The 12th Annual Charity Regatta is scheduled for  Saturday, September 10, 2016. Please save the date and stay tuned for more information.

A look back at last year’s event.

On Saturday, September 12, more than 400 friends and supporters of Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care gathered at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club to celebrate the 11th Annual “Yachts of Love” Charity Regatta and support Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care. Thanks to the community’s generosity, this year’s event successfully raised nearly $170,000, enabling Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care to provide compassionate and trusted care for all. Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, Santa Barbara » 11th Annual Santa Barbara Yacht Club Charity Regatta. Thank you for all your support in raising nearly $170,000 at last years Charity Regatta

Visit www.vnhcsb.org/regattaphotos to view photos of the event. Also, please read details on the full event below.

(Pictured above are Celebrity Skippers, race boats, and Fred Rice with the Yachts of Love trophy)

To start the day, guests enjoyed a champagne welcome reception while listening to the sounds of Dixieland music. Then, to the delight of spectators on both land and sea, the Harbor Patrol performed a ceremonial fireboat display complete with fire hoses to send the racers on their way.

There were over 50 boats on the sea, including some of Santa Barbara’s finest racing vessels competing in the race, as well as a number of sailboats and power boats treating guests to a memorable view of the race from the sea.

On board some of the race boats were Celebrity Skippers – honorary skippers comprised of Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care clinicians: Leila Antonio, Cheryl Bench, Paula Curran, Stefana Dadas, Miki McGibbon, Lynda Tanner, Janice Thomason, and Tracy VanNatta.

After the race, guests headed back to the Yacht Club to enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and a final chance to bid on the exciting silent auction items. During the evening program, Co-Chairs Robyn Parker and Sarah Berkus Gower thanked everyone who made the day so successful and fun – from sponsors and donors to sailors and staff. Parker also played auctioneer for the coveted live auction items, a plein air painting created during the event by Chris Potter, and a Maritime Museum private party for 20 people. There were nearly 30 winners of the exciting silent and live auction items – and one raffle winner of a gift basket filled with valuable goodies, including bottles of wine and restaurant certificates.

During the race awards ceremony, Santa Barbara Yacht Club Race Director Shawn Hughes congratulated the winners of the race with a gift bag. The first place winners in each class are as follows: Warrior for the PHRF A fleet; Average White Boat for the PHRF B fleet; Fleur de Lis for the Harbor 20’s; and Ferdinand for the H fleet. The coveted prize of the day went to Fred Rice with Sirocco who wonthe Yachts of Love trophy for the crew who brought in the most donations in relation to the size of their boat.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is grateful to all who attended this event and extends a warm thank you to the Charity Regatta Committee, and particularly the Santa Barbara Yacht Club for hosting another successful Charity Regatta and for their continued support and partnership.


Charity Regatta Co-Chairs Robyn Parker & Sarah Berkus Gower

Kaleen Baker
Ed Brady
Erika Buse
Jack Byers
Roger Chrisman
Sarah Chrisman
Trish Davis
Marisa Demourkas
Joanne Gordon
Shari Guilfoyle
Mary Lee Hopkins
Larry Leveille
Francie Lufkin
Sabrina Papa
Tony Papa
Tom Parker
Judy Rawles
David Sadecki
Jo Sadecki
Jen Smithwick
Sigrid Toye
Shannon Vernon
Craig Wilberg
Kathleen Yabsley

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

Thank You to Last Year’s Supporters

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


The Bank of Santa Barbara

Vice Commodore

Impulse Advanced Communications
Hutton Parker Foundation
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Board of Directors

Rear Commodore

Ice Energy
Schlinger Chrisman Foundation
The Whimsie Fund Young Construction
Karen Young

Staff Commodore

Susan & Riley Bechtel
Brown & Brown Insurance
Byram Healthcare
The Dreier Group
Hollister & Brace
Jack N Toolbox
Jeffrey Berkus Architects
Phyllis and Angelo R. Mozilo Family Foundation
Schipper Construction Co.
Seed Mackall LLP

Crew – 1st Mate

AGIA, Inc.
Boone Graphics
Mary & Dick Compton
Freeland Family Charitable Fund
Irina & Stefan Hearst
Michael Holland
Gerry Rubin
Seacoast Yachts
Kate & Mark Shevitz
Wells Fargo Private Bank
Judy & George Writer

Crew – 2nd Mate

Agnes B. Kline Memorial Foundation
Cheryl Bench
Jules Bender
Sherrill & Peter Churchill
Major General Philip Conley Jr.
Crescent City Pictures, Inc.
Thomas Dabney
Scott Deardorff
Anna & Dennis Friederich
Caroline & Jeff Grange
Randall Greer
Shari & Bill Guilfoyle
Barbara Harlow
Barbara Hrach
Carol Kallman
Teresa & John Koontz
Larry Leveille & Patricia Gary
Francie & Peter Lufkin
Mary Ellen & Dan McCammon
Charice & Art Morel
Nasif, Hicks, Harris & Co.
Lil & Stan Nelson
Northern Trust
Dennis & Leslie Power
Lorraine & Keith Reichel
Santa Barbara Yacht Club Women
Jonathon Turner
Ann & David Watson
Ora & Wilton Wood
Judy & George Writer
Alex Ziegler

Hospitality Sponsors

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Jen Abed
Sunstone Winery
Tito’s Handmade Vodka


Ayers Automotive
Paul Chancellor
Joanne Dal Pozzo
Eileen Davis
Catherine & George Frakes
Daniel Gerber
Llewellyn Goodfield, Jr.
Shari & Bill Guilfoyle
Robert Hill
Mary Hoenigman
Winifred Lennihan
Rita & Chris Lewis
Mike Marshall
Mithun Family Foundation
Lucille Owens
Rachel Pace
Thomas Rollerson
Jean Roman
Joe Sadel
Nicholas Sebastian
Geoffrey Slaff
Stephanie & Charles Slosser
Gordon Sprague
Pamela & Gary Viale
Gary Wapner

Auction Donors

Benchmark Eatery
Brophy Bros.
CASHMIR Beauty Lounge
Chandler Men’s Salon
Chase Bar & Grill
Chuck’s of Hawaii
CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.
Cox Communications
Thomas Dabney
Ella Vickers Inc.
The Ellen Degeneres Show
Fish Gaucho
Glass by Sharon Ewins
Harbor Marineworks
Himelsein Group
Jack Creek Cellars
Kim Vyn Jewelry
Kind & Good
Lighter Bro
McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream
Mike Mete
Monique Littlejohn
Mount Gay
Nathan Woods of Santa Barbara Pet Services
S.Y. Kitchen
Chris Potter
Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History & Sea Center
Santa Barbara Zoo
Sharon Ewins
Sheri Eckman & Billy Klansek
Skin Resolutions Sin Spa
Spices & Rice – Chef Tam Trinh
SWEAT Outdoors
Ultimate Sailing
Your Cake Baker

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