The Leukemia Cup Regatta is a series of sailing events that combines the joy of boating with raising money to fight leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood cancers. The 2012 Connecticut Leukemia Cup Regatta on August 24 and 25 offered superb sailing off Westbrook and Old Saybrook in partnership with Duck Island Yacht Club, North Cove Yacht Club, and Brewer Pilots Point Marina.
More than 60 boats participated, their skippers and crews helping raise over $100,000 for the 2012 series, bringing the total raised in 12 years the Regatta has been held in Connecticut to $915,000. The regatta series includes One Design, PHRF, and CR-914 model boat races, and fun pre- and post-race parties and auctions. All proceeds from the Leukemia Cup Regatta go to research and patient services.
“The need for cures is critical,” said Jeannie Montano, Executive Director of the Connecticut Chapter. “One person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer approximately every four minutes, so fundraising events such as our Leukemia Cup Series are crucial in supporting research to find cures.”
The weekend’s success is a product of teamwork of the regatta committee and its co-chairs, Roger Bauman of Westbrook and Anne Troy of Old Saybrook, as well as the skill and seamanship of the on-water entries.
The Screwball’s skipper and crew raised over $11,000 with the help from the skipper and Clinton resident Kevin Carse’s 12-year-old daughter who raised over $3,200 selling homemade fudge. For raising over $8,500 a participant is eligible to go to “Fantasy Sail” with Gary Jobson, world-renowned sailor, ESPN commentator, and National Leukemia Cup Regatta Chairman in New Orleans December 7-9, 2012. Other participants are still fundraising to be eligible for Fantasy Sail if they raise enough to qualify by November 1.