Erie Yacht Club annual regatta benefits Red Cross

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It’s sails to the wind Sunday in the annual Erie Yacht Club Regatta.

Nearly 100 power and sailboats competed in the long standing tradition.

Although beautiful weather Sunday, fall and winter are coming, and the American Red Cross of Northwestern Pennyslvania says that’s when their busy season picks up.

Pam Masi says, “Hundreds of fires, carbon monoxide, bad weather, trees down on homes, electrical outages. All those things that you typically see us step in for. And we need to be out there with immediacy.”

Those disaster relief efforts are what the 32nd annual Erie Yacht Club Charity Regatta supports.

Last year, the local chapter responded to more than 100 local emergencies and assisted more than 500 people with needs like food, clothing and shelter.

Regatta competitors come out every year because they say it’s a good cause.

John Orlando says, “All the money we raised today stays local in the community and that’s very important here at the Yacht Club to support somebody who supports our community the way they do.”

David Haller says. “We believe that the Red Cross is just a wonderful venue and a wonderful organization to give back to.”

The Red Cross is hoping to raise between $35-40,000 this year.

But it’s a competition after all, and competitors say it gets heated.

Haller says, “When you get a good start, you end up in front of the fleet and you feel great. And you keep trimming your sails and doing what you have to do to make the boat go fast.”

But at the end of the day, Masi says it’s great to see all the competitors pull together for the Red Cross.

The Regatta was followed by live music, a barbeque and a trophy presentation.

First, second and third place finishers in each class took home beautiful artwork.

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