Newport Sea Base turns 80 with boat rides, of course, and Coastie the Talking Tugboat
A group of Girl Scouts salutes the U.S. flag at opening ceremonies at the Newport Sea Base 80th anniversary celebration Saturday.(Spencer Grant)
At opening ceremonies, a color guard unfurls the U.S. flag.(Spencer Grant)
Kevin Kamp and Katherine Brough pull on the lines as a sailboat arrives at the Newport Sea Base 80th anniversary celebration Saturday.(Spencer Grant)
In a flurry of paddles, kayaks take to the water. Everyone wears the required life jackets.(Spencer Grant)
Hannah and Bria Van Gerven meet Coastie, a small remote-controlled dry-land boat owned by Chili Williams.(Spencer Grant)
Wyatt Egan and Zander Bui inspect a hermit crab and a turbo snail from nearby Newport Harbor on display at the Marine Science Club.(Spencer Grant)
Sailboats, kayaks and a pontoon boat carry visitors at the Sea Base’s 80th anniversary celebration on Saturday.(Spencer Grant)
The sculpture “The Majestic Eagle” frames open house activities at the Newport Sea Base on Saturday.(Spencer Grant)
Trey Cook, left, and Grant Agamalian, center, craft paracord bracelets at the Sea Base anniversary celebration.(Spencer Grant)
The Newport Sea Base’s family friendly open house Saturday educated and entertained with fishing, sea life touch tanks and boats of all kinds to admire and explore.
The event, held to honor the Sea Base’s 80th anniversary, offered rides on sailboats, rowboats and pontoon boats, and tours of the Sea Scout and Newport Sea Base sailing team vessels.
Visitors could also watch junior sailors race in the Andy Fitzpatrick Regatta, and learn safety tips from Coastie the Talking Tugboat.
Newport Sea Base provides education and recreation programs for youths and young adults in sailing and rowing, oceanography, marine biology and environmental science.
The site is operated by the Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
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