The 76th Anniversary California Harbor Masters Conference will be held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, a California State Park on the Monterey Peninsula, in Pacific Grove.
Asilomar opened in 1913 as a Leadership Camp. In its first year, 300 young women attended Asilomar’s first YWCA student leadership conference. By 1921, Asilomar was able to accommodate 500 people, and was open year-round as a meeting and conference space for religious groups, college conferences and women’s training courses.
In 1952, the Director of California State Parks expressed interest in purchasing Asilomar for its dune ecology. Four years later, in 1956, legislation was passed to make Asilomar, a 91-acre state park, owned by the state of California – and operated by the city of Pacific Grove.
In 1971, the State Parks established a goal to protect the Asilomar environment and dune ecology by acquiring adjacent lands increasing the park to 107 acres. Check out: https://www.visitasilomar.com/
This is the first time that the California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains has held a conference at this historic location. The conference center has extended special conference rates from Monday through Saturday so that conference goers can explore the area before and after the conference. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in your room rate.
Tuesday, February 20th
Join the golf tournament at 1:00 P.M. at the Pacific Grove Golf Links. Don’t miss your chance to play on this dramatically beautiful coastal course. The back nine cuts through windswept dunes reminiscent of a traditional Scottish links and has delighted visitors and locals alike for over 75 years. See more at: https://www.playpacificgrove.com/
After the tournament, join the rest of the conference goers at the Crocker Dining Hall and catch up on what’s been happening with your friends and colleagues.
Wednesday, February 21st
Following a welcome from the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, nominations for the Association’s Board of Directors, and a legislative update, conference attendees will adjourn to lunch and prepare for the afternoon tour of Monterey Harbor.
Brian Nelson, Monterey Harbor Master, and his staff have invited all the conference registrants for a tour of the harbor. Transportation has been arranged to get everyone from the conference center to the bay. Tour participants will take a harbor tour on the port’s workboat and learn about the history of the harbor along with hearing about current challenges regarding sea level rise and dredging. Preview your visit here: https://monterey.org/city_facilities/harbor_marina/index.php
After returning from the harbor, conference attendees can join their colleagues at the Crocker Dining Hall or go out for dinner on their own.
Thursday February 22nd
Thursday is filled with presentations on hot topics from the Corps of Engineers, Coast Guard, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Energy Commission AB525 update, Platinum Advisors legislative updates, and voting for the Association’s Board of Directors.
Throughout the day, corporate members will be able to share information about their ports and sustaining members can share news about their products and services.
The Awards Dinner will be held Thursday evening in a private room at the Conference center. After dinner there will be a bonfire out on the deck by the dunes – with the possibility of S’mores roasting.
Friday, February 23rd
Friday morning the $500 Southwest Airlines flight certificate will be awarded to one lucky attendee and there will be a series of interactive discussions on various port operation topics. The new Board of Directors will be announced before the conference closes at Noon.
If you can, stay in town for the weekend and check out:
The Monterey Bay Aquarium
Wander along Cannery Row