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The only party to protest ….

The only party to protest ….
Boats racing on the creek.Photo by Paul Goguen

The only party to protest race results to the course referee, Joe Benziger, was Joe Benziger himself, who had a stake in three boats in the race, with his wife Diane and the community at large. Benziger quickly resolved the protest, and the results stood.

“Four Paws for Wines” will be added to the Jack London Yacht Club’s perpetual trophy as the winner of this year’s race.

The day also featured live music from Jaydub & Dino and a live auction offering the bragging rights of bidding on the designation of “Club Member #1,” an instant wine cellar stocked with wines donated by boat owners and a luxurious dinner prepared by local chef

Jack London Yacht Club Co-Commodore Ana Dominguez poses with second-place finisher and crowd favorite “Spirit of the Locals.”

David Walker and overlooking a vineyard donated by Penny and Bill D’Alliard. The bidding was lively, perhaps fueled by Bloody Marys.

Money raised by the Jack London Yacht

Emcees Tommy Smothers, left, and Squire Fridell.

Club (JLYC) is donated to nonprofits in the Valley of the Moon each year at a grant distribution event. To date, more than 30 nonprofits supporting veterans, children, the arts, and others in the community including the Kenwood Community Club and the Glen Ellen Forum have benefited from JLYC grants.

Throughout the day, the famous Wine Trolley shuttled race attendees from the Jack London Saloon to the Jack London Village, where the Glen Ellen Historical Society and the Marine Conservation Institute hosted booths and a beer garden.

The Jack London Yacht Club came to being in 2018, when Commodore Jim Burch and his friends at the saloon wanted to do something to raise funds and help the community after the 2017 fires. The club now has over 400 members. For membership information, visit

Photo by Melissa Dowling