2013 Paper Yacht Challenge – Metro Charter Elementary

Pint-sized Yachts – Titanic Rewards!

76 Yachts…Yacht Challenge 2013
Loads of Fun…
Nearly $14,000 Raised for Charity!

76 proud paper yachts sailed downtown Los Angeles’ City National Plaza Fountain on June 27th in this charity regatta.

About 250 spectators cheered them on while enjoying food and drink, a tarot card reader, massage therapist, and music provided by DJs on a Dime.

We also had 53 great silent auction items including VIP packages for the L.A. Dodgers, Foursome for Golf at Mountaingate Country Club, vacation rentals, lunch with local Firemen at Fire Station No. 3, original art work by local artists, hotel and restaurant packages for some of L.A.’s best in town, and so many more. We also had seven members of the Los Angeles City Council who allowed people to bid on taking them to lunch, bowling or other outings.

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!

Yacht Challenge 2013

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

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped raise nearly $14,000 for Metro Charter. They’re the real winners!

Metro Charter is a new, parent-founded public elementary school designed to serve the vibrant, diverse and rapidly developing community of Downtown Los Angeles. With a rigorous and balanced curriculum, Metro’s goal is to instill civic pride and responsibility in our highly diverse and close-knit urban community. Metro will leverage the incredible resources in our neighborhood to provide meaningful learning opportunities, helping children develop self-confidence, critical thinking, and a true passion for lifelong learning.

And the Winners Are . . .Yacht Challenge 2013

1st place – Jamie Couch, Psomas
2nd place – Richard Hall, HMC Architects
3rd place – Lisette Bice, Psomas

Best Individual Costume – Jonovan Ottenbacher, 20/20 Optometrists
Best Group Costume – Alex Cretu (son of Ion Cretu, Psomas) and his buddy Sofie Szigeti
Best Boat Design – Tam Tran and Danielle Duryea of Gensler

Another Yacht Challenge? In 2013?Yacht Challenge 2013 POLA

That’s right! Psomas has partnered with the Port of Los Angeles for a SECOND Yacht Challenge. Mark your calendars for September 12th 2013. More information here.

Start planning your designs and testing them out. The competition is sure to be fierce!

Much Multi-MediaYacht Challenge 2013

Some friends of the Yacht Challenge were kind enough to share their pictures and video of the 2013 event in DTLA.
Thanks, everyone!

– Mario Zermeno, friend of Metro Charter | YouTube
– Craig of DJs on a Dime | YouTube – the most exciting race of the day!
– past Yacht Challenges |  LARMH  ~  Weingart  ~  LA Foodbank

– Alex Linares | photography website
– Reggie Norman | flickr

More about the Psomas Paper Yacht Challenge.

The Yacht Challenge on Facebook


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