The Love of Sailing for a Good Cause

A regatta is a series of boat races. The term typically describes racing events of rowed or sailed watercraft, although some powerboat race series are also called regattas. A regatta often includes social and promotional activities, which surround the racing event, and, except in the case of boat type or class championships, is usually named for the town or venue where the event takes place.

The local regatta for The Bay Area of Houston is called The Harvest Moon Regatta. Their philanthropic initiative is The Bay Access Foundation in cooperation with Lakewood Yacht Club. Its purpose is to promote youth sailing in the Galveston Bay Area for youth aged seven to eighteen. Those who participate are exposed to basic sailing skills, water safety, seamanship, best practices, and team building exercises.

Although regattas are typically amateur competitions, they are usually formally structured events, with comprehensive rules describing the schedule and procedures of the event. Regattas may be orga- nized as championships for a particular area or type of boat, but are often held just for the joy of competition, camaraderie, and general promotion of the sport.

That’s what happened for John Scherer when he decided to enter the Harvest Moon Regatta in October of 2016 with his new Lagoon 42, the Chaton Noir. John hadn’t run the Harvest Moon Regatta before. His entry the previous year didn’t count because the race was can- celled. In 2016, however, he couldn’t have been happier because he won his division with the beauty.

At first, Scherer had been a bit skeptical of the Lagoon 42 because of the jib and boom. But after taking it for a sail with Jonathon Davis of The Yacht Sales Company, he had a complete change of heart. “I was so impressed with the knowledge, experience, and overall genuine interest that Jonathon had with me, I knew it was the right t,” states Scherer. He says that doing “half boats” is well-known, but going on a “cat” was always his dream and it didn’t disappoint. “My friends know that I enjoy teasing them about their tippy half boats and enjoy sailing with them, but my dream was always to win the Harvest Moon Regatta on my whole boat (one with two hulls),” laughs Scherer.

Jonathon Davis of The Yacht Sales Company wasn’t just a sponsor of the Harvest Moon Regatta, he was also thrilled to be part of John Scherer’s team on the Chaton Noir. “The team that was put together for the race was great, and the experience could not have been better for me. I was glad to see John win and I loved seeing how the Lagoon 42 responded under these racing conditions,” says Davis.

Scherer proudly stated that he gives The Yacht Sales Company and his team as many stars as you can get for the attention to detail, responsiveness, and overall care everyone took to make the win hap- pen. “The Harvest Moon Regatta met my expectations, but the Lagoon 42 exceeded my expectations by handling magni cently as she slid and felt strong underneath us on the water! I will de nitely do it again and look forward to sailing under more leisurely circumstances,” John excitedly commented. He was also delighted to not only be racing, but to be sailing for a good cause.

John Scherer’s vessel, the Lagoon 42, won in Division C against eight other boats in the Harvest Moon Regatta, 2016.

 

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