Charity Regatta

Join us in supporting VNA Health at the 16th Annual Santa Barbara Yacht Club Charity Regatta 


Charity Regatta
Saturday, September 12th, 2020
Santa Barbara Yacht Club

Every year for the last 16 years, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club (SBYC) has held the Charity Regatta to benefit VNA Health (formerly Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care) to race and raise funds to support VNA Health's mission of caring with compassion and integrity for our community. Over the last 16 years SBYC has generously raised over $1.6 million in support, and this year we invite you to contribute what you can to continue this legacy.

SBYC still plans to race their boats on Saturday, September 12, however, this year because of COVID-19, the public Regatta event will not take place. SBYC Members are invited to watch the race from the Club decks and beach. The Palapa Bar will be open, and drinks & snacks will be available for purchase.

Support of the SBYC Charity Regatta is more important than it has ever been. Throughout the pandemic, VNA Health increased its services and commitment to our community, and maintained all of the charitable, community programs such as the Loan Closet, Community Palliative Care, Music Therapy, and Community Bereavement services. 

The only way these charitable services have remained available to those in need regardless of fire, flood or pandemic, is because of financial support like ours.

Members are encouraged to make donations to VNA Health. Any donations made over $150 will receive a gift bag. Please also consider participating by purchasing Raffle tickets! 


A Wine Basket from the SBYC Board including 
- Lobster Dinner for 4
- Lunch or Dinner for 8 at SBYC 
(Valid 1 year from when the Indoor Dining reopens) 
One ticket for $15 and 3 tickets for $30
(Raffle pick will be on September 12 at the Club)

Every year at the Charity Regatta, SBYC honors a group of people that have made a commitment to the well being of our community. This year we honor the Palliative Care Consultants of Santa Barbara as our Celebrity Skippers. This team of doctors provide hospital, hospice and outpatient palliative care services to VNA Health’s patients with care and dedication, including during these challenging times of COVID-19. Go to VNA.HEALTH/REGATTA to view information on these incredible doctors.

Footage of the Regatta will be posted on VNA.HEALTH/REGATTA after the race! Thank you for your continued support to make our Charity Regatta another success!


Francie Lufkin
Co-Chair, SBYC
Charity Regatta


Nick Sebastian
Co-Chair, SBYC
Charity Regatta

Garry Pawlitski
Commodore, SBYC

For Race Details, please contact Brad Schaupeter at or 805.965.8112Ext. 114
For any other questions, please contact Lailan McGrath at or 805-690-6218 


A message from our SBYC Racers...Click Here

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 VNA Health 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 VVNA Health. 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 VNA Health 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 $1.6 million for the Visiting and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.

For more event info click here.