Gangway 5, Dana Point Harbor

Posted by on Apr 17, 2010 in Historic Homes, Preservation, Sailing Heritage | 0 comments

Robert Harrison Gangway 5, Dana Point Harbor 1926 Schooner, Curlew Website: http://sailcurlew.com Featured as part of the 2009 Historical Society Home Tour, the Curlew is moored in Dana Point Harbor. The historic 1926 schooner is described as being built in Wiscasset, Maine for a member of the New York Yacht Club and was raced often in the Newport to Bermuda race. Originally configured as a standard schooner, the Curlew was redesigned as a...

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Curlew Receives Historic Designation

Posted by on Nov 22, 2009 in 2009-11, Historic Designation Registry, Preservation, Sailing Heritage | 0 comments

On Monday, October 19, the Dana Point Planning Commission approved historic designation for Curlew, a 1926 Schooner moored in the Dana Point harbor. The commissioners started the meeting with a site visit aboard Curlew, adjourned, and then reconvened at the Council Chambers for the remainder of the meeting. The Historical Society, along with Curlew’s owner, Bob Harrison, advocated for the designation based upon the fundamental historic port...

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Surfing Legends

Posted by on Oct 25, 2007 in Sailing Heritage | 0 comments

Dana Point Surfing Legends Many surfing legends lived, worked, and surfed in Dana Point. Brief descriptions of some of these men and women follow in alphabetical order: Drummond, Ron: learned to surf as a kid on his mother’s ironing board; “his creativity in ‘shooting the curl’ has been a legend of Capistrano Bay for several decades and several generations”; “one of California’s champion water sportsmen, he went on winning gold...

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The Outrigger Canoe

Posted by on Oct 25, 2007 in Sailing Heritage, Surfing Heritage | 0 comments

Lorrin “Whitey” Harrison and the Outrigger Canoe “Lorrin ‘Whitey’ Harrison lived life totally for the moment. All of those moments were steeped in tradition. They ranged from his wife Cecelia’s family adobe dating back to the late 1700’s, where she was raised and where they resided together from 1946 to Lorrin’s death in 1993. Another tradition was Lorrin’s early surfing along the California coast beginning...

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Home of the Catamaran

Posted by on Oct 25, 2007 in Sailing Heritage, Surfing Heritage | 0 comments

Dana Point/Capistrano Beach: Home of Catamaran and Sailing Champions Alter, Hobie: Designer/Manufacturer of the Hobie Cat; Catamaran Sailor Magazine’s National Hall of Fame Schafer, Wayne: two Hobie 14 National Championships, two Hobie 16 Southern California Divisionals, retired the Ancient Mariner Series trophy at Newport Beach after winning it three times, and won the McCullock Trophy for best all-around sailor in a Hobie 16 at Lake Havasu...

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Surfing and Sailing Heritage

Posted by on Oct 25, 2006 in Sailing Heritage, Surfing Heritage | 0 comments

Surfing & Sailing Heritage Projects The Society has discovered that there are at least 68 historical first and bests discovered and listed to date in the Oceanic Historical Outline for Dana Point. This document dramatically points out that Dana Point truly is historically unique. Dana Point is where the modern surfing lifestyle originated, as well as where surfing industries as the world now knows them started. From Dana Point came the...

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