A Newport Beach resident since 1961, Dennis Durgan attended Harbor View Elementary, Horace Ensign Junior High, Newport Harbor High School, Orange Coast College and University of Hawaii. He lettered in Varsity Football, Tennis & Sailing.
Dennis is acknowledged as a world class yachtsman having won the America’s Cup, Congressional Cup, Trans Pac, Lipton Cup, Douglas Cup to name a few. He has sailed everything from Sabots in Newport Harbor to the world’s largest Maxi boats all over the world. In addition, he has cruised all over the globe visiting many harbors along the way. His hands-on knowledge of Newport Harbor is unsurpassed.
In mid-2017, Dennis was hired by the City of Newport Beach as a part-time Harbormaster to help with the transition of taking over the mooring management from the Orange County Sherriff’s Department. In addition, he was tasked with formulating a new Harbor Department and working with the Harbor Commission to work with the City Departments and bring the community together with the primary goal of increasing enjoyment of the Harbor by all. By the fall of 2018 all of this had been accomplished and he was replaced by a full-time Harbormaster.
As an entrepreneur, Dennis started and sold a Sailmaking Company, Manufacturers Rep. Company and Marine Electronics Company. Today he and his wife work in the Residential Real Estate Market.
Dennis and his family own several vessels with the smallest being a 12′ sailboat, 21′ Electric Boat, 25′ sportfisher & 55′ pilothouse offshore cruiser. He is a member of US Sailing, Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Long Beach Yacht Club, St. Francis Yacht Club, Cruising Club of America and Transpacific Yacht Club.
Dennis along with his wife Debi and daughter Kitt and their 2 Black Labradors reside in Newport Beach.