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April 22, 1992 | LILY DIZON
Two men in a dinghy were rescued Tuesday several miles from Newport Harbor after they abandoned their sailboat, which had apparently been set afire by "careless smoking," one of the men said. While the Harbor Patrol said it was still investigating the cause of the 11:20 a.m. blaze, the boat's owner, Johan Per Aslander, said later he thought the fire may have started in a trash can below deck.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile frigate Vandegrift returned here Wednesday with 15 officers, 190 enlisted sailors and a sick baby named Lyra. The 1-year-old's rescue from her family's crippled sailboat hundreds of miles out at sea was accomplished by a joint effort of the Coast Guard, California Air National Guard, and, finally, the Navy, which redirected the Vandegrift from its training mission off Southern California. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters - Lyra and 3-year-old Cora - disembarked at the Naval Air Station North Island when the ship docked to take on ordnance for an upcoming anti-drug-smuggling deployment off South America.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2001 | BERTA THAYER and JEFF GOTTLIEB, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After landing in Panama late Thursday, the Orange Coast College students who had abandoned their disabled 66-foot sailboat wanted to know one thing: Was there a Pizza Hut in town? Looking calm and relaxed, Robert Pelletier of Newport Beach; Ryan Pauley of Tustin; Jason Boyer and Lyle Carlson of Huntington Beach; and Kevin Ramlo of Orange said the past two days on the German cargo ship that picked them up was like a vacation, with good meals and little to do.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile frigate Vandegrift returned here Wednesday with 15 officers, 190 enlisted sailors and a sick baby named Lyra. The rescue of the 1-year-old and her family from their crippled sailboat hundreds of miles out at sea was accomplished by a joint effort of the Coast Guard, California Air National Guard and the Navy, which redirected the Vandegrift from a training mission off Southern California. Avoiding the news media, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters - Lyra and 3-year-old Cora - disembarked at Naval Air Station North Island.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2000 | SHARON NAGY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The 18-foot Hobie Cat sailboat perched in the parking lot of Dana Point's Best Western Marina Inn helps amplify the hotel's nautical theme, managers there say. But county officials contend that the boat, anchored to two large rocks in the parking lot, should be removed. The craft's sail is emblazoned with the hotel's name, effectively serving as an advertisement, they say. And the county, which leases land to Best Western, holds a tight rope on signs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1995 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A mighty boat has risen up from a Torrance back yard, a boat so wide and so heavy that naysayers doubted it would ever budge from its grassy mooring. Dale Hines has slaved over this boat for 24 years, lovingly crafting its cement-and-metal hull, painting its sides, lining its cabin with gleaming mahogany. It is a back-yard hobby on a massive scale, a dream bigger than Hines ever anticipated when he started work back when he was a youthful 56 and Richard Nixon was President.
BUSINESS
February 15, 1998 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roger MacGregor looks out the second-story window of MacGregor Yachts in Costa Mesa and remembers the days when the roads would be jammed with sailboats being hauled from nearby manufacturing plants that teemed with workers and reeked of fiberglass resins. WestSail was across Placentia Avenue. Islander was at the corner, sometimes trying to keep city firefighters and inspectors away from its debris-ridden plant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1995 | LEE ROMNEY and LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 56-foot ketch sailboat headed for Santa Catalina Island was destroyed by flames off the coast of Newport Beach at dawn Saturday, forcing the family on board to flee to a smaller skiff they were towing, authorities said. The boat's owner, Thomas Hogan, and four other passengers were not injured and were rescued after another boater called for help. The fire gutted the sailboat, named the Bonhomme Richard, and spread so quickly that passengers could not reach the boat's radio.
NEWS
April 27, 1992 | Steve Emmons and Shearlean Duke
BOOM . . .: The county is home port for nearly 60,000 boats, but once it was also the sailboat-building capital of the nation. . . . Peaking in the late 1970s, 20 or so manufacturers in Costa Mesa produced about 80% of the nation's sailboats. "At the time, I'd guess we were pounding out seven or eight big sailboats a day," says Roger MacGregor, whose MacGregor Yachts is the last still there. . . . "Most of those companies were bought up by large corporations that ran them into the ground."
SPORTS
July 1, 1987 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Pat Farrah recalls his teen-age years, when he would go to the water and stare at his dream and then dream about how to own it. His dream was a boat called Ragtime, a 62-foot legend of a sloop that is now docked in front of Farrah's home on Alamitos Bay. Thursday, as in any fairy tale, Farrah and Ragtime will sail into the sunset, but they won't be alone. Fifty-four other sailboats will join them for the 34th biennial 2,225-mile Transpac race to Hawaii.
