2015 Paper Yacht Challenge – Budokan Center in Little Tokyo

Psomas Paper Yacht Challenge 2015

Hugo and his boat, like a boss. #enginerds

Pint-sized Yachts – Titanic Rewards!

60+ Yachts…
Loads of Fun…
Nearly $12,000 Raised for Charity!

More than 60 proud paper yachts sailed downtown Los Angeles’ City National Plaza Fountain on June 25th in this charity regatta.

Excited spectators cheered them on while enjoying food and drink — from Border Grille, Pink’s Hot Dogs and Ben and Jerry’s no less! — and a tarot card reader, massage therapist, and music provided by DJs on a Dime.

Our silent auction was a great success! Thank you to all of the donors. Items included VIP packages for the LA Dodgers, vacation rentals, art by local artists, tickets to some of the LA areas’ best cultural facilities, and so many more. We also had members of the Los Angeles City Council who allowed people to bid on taking them to lunch, bowling or other outings.


Hot diggity dogs!

The first three yachts to cross the finish line were awarded trophies and bragging rights. Certificates of special recognition were given for costumes and best boat design. Titanic Awards were given for sunken boats!

At the end of the race many chests were puffed and challenges made for next year.

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped raise approximately $11,600 for Budokan of LA, a planned community health, education and recreation resource of California Hospital Medical Center. They’re the real winners!

We’re also very proud and humbled to announce that this event tipped the 8-year Psomas Paper Yacht Challenge proceeds raised to over $100,000! Wow! Thank you to everyone who has donated, folded, volunteered, and cheered – we are so grateful!



Tom, Kristin, and Ion – best builders!
(Special props to Kristin for the Zissou cosplay!)

And the Winners Are . . .

1st place – Tom Baty, Gensler | Time: 24 seconds
2nd place – Kristin Byrd | Time: 35 seconds
3rd place – Alex Cretu, son of Ion Cretu, Psomas* | Time: 36 seconds

* This is Alex’s second win in a row! Way to go, sailor! (What are you feeding that kid, Ion?) 🙂


yacht-challenge-2016-skid-row-housing-trust-logo_200x300Next Year

Next year’s charity has been chosen! The Skid Row Housing Trust provides permanent supportive housing so that people who have experienced homelessness, prolonged extreme poverty, poor health, disabilities, mental illness and/or addiction can lead safe, stable lives in wellness. Tentative date: June 23, 2016.

Stay tuned here and at our social media sites for more info!


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