St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the National Hospice Regatta Alliance announce that the dates for next year’s hospice championship will be April 11-13, 2014, with registrations and welcome party April 10.
Brent Benson watched through binoculars Saturday as a sail he made years ago puffed up and pulled a boat across part of Hartwell Lake at a charity regatta.
Benson was a sail maker in Pennsylvania before becoming a snowbird with his sailor wife, Barbara. The two now split their time between boat clubs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and the Western Carolina Sailing Club in Anderson.
He used to see more of his sails at the annual Hospice Regatta, but sails deteriorate. He spotted only one piece of his handiwork Saturday afternoon.
Two-day event exceeds last year’s figures in fundraising, attendance and boat participation
SAN DIEGO — Sharp HospiceCare, Coronado Yacht Club and Cortez Racing Association hosted the Tenth Annual Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Regatta on Aug. 24 and 25, 2012. The event netted over $241,000 for Sharp HospiceCare’s Homes for Hospice campaign, an initiative to build hospice homes in San Diego.
Friday evening’s sell-out crowd at Hotel Del Coronado included 460 dinner guests and featured remarks from Honorary Chairs Scott and Susan McMillin. Scott, who serves as chairman of the board of The Corky McMillin Companies, announced Sharp HospiceCare’s purchase of its first hospice home in the South Bay region – the third hospice home of its kind in San Diego County.
On Saturday, the largest fleet of vessels in the event’s history took to San Diego Bay for the all-day regatta. Nearly 40 sailboats competed to the delight of 360 attendees who viewed the race from aboard 25 hosted, luxury yachts. Overall regatta winner, Anarchy, skippered by Scot Tempesta, qualifies to compete in the 2013 Hospice Regattas National Championship in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Sharp HospiceCare is an organization that provides comprehensive care and compassionate support to patients and their families struggling with a life-limiting illness. Sharp’s hospice homes are unique living environments – custom-designed and built in established, residential neighborhoods. They are the only places of their kind in San Diego County which combine around-the-clock hospice care with an intimate, comfortable, home-like setting. Sharp currently operates two homes located in the neighborhoods of La Mesa and Del Cerro.
“We at Sharp HospiceCare are truly grateful for the support and generosity we’ve received from the San Diego community, and are thrilled with the success of this event,” said Suzi K. Johnson, vice president of Sharp HospiceCare. “It’s our goal to continue to build awareness about hospice care and help people understand that dying is a process and a natural progression of living.”
Community volunteers Luanne Brito of Vi at La Jolla Village and Bill Quealy of KPMG LLP served as the 2012 Regatta Event Co-Chairs.
For more information about Sharp HospiceCare, visit www.sharp.com/hospice. Watch a video about Sharp’s hospice homes and how it benefits patients here: http://www.sharp.com/video/transcripts/homes-for-hospice.cfm
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The Niantic Bay Yacht Club hosted their annual Cocktail Party and Silent Auction at the home of Walter and Julianne Sullivan overlooking the Niantic Bay. Guests were invited to wear something white in honor of those touched by Hospice Southeastern Connecticut. Over 140 people attended the party and many others supported the event with a donation to Hospice SE CT. Most have had a loved one or friend receive end of life care and bereavement support from this agency. It was a beautiful night and a wonderful event.
Over $10,000 was donated bringing the total raised from the entire 2012 Regatta Series to over $73,000! Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Mystic River Mudheads, Niantic Bay Yacht Club, Stonington Dinghy Club and Thames Yacht Club in conjunction with the generous support of our sponsors, donors and participants, the Hospice SE CT Regatta Series has had its best year in the event’s history.
MIRAGE Nips 105s, AUNT JEAN Dusts 35s
(Annapolis, MD)- This past weekend’s 31st Annual Hospice Cup in Annapolis – one of the country’s oldest and longest-running charity regattas- saw a lot of boats come out and play, especially seven brand new J/70s in their first Chesapeake Bay one-design regatta! While J/105s posted the biggest class, the J/70′s were turning lots of heads as they worked the waves downwind. Those that came out found great breeze with 12-15 kt southerlies, big waves and not a cloud in the sky.
The Hospice Cup, an annual tradition of mixing sailboat racing and charity, has not always brought good sailing weather to Annapolis. But anyone who participated in this year’s edition of the event on Saturday, September 22 has erased all bad weather from memory… What a day to be on the Bay! Great breeze, tight competition on the race course, fantastic food at the shoreside party, an auction, upbeat live music and all with the best views in Annapolis.
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LANCASTER VA, Oct. 9 -‐ Turkey Shoot Regatta 2012 is in the books.
William McClure sailed his San Juan Thistledowne to a berth at the Hospice Regattas National Championship at St Petersburg FL on April 13-‐14, 2013.
Bill is one of 84 racers who had a bucket of fun racing for two days while supporting local hospices.
The Turkey Shoot, at award-‐winning Yankee Point Marina, enjoyed a picture perfect day on Saturday. The racing on the Rappahannock River featured steady breezes in the low to mid-‐teens. Only at the end of the race that the building breezes was an indication of what was to come.
On Sunday rainy skies and dipping temperatures, but still great sailing wind, were the order of the day for the traditional staggered-‐start pursuit race. The hardy Turkey Shooters tore down the river toward the bridge and then up the river toward Urbanna, before heading back to the mouth of the Corrotoman and the finish line.
