By Pat Reynolds

Racers compete in the 2006 Regatta for Hope aboard a Martin 243

Racers compete in the 2006 Regatta for Hope aboard a Martin 243

Also this weekend, the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club and the Del Rey Yacht Club have teamed up to help raise money for City of Hope, the prominent Southern California cancer research and treatment center. Year after year, SMWYC has been running the annual Crab Feast and Regatta for Hope events and have now facilitated donations of well over $250,000 for the charity. They are consistently breaking their own fundraising records, and this year will very likely be the same story. By partnering with the larger Del Rey Yacht Club, the two clubs together can draw from substantial resources.

Attendance was increasing to the extent that we just outgrew our facility at SMWYC,” said volunteer regatta organizer Norm Perron. “Rather than turn away potential donations, we approached DRYC with the idea of partnering with us and they thought this could work. In fact, as of now, the Crab Feast is sold out.”

Perron encourages anyone who has a sailboat and is capable of sailing up to the Santa Monica Pier to come out and join the cause. Those who do not have boats can come out and crew or just relax on the water.

“Overall the regatta is a more laid back race where we encourage novice and inexperienced participants to enjoy a day on the water for this worthy cause,” Perron said. “If you don’t have a boat, we offer crew positions on Catalina 42s and cruising boats. Also, we have a 65+-foot private motor yacht that will take observers out on the race course for a minimum donation of $45. This includes munchies and wine onboard.”

To get involved in the Regatta for Hope, call (424) 222-9206 or visit