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Junior Achievement Raises Thousands at Its First Sailing Regatta Hosted by Cortez Racing Association

June 13, 2013

Hundreds of community members support Junior Achievement on June 6 and 8

Sailing enthusiasts and community members raised more than $14,000 last week during Junior Achievement’s first fundraising sailing regatta hosted by Cortez Racing Association on June 8 and West Marine Community Day last Thursday. West Marine gdonated 5 percent of June 6 proceeds to the nonprofit as part of the regatta.

On June 8, 25 sailboats of different sizes gathered at Shelter Island in Point Loma to compete as part of Junior Achievement’s Play 4 JA campaign. Even the race spectators gathered to support the nonprofit by watching the race up close on Aolani—a luxurious catamaran—with the host Wendy Gillespie, one of the sponsors of the regatta and a lifelong Junior Achievement supporter. The guests enjoyed Phil’s BBQ lunch and commentary on the race by the professional sailor and world-class champion racer—Captain Steve Mann. 

After the race, the sailors, their teams and race spectators gathered at Red Sails Inn for the afterparty featuring prizes such as park tickets from SeaWorld, music from The Blonde Brothers and delicious treats from Red Sails Inn.

To learn more about Junior Achievement of San Diego, please visit


JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SAN DIEGO, INC. works locally to reach 50,000 students in K-12 classrooms for the 2012-2013 school year, which takes thousands of volunteers who lead classes and experiential programs.  For more information on programs in San Diego and Imperial Counties, visit

CORTEZ RACING ASSOCIATION (CRA): Founded in 1980, Cortez Racing Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sailboat racing. Its mission is to promote local, regional, and international Corinthian sailboat racing and broaden participation in racing by offering interesting race events and social activities for a modest annual fee, making yacht racing more accessible and fun. Today, CRA has more than 300 members and associate members, many of them are also members of other yacht clubs around San Diego and beyond. 

Staffed entirely by volunteers, CRA schedules and runs more than 20 yacht racing events each year, among which the famous and popular Summer Beer Can series, and two fund-raising regattas in association with other local yacht clubs. CRA is a member of the San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs (SDAYC) and PHRF-SD.