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Upcoming Regatta Benefits Hospice Patients

Jerry Davis photo

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Regatta benefits hospice patients

For the first time, the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club (YBYC) will dedicate funds raised through its annual Columbus Day Regatta to benefit Samaritan Pacific Hospice. Scheduled for the weekend of October 12 and 13, The Columbus Day Hospice Regatta is a sailboat racing event that will help local patients through the Hospice Fund administered by the Pacific Communities Health District (PCHD) Foundation. The Hospice Fund provides support to low-income patients at end of life, as well as ongoing training and materials for hospice volunteers and staff.

For more than 40 years, the YBYC has hosted the Columbus Day Regatta, a series of sailboat races on Yaquina Bay. Up to 30 boats, ranging from 12 to 40 feet, come from all over Oregon to compete. Boats race in fleets with boats of similar size – making for quite a spectacle on the bay. This year, Regatta activities include the following:

Saturday, October 12
View the Memorial Sail from Abbey St. Pier, Port Dock 5, or the Embarcadero,
at 11 a.m.
Watch the races from the shores of Yaquina Bay – approximately 12 noon to 4:30 p.m.
Visit the YBYC for raffles and a silent auction starting at 11 a.m.
Enjoy a Marine Discovery Cruise with race commentary and box lunch catered by LaMaison – 1 to 3 p.m. ($50 each). (Seating is limited and reservations are required.)
Dine with the Sailors – fresh tuna BBQ and live music performed by the Sentimental Side at the YBYC – 6 to 10 p.m. ($30 each). (Seating is limited and reservations are required.)

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Sunday, October 13
Watch the races from the shores of Yaquina Bay – approximately 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Awards ceremony at YBYC after the racing concludes. The public is welcome.

Sponsors include local and regional businesses Big Foot Beverages, Gerding Builders, Kahl Insurance Services, Marine Discovery Tours, Newport Rental, OSU Federal Credit Union and Rogue Ales. To enter the race, download the entry form from yaquinabayyachtclub.org. To sponsor a sailboat or make a donation, visit samhealth.org/Regatta. To purchase a Memory Sail or make reservations for the Marine Discovery Cruise or Dine with the Sailors, contact the PCHD Foundation at 541-574-1810 or 541-574-4745 or e-mail kpostlewait@samhealth.org or umarinelli@samhealth.org.

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