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OC Outer Space: Galactic Boat Parade
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THE FUN ANNUAL THEMES… of the holiday boat parades found just off the Golden State’s lengthy shores can reflect yuletide traditions or California favorites or local icons. It all depends, really, what’s in the air during a particular holiday season and what is the topic on people’s minds. So if you had to guess how the yearly Dana Point Parade of Lights came by its 2015 — “A Galactic Holiday” — what would you alight upon? Ahhh, you guessed it on the very first try: “The Force Awakens,” the latest film in the “Star Wars” universe, is the inspiration for the 2015 on-the-water procession, which will take place over two weekends. Make that two sets of Fridays and Saturdays, with Sundays off, so if you want to catch a night or two at Dana Point Harbor, pencil in Dec. 11, 12, 18, and 19.

THE 41ST ANNUAL BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS… is a 90-minute twinkle-fest covering some 90 or so boats. Those can be capacious vessels, or lil’ skiffs, or anything in the middle. The only theme, beyond the galactic notion, is to put up a whole mess of pretty lights, and plastic reindeer, and shiny snowmen, and the various implements you’d normally see on a front lawn, rather than a boat in a harbor. While many boats will probably stick close to the celebratory symbols of the yuletide, design-wise, there is a contest for Best Theme, so a couple of Darth Vaders and lightsabers may make a merry showing. As for the other three areas of friendly competition? Most Colorful, Best Animation, and Best Use of Lights.

WHEN IT ALL BEGAN… just over four decades ago, only a handful of boats were in the swing of things. Now it is a pretty sizable affair, with businesses around the harbor and locals all pitching in to make the party something memorable and sweet. As for whether all of those boat lights will resemble outer space stars, when they reflect upon the water? Well, that’s up to personal poetical interpretation. We do love a good theme, and one that’s a bit topical, pop culture-wise. Also, if you wear your Wookiee suit to watch, you’ll stay mighty warm.


The Dana Point Harbor Association is excited to announce the theme of the upcoming 41st ANNUAL DANA POINT HARBOR BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS, “A GALACTIC HOLIDAY”.

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Friday, Dec 11 & Saturday Dec 12 – 7:30pm
Friday, Dec 18 & Saturday Dec 19 – 7:30pm
Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for the awards of Judges Choice, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights, Best Animation, Most Colorful, Most Original, Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat and the Perpetual Trophy for the Yacht Club with the Most Entries. They light up the evening with their amazing boats as they parade throughout the Harbor. In celebration of our 41 years of lighting the holiday season up, this year’s theme launches us into the stratosphere with “A GALACTIC HOLIDAY”. The Force will Awaken with a stellar show of out of this world proportions. Join us as boats parade into the Harbor from galaxies far, far away! We can’t wait to see what these creative boaters will come up with. We invite you to come down and LET THE FORCE BE WITH YOU! Want to be a part of the parade? Enter your own boat by contacting us at or pick up an entry form at Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching or go online at (after October 1). You can view the parade FREE from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of our restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot. Come on down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Dana Point Harbor is at 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA. For more information call the Harbor Info line at (949) 923-2255, email us at or visit our website at

Fri., December 4 – 4:30pm-7:30pm – Mariner’s Village/Alley & Dana Wharf
Join us to celebrate the holiday season. The three areas of the Harbor, Dana Wharf, Mariners Village and Mariner’s Alley will all host holiday activities geared to families and children. Santa is anxious to hear your Holiday wishes and is available for photos (bring your camera). There are many fun family activities planned, including photos with Santa, performances by various characters, holiday crafts, people painting, carolers and other activities. Just look for the brightly lit, Sandy Clause in front of Harpoon Henrys at 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point Harbor (at Dana Point Harbor Drive). The parking and events are FREE! For info call 496-6177 or (949) 923-2255 or log on to

Sat. Dec 5th & Sun., Dec 6th , 10am-2pm – Dana Wharf Docks
Come aboard the “Sum Fun” for a twenty-minute Harbor cruise with Santa and his helpers. Santa will be hearing those holiday wishes as you cruise the Harbor. The El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club will be on hand to take your photo for a $3 donation. What a unique and fun way for kids of all ages to visit with Santa, so dress warm. Location: East end of Dana Point Harbor at Dana Wharf Sportfishing docks, 34675 Golden Lantern, between the Jolly Roger and the Wind & Sea. Boats donated by Dana Wharf Sportfishing.

