by Susan Cornell
Sails Up 4 Cancer, a nonprofit organization which raises funds to support local cancer care programs, held its Third Annual Regatta in Fishers Island Sound on June 22. The Mystic River Yacht Club sponsors the race, with race committee duties performed by the Mystic River Mudheads.
“Under beautiful sunny skies, with a southwest breeze between seven and ten knots and a terrific course set by the committee, the first race of the summer season began,” said Bob Davis, CEO of Sails Up 4 Cancer. “With 11 boats in the Spinnaker Class, seven in cruising, and three in the Ensigns, sailors competed for the trophies and helped support Sails Up 4 Cancer in their battle against cancer.”
A high-energy party with more than 350 attendees under the tent at one of Sails Up’s principal sponsors, the Mystic Shipyard, followed the race. “Gosling’s Rum, another sponsor, had two Dark ‘N Stormy stations, thanks to Cask’n Keg and F&F Distributors for the beer and wine to help wash down the tasty barbeque,” said CEO Bob.
A display of silent auctions generated enthusiasm by the bidders and helped contribute to the fundraising.
“Mystic’s Rock ’n’ Soul Revue kept the dance floor packed and returned for two encores, in typical fashion never disappointing their fans,” he said.
Holmgren Subaru and the Holmgren Subaru family, who ran a campaign from their showroom in Franklin to match funds for every car sold for several months, presented a check for $5000. Director of Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Bill Stanley thanked Sails Up for their commitment to the state-of-the-art cancer center under construction in Waterford.
Davis said, “As of this writing, all of the donations have yet to be tallied, but Sails Up is excited that this has by far been its most successful year, thanks to all the contributors and volunteers.”
“On Regatta Day special guests and friends, the Sunshine Kids, arrived at Schooner Wharf, home to the famous Schooner Mystic, and prepared to sail away on the Schooner Argia to watch the start of the race and get some “Wind beneath their Wings.” Brooks Tomb, the regional director, enthusiastically welcomed them and set the course for the children and their families and caregivers,” explained SU4C’s Executive Vice President Jessica Morrissey.
The Sunshine Kids disembarked at Schooner Wharf and were met with great fanfare. Captain Kidd—Neal Kirk, founder of FMOS or Free Men Of the Sea—and his band entertained the Sunshine Kids. Editor of The Resident Alexis Ann, in posh pirate couture, joined in to make the fun.
Lunch was served with Mystic Pizza’s famous “Slice of Heaven”-donated pizza and salads and fruit provided by the MRYC Ladies. Bob Davis returned from the sea and gave his talk to the kids, who then walked over the Mystic Bridge to the Drawbridge Ice Cream Shop where they were treated to whatever they wanted.
“The tourists gave up their space in line to honor these kids wearing their SU4C t-shirts and witness their excitement over their special treat. “The kids and their families had a great, fun time thanks to SU4C and Mystic,” said Morrissey.
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