The holiday season is fast approaching and you know what that means! It’s time for a holiday party at Javier’s! Join us to celebrate all the fun times we had during the 2017 SCOPE boating season. We will be dining at Javier’s in the Crystal Cove Shopping Center off Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach.
The dinner will run from 6:00PM to 10:00PM on Friday, December 1st and tickets are $100 per person.
If you would like to attend, please send a check payable to SCOPE to 1261 East Francis, Ontario, CA 91761. Please include the names of those who will be attending on the check or elsewhere in your envelope.
The Villa Park Dry Land Boat Parade will held be on Sunday, December 10, 2017. The parade will start at 4:30 PM and end around 8:30 PM in the Villa Park Towne Center. The details regarding registering, the parade map and vendor information have not yet been announced.
About the Dry Land Boat Parade
The dry land boat parade is an asphalt harbor tour where 50 + vessels travel through Villa Park. Along the way there are neighborhood parties and kids lined up eagerly waiting for candy to be tossed overboard. There is a grand marshall each year and even quirky annual themes like Yachts and Yachts of Holiday Fun.
The parade ultimately ends up docking at the Villa Park Towne Centre where a large crowd awaits including the VPHS marching band. At the Towne Centre there are tree lighting and awards ceremonies with trophies for categories such as best overall, most artistic or most whimsical. Food booths are on hand as well as retail vendors with items for sale. It all goes to a good cause though as the retail vendors donate a percentage of sales to the VPCS Foundation, a 501C3.
Boat Parade Origins
The first Dry Land Boat Parade was held in December 1982 but the initial idea came from a group of VPHS teenagers the year prior. In 1981, five teens wanted to start a high school club and as somewhat of a joke came up with a yacht club even though none of them, nor their parents, owned a boat. A constitution, teacher sponsor and approval from the student senate quickly yielded them a yacht club with $400 and a page in the VPHS yearbook, The Odyssey.
A year later, one of the boys father’s, Chuck Beesley expanded on the idea at the Women’s League Christmas dance at the Disneyland Hotel. The first year there were about 15 to 20 boats and 75 the next. NBC News even carried the first event live across the Western United States and it has been a Villa Park tradition ever since. However, soon the parade faded and ceased from being an annual event until in 1998 the parade was rekindled and has been an annual tradition ever since.
A “boat” may be defined as anything that can be towed or driven at up to a speed of 5 mph. Typically there all are forms of decorated boats and wheeled transports such as golf carts, Segways, trucks, classic cars, surfboards, kayaks, jet skis and many more creative vehicles.
Hey everyone, we’re officially into the summer boating season and we’re excited to be hosting another world-class Poker Run in Long Beach this year! We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hotel Maya which come with a group discount. Be sure to book your rooms soon because all rooms must be booked by Wednesday, August 23rd in order to get the discount. The links to the group discount booking website and the entry form are below:
Please mail the entry form with your check to 1261 East Francis, Ontario, CA 91761
Note: Just as in prior years, the Poker Run will be held on Saturday.
Boating season is starting soon and it’s almost time for the annual SCOPE Kickoff Party! This year’s party is returning to Baca Marine. Join us for food, drinks, music and dancing. The festivities start at 11:00AM and end at 4:00PM.
It’s time again to celebrate the end of the SCOPE boating season. Prepare yourselves for a feast of Mexican food as we dine at Javier’s in the Crystal Cove Shopping Center off Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach. The dinner will run from 6:00PM to 10:00PM on Friday, December 2nd and tickets are $100 per person. If you would like to attend, please send a check payable to SCOPE to 1261 East Francis, Ontario, CA 91761. Please include the names of those who will be attending on the check or elsewhere in your envelope.
The west coast’s premier offshore powerboat club, SCOPE, along with it’s title sponsors, Nordic Boats and IMCO Marine, decided to mark the twentieth anniversary of their organization by bringing their annual poker run back to Long Beach. SCOPE has hosted their poker run in San Diego for the past two years. The Queen Mary and Long Beach served as backdrops to this year’s run which was hosted dockside at Hotel Maya and included stops in Newport Beach, Catalina Island, and Los Alamitos Bay. The run included 40+ boats and over 100 attendees.
