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Award winners shine bright in Newport boat parade and Ring of Lights

Award winners shine bright in Newport boat parade and Ring of Lights
The Last Hurrah, with its boardwalk amusement park theme, was a co-winner of the Sweepstakes award in the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, which ran Dec. 19-23. (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

To the lovers of lights who saw the erupting volcano and the functional merry-go-round cruise by on yachts during the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade last month and thought, “Those yachts had to win awards” — you were right.

The Last Hurrah (with the merry-go-round) and El Navegante (with the volcano) split the parade’s Sweepstakes award, standing atop the 12 categories in the Newport holiday tradition.

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On land, Balboa Island homeowners took the lion’s share of the 15-plus trophies in the Ring of Lights home decorating contest.

A dinner and auction Jan. 25 at Newport’s Fashion Island Hotel will honor the award winners in the boat parade and decorating contest, plus raise money for the 2019 parade.

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Here are all the victors in the 2018 Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights, which are presented by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce:

Boat parade

Sweepstakes (tie): The Last Hurrah, Rob Meadows and Cathy Vick; El Navegante, Sasco

Non-commercial Sweepstakes: Paradise Found, Greg and Nor Killingsworth

Best Powerboat: Two are Better Than One, Kyle Miller

Best Sailboat: Mayflower, Andrew Mayhugh

Best Boat Under 30 Feet: Seaswirl, Steve Shimahara

Best Lights: First place: Valor, Bruce Batcheller; second place: Balboa Bay Club/Alexander Marine, Balboa Bay Club/Alexander Marine/Linda Wilkinson; third place: Simply Bliss, John Saroyan

El Navegante, which honored California firefighters, split the Sweepstakes award in the 2018 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.
El Navegante, which honored California firefighters, split the Sweepstakes award in the 2018 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

Humor & Originality: First place: Sea Schooner, Travis Petty; second place: Fan Tail Jr., Paul Fruchbom; third place: Amazing Grace, Jim and Madelyn Bailey

Animation & Special Effects: First place: Seas the Day, Michael Lohman; second place: #Lighttheworld, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; third place: Time Bandit, Richard Parenteau

Best Music: Velocity, David Jubitz and Scott Schubert

Best First-Time Entry: Mayflower, Andrew Mayhugh

Best Yacht Club Entry: Fan Tail Jr., Paul Fruchbom

Yacht Club with Most Entries: Balboa Yacht Club

Ring of Lights

Sweepstakes: Phil and Mary Lyons, Harbor Island

Lights & Animation: First place: Donna DiBari, South Bay Front, Balboa Island; second place: Dennis and Patty Vitarelli, South Bay Front, Balboa Island

Best Theme: Sasco, Via Lido Soud, Lido Isle

Chairman’s Choice: Robert Olson, East Bay Front, Balboa Island

Best Traditional Lights: Barry and Karen Meguiar, North Bay Front, Balboa Island

“Green” Entry Award: Viviana and Bruce Fabrizio, Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar

The award for Best Traditional Lights in the Newport Beach Ring of Lights home decorating contest went to Barry and Karen Meguiar of North Bay Front on Balboa Island.
The award for Best Traditional Lights in the Newport Beach Ring of Lights home decorating contest went to Barry and Karen Meguiar of North Bay Front on Balboa Island. (Courtesy of Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce)
Viviana and Bruce Fabrizio of Bayside Drive in Corona del Mar won the “Green” Entry Award in the Ring of Lights home decorating competition.
Viviana and Bruce Fabrizio of Bayside Drive in Corona del Mar won the “Green” Entry Award in the Ring of Lights home decorating competition. (Courtesy of Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce)

Photographer’s Choice: Jim and Judy Busby, East Bay Front, Balboa Island

Humor & Originality: Marcy Cook, South Bay Front, Balboa Island

Rookie Award: Van Natta family, South Bay Front, Balboa Island

Best on Lido: John and Essie Bootsma, Via Lido Nord, Lido Isle

Founder’s Award: Shirley Pepys, South Bay Front, Balboa Island

StuNews Award: Janet Curci, South Bay Front, Balboa Island

Best Yacht Club: Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar

Hi-Tech Christmas Charm: Jim and Peggy Rich, South Bay Front, Balboa Island

Best on Peninsula: Matthew Thomas, East Edgewater, Balboa Peninsula

Judge’s Award: First place: Geoffrey Wickett and Norm Lessard, East Bay Front, Balboa Island; second place: Bill and Maria Uncapher, East Bay Front, Balboa Island

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