Commodore’s Corner

Commodores Corner by Wes Gary

June 2019

NB Lifeguard Battalion Chief Brian O’Rourke

Get ready for an exciting summer season. Sign up for Summer Sailstice this weekend. Check out those sailing classes you have always wanted to take. We look forward to celebrating another fun summer of sailing with all of you.

On behalf of the Sailing Association, I welcome you and your friends to attend our monthly meetings on the last Monday of each month. Come enjoy the social atmosphere, refreshments and fascinating speakers overlooking the water at the OCC School of Sailing and Seamanship on Coast Highway. Enter our raffle for two spectacular shell and coral displays this month.

At this month’s meeting we are pleased to have Brian O’Rourke, the Newport Beach Lifeguard Battalion Chief. He is the Lifeguard Battalion Chief with the City of Newport Beach Fire  Department/Lifeguard Operations. He has been an Ocean Lifeguard with the City of Newport Beach for 32 years. He has worked the lifeguard towers, trucks, dispatch and boats. He was the rescue boat supervisor for 19 years. He trained officers for twenty-five years including as Training Captain and Junior Guard Coordinator for five years. He was promoted to Lifeguard Battalion Chief on April 27, 2019.  His experience as NB Lifeguard will give us many stories and will include water safety for boaters.

Please join us next Monday night June 24, 2019 at 7:00pm at the OCC Sailing School.

April 2019

After all the rain this year it sure is nice to have some sun and wind to welcome us into the sailing season. It’s time to get out on the water!

Thanks to Duffy for coming to speak of his sailing adventures last month. It was unfortunate he had to leave early but we look forward to having him continue sharing his stories with us soon.

Saturday turned out to be a great day for a sail and 18 sailors enjoyed a nice sail and a BBQ.  We have room for more, so please join us on Saturday, May 25 for our Memorial Day Fleet Sail.  We will gather at 11 am, be on the water by noon and return to the dock around 4 pm for a BBQ.   All are welcome so bring a friend that would like to learn the joy of sailing – Register today.

We are looking forward to a great weekend at the Newport Boat Show. Thank you to everyone who have volunteered.  We can’t wait to share this weekend with you aboard Nordic Star.  We will use Nordic Star as  a platform for sharing information about our programs and passing out brochures.

Look forward to seeing you out on the water soon or at our April meeting on Mon, April 29 at 7 pm at The School.


March 2019

Separately there was only wind, water, sail, and hull, but at my hand the four had been given purpose and direction.

Lowell Thomas

Thank you to our January speaker, Barbara Keeler, spoke about the Non-Profit organization, Mountain and Sea Educational Adventures ~ They conduct marine life science camps on and around Catalina Island. She is the Master and Ship Operations Director of their 112′ flagship vessel ENHYDRA. We want to thank her for informative and inspiring work with children, creating a passion for the outdoors and environment.

Thank you also to S/C Wes Gary to stepping in last minute to share his favorite sailing stories from here and abroad. Also, thank you for reminding of us all The OCC School of Sailing and Seamanship has to offer for all levels of sailors.

Our speaker this month is Marshall “Duffy” Duffield. A great story teller of his adventures growing up as a local in Newport Beach.

Duffy will share stories from the time he spent in the back of his fathers shop in Costa Mesa inventing the wildly popular electric boats commonly known as “Duffy’s”, to his accomplishments as a sailor and racer. He built the first electric Duffy boat in 1968 and has delivered over 20,000.

A prolific racer, he has participated in the Transpac Race (LA to Hawaii) 15 time. In 1991 he was awarded with a “Clean sweep” – first to finish in class, first in fleet and best corrected time in the fleet. He has won the Don Vaughn Memorial Trophy for Best Crew member, and he has been on board the winning boat at the prestigious Congressional Cup three times as crew.

Other racing accomplishments include participation in races to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta, the St,. Francis YC big boat series, and many local races. He has sailed all kinds of boats from Sabots to Solings, Etchells and 12 meters and a lot of big boats, too.

Duffy will share stories of his many boat design and boat building endeavors from the Sabot to the Duffy, and the first ultralights in 1977 to the NM 65 “Pandemonium” built for the 1985 Transpac. You will hear about the first solar powered electric production boat, and the first hydrogen powered passenger boat, the Duffy 30. Duffy also builds the 24 knot all electric rowing coaches boats and his latest production boat is the Duffield 58, launched in 2017

He currently is our Newport Beach city councilman and has also been Mayor.

Come join us as we enjoy his stories of his love of sailing.