5 questions with Liz Fletcher, Jeffrey Adam Memorial Regatta organizer

Jeffrey Adam loved to sail and enjoyed sharing his passion with others. That’s how he met his friend Liz Fletcher, who received sailing lessons from Adam at Westwind Sailing.

After Adam’s unexpected death in June 2011, Fletcher knew she wanted to keep his memory alive on the sea. Fletcher, along with the Adam family and the Dana Point Yacht Club, will host the second annual Jeffrey Adam Memorial Regatta on Sunday during the 42nd annual Festival of Whales in Dana Point Harbor. Fletcher agreed to answer a few questions via email about the event and her friend.

Article Tab: The first annual Jeffery Adam Memorial Regatta in Dana Point.

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When: March 10; racing begins at 11 a.m. and dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Dana Point Harbor, 34624 Golden Lantern

Cost: Regatta entrance fees are $30 which includes a commemorative bracelet, lunch, and a buffet dinner. Dinner is open to the public and tickets can be purchased for $20.

Information: DPYC.org/juniors.htm

The regatta will be followed by an evening awards ceremony and buffet dinner at Dana Point Yacht Club. Raffle prizes and presentation of the Jeffrey Adam Perpetual Sailing Award are part of the planned festivities.

Source: Valerie Rhodes

Q. What can people expect from the Jeffrey Adam Memorial Regatta?

A. The Jeffrey Adam Memorial Regatta is a fun celebration of Jeff’s life. The goal of the event is to get as many people as possible out on the water having fun. The day will consist of friendly competition among sailors, watching races from spectator boats and remembering fun times on the water with Jeff.

Q. Can you share a story or two about Jeff?

A. Jeff was all about physical fun, sports of all sorts and active play. He always included as many people as possible, involving kids of all ages and skills. Jeff especially encouraged people to sail and had a particular skill for making sailing extremely fun. Jeff’s big smile and friendly teasing always got people hooked on sailing, striving to become better and learn more. Jeff’s enthusiasm made everything fun. His deep involvement in Dana Hill’s track as an assistant coach and sailing in the harbor positively affected the lives of many.

Q. Why did you decide to combine the memorial regatta with the Festival of the Whales?

A. We have associated the regatta to the Festival of the Whales to help promote the annual standing of the event. The regatta adds to the fun activities across the harbor during the event and the festival will introduce more people to the regatta and to the memory of Jeff.

Q. What would Jeff think of this event?

A. Jeff would love his regatta. He always strived to get more kids sailing and bring together all youth sailing organizations in the harbor (Dana Point Yacht Club, Dana West Yacht Club, Sea Scouts and Westwind Sailing). Jeff’s memory now draws together all organizations to share the love of the ocean. At the event, he would see his goal achieved, with lots of kids out on the water including members from each organization having fun together in boats.

Q. How will this year’s regatta be different from the first year?

A. This year, we have transformed the regatta into a charity event. All proceeds from donations and sales of raffle tickets will go to the Dana Point Youth Charitable Foundation, promoting youth sailing in the harbor. We will keep Jeff’s drive going by getting more kids involved with sailing and expanding sailing opportunities in Dana Point. In addition to that, I expect many more sailors and better raffle prizes this year.

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