About the Fun Run, and what to expect.
For 2021, we're excited to have you back for our powerboating event to Catalina Island.
Catalina Fun Run | June 19-20, 2021
June 19 - Depart Newport Beach for Avalon.
7:00-8:00am - Launch: We will have some space for temporary docking/loading. But likely not room for all. Upon launch, please make way to the Main Channel clearing room for other participants to launch.
7:15-7:25am - Safety & Logistics Meeting (Near Top of Ramp)
8:00-8:45am - It's about a 45 minute idle to the harbor inlet. Don't be late! Be considerate of the homeowners and refrain from excessive noise at this time. (Motor revving, loud stereos, etc. are prohibited) Wait until you leave the harbor or you may be ticketed by the Harbormaster.
9:00am - Meet helicopter 1M outside harbor to depart Newport Beach to Avalon. ** Upon arrival to Avalon Harbor we will continue taking pictures. Feel free to take a few loops in front of the island. Check in and pay the harbor master for mooring assignment. Upon mooring you will call a shore boat to bring you to shore.
12:00-4:00pm -Lunch at Descanso Beach Club
3:00pm - Hotel check-in is typically 3pm and most hotels can hold you bags before check-in so you don't need to make a trip back to your boat for luggage.
TBD – Dinner and evening Shenanigans on the island. This is typically a free-for-all with plenty of great restaurants and fun establishments to explore in Avalon.
June 20 - Return to Mainland
Many hotels in Avalon require a 2 night stay. The following have confirmed they will accept 1 night stays this year. There may be others as well. We have found greater 1-night availability through Hotels.com than direct with the hotels.
Launch, Parking, and Cleanout Facilities
Newport Dunes Marina (949) 729-1100
101 N. Bayside Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Newport Dunes Launch Ramp
Avalon Harbor, Catalina Island
Descanso Beach Club
Registered attendees will be added to a group text 24 hours before the event. This has worked well for communications.
Avalon Harbor does not pre-reserve moorings. However our relationship with the harbor master allows us to supply our registered participants for advance assignments. This speeds up the check-in process at the island. Since these dates are still the "off-season" there should be plenty of moorings available.
Pleasure Pier # 22
Avalon, CA 90704
GPS: 33° 20' 31.92'', -118° 19' 38.28''
Avalon Harbor - VHF 12 & 16
Shoreboat - VHF 9
Vessel Assist - Newport Beach
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Descanso Beach Club
Descanso Beach Club is our meeting destination upon arrival. This beautiful beachside bar features two outdoor bars, cabanas, dining, sandy beach, water activities, live music and amazing views while you take it all in.
Fun Runners are welcome to explore the island as desired. But you'll almost always find at least part of our group at this beachside oasis.