NEWPORT BEACH, CA (June 7, 2015).The Second Annual Balboa Yacht Club Wooden Boat Festival attracted people by boat, kayak, paddleboard, shuttle and foot for a look at 42 exceptional wooden boats, ocean sailing on schooner America, marine art and even rope tying. Classic Yacht Association, Wooden Hull Yacht club and Challenged Sailors San Diego were represented and over 2,000 people from throughout California enjoyed the exhibitions, food and boats kept lively by the Dave Stephens Swing Band.
Over 1,000 attendees voted for the People’s Choice in 6 categories:
- Launches – Humble owned by Victoria Fash
- Cruisers under 45 feet – Colnett, owned by Steve Farwell and Bunker Hill
- Cruisers over 45 feet – Tonina, owned by Rick and Merrie Fricke
- Runabouts – Firecracker owned by Mark and Tracy Widder
- Human Powered or Sailboat exhibited on land – Joyful owned by Bill Dunlap
- Powerboat exhibited on land – Hungry Blonde, owned by Mike Davis
Harbor Master Lieutenant Mike Jansen gave Jim Busby the Best Power Boat trophy for Four Bells, a 1955 Rybovich 26 foot Sport Fisher. Commodore Gary Davidson presented the BYC Commodore’s Award to Black Cloud owner Don Schaffner for Best Sailboat. The Thistle #313 was built in 1959 and sails only on the lake in Mission Viejo. And, the Best of Show went to the 55-foot Stephens Kail Ezra owned by Kevin Roberg. Newport Beach Mayor Ed Selich did the honors. Each of the three special award winners received a hand-crafted trophy by Robert Kingaard and a watch from Black, Starr & Frost.
The Third Annual BYC Wooden Boat Festival will be on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Already people are talking about entering their boats since the field is limited. News and photos are on Facebook and www.bycwoodenboatfestival.com
EDITOR: Photos available from Tom Walker, firstname.lastname@example.org, 949-275-7890 and http://www.tomwalker.photography/Boating-Lifestyle/2nd-Annual-Wooden-Boat-Festiva/
David La Montagne, 2016 Chairman, (949) 433-9190
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