OCEANSIDE – Oceanside Yacht Club is gearing up for its 12th annual Charity Regatta, which runs Saturday, Aug. 9 to Sunday,. Aug. 10. The event that benefits The Elizabeth Hospice, is a popular race in the boating community.
The two-day event includes various racing such as PHRF racing with two cruising classes, and sabots and lido races. There will be four classes of rcign each day and five races for the smaller boats. The sabots and lidos will race in the harbor while the larger boats will start at the pier and run along the yacht club’s designated race course.
The shortest course will be 1 mile and the longer track will be 4 ½ to 5 miles.
An after race party will be held both days complete with live entertainment, food, drinks from the bar, a silent auction raffles and much more. An awards ceremony will be held on Aug. 10.
The club has raised a total of $185,000 for The Elizabeth Hospice and aims to kick that total to more than $200,000.
“Hospice care really touches everybody at some point in life,” said Janet Bessent, Oceanside YC commodore and chair person for the regatta. “It provides care for terminally ill patients, support for the family to help you through a tragic event that may have occurred.”
Bessent has been involved with the regatta since its inception and it continues to hold special meaning to her and fellow club members.
“We have really had a positive response from the boating community,” she said,” because there is always someone who has used hospice care.”
The Elizabeth Hospice has provided hospice care to adults and children in the San Diego and South Riverside counties since 1978 regardless of their ability to pay.
For more information about the Oceanside Charity Regatta, visit oceansideyc.net.