The 6th Annual Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival welcomes the return of the harbor’s iconic Wild Goose as the event flagship. John Wayne’s famous yacht will be available during the festival for free tours and plenty of selfies.
Newport Harbor’s Own Wooden Boat Festival June 7-9, 2019
Looking for something fun to do in June? The Annual Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival will be held at Balboa Yacht Club (BYC) located at 1801 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar. This is yachting’s equivalent of a Concours d’Elegance and a “must-see” event open to the public; you won’t want to miss it!
Last year nearly 4,000 visitors attended the free event, which also offers complimentary shuttle and water taxi service to and from Balboa Yacht Club. In addition to being able to view and board nearly 50 of these wooden treasures, there will be so much else to make Saturday a fun day for the whole family: live music, maritime art and exhibits, delicious food and libations, a silent auction, and the very popular kids toy boat building pavilion. All of this at Balboa Yacht Club in collaboration with its strategic alliance partners, Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest,
There are many ways to arrive at the Festival. Free parking and shuttle service will be available at 1600 Newport Center Drive, or catch a water taxi from one of the stops around the harbor.
ABOUT THE NEWPORT BEACH WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL
In just five years, the Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival, a Balboa Yacht Club event, has grown into a must-see event for residents and tourists alike. It is a Concours d’Elegance of yachting, showcasing the most diverse and valuable collection of wooden boats in California. This free event, which is open to the public, has been named “Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival Weekend” by the County of Orange in perpetuity. The vision of its founder, the late Ralph Rodheim, was to be a legacy event with national stature and the finest showcase of wooden boats on the west coast in the similar luxury class of Pebble Beach for automobiles. The Festival salutes the passion, time and effort the owners have put into their vessels to preserve the heritage and timelessness of seafaring adventure.
Editor’s Note: Video, images and interview requests available by request or by visiting the Media Room at www.newportbeachwoodenboatfestival.com.
Vessel Name: Ketel One
Year Built: 2006
Model: Chris Craft
Vessel Type: Replica
Length on Deck: 20’6″ Beam: 20’6″
Bimini Babe was the 13th sportfishing boat built by Rybovich. She was commissioned by Robert E. Maytag, celebrated tournament fisherman and noted ecologist. She is one of the three earliest examples of Rybovich craftsmanship still operating as intended.
Bimini Babe was the sixth in a series of 36 footers. She is considered a further refinement of an extremely successful design along with her sisters, Hull #16 Four Bells and Hull #18 Timid Tuna.
She underwent a total refit in 2004/2005 and recently went in for updated electronics and paint.