Continuing the legacy – over 1 decade, over $1 million raised, and well over 10,000 families served – the Santa Barbara Yacht Club will host the 12th Annual Charity Regatta to benefit Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.

On Saturday, September 10th, more than 350 friends and supporters will gather at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club for a day of racing, spectator boat rides, barbecue, and live music,  – all while raising funds for a good cause.

The Charity Regatta is part of a national movement, but has become a signature event in Santa Barbara since its inception in 2005 with SBYC steering the wheel. Like the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, Visiting Nurse & Hospice care has a deeply rooted history in the Santa Barbara community, and SBYC is proud to be supporting VNHC for the 12th year running. Together, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club and Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care have raised over $1 million to support VNHC’s mission to provide compassionate and trusted care to all – including those unable to pay.
This year our Charity Regatta theme is “Honoring Our Veterans.”  Many Veterans are supported by Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care through home health care, personal care, palliative care, hospice care, the Loan Closet and the “We Honor Veterans” program.  This year, the Regatta will pay tribute to all veterans including Yacht Club member, the late Homer Smith who will honored by his wife, Jean. Homer was an Annapolis graduate and besides being a VNHC hospice patient, he was a Vet to Vet  hospice volunteer which was a big deal for him. He participated in recognizing many veteran’s through a pinning ceremony, and in his last days received a pin himself. Please consider sustaining our legacy of supporting VNHC by becoming a sponsor of this year’s Charity Regatta. It is sure to be a thrilling day of racing, entertainment, and goodwill!

For additional information, please contact Lailan McGrath at lailan.mcgrath@vnhcsb.org or at 805-690-6218


Charity Regatta Chair, Francie Lufkin, Staff Commodore

Bob Young, Commodore
John Koontz,
Rear Commodore
Brooke Atkins
Sharon Ewins
Shari Guilfoyle
Lailan McGrath
Easter Moorman
Sabrina Mulac
Lil Nelson
Robyn Parker
Sabrina Papa
Suesan Pawlitski
Judy Rawls
Sigrid Toye
Craig Wilberg
Gail Young
Thank You to the 2016 Sponsors

VNHC is grateful for the Yacht Club’s ongoing support through the Charity Regatta for twelve consecutive years, and to all the event supporters who help us meet our charitable mission!


Mary and Richard Compton
“Let’s top donation records in support of the SBYC Charity Regatta and Commodore Young!”
VNHC Board of Directors

Vice Commodore


Rear Commodore

Sheri Eckmann & Bill Klansek
Seed Mackell LLP


Staff Commodore

Christine & Michael Holland
Francie & Peter Lufkin
Nasif, Hicks, Harris & Co.
Noelle & Dick Wolf

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