Recently John’s Island Club graciously donated one of their Hobie Cat 13-foot catamarans to the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association.

“We think the VBLA is doing a great job with educating the public about our beaches and water safety. We want to help out in any way we can,” remarked Ken Keaton, Director of Aquatics & Safety for John’s Island Club.

The VBLA will use the catamaran during public appearances and fundraisers to further its mission to promote beach and water safety in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities

In May, two members of the VBLA will be participating in a catamaran race from Vero Beach to Coco Beach using the newly donated vessel.

“The boat VBLA had needed some work so for John’s Island to donate this beautiful Hobie Cat gives us a fighting chance to actually make the 50-mile race without sinking,” joked Tim Capra, Vice President of the VBLA.

The Florida 300 sailboat race will be held May 17-21. It originates in Islamorada, making stops in Key Biscayne, Palm Beach Shores, Vero Beach, Coco Beach and finishes in Daytona Beach.

The leg from Vero Beach to Coco Beach is called the Dogfight and is open to catamarans of many shapes and sizes which race the 50 mile leg with a two-hour head start.

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