57th Annual Parade of Lights Winners Announced

More than 50 vessels took to the water at the 57th 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 Santa’s Workshop and the winning vessel, entered by Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, didn’t disappoint.

Valkyrie, a 65-foot Sea Ray skippered by Tom Petersen, went all out to fit the theme of the parade. The entry featured Santa Claus, a team of elves singing and dancing, plenty of lights, vibrant music, and an electronic “Naughty and Nice” list.

Here is the full list of winners:


  • Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club (PCYC)

Yacht Club Over 30’

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

Yacht Club 30’ and Under

  • 1st Place: Anacapa Yacht Club

Electric Boat (Boat Name/Boat Owner)

  • 1st Place: Endless Summer/Bryan Kirchhoff
  • 2nd Place: No Name/Morford
  • 3rd Place: Habeas Porpoise/Craig Adams & Kelli Hawley


  • 1st Place: Central Coast Electric Boats (Frank Laza)

Individual Over 30’ (Boat Name/Boat Owner)

  • 1st Place: Niko Mania/David Martin
  • 2nd Place: Bossy Lady/Pam Rutherford
  • 3rd Place: Family Therapy/Andrew & Holly Sieber

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

  • 1st Place: Papa/Marko & Elsa Bratina
  • 2nd Place: God Sea’s/Richard Black
  • 3rd Place: Diva II/Steve Weiser

Best Dressed Crew

  • Fortunatos/ R. Oshita

Most Humorous Display

  • Channel Islands Yacht Club

Editor’s Note: the story was published on Dec. 10, 2023.