEA WITCH, SHEARWATER, WOOLHARA (honorary powerboat), BRANTA, RAVEN, Y COMO.

 Not a spade rudder yet to be seen. 

ALERT, MICKEY, LARK, FLAMBOUYANT, SALUDA, QUEST, VIXEN, NARRAGANSETT, SUNDA, CRITERION, ROLAND VON BREMEN, BONGO, DEBRA, CHIRIQUI, DIABLO, CELEBES, NORDLYS, QUEST, FAIR WEATHER, MAI TAI, SKYLARK, GULLMAR, TYPEE, GROOTE BEER, SANDPIPER, DAUNTLESS, QUEEN MAB, ESCAPADE the big blue yawl, DIABLO,

K-38's, PCC's, K-40's, L/36's, Cal 32's, Newporter Ketches, PBY's, Ohlson 35's, Owens Cutters, Vikings, Snowbirds.

Skip Calkins, Carl Chapman, Rolly Kalayjian, Bill Lapworth, Bob Barneson, Gordon Curtis. Paul Cook, Gerry Driscoll, Bob Dickson, Ernest (Shorty) Alderman, Humphrey Bogart, Fred Schenck.

Marina del Rey hadn't been dug, Dana Point was still the best point break on the Coast, and Race Committees had difficulty locating the 14 Mile Bank for the weather mark. Not to forget the rock on the layline, 50 yards inside the Pt.Fermin red buoy. Buck Ayres at Lido Shipyard kept a dedicated sledgehammer for straightening lead keels.

Least we forget ANGELITA, NO HU HU, CONSTELLATION, ROBON, BRIGADOON of BOOTHBAY, YUCCA (loveliest 8 meter of my dreams), MALIBU Outriggers, P-Cats, EL GATO, IMA LOA, AIKANE, LADY GODIVA, GOODWILL and Coast Guard Cutter DEXTER. 


Kenny Watts, Saint Cicero, Swede Johnson (invented first tiller pilot), Al Lockaby, Rudy Choy, Frank Rothwell, Russ Nash, Denni Barr, Harry Bourgeois, Waldo Waterman, Plazi Miller, Connie Wurdemann, Bob Sloan. 

OCEAN STATION NOVEMBER, SUNRISE, RENEGADE, FAIR WEATHER, KITTEN, GALLANT, DIUNE, the Schock 25, RIGOLETTO, TYGER TYGER, PT JOE, MARTHA, SWIFT OF IPSWICH. 

Dick Deaver, Dr. Thaddeus Jones, Clancy, Goldie Joseph, George Kettenberg, Vic Stern. Walter and Ricardo Hussong, Pappy Allen, Bill Schock, Porter Sinclair, Nick Potter.

First Long Distance Race to Mexico: 1953 Acapulco Race.

First Ensenada Race: April 23, 1948. Originally called the "Governor's Cup Race," CA's Gov Earl Warren failed to make his promised appearance in Ensenada that year, and the event was renamed Ensenada Race in '49. Entry fee: $22.50/boat.

To get to/from Coronado, you rode the ferry for a nickel. And it cost a dime to ride the ferry from Newport Peninsula to Balboa Island.

 
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Blue Crab

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Good to know I'm not the oldest guy here. Remember when a storm took out the Strand Theater in Redondo? Awesome place to be a kid.

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sleddog

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I wasn't there when this dramatic black and white film was shot at the Newport Harbor Entrance...Quite the weather event. The wishbone ketch coming in under sail, STELLA MARIS, was later owned by Dennis Conner's grandparents... Why all the boats attempting to enter port in such dangerous conditions? It was Sunday afternoon and they were mostly all returning from Catalina, 28 miles to the west. Gotta get the kids back for the start of school on Monday morning. Did I mention the biggest boat in Newport Harbor,the 138 foot M/V PARAGON, was sunk in the Harbor Entrance that evening? Doggies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZl6-xYtZZg

 
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sleddog

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GALATEA, at 68' LOA, was built in Sweden in 1899 and was one of the fastest yachts in S.Cal in the 50's. She was steered with a long, beautifully carved tiller and had other extensive carvings in her teak bulkheads below.  Until catamarans made the scene, GALATEA reportedly held the record for crossing the Catalina Channel from Long Point to LA Harbor Light, 19 nm, in under 2 hours.

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Meat Wad

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After WW2 sailing in So Cal was very active up to the Tech Bubble bursting and then the Mortgage Backed Securities debacle of 2008. Sailing has never really been the same since. And now the Covid thing is not helping.

