Since 2008, the Psomas Paper Yacht Challenge has been combining ingenuity, enthusiasm, paper, water and wind to raise money for wonderful causes. Each year, the downtown Los Angeles event donates 100% of the proceeds to a local charity. Over $80,000 has been raised!
Along with the race, participants compete in a nautical costume contest, enjoy live entertainment, eat tasty treats from local participating restaurants, and bid on silent auction items.
All of the money raised benefits a different charity each year:
- 2008 Blind Children’s Center in Los Angeles
- 2009 Los Angeles Regional Foodbank
- 2010 Weingart Center Association
- 2011 Ronald McDonald House – LA
- 2012 Para Los Niños
- 2013 Metro Charter Elementary
- 2013 with the Port of Los Angeles, benefiting YMCA & Top Sail
- 2014 Hope Street Family Center
- 2014 with the Port of Los Angeles, benefiting 186th Street Elementary and Toberman Neighborhood Center
The event takes place at City National Plaza Fountain, at 5th and Flower Streets in Downtown Los Angeles.
Enjoy some video and photo albums of past events, some shared by friends of the Yacht Challenge.
– Hope Street Family Center, 2014 – video by Downtown News | watch
– Hope Street Family Center, 2014 – video by Mark Meloccaro and his students | watch
– Metro Charter Elementary, 2013 – video by Mario Zermeno, friend of Metro Charter | watch
– Short 2013 video of “the most exciting race of the day!” by Craig of DJs on a Dime | watch
– Yacht Challenge at the Port of Los Angeles, 2013 – video by POLA | watch
– LA Ronald McDonald House, 2011 – video by Psomas | watch
– Weingart Center Association, 2010 – video by Psomas watch
– LA Regional Foodbank, 2009 – video by Psomas | watch