For 17 years, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club has graciously hosted a Charity Regatta – a full day of fun with friends enjoying boat races, spectator boat rides, music, dancing, and dinner at the beach – while supporting the great work of VNA Health. But in 2020 and 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and orders from both the California and Santa Barbara County Public Health Departments, the events were cancelled. However, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club (SBYC) persevered through the COVID challenges and continued to fundraise to benefit the charitable community programs of VNA Health.
This year, on September 11th, the SBYC once again raced their boats and raised a record-breaking $313,000 — more than doubling its goal of $150,000. And for the first time, the Yacht Club also hosted a Memorial Boat, the Sul Mare, captained by Commodore Andra Escola. Flowers donated by the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus and Hogue & Co. were scattered on the open sea in honor of loved ones and for the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. Singer Dave Gonzales and Trumpeter James Watson performed, which was broadcast on the Yacht Club’s VHF channel to the beach and to all the boats and on Facebook Live. SBYC Regatta Co-Chairs Francie Lufkin and Nick Sebastian made sure everyone could enjoy the event!
Tremendous thanks to SBYC, and our generous sponsors and donors, for their steadfast dedication to support VNA Health for 17 years! Your support helps Santa Barbara families live in health and dignity through VNA Health’s comprehensive home health, palliative, and hospice care programs!
Thank you again for your support to make the Santa Barbara Yacht Club Charity Regatta an exceptional success! We could not have done it without you!
For any other questions, please contact Lailan McGrath at Lailan.firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-690-6218