Hosted by Stingray Point Marina and sponsored by Stingray Harbour and Fishing Bay Yacht clubs, the regatta aims to raise $150,000 to commemorate its 15th year, according to organizers.
Skippers and crew raise money to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with those raising $10,000 or more qualifying to attend Fantasy Sail in Captiva, Fla., with Gary Jobson, world-renowned sailor and ESPN commentator.
The Leukemia Cup Regatta is a thrilling series of sailing events that combines the joy of boating with the important task of raising money to fight blood cancer. Participants will sail in honor of one of their own, Skipper Rob Whittet, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2010 just three weeks before The Leukemia Cup, which was to have been his 11th year of participation.
Recently celebrating his second year of remission, Whittet said, “I’m so fortunate to have received excellent medical care throughout my journey, and there’s no question in my mind that the drugs they pumped into my body saved my life. If you look at the list of cancer drugs discovered in the last few decades, you’ll discover that funding by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was a vital part of their creation. My bout with lymphoma has been a wake-up call. Any wonder why I’m passionate in my fundraising?”
The weekend events open July 12 with a community crab cake dinner prepared by J&W Seafood of Deltaville. A panel of local sailing experts will prepare first-time participants as well as offer advice to experienced sailors.
After a day of racing on the Chesapeake Bay July 13, skippers, crew and supporters will enjoy a barbecue dinner, auctions, awards and music by Sweet Justice.
“With more than one million people in North America diagnosed with a blood cancer, The Leukemia Cup is an important fundraising event that gives participants an opportunity to do something enjoyable while making a critical difference in the lives of patients and their families,” said Sheri Lambert, executive director for the Virginia Chapter.
While the regatta is CBYRA sanctioned, it is important to note that an official PHR rating is only required to race in the Offshore Divisions. The largest racing contingent is the Cruising Class, which offers other offshore sailboats the opportunity to participate in a format the whole family can enjoy. Registration for the event is $150; register at leukemiacup.org/va.