Saturday October 16, 2010 | 11:51 PM

Even though high winds forced the earlier cancellation of SailMaine's Leafer's Last Leg Regatta, more than 100 sailors showed up for the annual SailMaine Soiree at 7 p.m. this evening. The party raised funds for the nonprofit that connects young people and adults with the joys of sailing Casco Bay. With 100 boats, the program serves area high school sailing teams, USM's sailing team, Special Olympics teams and adults and kids who want to learn to sail.

The soiree took place inside the wonderfully weather beaten main function room at Portland Yacht Services (a.k.a. The Portland Company complex), which was bathed in blue and red light, filled with jazz music and accented with lots of tiny white bulbs.

Here Matt Lazcano, Morgan Poor, Graham Fitch, Kate Abbott and Derek Hall stand in front of a decorated pair of Cape Code Frosties, which SailMaine's 8 and 9 year olds use to learn to sail.

The festive event came together thanks to a great soiree committee. I snapped this picture as SailMaine program director Sarah Helming brought committee members Carlie McLean, Ilse Teeters-Trumpy, Leah Halsey and Kelly Franklin up to the stage, where they were greeted with applause. Jess Harris, Emily Kalkstein and Tara Studley served on the committee as well.

After the silent auction tables closed, the jazz band Swing Shift took the music up a notch and enticed folks onto the dance floor. It was a fun way to spend a Saturday night.

I'll have more details about who was there and what they had to say in the Oct. 24 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram. Don't forget to pick up a copy.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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