Leukemia Cup Regatta registration due July 10
, 2015

Leukemia Cup Regatta
registration due July 10

The 16th annual Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta will be held July 11-13 in Deltaville. All onshore activities will be hosted by the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park.

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Making their Leukemia Cup debut this year is the J/70 One-Design Class. This spirited 22+ foot sportboat (above), taking the sailing world by storm, will be on the line for the regatta.

Already The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is being flooded with registrations from racers around the bay, reported publicity coordinator Jere Dennison.

Registrations will be accepted through July 10 at leukemiacup.org/va, said Dennison. Those who choose not to race the course can register for dinners by J&W Seafood and Gala festivities on Friday and Saturday nights, including entertainment.

It is highly recommended that reservations be made in advance online for dinners. Or purchase tickets and pick up a brochure at J&W Seafood, Deltaville Maritime Museum, or Norton’s Yacht Sales. Tickets at the door may be in short supply, he said.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is making an appeal for community volunteers to help organize and conduct activities at the museum. Contact volunteer organizer Emmett Toney at 350-9123, or etoney@va.metrocast.net.

All racing activities will be organized through the Fishing Bay Yacht Club. There will be PHRF spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions, One-Design divisions, a classic division and a cruising division.

A special opportunity is available for docking boats at the Deltaville Maritime Museum. Most motorized skiffs and launches will find the museum accessible by water; shallow-draft sailboats, such as the Typhoons, and other sailboats with centerboards or lifting keels should also have no problems with the entrance channel, said Dennison.

However, a little due diligence should be exercised before making plans to arrive by water. Upon entering Jackson Creek, at the entrance of the Piankatank River, follow the Mill Creek entrance to the right just after passing green day marker #5. Once past the serpentine entrance to Mill Creek, more generous depths prevail on the approach to the museum.

The Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta has raised almost $2 million for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since the regatta’s inception and is typically honored as one of the top Leukemia Cup fundraisers in the nation each year.

Leading up to the Regatta, sailors and their crews raise funds for the Society to compete for prizes and a “Fantasy Sail” with Gary Jobson. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is also grateful to the captain level sponsor, Bon Secours, and first mate level sponsor, Sun Trust Bank, as well as a host of other new and returning area sponsors for helping to make this event such a success, said Dennison.

Regatta co-chairmen Judy Buis and Carolyn Norton Schmalenberger, along with members of the regatta committee, are appreciative of the many contributions from the community to stage this important event, he said.

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