WORLD
June 1, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Long before a retired Southern California couple and two friends were shot and killed aboard their sailboat off the Horn of Africa in February 2011, the threat from Somali pirates was frighteningly clear. Since 2005, heavily armed Somalis in jury-rigged speedboats had hijacked scores of oil tankers, cargo ships and private yachts, holding hundreds of crew members hostage for lucrative ransoms. The brigands had crippled shipping in some of the world's busiest sea lanes, costing companies an estimated $5 billion a year.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
CANNES, France - For his 2011 Wall Street drama "Margin Call," writer-director J.C. Chandor put an ensemble of stars including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore and Zachary Quinto into corporate offices and had them talk furiously as a crisis at their characters' firm climbed up to the executive suites. Chandor's unconventional new film, "All Is Lost," unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival this week, goes in a vastly different direction: It features just one character, played by Robert Redford, on a sailboat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
The Coast Guard on Tuesday suspended its search for four people, including two young children, who were believed to be missing after a distress call from what was said to be a sinking sailboat in the ocean south of San Francisco. Officials are investigating the possibility that the incident was a hoax. Searchers using aircraft and sea vessels found "no signs of distress, no signs of debris, no reports of missing people," Coast Guard spokesman Mike Lutz said. The agency will continue to investigate the case, including whether the initial distress call was a hoax, Lutz said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2012 | By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Times
A Newport Beach boat builder's efforts to restore a historic 1916 sailboat in a yard at his home may have finally run aground. After Dennis Holland, 67, missed an Aug. 30 date to disassemble the Shawnee, Newport Beach city attorneys last week asked the courts to appoint a receiver and remove the boat from a side yard at his Holiday Road home. Although this appears to bring the project close to its end, Holland said he remains optimistic despite being slowed by recent chemotherapy treatment for prostate cancer.
NATIONAL
September 3, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Warming global temperatures and melting polar ice caps have helped a trio of explorers go where few men have gone before. In an account of their voyage posted Monday, the crew of the 31-foot Belzebub II - a fiberglass sailboat with a living space the size of a bathroom - described how they crossed through the M'Clure Strait in northern Canada, a decreasingly ice-packed route through the famed Northwest Passage. The international three-man crew - an American, Canadian and Swede - claim to have piloted the first sailboat to do so. The route is named after 19th century British explorer Robert McClure, the first person to cross the elusive Arctic passage that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, an arduous, frosty trek that nearly killed his men. But last week, scientists said the area of floating sea ice in the Arctic had fallen to the lowest level ever observed.
TRAVEL
September 2, 2012 | By Amanda Jones
PSERIMOS, Greece - "Our boats are for people who don't like crowds," Muhammet Okumus, our captain, tells me. "Even though there can be six or so gulets in a bay in summer, the places we go never see cruise ships. " He's right. It's easy to be basking in the solitary glory of an Aegean inlet and suddenly feel territorial when another gulet with all of eight passengers pulls into your bay. Okumus pulls out a map and asks me, "Where do you want to go next?" I cannot remember ever being asked that on a cruise.
BUSINESS
March 17, 1992 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frank Butler founded Catalina Yachts in 1970 because he wanted to "come out with sailboats of a design that could be affordable." Butler thought he'd achieved that goal with Catalina's first boat, a 22-footer, and figured that he'd be happy if he eventually sold 300 of the boats. Twenty-two years later, the Woodland Hills-based company has sold more than 50,000 boats, from eight-foot models that sell for a little more than $1,000 to 50-foot yachts with $250,000-plus price tags.
BUSINESS
April 4, 1990 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 26-foot MacGregor is a sailboat that doesn't get much respect. It comes in one set of colors--a white hull with black trim. No fancy electronics, custom sails or complicated rigging. At the other end of the spectrum is its big brother--a 65-foot mega-cruiser with a cockpit crammed with buttons that control everything from a stereo to electronic steering. MacGregor Yacht Corp. in Costa Mesa has amassed a backlog of orders in an otherwise waterlogged industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2012 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
A sailboat participating in this year's Newport Beach-to-Ensenada race broke into pieces when it slammed into North Coronado Island in the dark of night, an independent review has concluded. All four crew members were killed in the April 28 accident, which sank the 37-foot sailboat Aegean a few miles off the coast of Mexico. The extent of the destruction - tiny pieces of debris were scattered over a wide area of ocean - led to initial speculation that a much larger ship had crushed the sailboat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2012 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Among the safety precautions given to sailors entering the Newport Beach-to-Ensenada yacht race, the most pointed involve preparing for a night on the open ocean. Check that your lights work. Make sure the batteries powering those lights are fully charged. Best to carry spares. And perhaps most important: Be vigilant in watching for hazards emerging from the dark. As U.S. Coast Guard investigators work to determine what caused the destruction of a 37-foot sailboat early Saturday off the Mexican coast, there's a possibility that no eyewitnesses remain.
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