We started our Wet Wednesday series this week. 2 boats in A, 2 boats in B and 2 boat in the Family Cruising Class (C). 

 

sleddog

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SERENA, a lovely 83 foot Alden schooner, was actively campaigned in S.Cal. waters in the 50's and 60's, and raced 3 Transpacs.  Her 4,200 square feet of sail was an inspiring sight and steady speeds of 16 knots on a reach were regularly reported.  SERENA's all-star "schoonermen" crew had their hands full with sail handling, as there was only one, Paul Luke, single speed, coffee grinder amidships for the multiple heavily loaded halyards, sheets, guys, and runners.  Neal Beckner photo.  Neal was the Beken of Cowes of S.Cal and chronicled the sailing scene in consistently quality manner.

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timmytwinstay

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I wasn't there when this dramatic black and white film was shot at the Newport Harbor Entrance...Quite the weather event. The wishbone ketch coming in under sail, STELLA MARIS, was later owned by Dennis Conner's grandparents... Why all the boats attempting to enter port in such dangerous conditions? It was Sunday afternoon and they were mostly all returning from Catalina, 28 miles to the west. Gotta get the kids back for the start of school on Monday morning. Did I mention the biggest boat in Newport Harbor,the 138 foot M/V PARAGON, was sunk in the Harbor Entrance that evening? Doggies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZl6-xYtZZg
My mother still tells the story of sitting on the cliff above Big Corona and watching the boats milling about outside waiting.  Then, a small double ended, single engine fishing boat chugged into view, slowed a little to time the swell, gunned it (chug, chug, chug, chug) and made it look easy.  This gave those waiting outside the courage to give it a try, with the unfortunate results shown in the film.  She will love the movie.

 

PHM

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My parents (87 and 90) still have (and use) their Watts Sails seabags purchased during the '60s. Those things are indestructible. My dad learned to race on the PCC Dorthy E out of LAYC. PCCs were the hot SoCal ocean racers, until they were suddenly displaced by the new kid on the block, the Cal 40.  As my dad tells it, the owner of Dorthy E realized his boat just went from competitive to has-been the very first time he raced against a Cal 40 in the Whitney series. End of an era, literally overnight! PCCs are still beautiful boats and will always have a place in my heart--having spent quite a bit of time on Dorthy E for deliveries and such during my formative years as a youngster. 

 

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Started sailing in 1957 on BZ and Thad Jones boat, Island Clipper 44, sanguine.  Trips to Moonstone when it was just a rock and pebble beach, hiking the island, rock rolling, being chased by buffalos and wild boar.

In 1964, crewed on a Baja Bash with Dr. Thad on Jada, from Cabo to San Diego.  Was able to see the real Cabo before it became...

Saw one boat from Cabo to SD.  Had the bay in Cabo and the whole Baja coast to our selves.

Thanks for the memories sleddog.

 

timmytwinstay

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As memories and photos fade, it's not too late to recall a vibrant ocean racing scene in S. Cal during the 50's.  The fleet was mostly wood, with good looking overhangs, varnished spars, South Coast winches and Watts Sails, red lead bottom paint, Kenyons and RDF's for navigation. NALU II won the '59 Transpac with sacrificial chickens aboard, and GOODWILL carried a crew of 51.  HILARIA never had an engine, and SALLY and SIRIUS were the prettiest 10 meters in the world.

  As a kid I crewed on our family Lapworth 36 and was in awe of the diverse designs and characters who sailed them.  Here is a recollection of some of the fleet.  For every boat or personality recalled, there are a dozen more with matching stories to be told.

ALTAMAR, ANTIGUA, AKAHI, ATORRANTE (go Burke!), ANDALE, AMORITA, TEMPEST, KITTEN, ESCAPADE, CHOLITA, VALENTINE, CHUBASCO, CAROUSEL, COTTON BLOSSOM, BUTCHER BOY, BARLOVENTO, CHERRIO. 

Alex Irving, Barney Huber, George Griffith, Ash Bown, Peggy Slater, George Fleitz, Clark Sweet, Hale Field, Chuck Ullman, Porter Sinclair, Pappy Allen.

 DASHER, DANCER, VIXEN, MADCAP, MARA, CASSANDRA, HOLIDAY, COQUILLE, CALIFIA, GALATEA, JADA, JINKER, GAMIN, HANAHULI, KIRAWAN, GOOD NEWS, BONNIE DOONE, KELPIE, FREEDOM, HILARIA, JADA, KIALOA, KAMALII, BAGATELLE, LANDFALL, LEGEND, FLYING SCOTCHMAN (Lapworth's first design), LEDA, MORNING STAR, NAM SANG, NOVIA DEL MAR, SANTANA, NELLY BLY, RED WITCH.

