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For the sailor looking for a three to four day perfect weather getaway to an absolute sailing mecca with “stuff” to do for the non-sailing partner, consider Newport Beach, California. If you have airline points which can translate into free tickets, this getaway can be less expensive than a weekend in Chicago. Fly direct from Chicago O’Hare Airport to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California for a two to three hour flight and Newport Beach is about fifteen minutes from the airport. You can use your reciprocal yacht club privileges at The Newport Harbor Yacht Club, where you can enjoy wonderful lunches and dinners right on the water at very good prices, while watching the youngest sailors in Sabot and Laser-radials depart and dock under sail in this bustling major harbor.
Captain a “ Duffy”, a canopied electric motorized runabout which is a cult in this harbor of ten thousand vessels ( two thousand are Duffy’s). It is easily a two or three hour absolute blast to pilot one of these about Newport Harbor. Have your lunch or dinner catered, or take a picnic basket, or just stop along the way at one of the waterfront restaurants. Most Duffys have an electric term in their name and naming these is fierce competition!
Rent a Harbor 20, the popular small keelboat in Newport Harbor, which is a Schock design (He was a member of Newport Harbor Yacht Club), and sail up and down the five miles in length of the harbor.
Sail into the Pacific Ocean on a beautiful chartered sailboat for half or a full day. We sailed a 33’ Gemini Catamaran with David Carlson, an ex J/24 sailor from the east coast thru Newport Beach Sailing Charters. We deployed the screacher chute and learned how to work daggerboards. There are also well maintained and beautiful new Hunters in the 36’ range, if you prefer gaping at the views instead of working at sailing. Sea lions swim around the harbor and a gang of them hang out at the harbor entrance buoy. One should sail upwind when passing them! We sailed with hundreds of Common Pacific Dolphins playing all around our boat, and spotted four Blue Whales (the largest animal on earth). The tourist spotter boat began following us! By the way, our cat boat was named “Seas the Day”.
The beaches are incredible here; they are a quarter of a mile in width of white sand with the blue Pacific Ocean in front of you and majestic mountains behind you.
Don’t forget to take the ferry ($1.00 per person each way if you don’t take the car) for a short ride across Newport Harbor to Balboa Island for shopping and eateries that even the locals frequent.
Rent a car for easy driving and visit the other small and beautiful villages along the Coast Highway with a view of the Pacific.
Here are some websites and phone numbers:
Newport Harbor Yacht Club 949-673-7730 www.nhyc.org
Duffy Boat Rentals 949-645-6812 www.duffyofnewportbeach.com
Newport Beach Sailing Charters 800-609-3203 www.sailnewportbeach.com
Island Hotel Newport Beach 949-759-0808 www.IslandHotel.com
Article by Susan Ann Herer Photos by Paul Herer