For 17 years, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club has graciously hosted a Charity Regatta – a full day of fun with great food, spectator boat rides, boat races, music, and dancing 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, in spite of the setback, the boats still got together and raced! This year, 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!
The 2021 Charity Regatta winners are:
- PRHF: Valhalla
- CHRF: Escapade
Raffle Winners were picked by Blakely, Breck & Briar Cordero
- Farm Cart Organics & Good Plow Restaurant: BECKY & JEFF BERKUS
- Board Wine Basket and SBYC Dinner for Eight: SHEILA & TOM CULLEN
- Thomas Dabney’s Famous Lobster Dinner: TOM MOLYNEUX
Tremendous thanks to SBYC, and our generous sponsors and donors, for their steadfast dedication to support VNA Health for 17 years! This year, you helped us raise a record-breaking $312,000+ to help Santa Barbara families live in health and dignity through VNA Health’s comprehensive home health, palliative, and hospice care programs! This total surpassed all other Charity Regattas and we could not have done it without you!
Thank you again for your support to make the Santa Barbara Yacht Club Charity Regatta an exceptional success!
For any other questions, please contact Lailan McGrath at Lailan.email@example.com or 805-690-6218