In 1974 Curt Allen started the "Bathtub Boat
Races." An annual Balboa event.
The boats loosely resembled bathtubs.
Balboa's Bathtub Boat Races
were An annual event held in the bay at the Balboa Pavilion. Participants would
build boats more or less resembling a bathtub, and race across the bay to
Balboa Island and return. At first there were only a few entrants, but over
the years the number of boats in the race increased to over 25.
At its peak over 25 boats were entered.
By 1980 the race also
included the, "Miss Bathtub Race Beauty Pageant." By the mid 1980s the event
The Balboa Brothel racing team.
In the outlandish style of
Balboa, Harry Miller and Carol Depa formed the "Balboa Brothel," a Bathtub
Boat racing team. Harry, whose title was "Director of ladies Affairs,"
started the brothel in the late 1970s and kept it running through the last
race in 1983. The most exotic boat built by the brothel was a hodgepodge of
eight two-man life rafts tied together with PVC tubing, will power, and red
and black streamers. The craft held 20 people and broke up after getting
caught in the outgoing tide, and had to be rescued by the Harbor Patrol.
The boat broke up in the outgoing tide. Photos by Carol Depa
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The good thing about growing old is you only have to do it once.
I was a huge fan of the Rendezvous in the 60s. I loved the
Rendezvous---Dick Dale, The Righteous Brothers, and
surfer bands. It was such fun & so sad when it burned down. But,
oh the memories of all the people I met, all the great music &
We would go Friday & Saturday nights (100 miles round
.and every night during Easter Week!!
I love to see all the pictures you collect. Will they be on a
I was there in your beautiful town a couple of days ago. As I was
walking around and shopping I saw that some workman were putting
in some kind of parking structures in the Balboa garage. Do you
know anything about them? Looked pretty neat and I know alot of
people who need more parking. If you do know anything I'd love to
find out more!
Hi, I was wondering if you had any photos of the boat that went up
on the beach around 10th street, months ago. October-ish?? Do you
know what I am referring to ?
What are they doing with the old lamp posts that they removed from
around town? I see them in a pile down by the parking lot down by
the beach. Are they for sale? Do you know anyone who would know?
Thanks for telling me about how to get on your webcam achieves
It had great pictures of my friends and I at Prom on May 10th,
..Hi...there is an old house on the very end Edgewater + Lindo
Ave...directly north of bay isle...could you give me any history
or links on this beautiful 1901 house? It has turquise doors...
Great website, in addition to your Faces of Balboa, you should add
a section for "Memories of Balboa" Please to your "Faces of Balboa"
I am visiting for the summer, my mother in-law has a place on A
street. What a cool website! Do you know whether there will be any
4th of July fireworks in in the Bay? I have been every summer for
several years, and last year there were none. I am hopeful that
they will resume this year. Any info is appreciated.
Hi Jim, I like a lot to visit your internet page. Sorry, my
english isnt perfect. My born language is spanish. I have a sister
who live there, in Balboa Island, its a great and special place. I
went last febrary there, also at.Cafe Restaurant near the Ferri.
Where the camera is. Visiting this page, I could know whats the
weather is there congr atulations, for you, from Las Tablas, Rep
of Panama, Central America. Bye, bye.
Marianela De Leon.
Sundays Sept, 7, 14, 21, 28 - 2-6pm
The VooDudes Band
2003 Annual Meeting
Central NB Community Association
American Legion Hall on 15th Street
September 20, 9am-Noon
California Costal Cleanup Day
La Strada Dell' Arte
Italian street painting festival.
December 17 - 21,
6:30 - 9 pm
Christmas Boat Parade
Of The Month
Balboa Foot Wash
The Balboa Motel
The Balboa Motel occupied an area of the East 300 block between
Balboa Boulevard and Oceanfront. As with many Balboa
landmarks it was demolished in the 1970s
Thank you so much for printing the story of my Dad's boat,
the Miss Balboa. It was such an exciting ride and what a
beauty the Miss was. I remember launch day at Dick's Dock.
The Miss was so long that the trailer she was on couldn't
negotiate the arches bridge so she had to go the wrong way
to get to the Highway. My sister and I got new dresses and
Mom a new hat to go with her dress. My favorite picture
from launch day is the one of Lido Isle in the back
ground, it only has a few homes on it. It was a good time
in my life, my first job was at the Frosty stand on the
bay front where the diving platform was. Your website is
wonderful, I enjoy it so much.
