The 3rd annual Toronto Area Hospice Regatta raised more than $20,000 for Perram House

The 3rd annual Toronto Area Hospice Regatta, presented by Procom and ING Direct, has raised more than $20,000 for Perram House, a residential hospice in downtown Toronto.

The two-day event, which wrapped up under sunny and breezy conditions Sunday June 20th, attracted 45 boats from seven One Design Classes.

The Race Committees were able to complete the maximum number of races proposed under ideal conditions and the results were announced during a ceremony at the National Yacht Club on Sunday.

The Overall Regatta Winner was Neptune’s Car a Beneteau 36.7 skippered by Brian Rutter.
The crew of Neptune’s Car will represent Toronto at the National Hospice Regatta Alliance Regatta of Champions to be held in Rochester, N.Y. in June of 2011.

Overall Winners in each One Design division are as follows:
Beneteau 36.7 – Neptune’s Car, skippered by Brian Rutter
C & C 115 – RAGS, skippered by Judy Button
8-Metre – Sarrisa, skippered by Ralph Reimann
Melges 20 – Bohica, skippered by Erwyn Naidoo
Melges 24 – Presto, skippered by Adam Burns
Int’l Soling – Gull, skippered by Hans Fogh
Star Class – Grasshopper, skippered by Brian McKay

Northern Harbour, the widely acclaimed Jimmy Buffet tribute band rocked the Club Saturday night with several Buffet anthems, while guests enjoyed margaritas and pulled pork sandwiches.
Next year’s Toronto Area Hospice Regatta (TAHR) will be held June 18-19 at the National Yacht Club,
Mark your calendar.
Richard Reid, Chair
TAHR Organizing Committee

Hospice Cup XXIX raises over $250,000

Hospice Cup XXIX took place on Saturday, September 25th, 2010. Sixty eight boats vied for sponsored trophies and class awards. (See the race results under “race results”)

Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors and sailors for helping Hospice Cup raise over $250,000 for our participating hospices.

Hospice Cup is a charity sailing regatta, raising funds for hospice programs throughout Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia. Participating hospices use funds raised through Hospice Cup to continue to offer quality, end-of-life care to patients, their families and friends.

The focus of hospice relies on the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our loved ones will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.

Benefitting hospices:
Capital Hospice
Chester River Home Care & Hospice
Hospice of the Chesapeake Montgomery Hospice
Talbot Hospice
Hospice of Washington County

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Hartwell Lake, SC: WCSC Hospice Regatta raises $36,000

This year’s Hospice Regatta has come and gone, but what was accomplished will be around a while. Thanks to all competitors, donors, supporters and volunteers, we raised over $36k. That’s an impressive figure.

We had 64 boats compete in 8 classes in this years events. Winners Rick Scarborough (Bucc 18), John Kreidler (Flying Scot), Michael Baldachinno (MC Scow), David Parshall (Y-Flyer), Marc Bailey (PHRF A), Mike Harrison (PHRF B), Rick Harper (PHRF C) and Dick Harder (PHRF D).

Overall Winner was Michael Baldacchino who will represent WCSC at the National Hospice Alliance Regatta at Rochester New York in June 2011.

Complete results are available online.


When the numbers were in, the Sharp HospiceCare Regatta in August netted $214,621!

“This regatta was a HUGE success,” declared Sharp’s Bill Navrides. The event brings together sailboat racers, the community, and families that have benefited from hospice care, for a weekend of unique activities, including a pre-race dinner, auctions, sailboat racing, spectator boats for viewing the races, and a post-race dinner party.

The regatta raises awareness as well as money for hospice care. Sharp HospiceCare provides their full range of services to patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay.

Some highlights of the weekend were:
400 guests at the Friday night dinner, up from 360 last year.
25 spectator boats carrying 325 guests to watch the racing, versus 19 boats for 265 guests last year. Many other boats have already volunteered for 2011.
400 Subway lunches served on spectator boats.
59 racers up from 48 last year.
600 meals served at the post-race party, up from 450 last year.
Racers compete for trophies, and to earn a spot in the Hospice Regattas National Championship. Drew Niedringhaus, the overall winner, will represent San Diego at the national championship next June in Rochester NY. Drew represented San Diego in the 2005 national championship, as well.