Gene Wells, Fred Smales, Willard Bell, Gabe Giannini, Jack Hedden, George Sturgis, Prent Fulmour, Dick Steele, Goldie Joseph, Peter Grant, Clark Sweet, Ray Wallace.

ODYSSEY, NALU II, FLYING CLOUD, MARIE AMELIE, ORIENT, QUEEN MAB, HUSSY, REBEL, RENEGADE, STARLIGHT, SEA DRIFT, SANTANA, SERENA, SOLILOQUY, SERENADE, STAGHOUND,, ISLANDER, SIRIUS, SPARKLE, SALLY, WINDWARD, WHITE CAPS, WESTWARD HO, CONSTELLATION, WESTWARD, LANDFALL, PIONEER, DOUBLE EAGLE, PURITAN, RESOLUTE, SILOUETTE, TANTALUS, L'APACHE, SEA WITCH, SHEARWATER, WOOLHARA (honorary powerboat), BRANTA, RAVEN, Y COMO.

 Not a spade rudder yet to be seen. 

ALERT, MICKEY, LARK, FLAMBOUYANT, SALUDA, QUEST, VIXEN, NARRAGANSETT, SUNDA, CRITERION, ROLAND VON BREMEN, BONGO, DEBRA, CHIRIQUI, DIABLO, CELEBES, NORDLYS, QUEST, FAIR WEATHER, MAI TAI, SKYLARK, GULLMAR, TYPEE, GROOTE BEER, SANDPIPER, DAUNTLESS, QUEEN MAB, ESCAPADE the big blue yawl, DIABLO,

K-38's, PCC's, K-40's, L/36's, Cal 32's, Newporter Ketches, PBY's, Ohlson 35's, Owens Cutters, Vikings, Snowbirds.

Skip Calkins, Carl Chapman, Rolly Kalayjian, Bill Lapworth, Bob Barneson, Gordon Curtis. Paul Cook, Gerry Driscoll, Bob Dickson, Ernest (Shorty) Alderman, Humphrey Bogart, Fred Schenck.

Marina del Rey hadn't been dug, Dana Point was still the best point break on the Coast, and Race Committees had difficulty locating the 14 Mile Bank for the weather mark. Not to forget the rock on the layline, 50 yards inside the Pt.Fermin red buoy. Buck Ayres at Lido Shipyard kept a dedicated sledgehammer for straightening lead keels.

Least we forget ANGELITA, NO HU HU, CONSTELLATION, ROBON, BRIGADOON of BOOTHBAY, YUCCA (loveliest 8 meter of my dreams), MALIBU Outriggers, P-Cats, EL GATO, IMA LOA, AIKANE, LADY GODIVA, GOODWILL and Coast Guard Cutter DEXTER. 


Kenny Watts, Saint Cicero, Swede Johnson (invented first tiller pilot), Al Lockaby, Rudy Choy, Frank Rothwell, Russ Nash, Denni Barr, Harry Bourgeois, Waldo Waterman, Plazi Miller, Connie Wurdemann, Bob Sloan. 

OCEAN STATION NOVEMBER, SUNRISE, RENEGADE, FAIR WEATHER, KITTEN, GALLANT, DIUNE, the Schock 25, RIGOLETTO, TYGER TYGER, PT JOE, MARTHA, SWIFT OF IPSWICH. 

Dick Deaver, Dr. Thaddeus Jones, Clancy, Goldie Joseph, George Kettenberg, Vic Stern. Walter and Ricardo Hussong, Pappy Allen, Bill Schock, Porter Sinclair, Nick Potter.

First Long Distance Race to Mexico: 1953 Acapulco Race.

First Ensenada Race: April 23, 1948. Originally called the "Governor's Cup Race," CA's Gov Earl Warren failed to make his promised appearance in Ensenada that year, and the event was renamed Ensenada Race in '49. Entry fee: $22.50/boat.

