Every year the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club takes to the water in the form of a benefit regatta and then to the kitchen and dining room for a crab feast/auction to raise funds for the City of Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventions and cures for cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

This year the club raised nearly $25,000 for the cause with the help of sailors, volunteers and local sponsors.

A moderate breeze propelled the medium-sized fleet around the course that would double as an installment for the Man/Woman series and as the City of Hope charity regatta. Boats from the new and growing Open 5.70 fleet were in attendance, as well as a contingent from the strongest class in the Marina, the Martin 242.

Paul Katz assembled a crew and brought his Farr 44 Bravura into the mix. While he came in third overall, more important is that Katz was awarded the Luis Yudovin Perpetual Trophy for raising the most money for the City of Hope.

Although regatta organizer Lee Rhodes would like to see the number of boats on the start line double or triple, he was satisfied with the fact that every year the regatta makes a bit more money than the year before and even with the Marina del Rey In Water Boat Show being in full swing, there was still a solid number of sailors taking part.

“Next year we hope to have a large number of our boats sponsored and representing the various yacht brokers,” said Rhodes. “H & S Yachts and Catalina Yachts have been very generous with their support in the past.”

Contributors for this year’s regatta included Steve Curran of H & S Yachts in Marina del Rey, who made a substantial contribution to the charity, as did Diagnostic & Interventional Spinal Care, also of Marina del Rey, that sponsored Tracy Kenney’s Open 5.70 Hat Trick.

From the corporate world, Allstate, on behalf of Neil Monick from Playa del Rey, sponsored Paul Katz’s Farr 44 Bravura. And there was an anonymous donor who provided funding as well.

After the regatta, the crab feast and auction were held at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club and, as always, generated the lion’s share of contributions for the City of Hope.

Local merchants donated merchandize and gift certificates to be auctioned, artists donated original works and probably the most talked-about and sought-after item on the list was a ride in the Goodyear blimp.

The City of Hope was delighted with the outcome and looks forward to continuing this long-lasting relationship with the yacht club.

Information about the city of Hope can be found at www.city ofhope.org or (626) 256-4673 (625-256-HOPE).

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