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.
Mark Your Calendars – Newport Harbor’s Own Wooden Boat Festival June 8-10, 2018
Looking for something fun to do in June? On the weekend of June 9 -10, the 5 th 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, The Balboa Bay Club & Resort, Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, the City of Newport Beach, the County of Orange, and Visit Newport/Newport Beach & Co. Last year, the County of Orange officially recognized the event, with Chairwoman Michelle Steel in attendance to present a proclamation by the County naming the second weekend in June henceforth “the Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival Weekend.”
The Spirit of Dana Point will be arriving at the BYC docks as this year’s featured vessel. Built by local Dennis Holland (who started building this boat in 1970 in his Costa Mesa backyard), Newport Harbor will welcome back his originally-named Pilgrim of Newport on Friday, June 8. This 118-foot wooden schooner is lovingly cared for today by the Ocean Institute in Dana Point.
If you have a show-ready wooden boat of any size and you haven’t already applied to take part in the Festival, there is still dock and on-land space available. Visit www.newportbeachwoodenboatfestival.com for details.
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 at least four stops throughout the harbor. And, as always, the event, parking, shuttle service, and the water taxi rides are all complementary.
On Sunday, the Wooden Boat Parade will proceed around Newport Harbor for all to see by a traditional Sail By down the main channel, before the vessels leave for their home ports. Mark your calendars now for a great way to spend a beautiful weekend in Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.newportbeachwoodenboatfestival.com or call (949) 673-3515.
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.