To get to/from Coronado, you rode the ferry for a nickel. And it cost a dime to ride the ferry from Newport Peninsula to Balboa Island.
I wasn't there when this dramatic black and white film was shot at the Newport Harbor Entrance...Quite the weather event. The wishbone ketch coming in under sail, STELLA MARIS, was later owned by Dennis Conner's grandparents... Why all the boats attempting to enter port in such dangerous conditions? It was Sunday afternoon and they were mostly all returning from Catalina, 28 miles to the west. Gotta get the kids back for the start of school on Monday morning. Did I mention the biggest boat in Newport Harbor,the 138 foot M/V PARAGON, was sunk in the Harbor Entrance that evening? Doggies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZl6-xYtZZg
My mother still tells the story of sitting on the cliff above Big Corona and watching the boats milling about outside waiting.  Then, a small double ended, single engine fishing boat chugged into view, slowed a little to time the swell, gunned it (chug, chug, chug, chug) and made it look easy.  This gave those waiting outside the courage to give it a try, with the unfortunate results shown in the film.  She will love the movie.

 

timmytwinstay

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As memories and photos fade, it's not too late to recall a vibrant ocean racing scene in S. Cal during the 50's.  The fleet was mostly wood, with good looking overhangs, varnished spars, South Coast winches and Watts Sails, red lead bottom paint, Kenyons and RDF's for navigation. NALU II won the '59 Transpac with sacrificial chickens aboard, and GOODWILL carried a crew of 51.  HILARIA never had an engine, and SALLY and SIRIUS were the prettiest 10 meters in the world.

  As a kid I crewed on our family Lapworth 36 and was in awe of the diverse designs and characters who sailed them.  Here is a recollection of some of the fleet.  For every boat or personality recalled, there are a dozen more with matching stories to be told.

ALTAMAR, ANTIGUA, AKAHI, ATORRANTE (go Burke!), ANDALE, AMORITA, TEMPEST, KITTEN, ESCAPADE, CHOLITA, VALENTINE, CHUBASCO, CAROUSEL, COTTON BLOSSOM, BUTCHER BOY, BARLOVENTO, CHERRIO. 

Alex Irving, Barney Huber, George Griffith, Ash Bown, Peggy Slater, George Fleitz, Clark Sweet, Hale Field, Chuck Ullman, Porter Sinclair, Pappy Allen.

 DASHER, DANCER, VIXEN, MADCAP, MARA, CASSANDRA, HOLIDAY, COQUILLE, CALIFIA, GALATEA, JADA, JINKER, GAMIN, HANAHULI, KIRAWAN, GOOD NEWS, BONNIE DOONE, KELPIE, FREEDOM, HILARIA, JADA, KIALOA, KAMALII, BAGATELLE, LANDFALL, LEGEND, FLYING SCOTCHMAN (Lapworth's first design), LEDA, MORNING STAR, NAM SANG, NOVIA DEL MAR, SANTANA, NELLY BLY, RED WITCH.

Gene Wells, Fred Smales, Willard Bell, Gabe Giannini, Jack Hedden, George Sturgis, Prent Fulmour, Dick Steele, Goldie Joseph, Peter Grant, Clark Sweet, Ray Wallace.

ODYSSEY, NALU II, FLYING CLOUD, MARIE AMELIE, ORIENT, QUEEN MAB, HUSSY, REBEL, RENEGADE, STARLIGHT, SEA DRIFT, SANTANA, SERENA, SOLILOQUY, SERENADE, STAGHOUND,, ISLANDER, SIRIUS, SPARKLE, SALLY, WINDWARD, WHITE CAPS, WESTWARD HO, CONSTELLATION, WESTWARD, LANDFALL, PIONEER, DOUBLE EAGLE, PURITAN, RESOLUTE, SILOUETTE, TANTALUS, L'APACHE, SEA WITCH, SHEARWATER, WOOLHARA (honorary powerboat), BRANTA, RAVEN, Y COMO.

 Not a spade rudder yet to be seen. 

ALERT, MICKEY, LARK, FLAMBOUYANT, SALUDA, QUEST, VIXEN, NARRAGANSETT, SUNDA, CRITERION, ROLAND VON BREMEN, BONGO, DEBRA, CHIRIQUI, DIABLO, CELEBES, NORDLYS, QUEST, FAIR WEATHER, MAI TAI, SKYLARK, GULLMAR, TYPEE, GROOTE BEER, SANDPIPER, DAUNTLESS, QUEEN MAB, ESCAPADE the big blue yawl, DIABLO,

K-38's, PCC's, K-40's, L/36's, Cal 32's, Newporter Ketches, PBY's, Ohlson 35's, Owens Cutters, Vikings, Snowbirds.

Skip Calkins, Carl Chapman, Rolly Kalayjian, Bill Lapworth, Bob Barneson, Gordon Curtis. Paul Cook, Gerry Driscoll, Bob Dickson, Ernest (Shorty) Alderman, Humphrey Bogart, Fred Schenck.

