‘War Heroes on the Water’ in Newport Beach for weekend-long fishing tournament

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

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