April Marine Committee – Wooden Boat Festival


Date(s) - 04/04/2017
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Marina Park
1600 W. Balboa Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
April Marine Committee - Wooden Boat Festival

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Marine Committee – April 4, 2017

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Marine Committee meets once a month to provide information and education on all  topics that are “marine oriented”. The meetings are open to the public and will be held at 5pm the 1st Tuesday of the month at the Marina Park located on Newport Harbor in Newport Beach.

The April 4 Meeting will feature…

  •  General Discussion about the Wooden Boat Festival

    The 2017 Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival is scheduled for June 10, 2017 and promises to be the best yet, with many new boats participating. This year’s event features the 100-foot yacht Electra built in 1929. Also included are rides aboard the 82’ schooner Curlew.

    For more information go to www.newportbeachwoodenboatfestival.com.

    • Newport Beach City Council Update
    • Harbor Commission Update
    • Harbor Resources Update

This is a FREE event. Reservations are not needed. Plenty of Free Parking at Marina Park. (Parking Code will be provided.)


Special Guest Speaker

Mr. David D. LaMontagne

Mr. LaMontagne was raised in Newport Beach, was an active youth sailor in the harbor and remains involved actively boating and racing today.

As a member of BYC, LaMontagne is the 2016 & 2017 Chairman to Newport’s Wooden Boat Festival held at the Balboa Yacht Club.

After graduating from USC’s Greif School of Entrepreneurship, LaMontagne was  founder and CEO of Vessel Assist Association of America providing boat owners an Auto-Club type service, insurance, etc. for boat owners nationwide, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, eventually selling in 2003 to the nation’s largest boat insurance company BoatUS, now owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway as part of their Gieco Division.

Mr. LaMontagne was a volunteer on the board of Newport Harbor Nautical Museum (Explore Ocean/Ocean Quest) when the museum transitioned from the Ruben E. Lee to its current home at the Fun Zone during which LaMontagne was the primary lead for the removal of the Ruben E. Lee from Newport Harbor.

Mr. LaMontagne received his first USCG Operator’s license at the age of 18 and is a Staff Commodore of the Balboa Island Yacht Club.

Mr LaMontagne is currently a principle at Venture Group which provides business consulting services as well as asset management services primarily to the hospitality industry.