Marina del Rey hadn't been dug, Dana Point was still the best point break on the Coast, and Race Committees had difficulty locating the 14 Mile Bank for the weather mark. Not to forget the rock on the layline, 50 yards inside the Pt.Fermin red buoy. Buck Ayres at Lido Shipyard kept a dedicated sledgehammer for straightening lead keels.

Least we forget ANGELITA, NO HU HU, CONSTELLATION, ROBON, BRIGADOON of BOOTHBAY, YUCCA (loveliest 8 meter of my dreams), MALIBU Outriggers, P-Cats, EL GATO, IMA LOA, AIKANE, LADY GODIVA, GOODWILL and Coast Guard Cutter DEXTER. 


Kenny Watts, Saint Cicero, Swede Johnson (invented first tiller pilot), Al Lockaby, Rudy Choy, Frank Rothwell, Russ Nash, Denni Barr, Harry Bourgeois, Waldo Waterman, Plazi Miller, Connie Wurdemann, Bob Sloan. 

OCEAN STATION NOVEMBER, SUNRISE, RENEGADE, FAIR WEATHER, KITTEN, GALLANT, DIUNE, the Schock 25, RIGOLETTO, TYGER TYGER, PT JOE, MARTHA, SWIFT OF IPSWICH. 

Dick Deaver, Dr. Thaddeus Jones, Clancy, Goldie Joseph, George Kettenberg, Vic Stern. Walter and Ricardo Hussong, Pappy Allen, Bill Schock, Porter Sinclair, Nick Potter.

First Long Distance Race to Mexico: 1953 Acapulco Race.

First Ensenada Race: April 23, 1948. Originally called the "Governor's Cup Race," CA's Gov Earl Warren failed to make his promised appearance in Ensenada that year, and the event was renamed Ensenada Race in '49. Entry fee: $22.50/boat.

To get to/from Coronado, you rode the ferry for a nickel. And it cost a dime to ride the ferry from Newport Peninsula to Balboa Island.
Sorry about the operator Error.

Chubasco on the 2011 NHYC Opening Day Race.  The fellow standing in front of the mizzen mast in the red hat and red pants is the one who made Chubby go in the 50’s and 60’s, Dick Deaver (amazingly, he looks better these days at 90).  Councilman Duffield (who also looks better these days) is grinding to the left and Major Avery is trimming the kite forward.

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Meat Wad

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What is really bad is everyone talks about the past without talking about how the A-holes who have fucked everything up,  then we do not do it again and we can get back to the Hey Day, if that is even possible.

The past is just a memory and I look forward to a better future for my son and grand daughter. Maybe I'll post her pic soon except for the Pedos here.

 

Hitchhiker

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I wasn't there when this dramatic black and white film was shot at the Newport Harbor Entrance...Quite the weather event. The wishbone ketch coming in under sail, STELLA MARIS, was later owned by Dennis Conner's grandparents... Why all the boats attempting to enter port in such dangerous conditions? It was Sunday afternoon and they were mostly all returning from Catalina, 28 miles to the west. Gotta get the kids back for the start of school on Monday morning. Did I mention the biggest boat in Newport Harbor,the 138 foot M/V PARAGON, was sunk in the Harbor Entrance that evening? Doggies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZl6-xYtZZg
Wow. So basically they were all for Global Warming before it even became popular.

 

sleddog

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In 1964, crewed on a Baja Bash with Dr. Thad on Jada, from Cabo to San Diego.  Was able to see the real Cabo before it became...Saw one boat from Cabo to SD.
JADA, 56' LOA, was designed by I.Judson Kelly, who also designed near sistership ODYSSEY.  JADA and ODYSSEY were built by Stephens Bros. in Stockton, CA and both launched in 1938, JADA as a schooner and ODYSSEY as a yawl.  In 1955 George Sturgis converted JADA to a yawl and with improved speed, won many local races. JADA competed in 6 TransPacs, winning the 1956 Tahiti Race overall.

George Sturgis was an excellent skipper with a good sense of humor, and attracted outstanding crew including Bill Lawhorn, Eddie Fink, Tom Skahill, Dick Blatterman, Barney Huber, Dick Hovey, Don Barber, Ray Person, Graham Jones, and Dr.Thad Jones as navigator.

In 1961 Sturgis sold JADA to the Howard Wright family and bought a new Bill Lapworth design, L-50 #1 ICHIBAN. Last I saw JADA, she was doing charters out of Honolulu, her longevity a tribute to the Stephens brothers construction.

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