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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1985
Four men escaped unharmed when a 41-foot sloop caught fire about three miles off the west end of Santa Catalina Island as they were returning from a pleasure cruise. Los Angeles County lifeguard John Stonier said a broken fuel line apparently caused the engine room blaze aboard the Valkyrie. Owner William Bonney, 35, of Los Angeles and three passengers took to an inflatable boat after radioing for help. They were rescued by a county lifeguard boat and a Harbor Patrol boat.
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February 11, 2011 | By Frank D. Roylance
Out of the water for the first time since 1998, the 1854 sloop of war Constellation looked pretty good to its caretakers as they walked beneath its grimy hull, now propped up in dry dock at the Sparrows Point Shipyard. "I think we're surprised she's as clean as she is, for being in the water for 13 years," said Chris Rowsom, executive director for Historic Ships in Baltimore. "It shouldn't be too difficult to get her washed up and painted. " High on blocks just aft of Constellation is the 1944 submarine Torsk, which faces much more extensive work.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2002 | Steve Harvey
Since mentioning the 27-foot sloop that was donated to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul charity, I've learned that the shabby craft had a colorful history and mysterious crew--all while in dry dock. The donor was the First United Methodist Church of San Pedro, which had stowed it in its parking lot "for several years," Pastor Eric Scott says.
TRAVEL
February 5, 2006 | Jennifer Hile, Special to The Times
THE Indian Ocean stretches before us, a world without corners, sparkling and vast. Six-foot swells lift our boat, giving us a clear perspective of what lies ahead. Behind us, Thailand's Butang Islands slip from view. Our 25-foot sloop, the Way, falls in the not-big category for a 3,000-mile, six-week open-ocean voyage from Singapore to the Middle East. Never mind that I have had only 12 days' sailing experience. The captain, Zoltan Istvan, is as experienced as I am green.
SPORTS
January 9, 1985 | Richard Buffum
The Shields is among the prettiest small craft that sail Newport Harbor. It's easy to spot a Shields because the design is old-fashioned compared to racing hulls, which are beamy and have a chopped-off appearance bow and stern. A Shields' overhangs seem extreme. The well-proportioned leg-o'-mutton rig, almost evenly divided between mainsail and foresail, seems odd to those accustomed to "handkerchief" mainsails and vast overlapping foresails.
SPORTS
November 13, 1986 | ALMON LOCKABEY
Performance Handicap Racing Fleet yachts were outsailing the International Offshore Rule division Wednesday as the combined fleet leaders moved within 200 miles of the finish in Los Angeles Yacht Club's Cabo San Lucas via Guadalupe Island race. As winds increased slightly, Dick Pennington's Peterson-66 sloop Cheetah, Long Beach Yacht Club, was reporting a position that placed her 175 miles from Cabo, with Fred Preiss' 84-foot sloop Christine, Pacific Mariners Yacht Club, only three miles astern.
SPORTS
November 10, 1986 | ALMON LOCKABEY
Fred Preiss' 84-foot custom sloop Christine was leading its division in the Los Angeles Yacht Club's 860-mile Cabo San Lucas race Sunday with 188 miles logged in the first 20 hours. The fleet is divided between the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet and the International Offshore Rule rating system. Christine is a PHRF entry. Leading the IOR division was John Landon's Santa Cruz-70 Kathmandu, 182 miles from the start, with Roy Disney's Nelson-Marek 68 Prima one mile astern.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1987 | STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
A yacht believed to be registered to a Garden Grove attorney who disappeared in mid-February on the last leg of a three-year sailing trip in the South Pacific has been found drifting 1,500 miles south of Honolulu. Acting on a tip from a foreign fishing boat, U.S. Coast Guard search planes found what is believed to be Manning Eldridge's 41-foot sloop Sunday, drifting in open waters.
