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6th Annual Jeffrey Adam Memorial Regatta — JAMR

While the weather didn't cooperate like we were expecting, what a GREAT DAY of racing and an evening of remembering the legacy of Jeff!
39 boats on the water with over 50 sailors!

Congratulations to
Lily Gebauer - Jeffrey Adam Spirit Award
Cooper Laws - Festival of Whales Trophy Winner



About Jeffrey Adam

At just 22, Jeffrey Adam was lost to us as a result of a rare but virulent strain of bacterial meningitis. He was known as an intelligent, fun-loving, and loyal friend, an impressive high-jumper in high school and college, and a great junior sailor. Jeff was particularly interested in sharing his passions with younger friends, and many followed in his path because of his generous spirit.

The Jeffrey Adam Memorial Regatta

Liz Fletcher, a Sea Scout and avid sailor who learned from Jeff, wanted to hold a sailing event to honor her friend's memory. Dana Point Yacht Club had traditionally held a junior regatta during the harbor's Festival of Whales with the winner's name added to a very beautiful perpetual trophy displayed in the yacht club's lobby. Jeffrey Adam had won that trophy so many times that it was fitting to rename the Festival of Whales Junior Regatta the Jeffrey Adam Memorial Regatta (JAMR). Liz earned the Sea Scout rank of Quarter Master (similar to the Boy Scout Eagle Scout) with her work which established what has become an annual event held for the benefit of youth sailing in Dana Point Harbor. The fact that Liz, as a high school student, could successfully take on such a project, is indicative of the capable youth Jeff called friends and the high quality of young people coming from the junior sailing programs in our harbor. Now, in partnership with the Dana Point Harbor Youth Foundation, Jeffrey Adam Memorial Regatta has a goal of instituting new cooperative programs for all youth sailing in Dana Point Harbor.

Accomplishments of the Dana Point Harbor Youth Foundation

Last year the Jeffrey Adam Memorial Regatta was hoping to significantly contribute funds to Dana Point Harbor Youth Foundation for the purchase of a fleet of boats sufficient to support sailors from our surrounding high schools. In fact, boats, sails, and a trailer have been purchased, and are being used by youth from now three of our local high schools. Scholarships have been awarded to deserving young sailors and these young teams are competing with all the well-established high school teams based in Southern California.

The Sea Scouts employed their funds to continue offering such programs as their summer "long cruise" up the coast of Southern California on the tall ship 'The Spirit of Dana' and sending a record number of qualified competitors to the 2016 Koch Cup which is the Sea Scout's biannual international regatta. They look forward to the summer 2018 Koch Cup where they anticipate a strong performance.

The Foundation has additionally purchased a fleet of boats for the youngest sailors in the harbor. If any of our guests remember the very first Jeff Adam Regatta, they may have their own stories of boats losing rudders and breaking parts as soon as they left the dock on that windy day. Five years later, our local youth can now count on solid equipment on which to learn to sail.

DPHYF is helping to build a foundation for a culture of youth sailing that fosters responsibility and develops life skills with friendships and memories to last a lifetime. With such a culture, we can expect our youth will grow into such fine adults that they will make their community proud.


The Jeffrey Adam Memorial Regatta
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Hosted by Dana Point Yacht Club

Regatta — Dinner & Auction
Regatta Registration & Dinner Tickets Here

CFJ | 420 | RS Tera | Laser | Capri14 | Sabot | Opti
Junior & Senior Divisions


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