A BIG thanks to the Santa Cruz Yacht Club for another successful Day on Monterey Bay Regatta.  The 25th annual benefit regatta on August 13th raised more than $60,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The sunny, slightly breezy weather conditions were ideal for the 36 yachts in the reverse-start handicapped race around the buoys.  Congratulations to Tom Faraola and the crew on Rio for winning the Short Course race, Ashley Bananese andTeam Gandalf winner of the Short Course Corporate award, and to Skip Ely and the crew on Elyxir for their win on the Long Course course, as well as the Corporate award for the long course.

Following the race, over 300 people gathered in the cleared-out center of the dry storage yard, where everyone was treated to the live music of “Island Breeze”, a barbeque catered by Fresh Prep Kitchen, a silent auction, and two raffles for donated goods and services. With such a high attendance, this is the biggest event of the year for the SCYC.

In addition to large contingents from the Yacht Club and BBBS organizations, the event was supported by more than 100 local businesses and corporate sponsors who all helped ensure the event’s success. 

All proceeds go directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County.  For more than 35 years our local BBBS has helped children and youth navigate the challenges of growing up by matching them with supportive adult role models. The Day on the Bay event has supported this tradition of good will and good work since 1992, and to date has raised over $1.000,000.