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WBF16_11X17_PromoPoster_webNEWPORT BEACH, CA –May 9, 2016 – The public is invited to celebrate the unique multifaceted maritime heritage of Newport Harbor and wooden boats past and present during the 3rd Annual Balboa Yacht Club (BYC) Wooden Boat Festival on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Experienced boaters as well as novices will come together to enjoy a day filled with maritime craftsmanship, art, exhibits, delicious food and drink, and lively music. The event will conclude with a 4:00 p.m. awards ceremony to honor the Best in Show (Perpetual Trophy), Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat, Best Human-powered Boat and People’s Choice Award winners.

One of approximately 25 shows of its kind in the nation, this Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival is a free, all-day event dedicated to the unique nature, history and character of all shapes and sizes of wooden boats. Up to 50 of some of the best, most unique wooden power and sailboats in the country will be on display in the water and on land at BYC. Newport Harbor is the largest recreational harbor on the West Coast and the community is home to over 9,000 pleasure craft including racing and cruising vessels.

“What’s so fun about this event is it attracts true boating enthusiasts and owners of all ages due to the beauty, love and romance of these wooden boats like a fine work of art,” said event Chairman David LaMontagne.

A featured attraction at this year’s event will be the Wild Goose, once the pride and joy of legendary actor John Wayne, who converted the former WWII mine sweeper in to a 136-foot pleasure yacht. Complimentary tours of the Wild Goose will be available throughout the day.

Also not to be missed will be the 55-foot, 40-ton authentic Chinese junk boat, Mei Wen Ti. The vessel’s builder and original owner, author Walt Hackman, will be on hand in the exhibitor area to sign his book “No Problem, Mr. Walt”, a memoir about building the one-of-a-kind vessel in a remote shipyard in China.

Guests will enjoy the swinging sounds of the Dave Stephens Band as they peruse fantastic on-land array of exhibitors and renowned maritime artists including Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, Scott Kennedy, Kerry Rutherford, Gary Miltimore, Lorelle Miller, Lyndsey Philpott “The Knot Guy”, Challenged America, International Guild of Knot Tyers, Nespresso USA, Western Marine Marketing and many more. There will also be a silent auction featuring
donated art and other unique items with proceeds benefitting the BYC Junior Sailing Program.

Free shuttle service will be provided throughout the day, running constantly between BYC and the free parking located at 1600 Newport Center Drive (entrance to the lot is same as Newport Beach Country Club off PCH).

Generous sponsors for the event include Farmers & Merchants Bank, Clarke Garvey Marine, Newport Beach and Co., Roger’s Gardens, Driver SPG, Lido Yacht Anchorage, TowBoatUS/Vessel Assist, Pacific Yacht Club, Hausmann Family Trust, King Size Bows, Hirsch Pipe & Supply and Interseller.

For more information about the Wooden Boat Festival including free parking and shuttle service, please contact BYC at (949) 673-3515 or visit www.bycwoodenboatfestival.com.


Photo by Tom Walker Photography http://www.tomwalker.photography/
Official 2016 Wooden Boat Show Artwork by Lorelle Miller, www.lorellemiller.com


The Wooden Boat Festival all started when community leader and BYC member Ralph Rodheim approached Doug West, now BYC Commodore, with the idea of hosting a world-class wooden boat exhibition modeled after the storied automotive Concours d’elegance at Pebble Beach. Now, three years, thousands of guests and 100 volunteers later, their vision has become a legacy event for Southern California. A portion of the proceeds from the Wooden Boat Festival go to BYC’s Competitive Edge Fund, supporting the Club’s teams in sailing competitions such as the 2016 Youth Match Racing World Championship in New Caledonia.


Since its founding in 1922, the Balboa Yacht Club has encouraged yacht racing and cruising, promoted the science of seamanship and navigation, and hosted members, families and guests at its waterfront clubhouse and marina for educational, recreational and social purposes. The Club also maintains a one-of-a-kind outstation at Whites Cove, on Santa Catalina Island. Its year-around Junior Sailing Program for 6-to-18 year-olds accommodates all levels of experience, from learning to sail to advanced racing. The highly qualified instructors emphasize fun and safety, based on proven curriculum from US Sailing.