With growing numbers, and the able help of the Coronado Yacht Club and Cortez Racing Association, everyone is already looking forward to the 2011 Sharp HospiceCare Regatta.

Lady Skipper Regatta Earns Over $100,000 For Lory’s Place

St. Joseph, MI (August 30, 2010) – The seventh annual Dr. Lory Schults Memorial Lady Skipper Regatta on August 21, raised over $100,000 for Lory’s Place, the area’s only grief healing and bereavement resource center for children and their families.

The annual event consisted of a sailing regatta, raffle, and dinner auction held in memory of local physician, Dr. Lory Schults, who tragically died in an automobile accident in 2004. “We had eight boats, 55 lady sailors, and over 300 people involved in the event,” states Lisa Bartoszek, Director of Lory’s Place. This year the event raised over $100,000 to help cover the costs of serving hundreds of children and their families from Allegan, Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties in Michigan, as well as from Elkhart and South Bend in Indiana. In 2009, 658 grieving children and adults participated in peer support groups at Lory’s Place, 530 children were supported through school outreach groups, and 957 people were served through walk-in visits, phone, email, outreach education, and crisis response.

Over 100 people participated in the sailing event with over 300 involved overall. Moody Blue, skippered by Darcy Miller, won the Spinnaker division. Rush, skippered by Josephine Woodruff, won the Jib & Main division. Panera Bread provided a wonderful lunch at West Basin Marina. Celebrations continued intothe evening at the Vineland Center with an elegant dinner and spirited auction attended by nearly 300 dedicated supporters.

Lory’s Place is a bereavement service of Hospice at Home and was created to help children and their families work through their grief so they can become capable, healthy, and optimistic about the future. The services are free to all who need them. Lory’s Place is fully funded by the generous donations and gifts of our community through events such as the Lady Skipper Regatta.

2010 Regatta Photos

For more information about Lory’s Place, go to or call Lory’s Place at (269) 983-2707.

Area Turkeys Flee Regatta –Turkey Shoot Hospice Regatta

Apparently afraid of being shot, hundreds of turkeys along the Rappahannock River flew inland as 140 skippers and crews competed in the 14th Annual Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta. According to gobbler spokesperson Gladys Feathers, reached at her roost in a small wooded area adjacent to the Yankee Point Marina in Lancaster, the birds’ unprecedented action was a direct result of stress. “We’re tired of living in fear” Ms. Feathers is said to have clucked. “And we don’t enjoy having our intelligence questioned.”

Regatta officials, surprised by the vehemence of the bird’s reaction, were at a loss to explain it. “We’re an avian-friendly group” they advised. “And the regatta has always been open to turkeys.” They noted that most participants admired turkeys, did not carry rifles onboard and, in fact, felt a special kinship toward the birds. “We think of turkeys as our friends,” one official noted. “Many of our captains party with them.”

As the controversy raged, regatta officials noted that participation – and fun levels – in this year’s Turkey Shoot had reached an all time high. Bob Fleck in Horizon and Frank Murphy in Last Boat III took the top spots and will have their names added to the prestigious Virginia Spirit Hospice Cup. As winner of the Lightning Division, skipper Fleck from Hardyville, VA, won the right to represent the Turkey Shoot next year at the National Hospice Regatta in Rochester, NY.

School children on Godspeed.

Initially, wind conditions trumped sailing skill and rigging, and more than one skipper had to withdraw from the race and limp back to shore on the first day. Successful captains, happily exhausted but eager to celebrate their survival, reported winds that were “crazy, intense, desperate, unpredictable, even scary – but oh so beautiful.” Officially, wind speed on the first race day ranged from 13 to 20 knots, with higher gusts.

The opening race also tested rescue skills of Yankee Point Marina’s Molly B and her gallant skipper Ken Knull who retrieved Dr. Lee Williams from the water. Dr. Williams tumbled in after successfully dodging the boom onboard his 24 foot Raven sloop Poe Bird. The 84 year-old doctor declined Knull’s offer of a blanket and proceeded to get back onboard Poe Bird and finish the race. (The next day when asked how he was, the now dry doctor quipped that he had put his swimsuit on.) Dr. Williams and his crew went on to prove that perseverance does pay by finishing second in Fleet F.

