A Note from Emily Longworth, KBIA Waterfront Director
Thank you to all of our KBIA families who participated in the 2020 Annual Reid Sacco Regatta, in memory of Anne “Annie” McNamara Evans. Saturday, August 8th was warm and sunny with a breeze building out of the South. The racing started with the open heat kayak, followed by the open heat stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Afterward there was a brief swimming intermission while the waterfront staff adjusted the course for the final heats.
The kayak finals youth division was a close race with Adelaide Hankin crossing the finish line first. Sean Walsh was the top finisher for the adult kayak division. The SUP paddleboard finals was filled with action and entertainment. Kirby Oppenheimer started in the youth division, but kept paddling to the furthest mark and joined the adult race, which he won. That meant Molly Walsh finished in first place for the youth division. A valiant effort by all racers! 
Participants helped with the de-rigging process that included spraying the equipment with disinfectant solution. And thanks to everyone’s adherence to social distance guidelines, we were able to come together safely for an awards ceremony. Each family received a driftwood sailboat, handcrafted by the Sacco family from recycled KBIA sails. 
This annual regatta is a fundraiser for the Reid R. Sacco Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Alliance. See the KBIA Donation Page if you’d like to support the alliance mission to make AYA cancer routinely curable or entirely preventable.