Sat. Dec 5th 10am-3pm – El Torito Courtyard
The Pet Project Foundation is excited to host the 3rd Annual Santa Paws event. Bring down your favorite pet and have their picture taken with Santa for a small fee. All proceeds go to support the Pet Project Foundation.
April 23, 2015 – Westwind Sailing is nationally recognized at the US Sailing, National Sail Programs Symposium.

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US Sailing presented the Ten Years of Hallmark Performance Award to Westwind Sailing for its progressive educational boating programs and outstanding community service. The award was presented at the National Sail Programs Symposium in New Orleans this past winter.

Westwind is honored to be recognized for its dedication to community safe boating education at the OC Sailing & Events Center (OCSEC). “In celebrating 27 years of services, we have endured ups and downs and have remained determined to keep our door open for the community,” states Diane Wenzel, executive director and founder of Westwind Sailing.

In presenting this award, US Sailing highlighted some of Westwind’s achievements:

“In 2008, Westwind partnered with the Adaptive Kinesiology department of Saddleback College and launched the adaptive boating program. This program is designed to provide on-the-water therapy and to teach safe boating and sailing to individuals with special needs.”

Westwind was instrumental in the creation of the Dana Point Aquatic Foundation (DPAF) in 2010, which provides scholarships for at risk youth and boaters with special needs. This partnership along with the Cal Boating Aquatic Center Grant enables over one hundred participants per year to experience safe boating completely free of charge.

Westwind’s newest program, ‘Sail Into Science,’ incorporates boating and STEM education. Through partnerships with US Sailing REACH, Cal Boating, DPAF, Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Clubs and Great Opportunities, 16 kids participated in Westwind’s pilot ‘Sail Into Science’ course this past fall.

US Sailing’s Stu Gilfillan commented, “This award represents Westwind’s success in serving over 40,000 people in the last 27 years. We look forward to supporting their continuing outreach, innovations and community partnerships for many years to come.”


February 5, 2014 – Dream Town: Dana Point, California – Coastal Living Magazine – Click to read full article.

Dream Town: Dana Point, California
This low-key California surf town is earning its place in the spotlight with a thriving harbor, world-class festivals, and a fitness-loving community.
By Marisa Spyker



Holiday imagination shines bright at Dana Point IlluminOcean with larger-than-life sea sculptures and moving light tunnels dotting the Southern California coastline


Dana Point IlluminOcean will electrify the Southern California shoreline with 40 nights of holiday lights. This wonderland by the sand — created and funded by The Resorts of Dana Point to become an annual winter tradition — features a brilliant spectacle of 18 oversized lighting sculptures with over 225,000 LED lights, and is free to the public for viewing nightly at sundown beginning November 26, 2014.


Just as thousands gather to celebrate the season at New York’s Rockefeller Center or Chicago’s Millennium Park, now Dana Point Harbor enchants and excites visitors of all ages with a vibrant exhibition for the whole family to enjoy.

As the whale watching capital of the world, and proud stewards of the coastal ecosystems which drives most of the destination’s tourism traffic, the sea-themed holiday lighting sculptures showcase the city’s devotion to ocean preservation.

From octopus and sharks, to starfish and surfers, the dazzling displays are highlighted by a towering glow-motion tree, light tunnels stretching longer than a football field and over a dozen
gigantic lighting sculptures — so big visitors can walk through and inside the belly of a glowing 40-foot Blue whale!

As visitors stroll through the colorful collection of immersive attractions, every step is filled with vibrant sights and sounds while roaming street performers entertain crowds, glow merchandise shines and “Whale Eyes” 3D glasses give a must-see holographic look at this holiday spectacle.

