The Paddle and Sail For a Purpose was a total success for three charities Saturday, July 9th.
Junior sailors filled D Basin with sabots, CFJs and Lidos — all sailing laps for the Paddle and Sail For a Purpose charity event.
The event raised $11,000 that was split among the three charities — Santa Monica Bay Sailing Foundation, Westside Special Olympics and the Jennifer Diamond Foundation.
Simultaneously, ten small boats with 22 sailors sailed laps for donations in D Basin.
One team sailed continuously for six hours and completed 28 laps.
Prizes were awarded based on total dollars raised and number of laps sailed.
“Hero of the Year Hammett Family Trophy” for the most money raised went to Evan and Annie Miller, Del Rey Yacht Club (DRYC), who raised $2,254 and sailed 21 laps. They also received a brand new U.S. Sabot made by Catalina Yachts.
Second place for donations was awarded to the Dougherty Brothers, Tristan, Connor and Seamus of DRYC. They raised $1,178 and were presented with a new Ullman Sabot racing sail.
Yuri Namikawa and Peter Wenner, the California Yacht Club team, raised $976 and received a new kayak for third prize.
Alex Gross of DRYC sailed solo for six hours to raise $976 and was presented a $50 U.S. savings bond and a pair of binoculars.
There was also activity at Mothers Beach, where the UCLA Aquatic Center loaned kayaks for the Westside Special Olympics children to paddle around and enjoy the water, breeze and sand.
The County Marina del Rey Fire Station #110 brought its new fire boat to the venue at Mothers Beach and took the kayakers and volunteers aboard for a harbor tour and inspection of the new fire boat.
Twenty eight laps were sailed by Yuri Namikawa and Peter Wenner in their CFJ, and they were awarded the “Hammett Two’s Company Trophy.”
Team Dougherty received the “Hammett Sabot Trophy” just barely edging out Julian Soto and Sidney Jacques of DRYC by 20 seconds.