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,  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.
Website In advance of the Charity Regatta, the Yacht Club hosted the “ceremonial” Cocktail Reception on Tuesday, July 19 for nearly 150 guests to thank all the generous sponsors and supporters.  This year, both organizations chose to “Honor Our Veterans” having the prestigious Celebrity Skippers, represent Veterans from the Santa Barbara Yacht Club and VNHC’s We Honor Veterans program. Both organizations are proud to honor all those who served their country.  SBYC Veterans and VNHC Vet-to-Vet Volunteers Jim McClure, John Dailey, Geoff Groves,  Scott Eschbach, Greg Brown, and Brian Smith, were recognized as Celebrity Skippers. Guests enjoyed moving about the room and investigating the photos of veterans in uniform, attempting to match the face with one of the Skippers. View photos of this year’s Cocktail Party here.

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
Lil Nelson
Sabrina Papa
Robyn Parker
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 & Richard Compton
“Let’s top donation records in support of the SBYC Charity Regatta and Commodore Young!”
Sheila & Tom Cullen
VNHC Board of Directors

Vice Commodore

Wendy & Harry Atterbury-
The Whimsie Fund
Sarah & Roger Chrisman-
Schlinger Chrisman Foundation
Hutton Parker Foundation
Impulse Advanced Communications

Bob & Dave Young

Rear Commodore

Susan & Riley Bechtel
Marlys & Ron Boehm
Boone Graphics
Brown & Brown Insurance
Sheri Eckmann & Bill Klansek
Seed Mackall LLP
Thomas Rollerson & Michael Erickson
Karen Young

Staff Commodore

American Riviera Bank
BP Moser Trust
Karen & Jack Byers –
Jack ‘N Tool Box, Inc.
Byram Healthcare
Christine & Michael Holland
Phil Hons
Dr. Barbara Hrach & Dr. Karina Garcia
Francie & Peter Lufkin
Nasif, Hicks, Harris & Co.
Santa Barbara Community Bank
Kate & Mark Shevitz
Noelle & Dick Wolf
Lisa & Jim Yabsley

Hospitality Sponsor

Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard
Fespar Enterprises 

Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Laureen & Eli Parker
Sunshine Floral Inc. 
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
Ultimate Sailing


David Gonzales
Michael Holland

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