See the lights. Explore the sights. This year and every year, only at Dana Point IlluminOcean. For additional information, visit

Conveniently located in Orange County — halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles — Dana Point showcases a breathtaking collection of resort properties with an approachable elegance unique to the Southern California shoreline. Dana Point’s dramatic beauty is complemented by a distinct variety of year-round signature events, as well as boundless ocean experiences along its golden coast. Renowned as the whale watching capital of the world, Dana Point features an abundant marine life and legendary OC Dana Point Harbor that opens to an ocean of possibilities.

From November 26, 2014 through January 4, 2015, the lights come to life every night at Dana Point IlluminOcean and it is free to the public. This large-scale family holiday lighting attraction, backed by The Resorts of Dana Point with support from multiple community stakeholders, features 18 ocean-themed lighting attractions with over 225,000 LED blubs situated along the one-mile harbor of the quintessential Southern California town of Dana Point. The oceanic holiday walking tour experience will be lit nightly at sundown, creating a festive tradition for all to enjoy for years to come.

A collection of four luxury coastal properties — including the St. Regis Monarch Beach ; The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel; Doubletree Suites by Hilton Doheny Beach – Dana Point; and Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa —joined together in 2010 to form a Tourism Business Improvement District. Collectively, their objectives include the development and execution of promotional activity to increase leisure and meetings travel to the destination.

June 11, 2014 – Dana Point, California – 110 Boaters at OC Sailing & Events Center Participate in “Ready, Set, Wear It!” – Lifejacket World Record Day.

Westwind Sailing and the Dana Point Aquatic Foundation sponsored a “Ready, Set, Wear It!” event on May 17 joining participants around the globe to heighten awareness of the importance of wearing a lifejacket and to set a lifejacket world record.

The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) in partnership with the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC), served as the kick-off to National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23, the official launch of the 2014 North American Safe Boating Campaign. Educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of inflatable life jackets has been a main focus of the North American Safe Boating Campaign.

“It was a perfect day with all sorts of boaters on the water,” said Diane Wenzel, of Westwind Sailing and the DPAF. “We were thrilled that the event coincided with our first annual AquaFest! It was the perfect opportunity to reinforce the importance of wearing a lifejacket in a real world setting. We hoped for 100 participants at Ready, Set, Wear It and we got over 110!”

AquaFest, hosted at the OC Sailing & Events Center in Dana Point Harbor, is a celebration of the public access safe boating programs offered at the Center. Various programs were showcased including; Westwind Sailing, SOAR Adaptive Boating, The Paddle Academy, I Heart Yoga in the Park and Mariner Sea Scouts. In addition to free stand-up paddling and sailing, free food and goodie bags were offered to participants – thanks to a generous donation from Berkeley Greene at So Cal Sail Sport.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in almost 71 percent of recreational boating fatalities in 2013, and that almost 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

“It’s such a simple message but it’s so important, said Pam Patterson of SOAR. S.O.A.R. (Specialized, Outdoor, Adventure, Recreation) which encourages people with disabilities to get out on the water, demonstrated safe boating activities at AquaFest. “We’re so grateful to the Foundation for supporting our students in all their water-based adventures which are staples in the SOAR curriculum.”

For more information regarding programs held at the OC Sailing & Events center please visit:,,,,,

More information about Ready, Set, Wear It! and safe boating is available at and

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Contact: Diane Wenzel, Executive Director, (949) 492-3035,,


July 2013– Dana Point, California – Mariner’s Yacht & Ship Brokerage Has A New Home

The “Oldest Yacht Brokerage in Dana Point” under the same management has a “New Home.” Mariner’s Yacht & Ship Brokerage, Inc. is proud to announce we have moved to 34551 Casitas Place. We are now in building two on the cove side of the east basin. Located between J and K docks, just west of El Torito Mexican restaurant we have a convenient sidewalk level office to better serve our clients. You will find one of our sales professionals ready to assist you from 9am to 5pm daily and by appointment anytime. Additionally our newly expanded private offices are located on the second floor.

Whether you are looking to buy, sell or charter we welcome you to stop by and consult with our knowledgeable and friendly professionals. For questions please contact us at 949.429.BOAT (2628) or
visit us on the web at: www.MarinersYachts.US




ELEPHANT PARADE: Herd everywhere in Dana Point, starting August 23!

It’s never been in the U.S., of course there are questions!

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