In 1954 the Balboa Island
Sculling and Punting Society decided on their first great
adventure, taking a boat to Las Vegas
The 40-foot cabin
cruiser "Lazy B" was loaded on a flatbed truck, and the club
dressed in their spotless yachting regalia lined the boat's
rails for their departure.
On their 300 mile voyage they only touched port twice, at
Victorville and Barstow, with a pause at Baker for ice cubes.
Virgil Partch -one of the club's founders- worded it this way, "We
hit some bad ground swells, and we also hit a couple of bars."
Allen A. Arthur of the Flamingo hotel went eight miles out in the
strip "harbor" to meet the Lazy B. He carried refreshments, as the
yacht was flying its cocktail pennant upside down, indicating the
martini shaker had gone dry and a dangerous situation existed on
with the club's fondness for gambling, a high stakes poker game
was held aboard the boat on the way over with thousands of dollars
on the table. At one point, one of the players got seasick and
opened the hatch to go topside, resulting in an unexpected gust of
wind. All the money on the table was blown out the hatch and all
over the desert. Because there were no communications with the
truck driver, the club could do little more then wave goodbye to
their money. They did, however, get a spread in Life magazine for
their trailblazing adventure
From the club's highly
organized photo album.
The HFS (hardly floats sometimes) Michigan,
flagship of the BISPS
in all of her glory.
The official club knot, used to secure
the Michigan in her berth.
Two of the club's founders,
Bill Veneman and Dick Shaw.
is telling Veneman about
that got away.
The train to Catalina, or as it was officially
named, "The Long Beach & Avalon, Western & Ephemeral
Sign Of The Times
Words Of Wisdom
If you jog in a jogging suit, lounge in lounging
pajamas, and smoke in a smoking jacket, WHY would anyone want to
wear a windbreaker??
Balboa Boat Rentals manager.
Died on January 21, 2003
of an apparent heart attack.
The California Gray Whale makes the most
spectacular and longest mass migration of any marine mammal. Gray Whales Migrate Annually
along the west coast of North America from the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to
the winter grounds of the Baja California lagoons and back again along the Orange County
coast during the months of December, January, February, March, and early April. Balboa's Sport
Fishing boats offer Whale Watching Cruses so that children and adults may thrill at the
sight of these magnificent mammals as they pass along the coast. For further information
Newport LandingSport Fishing
Newport Whale Watching
From Dick Vogel's
personal photo album.
This is one of my grandfather's postcards showing
the end of Main St. Grandpa built the building at 100 Main, on the
right of the picture.
This shot was around 1950 when he had his real estate office in
there. It's home to the Studio Cafe now.
To the far right is the shack where my family spent our summers in
the 50s and 60s. It has since been built over and
incorporated into the Studio Cafe.
The palm trees in the boxes were later planted in the park.
I had the pleasure of visiting with my siblings last week and got
to turn them on to your wonderful website. We all gathered and
shared our thoughts and feelings and were happy to recognize most
of the folks and could relate to the stories. I emailed you in the
past about my life and times growing up in Balboa. I did get a
nice response from you asking me to send more info.
You may remember me telling you that my dad was one of the first
doctors to work at Hoag when it was only one story tall and having
his office on the corner of 9th and Balboa Blvd (on the bay side).
I just got home from Hawaii, where most of my siblings now reside.
While there, I shared my cartoon illustrations that I do for
Londons Times Cartoons website. I was excited to show them the
web's storefront where I have painted pictures of Balboa and put
them on mugs. Please take a look at
....also, I would love it if you would consider having these mugs
available on your site to sell to nostalgic Balboans. It would be
fun and I would be happy to make it profitable for you too. What
do you think? You are welcome to reply to Rick London, my partner
and marketeer at:
Yours truly, Stephanie Allen Bennett, a long term lover of Balboa