The competition again was hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club, Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club and the Gulfstream Sailing Club. The lack of wind delayed the 11:00 a.m. race start for more than 30 minutes. Forty-five boats patiently awaited the start of the second annual event that raises funds to support hospice care for patients and families residing in South Florida. Conditions changed dramatically with the approach of a storm that tested the skills of skippers and crews competing in five racing classes on the 12-mile course.
Prior to the start of the race, Fred Mortensen, Chaplain for Hospice by the Sea, provided a blessing of the boats. The race committee boat, headed by Principal Race Officer (PRO) Gaylord “Jay” Wood, directed the start of the race. Bella, a 36 ft. Sea Ray, captained by Paul and Diane Ferrarra, served as the viewing boat for the race. On board was Paula J. Alderson, President and CEO, Hospice by the Sea, Inc. who commented, “We are thrilled to have the continuing support of Ft. Lauderdale’s sailing community for this exciting event. It is a genuine pleasure to work with such a dedicated group of sailors and their crews.”
A post-race celebration was held at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club. In front of a crowd of more than 200 supporters, the three overall winners along with the top three boats in each of the five classes: ARC, Beach Cat, Cruising Canvas, Multihull and PHRF received their awards. Two perpetual trophies were also presented to boats that raised the most donations for Hospice by the Sea, Inc. In honour of the late Diana Stephenson, “The Hospice by the Sea Fundraising Challenge Award” was presented by her husband, Mark Stephenson, to Bandana, skippered by David Wallace. Bandana was also the recipient of the Wes Holmes Memorial Fundraising Trophy, which was presented by the Gulfstream Sailing Club.
Hospice by the Sea, Inc. is a not-for-profit provider of hospice care, palliative care, home health care, and caregiver services and support in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. For more information, please call Hospice by the Sea, Inc. at (561) 395-5031, or visit www.hbts.org.