Regatta Benefits Hospice — Yacht Club Raises $65K for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 – Through a calm fog resting on the surface of the Santa Barbara harbor, and a slow breeze hugging pelicans close to one another, a cluster of sailboats crept across the oceanâ€™s face on Sunday, September 13, bent, it might appear, on capturing Jack Sparrow, Davy Jones, and the Kraken all in one bag.
But in truth, these floating urchins were giving up their booty in collective thousands.
The Santa Barbara Yacht Club hosted its fifth annual Yachts of Love Charity Regatta event to benefit the local Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Organization thrhttp://www.independent.com/photos/2009/sep/15/17533/ough raffle prizes, a hearty selection of food, and, above all, sail boat races.
With close to 150 sailors, yacht club members, and supporters in attendanceâ€”including Santa Barbara Fire Chief David Sadecki and radio personality Laura Schlesingerâ€”Regatta chairperson Tony Papa hoped this yearâ€™s event would ring in more than last yearâ€™s total of $75,000. It came close.
The Yacht Club, which was established seven years after the end of the Civil War, has 750 members who, said Papa, have â€œtraditionally participated in a variety of charitiesâ€� and done much to contribute to their community. â€œThe Visiting Nurses have been around for over 100 years,â€� said Papa. â€œThey are dynamically local.â€� – - Bianca Licata, Santa Barbara Independent, Inc.