SoCal MORC Champs Blast from the Past

The MORC International Champs were held at SDYC in 1986. This measurement rule for Midget Ocean Racers thirty feet or less at the time was very popular and extremely competitive in the US and Canada, attracting many of the top sailors and naval architects to the class.

Here in SoCal, NAs Bruce Nelson, Doug Peterson and Alan Andrews drew up some very successful winning designs.  Sailmakers Roy Cundiff and Harry Pattison also competed with their own boats.  Of Olympic and AC fame, SoCal at the time sailor and sailmaker Rod Davis competed, as well as Around the World and AC sailor Kimo Worthington.

Here is a picture taken just after one of the starts way back when:


2015 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta



December 26 – 30, 2015

Coral Reef Yacht Club – Florida

Several SoCal junior sailors made the trip to Florida for the extremely popular Orange Bowl Regatta.  ABYC’s own Ryan Schack (Laser Full), Jack Hogan (Laser Radial), Drea Keswater (Laser Radial), Joseph Hou (Laser Radial), Ryan Schulten (Laser Radial) and William Mueller (Opti Blue) were among them.  For a wrap up report on the event see the Scuttlebutt Sailing News event report.








Fuel Dock May Re-Open in Huntington Harbour

From the Orange County Register:


HUNTINGTON BEACH – Boaters in Huntington Harbour will once again be able to obtain gas from the Mariner’s Point fuel dock if the City Council approves the purchase and sale of the facility on Monday.

The harbor has been without a fuel dock for nearly three months since the previous operators closed it in early October. The closure of the dock, which had been open for 30 years, left more than 2,000 boaters without the harbor’s only commercial fuel operation, and emergency services without an important harbor-side access point.

City Manager Fred Wilson said the city was happy to be able to announce the potential sale after months of negotiations. According to Wilson, the city will buy the fuel dock and its existing equipment from the current operators for $25,000 and then sell it to Maxum Petroleum for the same price………………COMPLETE ARTICLE

“Window to the Bay” Officially Christened in Newport Beach

From The Log:

NEWPORT BEACH — Southern California’s newest public park was christened on Dec. 5 as hundreds of people joined Newport Beach’s city councilors, harbor commissioners and former leaders in celebrating the grand opening of Marina Park on Balboa Peninsula.

Newport Beach Mayor Ed Selich said the city spent the past decade trying to realize a vision by local groups and residents to build the 10.5-acre bayfront public park as the “Window to the Bay.”


“Today is a culmination of an 11-year journey,” Selich said. “We are a city of boating and sailing. We wanted something functional and architecturally significant. This is a park by the community and for the community. I haven’t seen a facility like this anywhere.”

Selich said Marina Park maintains the city’s nautical heritage and places Newport Beach on the map for recreational boaters up and down the state.

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An Interview with Don Holland – Owner of the Cabrillo Boat Shop

In light of the news of the Cabrillo Boat Shop losing its lease, here is an interview with Don Holland, the owner of the Cabrillo Boat Shop.

From Best People Business:

Don grew up in the boat yard.  His grandfather opened up the business in 1922 and passed it onto his father who later passed the business to Don.

I met Don through a friend who highly recommended Don’s work.  I sat down with Don and his crew after they finished cleaning, scrapping, painting and repairing the bottom of our sailboat.

BPB:  What is one word to describe your business?

Don:  FRIENDLY.  We treat our customers as if they are our friends.

BPB:  What is your WHY behind your business?

Don:  I remember coming down to the boat yard as a young boy with my dad and I fell in love with working on boats.

BPB:  What do you want people to experience when they walk into your business?

Don:  We want people to see that we are helpful, professional and that we know what we are doing.

BPB:  How do you show your employees you value them?

Don:  I make sure my crew knows that I appreciate their hard work, I tell them how much I appreciate them.  I give them bonuses and treat them with respect.


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Cabrillo Boat Shop Loses Lease at Port of Long Beach

From The Log:

By: Parimal M. Rohit

LONG BEACH — Recreational boaters could lose another boater resource as Cabrillo Boat Shop in Long Beach Harbor recently lost its lease, according to the yard’s owner. The potential closure of Cabrillo Boat Shop follows the loss of fuel docks at Huntington Harbour and San Pedro.


Cabrillo Boat Shop Owner Donald Holland issued a statement on Nov. 30 stating Tesoro Oil Co. will not renew a lease for water rights and access adjacent to where the yard is located. Holland said he would be out of business if he is unable to access the water.

The lease is expected to end February 2016.

“Tesoro had decided not to renew the lease with my landlord,” Holland said in a phone conversation with The Log, adding he was hopeful Cabrillo Boat Shop will remain open somewhere else. “I moved once before.”

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