2017 Paper Yacht Challenge – The Midnight Mission

Pint-sized Yachts – Titanic Rewards!

Join us in Downtown Los Angeles for this fun community event where ingenuity, enthusiasm, paper, water, and wind will combine to raise money for a wonderful cause.

Along with the race, participants compete in a nautical costume contest, enjoy live entertainment, eat tasty treats from local participating restaurants (Pink’s Hot Dog) and bid on silent auction items.

All of the money raised will benefit The Midnight Mission.

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Time: Registration starts at 4:30 p.m. Sailing starts at 5:30 p.m.
Location:  City National Plaza Fountain, 5th and Flower Streets in Downtown Los Angeles

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Entry Fees:  Student – $10 per boat
Non-student/Individual – $35 per boat
Company – $50 per boat

About The Midnight Mission

Founded in 1914, The Midnight Mission is the oldest continuously operating human services agency in Los Angeles and serves nearly one million meals per year to the homeless community. Its programs in Downtown’s Skid Row, on Los Angeles’ Westside, and in Orange County give men, women, and children experiencing homelessness the tools they need to work themselves out of poverty and into housing and improved circumstances.

In addition to providing basic needs like food and shelter to homeless individuals and families, The Midnight Mission provides a world-renowned addiction recovery and aftercare program, job training, and education and access to physical and mental health services. HomeLight Family Living, a program of The Midnight Mission, offers a safe, structured environment for families shattered by domestic violence, human trafficking, issues of sobriety, and other hardships to help them transition themselves and their children from homelessness to independence.

Learn more about how The Midnight Mission is working to break the cycle of homelessness in Southern California at


2017 Boat Registration Form

Walk-up registrations are welcome! We hope to see you there, mates!


Silent Auction

If you would like to support this fund raising tradition, you may donate a silent auction item. The silent auction is the main fundraising tool for this event.

To donate an item fill out the following form and email it to Gina Rowe at

2017 Silent Auction Donation Form

The auction will be hosted at: of the money raised goes directly to the beneficiary, The Midnight Mission.


Corporate Sponsorship

What a wonderful way to give back to your community and garner some publicity as well. We offer five sponsorship levels.

2017_Corporate Sponsorship Form


Costumes are fun!

There will be awards for the best nautical costume. Come dressed up as a sailor, pirate, fetching wench, navy officer, marooned island survivor, or ??? Bring the kids!

Our “open” competition is a separate race for boats which do not fit the “paper only” criteria. Please see the rules for specifics.


Event Videos

General promo video:

Our 2014 yacht challenge benefit Hope Street:

Our 2013 yacht challenge benefit Metro Charter Elementary:

More past Yacht Challenges videos: LARMH ~ Weingart ~ LA Foodbank

More about the Psomas Paper Yacht Challenge.

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