Newport Ocean Sailing Association is a non-profit organization run by a board of directors filled with highly experienced sailboat racers and U.S. Sailing Certified Race Officials who, along with a large group of volunteers, are the premier race management team who host the iconic Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race and others all-the-while promoting yacht racing in Southern California. NOSA provides financial assistance to junior sailing programs and other non-profit organizations that encourage and develop amateur watersports with an emphasis on sailing, boating and seamanship.
NOSA Officers and Directors – 2017/2018
Commodore: Daniel Hodge
Vice Commodore, Race: Bill Gibbs
Vice Commodore, Administration: John Long
Junior Staff Commodore: Tom Kennedy
Chief Financial Officer: Joe Baiunco
Marketing: Shaun Prestridge
Corporate Secretary: Nina Manning
Executive Secretary: Judy Foster
Judge Advocate: Kari A. Keidser
Directors: Mary Bacon, Joe Baiunco, David Garcia, Kevin Hawkins, Phil Herzfeld, Kim Kymlicka, Jerry Moulton, Shaun Prestridge, Jeremy Quinton
Past Presidents & Commodores
|Year||First Name||Last Name||Yacht Club|
|1951||Harry G.||McKinny, Jr.||LAYC|
NOSA was formed at a meeting of local sailors looking to create opportunities to race their sailboats on August 15, 1947. According to NOSA’s constitution, as determined at that first meeting, “The object of the Association shall be to encourage and promote the racing and cruising of sailing yachts in Southern California, and, in particular, to encourage ocean events for such yachts in the vicinity of Newport Harbor.”
Founding member Cliff Chapman became the association’s first president. Harold Adams, G.L. Carrington, E.H. Frazer, Logan Hendrickson, A.W. Lewis, Ed Munsey, Thomas Rutter and L.W. Wonn, were the first set of elected officers. Together, they created a temporary set of by-laws that were later adopted as NOSA’s Constitution. At the time, annual membership dues were $2. The logo they designed is unchanged.
PHOTO: NOSA’s first Organizational and Constitutional Booklet, printed with private funds, stated its objectives, outlined by-laws for members and determined how races would be run. The original booklet is part of NOSA’s archives, held in UCI’s Langson Library; special collections.