Southwest Welcomes Premier Charity Regatta

The Hospice Regattas Championship regatta will be hosted in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by the Galveston (TX) Community Sailing Center at Sea Scout Base Galveston (SSBG), according to Harold "Tom" Tomlinson, president of the National Hospice Regatta Alliance, which conducts the annual event.

“From Annapolis, MD, to Rochester, NY, to St. Petersburg, FL, we’ve had one terrific venue after another, and we’re confident our competitors will enjoy Galveston just as fully,” he added.

“We welcome this opportunity to showcase our remarkable facility to sailors from across the U.S. and Canada,” said Mike Janota, director of Galveston Community Sailing Center, the only US Sailing-sanctioned sailing center in Texas.

“In addition to a superb setting for sailboat racing, we can offer exceptional hospitality to deliver an unforgettable experience for everyone who attends,” Janota said.

The Hospice Regattas Championship is an invitational regatta for sailors representing hospice regattas that are held in 25 U.S. communities and Toronto each year.

Hospice Regattas Championship 2016 is scheduled for Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1, with Thursday, April 28 as a practice day. The sailing center will provide a fleet of Sonar boats, a race committee, and accommodations and meals for sailors who earn an invitation and register to compete.

In addition to serving as the home for community sailing in the Galveston area, SSBG offers an array of educational and recreational programs:

  • Adult, youth and adaptive sailing;
  • BaySmart Express, a 111-foot floating classroom for STEM based maritime field trips; and
  • A distinctive site for conferences, meetings and other special events hosted by Galveston College culinary arts students.

Sea Scout Base Galveston was established and developed through the generosity of Charles and Rosemary Doolin, who got involved after their son sailed on a scout ship on a lake near Dallas in 2002. SSBG programs focus on instilling lifetime leadership, teamwork skills, and independence in body, mind and spirit.