Calif. sailing school receives yacht donation

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California’s Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship has a new “classroom on the water” with the donation this week of Por Nada, a 68-foot motoryacht valued at more than $1 million.

The fiberglass twin diesel vessel will be used for a variety of maritime training courses, including OCC's new Professional Mariner Program that begins Aug. 25.

The yacht will be moored at the OCC sailing center in Newport Beach, Calif.

Gared and Frances Smith of Corona del Mar, Calif., donated Por Nada to the OCC sailing program. The couple enjoyed cruising locally and also completed voyages to Mexico and Canada during the last 10 years.

“My higher education started at a community college, and I am a great believer in helping young people find their way in life,” said Gared Smith, a retired architect, in a statement.

Por Nada features a stand-up engine room, making it easy to demonstrate the engines and hydraulic systems for students. It also is equipped with the latest in electronics, including radar, chart plotters, engine monitoring screens and communications systems.

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