Sailors set sail for 28th annual Lakefest Regatta


DENISON, TX - More than a hundred sailors hit the waters and set sail today at Lake Texoma for this year's Lakefest Regatta.

Sailors from around Texoma and other states are participating in the 28th annual Lakefest Regatta.

Although the sailors were hoping for a bit more wind today, they know the money they raise will definitely travel far and go a long way helping wishes come true for kids in North Texas.

Skippers and their crews made waves Saturday as they set sail on the waters of Lake Texoma for several good reasons.

"To have a fun regatta. Have a nice 3-day weekend and all of it goes towards make a wish and its make a wish for northern Texas kids," said Pete Nitsche, Commadore of Texoma Sailing Club

For over a quarter of a century, Lake Texoma has been host to one of the largest inland charity regattas in the U.S.making lasting impacts on area children with life threatening medical conditions.

This year the sail boat races are benefiting the North Texas Make A Wish Foundation.

"Over the life of the regatta. We've given over $200,000 to make a wish foundation. So its really a terrific cause and we're excited to do it every year. it's a big function. Its our largest function," said Nitsche.

Last year the regatta helped make dreams come true for six area kids. From meeting their favorite NFL player, to room make overs and trips.

Each wish granted is about six-thousand-dollars.And One sailor says its well worth it too.

"Its good for them. It makes you feel good. I think its the best medicine you can take when you're helping other people. Its good medicine that warms your heart and I think that's the best cause," said John Festa, a local sailor.

The 3 day event is taking place at Grand Pappy Marina. Full of courses for spinnaker race boats and flotilla fleets.

But even when the sun goes down...the event still goes on.

"When you come to the party and you can enjoy it, its good band, good food. But most importantly you are contributing to a good cause by participating," said Tom Burke, a local sailor.


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