Champions for Hospice in Florida

Fri, May 4th 2012 04:15 pm

The Jack Beatty Memorial Hospice Regatta, which takes place each summer at the Youngstown Yacht Club, sent the 2011 winning skipper and his crew to represent Niagara Hospice in the National Hospice Regatta Alliance Championship held in St. Petersburg, Fla., in April. Gary Tisdale, Adam Burns, Jimmy Carminati Jr. and Justin Hays (pictured above) proudly brought home the national championship. “It feels great to bring home the honor of this championship, and at the same time raise awareness and funds for hospice care here in Niagara County as well as around the country,” says championship crewmember Adam Burns.

The 2012 Jack Beatty Memorial Hospice Regatta takes place at the Youngstown Yacht Club on Saturday, June 30, and is a qualifier for the 2013 National Hospice Regatta Alliance Championship. The Youngstown Yacht Club also hosts the community event celebrating the regatta, the Niagara River Cruise and Clambake that takes place on Friday, July 13, and is open to the public. Participants will enjoy a cruise down the beautiful Niagara River, followed by a delicious clambake with all the fixings, a silent auction and basket raffle and more with proceeds to benefit Niagara Hospice.

To register online or for more information about this year’s regatta or river cruise, visit  by jmaloni

Competitors Laud Championship Hosts

Once Gary Tisdale and Team Niagara (NY) had received the Hospice Regattas National Championship trophy April 22, St. Petersburg Yacht Club PRO Patricia Seidenspinner (above) could relax.

But it wasn’t long before Pat was getting pats on the back for chairing a Race Committee that delivered what one competitor called “an amazing weekend of sailing!”

“The competition was skilled, the Race Committee first-class, the facilities amazing, and the on- and off-the-water support of the SPYC Staff was especially dedicated,” said  Jon Ledsworth of Team Muskegon (MI) in an enthusiastic e-mail. “Thank you again, Patricia. It is a pleasure to say that I have raced in a regatta in which you were the PRO,” he added.

Ledsworth explained that participating in the Championship meant a lot to him because his mother is receiving hospice care. “What an amazing organization and people! Under the circumstances, it has been a wonderful experience to see just how incredible Hospice truly is,” he added.

Seidenspinner herself applauded SPYC committee volunteers. “Thank you, everyone on the race committee team,” she said during the final race. “On Thursday, I wouldn’t have given a plug nickel that we would have been able to pull 13 races off!”

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2012 Hospice Regattas National Championship

Congratulations to All Participating Skippers & Teams for a GREAT event!

A special congratulations to:
Champions  Gary Tisdale and Team Niagara - Jim Carminati, Justin Hays  and Adam Burns

2nd place: Brett Moss and Team Ft. Lauderdale - Dalton Tebo, Karl Langefeld
and Jason D’Agostino

3rd place: Steve Olinger and Team Treasure Island - Ralfie Steitz, Rod Jekowitz, and Bill Chamberlin on Sunday (not pictured )

A big thanks also to Carole Bardes, event chair (L); and Pat Seidenspinner, PRO (R) for a great job in making the race possible.

Complete results posted at SPYC

Local Sailor Representing Hospice by the Sea, Inc. in 2012 Hospice Regattas National Championship

The winners of 25 hospice regattas held throughout the nation last year traveled to St. Petersburg, Florida the weekend of April 20-22 to compete in the 2012 Hospice Regattas National Championship, hosted by the National Hospice Regatta Alliance. Among the skilled competitors is South Florida’s Bret Moss, skipper of Magic Marine, the overall winner of the 2011 Hospice by the Sea Regatta.  In addition to competing for national honors as Hospice by the Sea’s representative, Moss and his crew will sail with the heartfelt purpose of raising awareness of the importance of hospice care.

“My grandfather taught me how to sail when I was 13 years old.  During his final days, he was cared for by hospice. He received excellent care and was treated with compassion and kindness. My family received so much support from the nurses and doctors. Sailing in these hospice regattas is my way of giving back,” says Moss, a well-known sailor and highly respected competitor.

In preparation for the Championship, Moss recently participated in and won both the 57th Annual Miami to Key Largo Race and the 110-mile Key Largo Steeplechase. Though the upcoming Hospice Regattas National Championship is a shorter race, sailors will encounter a variety of challenges, such as being required to sail a different vessel each day and ongoing tactical analyses on the crew’s performance. Moss and his team members, Dalton Tebo, Karl Langfeld and Jason Dagastino, are aware of the hard work required to win any sailing competition and are committed to winning the Championship in honor of Hospice by the Sea.

According to Moss, “Sailing is like life. You have to adjust your sails because you can’t always change the conditions.”

For more than three decades, Hospice by the Sea, Inc. has provided hospice care to patients and families in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Additional services offered are home health care, palliative care, bereavement counseling, complementary therapies and caregiver support.  For more information about Hospice by the Sea’s programs and services, please call (561) 395-5031, or visit

The National Hospice Regatta Alliance is a national not-for-profit organization whose members collectively raised over $1.2 million for hospices in their respective communities last year, netting more than $16 million since 1982. The Alliance’s work is supported by their all-volunteer Board of Directors and committees, as well as sponsorships. Willing hands, money and in-kind contributions all help the organization fulfill its mission to raise awareness of hospice care through charity sailboat regattas. For more information, please contact the Alliance at