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April 22, 2005 | Pete Thomas
More than 450 boats are entered in the 58th annual Lexus Newport-to-Ensenada Yacht Race, which begins at noon today at Newport Harbor with staggered starts until 2 p.m. The international regatta, which for some is as much a party as it is a competition, has 466 entries and, in its Maxi class, features some of sailing's elite: Roy Disney and his new Z-86 Pyewacket, Doug Baker aboard Magnitude 80 and Randall Pitman on the 90-foot Genuine Risk.
January 28, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A lawsuit filed in Mexico claims Sempra Energy LNG does not own the coastal property where it plans to build a $670-million liquefied natural gas-receiving terminal. A Mexico City businessman argues that he owns the land 14 miles north of Ensenada, Mexico, and that Sempra's actual parcel is three miles south. A judge has ordered a legal notice to be included in Ensenada land records noting that the parcel's ownership is in dispute.
October 30, 2004 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
Sempra Energy said Friday that it had won a high-stakes race for approval to construct North America's first West Coast liquefied natural gas terminal. San Diego-based Sempra, parent of Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co., said it would begin building the project early next year at a seaside location north of Ensenada. Half a dozen companies -- including ChevronTexaco Corp., Mitsubishi Corp., BHP Billiton and Marathon Oil Corp.
September 13, 2004 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Three schools in Baja California that specialize in behavior modification for troubled American teens were raided and ordered to close last week, according to the Mexican government. Immigration violations and reports of abusive practices toward students triggered the raids, said Raul Zarate, a spokesman for the National Migration Institute in Mexico. Zarate said that four students at Casa by the Sea, the largest of the schools, may have been physically and emotionally abused.
April 23, 2004 | Kevin Pang, Times Staff Writer
The engines are turned off and there's not a sound, save the water lapping at the hull. The sails are unfurled, and suddenly, the boat surges. It's the briny sea breeze and the wind in his face. It's a sense of power that Vic Stern said transcends mere words. And he keeps coming back for more. At 80, Stern plans to compete today in his 42nd consecutive Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race. He's sailing the same boat this year, the Imi Loa, as he did in 1963.
May 18, 2003 | John Corrigan, Times Staff Writer
The cruisers on the Lido Deck were getting frisky. After soaking in an afternoon of sunshine and tropical drink, two young women launched into a love dance, drawing cheers from the guys by the hot tub. The show was PG-13, about to turn R-rated, when a security guard stepped in and politely ended the exhibition. Strike another victory for Carnival Cruise Lines' policy of "modesty and moderation."
May 10, 2003 | Richard O'Reilly, Times Staff Writer
"This race is won or lost at night." That had been the advice to new participants like us a few weeks earlier at a skippers' meeting in preparation for the 56th annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race. According to the Newport Ocean Sailing Assn., no other race has more entries. This year, 445 boats were competing. Now it was just after 11 p.m. on April 26, the first day of the race, and Wave Theory, my Cal 33 sloop, was running at about 4 knots with a northerly breeze from behind.
April 25, 2003 | Rich Roberts, Special to The Times
Racing sailboats to Baja California on the last weekend in April is a spring tradition and a floating fiesta for many, but one boat among the 460 is on a mission in the 56th Tommy Bahama Newport-to-Ensenada Yacht Race starting at noon today off Newport Beach. Pyewacket wants its record back. In 1998, Roy E. Disney's Reichel/Pugh-designed 77-foot ultralight sloop became the first boat to complete the 125 nautical miles -- 144 statute miles -- before midnight. His secret?
April 20, 2003 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Valerie Alcalaz sniffed hard. Something had changed. "What's that smell?" she asked, from the back of the van. "Tijuana," said driver Frank Cardenas. Valerie, 15, whipped out a perfume bottle and spritzed furiously, trying to mask the strange odor. "I never smelled anything like that before," she said.
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