DPYC’s Annual Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta Returns to Benefit the Community

DANA POINT— The Dana Point Yacht Club (DPYC) will host the 2023 Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta from Sept. 9-10. 


As an annual event in the harbor, the Charity Regatta’s mission is to bring together Dana Point’s community businesses and civic and social leaders with its boating members to raise money to benefit the community in South Orange County. Again, this prestigious event intends to be the sailing and social event of the year. Since its inception, the Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta has raised over $750 thousand for local charities through corporate donations, sponsorships, and individual contributions.


DPYC’s annual Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta has a rich history of contributing to several South Orange County charitable organizations. This year’s recipient is unique because of the organization’s transformational impact on underprivileged youth. This year’s beneficiary is the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley (BGCCV).


The BGCCV exists to meet the comprehensive educational, recreational, and social needs of young people in the Capistrano community, especially those socioeconomically disadvantaged, disenfranchised, and marginalized. The organization’s mission is briefly summarized by its commitment to do “whatever it takes to build great futures.” Now serving over 1,200 kids annually, the club’s impact is confirmed beneficial because 99 percent of its members graduate from high school, with many attending college and productive careers.


The DPYC will host an invite-only ‘Thank You’ reception and dinner for sponsors on Sept. 8. The 2023 sponsors are:

– Papa’s Pilar Rum

– Horizon Sales

– Sonance Foundation

– The Ranch at Laguna Beach

– Gallagher’s Finishing Touch Engraving 

– Nordhavn Yachts

– Tito’s Vodka

– Rainbow Sandals

– The Marriott

– Caliber Collision


The event will include a culinary experience and a preview of the silent and live auction items that will be featured at the Grand Regattas Party and Auction on the evening of Sept. 9. The Grand Regatta Party is extending an invitation to anyone who enjoys food and drinks, music, dancing, raffles, and live and silent auctions. Saturday will also have a Landlubber Cornhole Tournament open to all club members, their guests, and the public. Awards will be presented immediately following the tournament. 


A Junior Regatta will take place on Sept. 10, with trophy presentations following the races. 


The 2023 RHD Charity Regatta will be governed by the Rules as defined in the 2021-24 Racing Rules of Sailing and is open to boats in ORR, PHRF Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker & Multihull classes. The ORR Fleet will be the featured classes, and entries in the fleet must have a valid ORR-EZ or ORR rating certificate. Boats may enter to be scored in both ORR and PHRF Fleets. PHRF Spinnaker entries must have a valid PHRF rating certificate. The entry deadline is 6 p.m. on Sept. 8. Any entry submitted after this deadline will be deemed not received. 


The Sailing Instructions on the online Official Notice Board will be available no later than Sept. 7. A race packet including the sailing instructions and additional information will be issued to each skipper at the Competitor’s Meeting. Any sailing instructions changes before Sept.9 will be posted on the online Official Notice Board.


The entry fee is $150 for any entry received after Sept. 1 and before the entry deadline at 6 p.m. on Sept. 8. This is a charitable fundraising event where each skipper submits team fundraising donations of $1,000 and will receive Saturday Regatta Party Tickets valued at $50/ticket for the skipper and six crew. Team fundraising packets are available on the Regatta Network website. A competitor’s meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 9.


The Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta perpetual trophy and a take-home trophy will be awarded to the ORR Fleet boat with the lowest total overall score. A trophy will be awarded to the highest fundraiser in the regatta. Trophies for ORR, PHRF Spinnaker, and Non-Spinnaker Fleets will be awarded take-home trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall in all classes. Multihull Fleet will be awarded a trophy for 1st Overall. The trophy presentations will be after the completion of all races on Sunday.


For the complete Notice of Race, please visit For more on the RHD Charity regattas, please visit

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