Kevin Cody

King Harbor Boat Parade attracts record number of entries

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Santa and Mrs. Klaus (Danny and Jeanna Jensen ) with Santa’s helpers aboard “Aboa Vida.” They won best sailboat over 31-feet. Photo by Kevin Cody

by Kevin Cody

The theme for the 27th Annual King Harbor Boat Parade was “Deck the Hulls with Love.” So it was fitting that Saturday evening’s grand marshall was Torrance resident Ted Lange, better known as Isaac the bartender on the long running (1977-1987) television show “The Love Boat.”

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In addition to a respected acting career, which earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year, Lange is a prolific playwright. Last year, he earned the NAACP’s Best Play award for “The Cause, My Soul,” a prequel to Shakespeare’s “Othello,” marking Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary. Lange rode in the parade aboard the 70-foot power boat Disappearance.

The parade’s paddlecraft division also had a celebrity in Lia Ditton, who rowed a prototype of the boat she hopes to row from Japan to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco this coming March. The 5,500 mile row has been completed only twice, both times by men.  For more about Ditton’s row, visit RowLiaRow.com.

A record 38 boats and over a dozen paddle craft participated in the parade, which circled King Harbor’s main channel. Proceeds from the silent auction at the awards party, hosted by the King Harbor Yacht Club, will benefit the King Harbor Youth Foundation, the Santa Monica Bay Maritime Training, Waterfront Education and Giving Back Corporation of L.A. ER

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