SCOPE members took to the water starting on Friday, September 23rd to give rides to over 40 active military and veterans from Long Beach Harbor to the USS Iowa in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro. Once all the boats arrived at the USS Iowa, they passed the historic military vessel in a single file, pointed their bows towards the ship and turned off their engines. The USS Iowa PA system came to life with the operators of the floating military museum thanking the boaters for offering rides to the veterans and for honoring their country.
On Saturday morning, drivers and participants attended a pre-run safety meeting and stood to honor the American Flag while John Wayne’s America, Why I Love Her played over the loudspeakers. Once the meeting finished, participants made their way to the boats, pushed off the docks, and followed the IMCO Marine 39’ Nordic out towards the Queen Mary for a group photo to be taken by helicopter.
Like anxious kids posing for a family photo, as soon as they exited the breakwater, the drivers pointed their boats towards Balboa Pier in Newport Beach and mashed the throttles. Following the stop at Balboa Pier, drivers headed for Avalon, many stopped for a quick lunch on shore and then headed back to Los Alamitos Bay for the final card stop. After returning to Hotel Maya, the group gathered for drinks, dinner, and dancing on the waterfront. Music was provided by 80’s cover band One Hot Mess. As is tradition at most SCOPE events, longtime member Ray Lee sang his best rendition of Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds.
For the past three years, SCOPE’s event has supported Operation Gratitude, a charity that is dedicated to providing care packages to active military members and their families. Chris Grayson, an active and longtime member of SCOPE won the Poker Run prize for best poker hand and selflessly donated his winnings to Operation Gratitude. During the dinner portion of the evening, SCOPE President Bill Steiner, SCOPE Board Member, Wayne Lee, and other members were able to raise more than $10,000 for the charity.
When asked about the difficulty of putting together such a large event, Bill Steiner said, “It’s a lot of work, but SCOPE has some diehard members and sponsors who always step up to the plate to make this all possible. I want to especially thank Randy Davis of Nordic Boats and Fred Inman of IMCO Marine for always supporting our club and the powerboating community.”
Hi Everyone! We are getting excited for the Poker Run this weekend. Here are some details about what is happening and when it’s happening. Take a look at the bottom of this post for information on where the card stops are going to be and what boats to look for at each stop.
10:00AM – 11:00AM Driver’s Meeting for Veterans/Operation Gratitude Boat Rides
11:00AM – 1:00PM Boat rides from Hotel Maya to USS Iowa
1:00PM – 4:00PM Food and Drinks at the Maya
1:00PM – 7:00PM Open Registration and Check-In for the Poker Run – Pick up your Poker Run Packet
7:00PM Dinner – no group dinner planned – this is on your own
9:00AM – 9:30AM Drivers Meeting at Hotel Maya Gazebo (where Catalina Ski Race awards are held)
9:30AM – 10:00AM – Get your crew and boat ready
10:00AM – 10:30AM Parade – Idle to Victory Dock for your first Poker Card
10:30AM Idle to the back of Queen Mary for start of Poker Run
Note: The start will be behind IMCO’s 39′ Nordic – stay at least 500 feet behind the start boat until the flag drops so we can get a good helicopter shot of the start.
11:30AM – 1:00PM Optional lunch at Avalon on your own, drive back to Hotel Maya
1:00PM – 5:00PM Enjoy the pool and drinks at Hotel Maya
6:00PM – 7:00PM Cocktails
7:00PM Dinner with live 80’s cover band, One Hot Mess!
Long Course: Long Beach (Card 1) Newport Beach/Balboa Pier (Card 2) Avalon, Catalina Island – 1/2 Mile off Hamilton Cove (Card 3)
Los Alamitos Bay (Card 4)
Long Beach – Maya Hotel (Card 5)
Long Beach (Card 1)
Newport Beach/Balboa Pier (Card 2)
Los Alamitos Bay (Card 3)
Maya Hotel (Cards 4 & 5)
Orange and White Malibu Ski Boat
Los Alamitos Bay (will be tied to the dock on the right side as you enter Los Alamitos Bay)
White Center Console – Balboa Pier, Newport Beach
White and Blue 45′ Sea Ray – Avalon, Catalina Island