Vistors on Godspeed

The first-time sailing crew of Frenzy, an all-woman nursing team from Riverside Hospices under skipper Julie Austin of Merrypoint, also proved their mettle by returning to sail on day two after a crew member had succumbed to seasickness on day one. (Medical assistance on this boat was never an issue.) The Frenzy’s crew, Christel Earles, Ann Rubio and Anita White, did a fabulous job of fund raising and added over $3,000 to the regatta’s efforts, making them the top fund raising boat, followed by Jim Charbeneau in Mrs. C, and Charlie Costello in On Eagle’s Wings.

On day two of the race an early brisk wind died suddenly, stranding slower boats far enough away from the finish line to ensure that they couldn’t make it back across in the official time allotted. Emphasizing its power over man and canvas, Madame Wind then winked, smiled and blew harder so that ten boats did manage to finish.

Among these, skipper John Haracivet in Midnight Rider beat out David Alexander in Don’t Be Blue for a very close second place. It’s not known if skipper Alexander was indeed blue, but he shouldn’t have been. Also, it appeared as if Haracivet had the whole city of Gloucester onboard, and at least one Midnight Rider crew member had traded in his baseball cap for a lucky red and white afro wig. Another, possibly the captain himself, clad in bikini-imprinted tee shirt, did a crowd pleasing, half shimmy at the helm while circling the paddle wheeler Vivian Hannah.

Resplendently decked out in red, white and blue, the elegant Ms. Hannah steamed in from her home port of Dahlgren, VA, with owner and captain Stan Palivoda at the wheel. Inside, 26 imported Swarvoski crystal chandeliers sparkled in celebration as the split paddle wheeler transported regatta watchers back in time to the grand old days of steamship travel on the Mississippi. The Vivian Hannah was a joint gift to the spectator community from Captain Palivoda and Karen and Ken Knull, owners of the Yankee Point Marina.

Desparado, a 1953 Hinckley in mint condition, won the Most Beautiful Boat Trophy for skipper Ric Bauer of Fishing Bay Yacht Club. Unfortunately, the Wobbly Compass Trophy, sponsored by the Riverside Health System, could not be awarded because its contenders were among the boats unable to complete the pursuit race in time. (Some had to wobble in via motor.)

The Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta is for classic, monohull sailboats whose design is at least 25 years old. The race is held on the Rappahannock each year in October. It is the major fund raising event for Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck, Inc., and the Riverside Hospice Agencies of Tappahannock and Gloucester. To register for next year’s Turkey Shoot or to see more race details, go to–Ellen Dugan, Publicity Chair, Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta

Cupid Bags Two at Turkey Shoot Hospice Regatta

Never a ship sails out of bay but carries my heart as a stowaway.
Georgia Poet Roselle Mercier Montgomery 

      As the warm, gentle breeze of romance replaced racing wind in this year’s pursuit race of the Hospice Turkey Shoot, Cupid took aim and fired at least two well-placed arrows.  One of them hit Linda Meneghini, a former crew member of Helen Quinby’s Avalon II.  The other lodged firmly in the heart of Captain Joe Waters, skipper of Birthday Party. 

      “It was his blue eyes that did it,” said Linda.  As she spoke she threw up her hands in a mock display of surrender to the inevitability and unpredictableness of love, as if to protest that there was truly nothing else a girl could do under the circumstances.

      The circumstances, like race results generally, are somewhat murky.  But apparently the romance was originally kindled by an unfavorable, or at least unprintable, story concerning Joe’s behavior during a previous Turkey Shoot. 

      It’s not known if the Avalon II was actively involved, but since the story’s narrator was Linda’s long time friend and sailing mate, Captain Quinby, one suspects that it was.  In any event it should be noted here that Turkey Shooters, no matter how high or low their PHRF rating, have been known to become seriously aggressive while racing, and occasionally even boisterous.  “It has something to do with their hair color and muscle tone as well as the size of their sails,” according to psychiatrists who study these things.

      Usually the aggression is not serious enough to warrant medical attention according to these experts, and it dissipates completely with a cold beer when the race is over.