Both days, the tall ship Godspeed played among the fleet and sailed, yes, sailed, all day long with her “smaller friends.” It was quite a demonstration of seamanship, a fitting Columbus Day tribute.
After the racing, music was played, food and drink partaken, and plenty of sea stories exchanged under the regatta tent.
LIGHTNING DIVISION (5 boats)
William McClure (Troy VA)
FLYING CLOUD A DIVISION (42 boats)
C Fleet and Division: Peter Knight
(Lancaster VA) Salute.
D Fleet and Winner of the Wooden Boat competition: Ric and Sharon Bauer (Aylett VA) Desperado.
E Fleet: Joran Gendell (Williamsburg VA) Elixir.
F Fleet: Deidre McSweeney-‐Tyson (Irvington VA) Curlew III.
FLYING CLOUD B DIVISION (37 boats)
G Fleet and Division: Frank Murphy (Norfolk VA) Last Boat III.
H Fleet: Mike Conroy (Weems VA) Cahoots.
I Fleet and winner of the Most Beautiful Boat Trophy: Mark Powell (Richmond VA) Lodestone
J Fleet: Tom Watkins (Irvington VA)
Event Chair Karen Knull; Principal Race Officer John McCarthy; Signal Boat Mike Thompson; Mark Boats Tommy Ash, Ed McChain and Jim Young; Official Scorer Anna Mulvany.
Complete results at www.turkeyshootregatta.com
The 2012 Hospice Regatta is scheduled for October 12-14. Once again we have an outstanding event scheduled with the goal of raising money for the Hospice of the Upstate. Help us support this fantastic facility. There are lots of ways you can help us pull off this big event thru sailing, donations, sponsoring a skipper or just helping out.
If you have not registered, please sign up soon as the Regatta fees go up after October 5th. All information and registration web site links are available on our club website, including the NOR Hospice NOR, Sponsorship package 2012 Sponsorship document, who’s coming list, Hospice 2012 Registrant list, along with other information. Please take the time to register and donate early, Sailing for Others. It’s easy and all online. Save the trees.
This year we have a new event scheduled to get the sailing non racers involved. It’s called a poker run and will be held on Saturday. If you don’t want to race, but want to get out on the water and help support the event, sign up for the Poker run. You can win valuable prizes and recognition for the best hand at the Saturday night raffle.
We always have fantastic raffle items available and this year is no different. We have items such as Air fare tickets, week at the beach/mountains, good looking Zhik sailing gear along with many other cool items that will be available for the drawing or blind auction. Even if you don’t sail in the event you can buy meal tickets and join us for the Raffle.
We need Volunteers
We always have a need for volunteers to help in a number of areas (Race Committee, Registration, Food, Clean up, etc.) and if you would like to help please contact John Kreidler (email@example.com) or Ronnie Ashmore (firstname.lastname@example.org)
With your help, we look forward to putting on another great Regatta while reaching our goal of $50,000 for the Hospice. Let’s make it happen together. – Ronnie and John
Action from last weekend’s 31st Annual Hospice Cup in Annapolis – one of the country’s oldest and longest-running charity regattas. Those that came out found great breeze, big waves and not a cloud in the sky. While J/105s posted the biggest class, there were also seven new J/70′s out turning lots of heads as they worked the waves downwind. This shot of Scott and Carl Gitchell’s J/105 Tenacious gives you a taste of the challenges that shallow water and big air brings on the Chesapeake.
Nearly 300 more photos up from our friend Dan Phelps are up at www.SpinSheet.com.
Some 125 classic sailboats are expected to enter the 2012 Turkey Shoot Regatta October 5-7 at Yankee Point Marina at 1303 Oak Hill Road in Lancaster. The regatta benefits Riverside Hospice.
The regatta offers a two-day race and weekend of fun for the sailors. To be eligible, the boat design must be at least 25 years old. All wooden sailboats, of any vintage, are eligible to race.
“This regatta has, at time, been the largest Hospice Regatta in the country,” said Knull. “We hope to continue that trend this year with at least 125 boats participating in the regatta.”
Shore side activities will include a return visit by the Godspeed from the Jamestown Foundation. While the Godspeed is here, the sailing master and crew members will provide guided tours to all fourth-grade students in Lancaster County, said regatta chairman Karen Knull.
The replica tall ship, commissioned in 2006, will be open for tours to event visitors as well, noted Lin McCarthy.
Principal race officer John McCarthy joked when he said, “Godspeed won’t be racing this year and we’re a little bit relieved that we don’t have to come up with a [handicap racing] rating for her.” Regatta officials may not get off so easy next year— there is talk of inviting more than one tall ship to join Godspeed and adding a special race for them.
This year, there will be three major fleets. The more serious racers compete in the Lightning Division and the more casual racers in the Flying Cloud Divisions, said Lin McCarthy.
On Saturday, boats race on a standard drop mark race course in the Rappahannock River off the Corrotoman. On Sunday, there is a grand pursuit race, where the slower boats start first based on their racing handicap numbers.
This year, for the first time, the Flying Cloud Division will be divided in an effort to give boats, especially in the Sunday race, an opportunity to compete against like boats over a distance appropriate to their speed capability, she said.
The change is made in favor of better competition among the diverse Turkey Shoot Regatta boats. At the end of the regatta, each of the division winners of Lightning, Flying Cloud A, and Flying Cloud B will be named on the regatta trophy.