Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (SMWYC) hosted its annual philanthropic event Saturday, April 16th, to benefit the City of Hope.
The day included a regatta, followed by dinner and trophies at the clubhouse.
Sixteen yachts participated in three classes, finding light winds four to eight knots and seas that barely had a ripple.
A 1 p.m. start was expected, with the sailing of three races for each class.
As the afternoon progressed, winds decreased and, in the final race, the committee called for a shortened course in order to finish before dusk.
The race committee chair was Lee Rhoads and several boats secured corporate sponsorships.
Randall Burg Yacht and Ship, Inc. provided the race committee boat — a 2005 60-foot Nassau, a pilothouse motor yacht that was described “as the most luxurious race committee boat ever.”
Rhoads led the race committee of Dave Osborn, fleet captain David Lumian, Gunnell Seitz and Ron Nichols.
Phil Seitz and several guests staffed the mark set boat.
Winners in the sailing event included:
Non-Spinnaker under 30 feet:
first place, Joe Cowan, South Bay Yacht Racing Club (SBYRC), sailing Windsong; and
second place, Lenny Gordon, Pacific Singlehanded Sailing Association, Sunshine.
Non-Spinnaker 30 feet and over:
first place, Rick Ruskin, SBYRC, Farr Gone;
second place, Wayne Brandow, SMWYC, Agua Cheetah; and
third place, Matt Clark, SMWYC, Tomorrow.
In the Spinnaker Class:
first place, Curt Johnson and Lauren Turner, California Yacht Club (CYC), J/80, Avet;
second place, by Rusty Nelson, CYC, J/80, J-Spot; and
third place, Robert Harford, SBYRC, Kryptonite.
The final presentation was made by Rhoads, a newly designed “Lois Yudovin Memorial Perpetual Trophy,” donated by the Yudovin family in memory of their mother, who succumbed to cancer several years ago.
The trophy is awarded to the skipper and boat that raise the most charitable contributions.
This year the trophy was shared by Wayne Brandow of Agua Cheetah and Rick Dinon of Attitude Adjustment II.
Following the trophy presentation, there was a charity crab feast and live auction chaired by Mary Anne Mendal and assisted by her husband, Jim; Charlene and Norm Perron; and Linda Siegal Kane, a past president of the Marina del Rey Chapter of City of Hope.