Jack London Yacht Club Hosts Second Annual Mini Boat Race at Glen Ellen

The Jack London Yacht Club held its second annual Jack to Jack Yacht Race event in Glen Ellen on Saturday.

About 65 competitors raced replica 20-inch handmade yachts along Sonoma Creek, starting near the Jack London Lodge Creekside dining deck and ending just past the bridge along Arnold Drive .

The yachts were made from trees burned in the 2017 Tubbs Fire and inspired by Jack London’s own yacht, “Snark”.

A flyover of the national anthem by vintage airplanes kicked off the competition, and local acoustic duo JayDub and Dino provided the day’s soundtrack.

There were six races complete with commentary from local actor Squire Fidell.

Around noon there was a live auction with items up for grabs including local wines and dinner at the vineyard.

The winners of the first five races won leis, a nod to Jack London’s trip to Honolulu on the Snark, and the three finalists in the last race won ribbons. The overall winner of the event won a sailboat trophy and his name on a plaque.

Tommy Smothers, a longtime local resident and one half of musical comedy duo The Smothers Brothers, joined Fidell to present awards.

It cost $1,250 to participate in the event.

The Jack London Yacht Club was started by local resident Jim Burch after the 2017 North Bay wildfires to raise money for community groups.

The fundraising goal was $50,000 and the money raised will go to grants for nonprofits in the area, according to event co-founder Ana Dominguez. Since its inception, the group has distributed about $90,000 to more than 30 organizations, including the La Luz Center in Sonoma, she said.

“We’re a very close community here in this little area, and so we knew so many people who lost their homes and it was just a very sad time,” Dominguez said. “So Jim thought ‘what could we do to have something that brings everyone together'” and he thought about building replica yachts and racing them. Everyone was so excited about this idea and then it grew (in the club),” she said.

For more information visit jacklondonyachtclub.org.

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