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.
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
We’re spreading the word for our friends over at the Long Beach Boat and Ski Club, the organizers of the Catalina Ski Race. For those of you who have participated before, you know what an amazing event this is. If you’ve watched but never raced, you should make it happen, it’s an awe-inspiring experience. Here’s all the info the organizers of the race have been sending out. Links to the website and entry form are below:
2016 Catalina Ski Race News!
The Long Beach Boat & Ski Club (LBB&SC) is busy getting ready to again hold the Worlds Greatest Ski Race. We at the LBB&SC want to ensure you have an adequate amount of time to sign up for the 2016 race. Below is information regarding the 2016 entry form and opportunities for a free/discounted entry to the 2016 race. Keep reading to learn more.
Don’t miss the 2016 Catalina Ski race on July 16, 2016.
The 2016 Catalina Ski Race is fast approaching. It is time to get your team in order and signed up for the race. See below the 2016 CSR Entry Form that will need to be completed and returned with your teams corresponding payment. Please also do not forget drivers physical and observers CPR cards.
We at the LBB&SC have decided to make a special offer to completely new teams. We would like to offer any new team a free entry to the 2016 Catalina Ski Race. We are classifying a New Team as a Driver, Navigator, Observer and Skier who have never participated in the Catalina Ski Race. This offer is only valid for new teams who pre-register for the race. We will not be accepting any free entries from new teams after pre-registration closes.
Discounted Entry for Teams Who Need to Dust off Their Equipment!
We at the LBB&SC have decided to make a special offer to teams that have a skier who has not raced the Catalina Ski Race in over 5 years. We would like to offer these teams with seasoned, but rested skiers, 1/2 off the entry fee to the 2016 Catalina Ski Race. For the teams who classify for this discount your entry fee would be reduced from the standard $400 to a very low $200. Please be aware, to qualify for this discount your teams skier cannot have ski’d the Catalina Ski Race within the last 5 years. This offer is only valid for teams who’s skier qualifies and pre-register’s for the race. We will not be accepting any discounted entries from teams with seasoned but rested skiers after pre-registration closes.
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the LBB&SC
Who’s ready to enjoy some boating in the great outdoors, John Candy and Dan Aykroyd style? Experience Bass Lake with your fellow SCOPE members this August 4th – 7th, 2016. We’ll be staying at The Pines Resort. Join us for a double-ski-only waterski race, BBQ and good times. In the meantime, enjoy the video clips below from the greatest movie ever shot at Bass Lake!