Forty nine vessels took to the water at the 55th Annual Parade of Lights but only one took home the Sweepstakes prize, an award that goes to the entry with the highest overall score at the parade.

This year’s theme was Jingle Jungle and the winning vessel, entered by the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, didn’t disappoint.

Gillty, a 58-foot Spindrift skippered by Don Yokaitis, went all out to fit the theme of the parade. The entry featured Santa Claus, jungle landscape, a waterfall, and a crew who also won “best dressed” for the parade.

This is Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club’s first Sweepstakes win since 2017.


Here is the full list of winners:

Sweepstakes:

  • Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club

Yacht Club Over 30’

  • 1st Place: Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club
  • 2nd Place: Channel Islands Yacht Club

Yacht Club 30’ and Under

  • 1st Place: Channel Islands Yacht Club

Electric Boat (Boat Name/Boat Owner)

  • 1st Place: Roarin’ Good Time, Scott and Kelly Morford
  • 2nd Place: Habeas Porpoise, Craig Adams and Kelli Hawley
  • 3rd Place: The Duck Whisperer, Craig Maxwell

Commercial/Non-Profit/Government

  • 1st Place: Central Coast Electric Boats

Individual Over 30’ (Boat Name/Boat Owner)

  • 1st Place: Walkin’ on Water, Elijah Brower
  • 2nd Place: Family Therapy, Andrew & Holly Sieber
  • 3rd Place: Déjà vu, Katherine Bashaw

Individual 30’ and Under (Boat Name/Boat Owner)

  • 1st Place: Excalibur, Deb Zumerling
  • 2nd Place: Papa Pietro, Marko Bratina
  • 3rd Place: Knotty Hooker, Samantha and Troy Croce

Best Dressed Crew

  • Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club

Most Humorous Display

  • Walkin’ On Water, Elijah Brower

Editor's Note: this story was published on Dec. 12, 2021.