Win or cruise for 30 veterans this weekend, the War Heroes on Water third annual fishing tournament is underway as 12 boats sailed out of Newport Harbor following a boat parade Thursday.
The boat parade, which began at the Newport Harbor turning basin at around 4 p.m., kicked off a weekend-long fishing tournament that will end with a military flyover Saturday evening to honor the participating veterans. Veterans come from parts of Southern California in light of travel concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is the first year that the tournament has a boat parade, said tournament director Rod Halperin.
“Typically what we would do on the first night, we have a big fundraising party at [Hsieh’s] home and we would have three or 400 people there, a silent auction. Everybody would get together and the community would be part of the event,” Halperin said. “We can’t have a