Catalina Yachts founder to be honored


The sailing industry is gathering Oct. 8 to honor Catalina Yachts founder Frank Butler.

"At an age when most men have put their working days far behind them, Frank Butler of Catalina Yachts is still putting in hours, building boats and enjoying every minute," reads a release about the event, which will take place at the Loews Hotel in Annapolis, Md.

Hosted by Blue Water Sailing, Cruising World and Sail magazine, industry personalities past and present that have known and worked with Butler through the years will attend. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will begin at 7 p.m. and dinner will be served around 8 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the National Sailing Hall of Fame & Sailing Education Center.

More than half of the 300-seating capacity is already sold out and sponsorship packages are available.

Individual reservations are available at $75 per person. Items are being sought for a silent auction. Those interested in supporting or participating in this gala event and fundraiser can contact Ron Frisosky at (941) 914-3890;, or Tom Casey at (941) 921-7361;

Event contributions should be made payable to the National Sailing Hall of Fame and mailed to Frisosky, Catalina Yachts, 1648 S. Lakeshore Dr., Sarasota, Fla. 34231. Tickets will be numbered and sent after payment is received.