Big Brothers Big Sisters of
This year was the 25th anniversary of the Regatta benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County. The festivities began with a Corporate Reception at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club on Saturday evening, August 12th. Guests and invitees dined on tasty appetizers prepared by SCYC members under the direction of Ashley Basanese and were served wine by Barry Whittall. A special presentation was made to Bob DeWitt as the first recipient of the BBBS Robert DeWitt Volunteer of the Year Award celcbrating the 25 years Bob has supported and worked on this event. The Corporate sponsors in attendance were presented with a plaque recognizing their contributions to the event and the work of the SCYC members and volunteers were recognized as well.
The registration of sailors and boats commenced at 10 AM Sunday morning with a Skipper’s meeting at 11:30 AM. This year’s event included 36 entries in 3 divisions. The format of the race is a pursuit race, with starting times assigned according to each boat’s handicap rating. Two predetermined courses were sailed around fixed marks outside the Santa Cruz Harbor, with the larger boats sailing the longer twice-around course and the smaller boats sailing the shorter once-around course. With flat seas, the conditions were perfect for the afternoon. With the start of the timing sequence at 1 PM, most boats finished by 3:30 pm, in plenty of time for the afternoon festivities.
On-shore activities from 4—6 PM included live music by the Island Breeze, a delicious catered dinner by Fresh Prep Kitchens, a Silent Auction, awarding of raffle prizes consisting of donations by local businesses and individuals, and the awarding of trophies to the winning yachts. SCYC Director Barry Whittall and BBBS Board Member Keri Petersen served as emcees for the event and more than 300 people were in attendance. At the conclusion of the afternoon, a drawing for the 2 grand prizes in the Special Raffle saw Craig New as the winner of the one-week stay in Hawaii with $1,500 cash and Vance Landis-Carey as the winner of the 3-night stay in Las Vegas with $400 cash.
2017 Regatta Results
Div. 1: PHRF 80 and Lower (7 entries)
|2nd||Buona Sera||Edward Marez||SC 70|
|3rd||Astra||Simon Phillips||Farr 40|
Div. 2: PHRF 81 and higher (16 entries)
|1st||Rio||Tom Faraola||SC 27|
|2nd||Sagittarius||Steve Murphey||Catalina 38|
|3rd||Mistress Quickly||Evan Diola||SC 27|
Div. 3: Jib and Main: (13 entries)
|2nd||Diver Down||Vance Landis-Carey||Catalina 36|
|3rd||The Perfect Thirty-Six||Steve Niemann||Catalina 36|
Download the complete race results here.
Regatta Major Sponsors
|Surf City Kiwanis Club|
Stan & Maria Bispo; Bright Vision Solar; Cooper Technologies; Devcon Construction; Don & Erin Conant; Dunbar Productions; Hogan Land Services; Lighthouse Bank; Marianne’s Ice Cream; Pacific Rim Planning Group; Santa Cruz Rotary Club; Scarborough Lumber; Team Duet, Team Gandalf; Vaughn Marketing Group; and Barry Whittall.