SB Yacht Club Charity Regatta Raises $170k for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care

Santa Barbara Yacht Club Charity Regatta Raises Nearly $170,000 for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care

Cumulative Total More than $1 Million Over 11-Year History

2015 Logo No WaterSanta Barbara, Calif. Sept. 16, 2015 – More than 400 community members gathered at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club to celebrate the 11th Annual “Yachts of Love” Charity Regatta on Saturday and support Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care. Thanks to the community’s generosity, this year’s event successfully raised nearly $170,000.

“We are so grateful to the Yacht Club for choosing to benefit VNHC these past eleven years,” said Lynda Tanner, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care’s President and CEO. “It has been an incredibly successful partnership that has collectively raised over $1 million and has enabled VNHC to bring renewed health and comfort to thousands of people in Santa Barbara.”

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The day started with guests enjoying a champagne and hors d’oeuvres 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 more than 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.

The first place winners in each class of the Charity Regatta were: 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 won the Yachts of Love trophy for the crew that brought in the most donations in relation to the size of their boat.

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 over 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.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care would like to thank all the generous sponsors: COMMODORE SPONSOR: The Bank of Santa Barbara, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Board of Directors; VICE COMMODORE SPONSOR: Hutton Parker Foundation, Impulse Advanced Communications; REAR COMMODORE SPONSOR: Sheila and Tom Cullen, Ice Energy, Schlinger Chrisman Foundation, The Whimsie Fund, Young Construction, Karen Young; STAFF COMMODORE SPONSOR: Susan and Riley Bechtel, Brown & Brown Insurance, Byram Healthcare, The Dreier Group, Hollister & Brace, Jack ‘N Tool Box, Jeffrey Berkus Architects, Mozilo Family Foundation, Schipper Construction Co., Seed Mackall LLP; HOSPITALITY SPONSORS: Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Jen Abed, Sunstone Winery, Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is grateful to everyone who attended this event and extends a warm thank you to the Charity Regatta Committee and the Santa Barbara Yacht Club for hosting another successful Charity Regatta.

About Santa Barbara Yacht Club
Founded in 1872, Santa Barbara Yacht Club is the second-oldest yacht club on the west coast of North America. It is a family-oriented club, rich with history and tradition. The Yacht Club is devoted to promoting and managing yachting activities, advancing the art of seamanship, preserving maritime tradition, and providing for the social and recreational needs of our members while being mindful of our important role in the community. We are a non-profit private club and membership is by invitation only. For more information on the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, visit or call (805) 965-8112.

About Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care
Since 1908, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care has been Santa Barbara’s trusted home care expert. Serving the greater Santa Barbara area, and Santa Ynez and Lompoc Valleys, VNHC provides high quality, comprehensive home health, hospice, and related services necessary to promote the health and well-being of all community residents. For more information on Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, visit or call (805) 965-5555.

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