Long Beach State's 49er Sailing Team hopes to flex its muscle this weekend in Newport Beach, repeating some of its successes earlier this year.

The team hopes to qualify for the Pacific Coast Championships competition during the races known as South 3 and 4, to be hosted by UC Irvine, at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club on Saturday and Sunday. The teams set sail at 11 a.m.

Among the other sailing teams are crews for USC, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego.

To qualify for the championship races, the teams must finish among the top four crews.

"We're shooting to win," said team president Shane Young.

Last month, the 49 er team made some strong waves in the Rose Bowl Regatta, hosted by USC off the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier.

The sailing team competed against East Coast crews — all from top-ranked schools in the nation — according to team president Shane Young. The team finished 11 th out of 30.

In a sailing conference Jan. 26 and 27 hosted by UC San Diego, the Long Beach sailing team placed fourth out of 15 in one set of races known as South 1 while nailing first place in the South 2 races.

The team members are Shane Young, John Hill, Kristen Barca, Foya Lazare, Mark Ryan, Nicholas Santos, Camille Hambly, Katie Glen, Ashley Hagler, Anna Rubino, Tyler Webb, Eric Hanna, Sarah Costa, Dana Hill, Lani MacLean, Lauren Hobson, Alex Newton, Trevor Hatchard, Ellison Ingram, Ruta Bandziulis and Goodwin Pompa.


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Seal Beach police award

Seal Beach Police Cpl. Dave Barr was honored Thursday as the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

The Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crime Association annual convention recognized Barr for a case he investigated while working as a detective.

The case's search warrants netted over 100,000 suspected stolen items, valued in excess of $1.2 million. The prime suspect is believed to have generated about $250,000 annually from the sale of stolen items, and the 10-year career of the suspect has been ended, said police spokesman Sgt. Ron La Velle.

Barr learned of the connection between two shoplifters (known as "boosters") and their broker (or "fence"), who allegedly specialized in organized retail crime, La Velle said.

The Seal Beach detective formed a network of investigators — both public and private — that led to the surveillance of numerous storage units, private residences and swap meets, resulting in the arrests, La Velle said.

Naval station drills

The Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station will take part in a series of week-long security exercises, starting Monday.

There may be times when the exercises cause increased traffic around the weapons station, delays in base access and gate closures, said base spokesman Gregg Smith.

Residents may also see increased security activity, and the station's "giant voice" mass notification loudspeaker system may be used.

Boating access to Anaheim Bay is unlikely to be affected.

For details on access restrictions to the base, including Anaheim Bay, the 24-hour command status line can be reached at 562-626-6000.

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