Lora Clawson Leach
Have been reading about you and Tales in the Daily Pilot.
Finally I checked out your website (I am getting more
interested in computer stuff. What a joy and
resource...you are on my "Favorites" list. Thanks for
doing all the work for us to read.
I also checked out freenewport...I wish these guys had
been around to help on the Fourth of July when I was on
City Council. Some of their stuff is on the cruel side,
but the Fourth of July letter to residents was a very
positive contribution. I hope they will work to be a part
of the solutions in the future. When I first moved to West
Newport in 1979 I adopted a rule for myself....He earns
the right to criticize who has the heart to help. I still
remind myself of that every day.
Thanks again for all you do.
Thank you Jim! Since you published my
email I've already got my 90 day review at the Marriott,
Newport Beach, Fashion Island, and it's glowing. I'm
cooking at the Restaurant for the Hotel and I'm loving
every minute of it (as Maxwell Smart would say). EXCELLENT
place to work! The operation is so smooth it's like a
dream. All my bosses are so cool and so savvy and my
coworkers are great! Thank you for helping make my dream a
michael dean ballard
Thanks for bringing back a lot of great memories
1961 - present.
In researching my family history I came
across a copy of a newspaper article that appears to come
from a 1930 publication from Balboa. It begins: "GOLDEN
WEDDING IS CELEBRATED BY BALBOA COUPLE
Count and Countess Van Roselowe de Seielstad, better known
as Mr. and Mrs G.J. Seielstad, business residents of
Balboa for more that 20 years." I was wondering if you
knew of anyplace that might keep old newspapers or other
historical information. This couple was married, according
to the article, in Wisconsin in 1880 and would be
celebrating the 50th anniversary, hence the 1930 date.
Thank you for any help you can give, and if you are unable
to help, my apologies for bothering you.
I really enjoy the web site and have explored most of it.
But I thought the first time I ran across old photos or
posters from the 40's. I love the poster with Stan Kenton
on his site. Is that available? I have a friend who is
turning 70 and a huge Kenton fan and I would like to take
one to him on Sunday.
To you know what happened to the plaque placed on Balboa
pier prior to the
latest renovation commemorating Mayor Williamson? It was
supposed to be replaced/returned, but it has yet to
Sincerely, David Lynn-Hill
I have a weekend/vacation home in Newport on the Finley
Canal. I use the weather page on your site to see if I
want to drive down there from my home in Santa Monica and
kayak. It's a wonderful job of programming. I have no idea
how you did it. I wish I could set up something like that
on my home computer to show me local weather up here in
L.A. If you could share the secret I'd be grateful..
Thanks so much for your wonderful site, we live in
Portland,OR. and visit Balboa a couple times a year. Hope
you can help..can you tell me the name of the shop, just a
block or so from the ferry landing, that makes the round
address (or whatever) plates. We would like to order some.
would you let me know the date and time the race begins.
In 42 years of my family owning a house on the peninsula I
have never seen the sailboats go out the channel.
thanks so much.
Thank you so much for the link about
the Rendezvous Ballroom. My husband had the opportunity to
work with Maxie Dorf (listed on the site) for 2 years
before he passed in December, 2000 nice to know his
legacy will live on.
I used to spend my summers on Balboa Island. Each of my
grandmothers had homes there. I am trying to find a South
Bay Front home to rent for a week or so preferably near
Apolena. I have no specific time in mind. Do you know of
any that are available?
Thanks for leaving your cards at the
Balboa Post Office. What a great site! I will pass the
word. Please continue with the "beloved" of Balboa. The
article on Corney was great. I remember all of the
incidents you mentioned...and more. What about something
on the great George Perlin. and Francsois the maitre de at
Christians hut. Vaux White. Sammy and Flo Miller. Jim
Karam. Bill Dillman. Hidi.
We all have anecdotes. And didn't we have fun! I've lived
in Balboa since 1950. Rolly Pulaski and I were
instrumental in receiving entitlements to build the
Rendezvous Condominium after the fire. I'm an original
owner since 1973. (kept the best one for myself)
It would be fun to talk with you.