Charity Regatta

Join us in supporting Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care at the 15th Annual Santa Barbara Yacht Club Charity Regatta 

Cocktail Party
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Santa Barbara Yacht Club

Charity Regatta
Saturday, September 7th, 2019
11:30am - 7:00pm
Santa Barbara Yacht Club

This year's Charity Regatta theme is “Celebrating the VNHC Rehab Team.” 

The VNHC Rehab Team consists of a combination of 20 Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech and Language Pathologists. They work diligently to help patients enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments, disabilities, recover from surgery, or live with a chronic challenge. They give thoughtful treatments and care to over 2,000 patients, and make over 21,000 visits each year to help them live well. 

 Please consider supporting VNHC by becoming a sponsor of this year’s Charity Regatta, Santa Barbara’s largest annual regatta and cruising event. It is sure to be a thrilling day of racing, entertainment, and goodwill!

Please click here if you would like to become a sponsor.

Contact Lailan McGrath - lailan.mcgrath@vnhcsb.org or Nick Sebastian - sbnick@cox.net with any questions.


Charity Regatta History

At the end of the twentieth century, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club decided to take a focus as an organization to help other deserving non-profits in the community that were non-marine related. This began in the 1990's when several regattas were held to benefit local organizations, Hospice of Santa Barbara and Villa Majella.

In 2005, a major milestone was achieved when the entire Yacht Club got behind creating the SBYC Charity Regatta, which had some thirty-five boats participating and raised $50,000 for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara. The following year, the success and popularity of the event had attracted nearly double the number of participants - with some sixty skippers signed on. Each participating boat paid an entry fee, which became a contribution to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care. An exciting feature of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club Charity Regattas was the Special "Charity Regatta Handicapping System." Usually, some sort of handicapping system is required to score a sailboat race. Fast boats have high handicaps and slow boats have high handicaps. Handicaps are expressed in seconds per mile. If boat 'A' has a handicap of 30, and boat 'B' has a handicap of 60, 'A' owes 'B' 30 seconds per mile. On a five-mile course, 'A' would need to finish about 2.5 minutes before 'B' in order to win.

To make it fun, competitors in the Yacht Club Charity Regattas can secretly change their rating and the rating of other boats by purchasing seconds per mile. 'B' could buy down 'A's rating by twenty seconds per mile, and could buy up its own rating by twenty seconds per mile. 'A' would now have to beat 'B' by almost six minutes. However, since the purpose of the Yacht Club Charity Regatta is about raising money for the community and having fun in the process; the sailors remain good sports.

In 2006, Mayor Marty Blum presented the Santa Barbara Yacht Club with a Proclamation from the City of Santa Barbara declaring the day as SBYC Charity Regatta Day, which ultimately raised $75,000 for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara. The following year, the Yacht Club raised even more money for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, and the US Coast Guard cutter Blackfin joined the fleet of spectator boats.

As of date, the Charity Regatta Day has garnered over $1.3 million for the Visiting and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.

For more event info click here.