Le festival des bateaux en bois de Newport Beach

Organisé chaque année au Balboa Yacht Club, le Festival de bateaux en bois de Newport Beach célèbre les bateaux en bois de toutes tailles. Gratuit et ouvert au public, l'événement attire chaque année près de 4 000 personnes.

Profiter du festival des bateaux en bois de Newport Beach

Le festival de bateaux en bois de Newport Beach propose des canoës, des dériveurs, des kayaks, des yachts et des grands voiliers. En plus de présenter des bateaux en bois exceptionnels sur terre et dans l'eau, l'événement propose également de l'art marin, de la cuisine délicieuse, de la musique animée et des activités spéciales pour les participants. Une navette gratuite et des bateaux-taxis offrent également un accès pratique au parking gratuit hors site utilisé pour l'événement.

L'histoire du festival de bateaux en bois de Newport Beach

Le premier festival de bateaux en bois de Newport Beach a eu lieu le 6 juin 2014. Lors de cet événement, 47 bateaux impressionnants ont été exposés. Un certain nombre de prix sont décernés aux participants, avec des catégories de prix comprenant:
? Best-in-class power: over 50 feet and under 50 feet
? Best-in-class sail: over 50 feet and under 50 feet
? Human-powered wooden vessels
The 2015 Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival took place on June 6, 2016 in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Newport Beach Harbor Patrol. The yacht ?America,? which is named such in honor of the America?s Cup, was on display at the event.

The following year, the festival took place on June 4, 2016. One of the festival?s most notable entries was the Polynesian Concept, which was built in 1968 as a racing catamaran for actor Buddy Ebsen. Polycon, as the vessel is known by for short, was designed by Rudy Choy. Choy, who was a famous catamaran designer from Hawaii, was one of the best marine architects of his time. The actual vessel was constructed in Southern California and went on to compete in the 1969 Trans Pacific Yacht Race (Transpac) from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Polycon finished first ahead of Gun Smoke, which is another famous catamaran that was much larger at 60 feet and was skippered by actor James Arness.

L'événement 2017 a eu lieu le 10 juin, tandis que le prochain événement 2018 aura lieu le 9 juin.

Profiter du week-end

While the Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival is open to the public on the second Saturday of June each year, activities for participants take place throughout the weekend. In 2017, for example, the Friday before the public festival served as say for wooden boat owners to check-in and to receive their packets, their swag bags and boat placement information. A VIP Boat Owner?s Reception cruise was then held aboard the M/V Electra followed by a VIP & Sponsor Reception Cruise.

On Sunday, the day started with a Skipper?s Meeting and continental breakfast in the Balboa Yacht Club Clubhouse for skippers and owners only, followed by a ticketed champagne brunch aboard Curlew or Electra. A 90-minute Wooden Boat Parade then took place around Newport Harbor as all boats and exhibitors left the Balboa Yacht Club grounds. For those who are wishing to enter their boats into the festival, space is limited to just 50. Therefore, it is important to register early.

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