May 29th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1966, the Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram announced that North Sails of Newport Bay was now North Sails of Alamitos Bay. The change was commemorated with a move into a brand new blue and white building at 913 Electric Avenue. The most noteworthy feature of this new building was that it featured “5300 square feet of sail aloft with offices downstairs.”

– Michael Dobkins

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1 Response to May 29th in Seal Beach History

  1. Tom Harvey says:

    The North Sails building had a mast on top, used for testing or verification or whatever. When they hoisted a spinnaker, it was quite a visible landmark from our house up on Crestview in the late sixties. Not quite a steam plant smokestack, but dramatic enough. After moving away from Seal Beach for high school and college and a first job, I was amused to find myself in 1985 working in the [former] North Sails building for Touchstone Software Corporation–a stone’s throw away from my kindergarten class at Zoeter School–thinking about how far I had _not_ come in life.

    The page at says “Peter Barrett founded the second North Sails loft (Seal Beach, CA)…”


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