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Pumpkin regatta raises money

Fourteen teams of yacht captains and crew, shipyard employees and tenants, and friends in the yachting community, paddled on Oct.7 in the Pumpkin Regatta to raise $3,018 for the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund.

Over 200 people attended the event, which the Shipyard organizes and sponsors annually to raise money for different charities.

Paddlers paid $20 each to race across the shipyard’s “main street” basin, around a buoy and back in fiberglass pumpkins which were painted orange and accented with ladybugs in honor of Gabrielle Dinsmore. Each team had four paddlers in the relay-style racing, which was timed by shipyard employees. After two hours of racing (including a last minute re-match between the crew on the J-5 Ranger and the J-8 Topaz) Ranger’s crew prevailed with the best time overall and were awarded four bottles of champagne.

For more information on the charity, visit www.HeartAndHopeFund.com.

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