SPORTS
July 2, 1993 | RICH ROBERTS
Jerry Montgomery's 40-foot sloop Patriot from Alamitos Bay Yacht Club was setting the early pace in light winds in the 37th Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii on Thursday. Patriot, averaging 5.5 knots, had sailed 104 miles since Wednesday's start of the first group of smaller boats, and others had sailed only half that distance. In the IMS-C class, skipper Bonnie Gibson had the Cal 40 Antara in first place by handicap time. Three more boats started Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2002 | Steve Harvey
Since mentioning the 27-foot sloop that was donated to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul charity, I've learned that the shabby craft had a colorful history and mysterious crew--all while in dry dock. The donor was the First United Methodist Church of San Pedro, which had stowed it in its parking lot "for several years," Pastor Eric Scott says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2002 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sailing legend Dennis Conner's newest America's Cup racing vessel sank abruptly off Long Beach on Tuesday when the rudder shaft snapped during a training exercise. The damage to the $5-million, 80-foot sloop dealt a setback to Conner, who will make a ninth appearance in the trials to challenge for the 2003 America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand. The Stars & Stripes USA-77 was sailing alongside Conner's sister Stars & Stripes USA-66 in a routine two-boat testing session about 1 p.m.
NEWS
August 2, 1997 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ABOARD THE RACING YACHT RAGTIME, in the Eastern Pacific--The night is moonless, and under layers of clouds also starless. The night is black--up, down, behind and beyond. Into this darkness we race. Surely on a night like this the cliche was born--about racing like the wind. For the wind shrieks in our rigging, fills the oversize billows of our sails and sweeps us across the ocean.
SPORTS
July 11, 1995 | From Associated Press
One boat's mast was broken, other boats paid a lesser price, and some benefited Monday from the strong winds that had been missing for the first half of the 38th Transpacific Yacht Race. Hatsu, a 66 1/2-foot sloop owned by Masonori Kusaka of Newport Beach, with America's Cup skipper Makoto Namba as navigator, reported it was proceeding slowly under a jury rig after most of its mast broke away when the fleet encountered trade winds of more than 20 knots the last few days.
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April 23, 1995 | THOMAS CURWEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Dr. Neil Barth is the last person out of the office. It is 10:30 p.m. on a day that started at dawn. His wife, Kerry, his three sleeping kids, a reheated dinner and another pile of work wait at home. But this work, a clutter of letters and notes, has nothing to do with his oncology practice in Newport Beach. This is about a dream, and by the time he quits the home office around 1 a.m., Barth is one step closer to sailing around the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1994 | AILEEN CHO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Dr. Robert Burns got a new racing boat, he and his sailing partner faced a decision of what to do with the Witch Doctor. What they decided was to donate the $400,000 racing sloop, which Burns co-owned with Dr. Neil Barth, to Orange Coast College's sailing program. "The boat's purpose was truly that of a racing boat, and it deserves to be in a fairly prominent racing environment, which OCC has managed to establish and maintain," said Burns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1986
A 26-foot sloop sank in the Mission Bay Channel Monday afternoon when a freak wave smashed it against the south jetty, the Mission Bay Harbor Patrol said. Two people on board were rescued by lifeguards, according to Harbor Patrol Officer Francisco Briseno. They were not injured. Officers tried to tow the boat out of the channel, but it sank, taking on water through a 3-by-8-foot gash in the bow. At mid-evening, 10 feet of the boat's mast was visible above the waterline, Briseno said.
BUSINESS
October 13, 1985 | MARTHA GROVES
After years of playing hard to get in the fast-moving world of product licensing, the Beach Boys have agreed to let their name be used on a line of casual wear that is expected to be available in stores by Christmas, 1986. Designer Sherry Holt, with whom the Beach Boys have formed a joint venture, says the clothes will appeal to a broad range of customers--California girls (Rhonda, Wendy, Barbara Ann), little middle-aged ladies from Pasadena and even guys like Alley Oop.
SPORTS
July 2, 1993 | RICH ROBERTS
Jerry Montgomery's 40-foot sloop Patriot from Alamitos Bay Yacht Club was setting the early pace in light winds in the 37th Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii on Thursday. Patriot, averaging 5.5 knots, had sailed 104 miles since Wednesday's start of the first group of smaller boats, and others had sailed only half that distance. In the IMS-C class, skipper Bonnie Gibson had the Cal 40 Antara in first place by handicap time. Three more boats started Thursday.
NEWS
February 24, 1993 | SHEARLEAN DUKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For an 80-year-old, she is in great shape--strong, agile and fast. So fast that last year she took first place in eight races, beating competitors years younger. Virginia, a 44-foot wooden sailboat, was designed and built in 1913. Two years ago, the sleek racing sloop was named to the National Register of Historic Vessels, becoming the first West Coast yacht to be so honored. And last month, Virginia was chosen by Sail Magazine as one of the 100 great sailing yachts in North America.
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