      But to get back to Cupid’s mission.  Following the presumably unfavorable story, Linda contacted Joe, perhaps out of curiosity or maybe because she had seen his blue eyes?  We’re not sure of Linda’s motivation, but in this area we must respect her privacy.  Once contact was made, well, what is there left to say?  Like a jib and a mainsail, the couple clicked.  First on the Internet and then in real life. 

      Now the two will be sailing through life together as man and wife, captain and first mate onboard the Birthday Party.  According to Joe, Linda “controls the water.”  And according to Linda, Joe “controls the boat.”  So between them, everything will be under control on their way to Lexington, SC, Joe’s homeport.

      Linda and Joe were married following the conclusion of this year’s Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta at the Yankee Point Sailboat Marina in Lancaster.  Among the guests were friends from South Carolina and Virginia including long time race participant and a previous Turkey Shoot winner, Lee Williams.  Lee, you might remember, is the captain of Poe Bird who fell overboard in last year’s race.  “They duck taped me into the boat this year,” he said.

   While Linda and Joe were busy getting married, race officials under committee chair John McConnico, were even busier.  They worked steadily throughout the afternoon and well into the evening, tabulating, double-checking and then re-tabulating race results.  With eyelids held open with toothpicks, they continued working late into the night and well into the next day.  According to one bleary-eyed volunteer, no one had told him that shift work would be involved. 

      But when all was said and done, the results showed that Joe had won this year’s Lightening Division.  He will represent the Turkey Shoot in the National Hospice Regatta.  Skipper Bob Fleck in Horizon placed second, and Aerwana, skippered by Billy McCarty, was third.

      In the Flying Cloud Division Scuba Kat, skippered by Michael Chesser, placed first; Ladybug with Skipper Ned Crocket, second; and Skipper Peter Knight in Salute, third.

      Among long-term rivals, Skipper Wayland Rennie in Trilogy placed first in the Green Fleet less J-24s; and Poe Bird under Skipper Lee Williams won in the Blue Fleet.

      The Hospice TSR is held each year to benefit Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck, Riverside Hospice Agencies, Inc. of Tappahannock and Walter Reed.  According to TSR committee member Karen Knull all monies raised in the Turkey Shoot go to support services for local hospice clients.  “Funds are raised locally and used locally,” she said.

      For a complete listing of race results, go to  For a report on how Linda and Joe are doing, wait until next year’s regatta.  “We have to come back for our anniversary,” they said. 

17th Annual HOSPICE CHARITY CUP – Chaumont & Sackets Harbor, NY

August 6 & 7, 2010

The 17th Annual Hospice Charity Cup, resulted in a net profit of over $36,000, announced Linda Sharlow, Executive Director of the Hospice Foundation of Jefferson County. 100% of the proceeds from the fundraiser go toward the Foundation’s mission of providing financial assistance for Hospice of Jefferson County and their mission of providing care for individuals and their families, experiencing a life limiting illness.
The weekend began on Friday August 6th with an extremely spirited junior race competition between Crescent and Henderson Harbor Yacht Clubs followed by a cocktail reception and dinner with live entertainment at the Crescent Yacht Club in Chaumont. Saturday’s events held in Sackets Harbor included: Sailor registration, Charity Cup Races, Shore party, live entertainment, and awards presentations.
We were extremely fortunate this year to have a brand new hand crafted 12’ sailing and rowing dinghy and trailer valued at over $8,500 donated to us to use as a fundraiser. Raffle tickets selling for $10 each were sold at various venues throughout the County from April – August 7th with sales exceeding $9,000. The donors Granddaughter drew the winning ticket and, how fortunate for us, the recipient donated the boat back for another fundraising opportunity.
20 boats sailed in this year’s Regatta, with the overall Championship going to Tom Doran, sailing Oz and second place to Jack Jones, sailing Bonhomme Richard.  Tom and his crew will represent Hospice of Jefferson County and the Henderson Harbor Yacht Club in the National Hospice Regatta Championships in Rochester, NY next June.

The Sailors did a very nice job of fundraising this year; Pete Hrabchak raised over $2,600 in pledges alone!
The 18th Annual Charity Cup Regatta will be held on August 5 & 6, 2011.
Direct community contact and education about Hospice and its mission remain the primary objective of this annual event.

Harbor Hospice Chronicle Cup Regatta Muskegon MI

On a beautiful and breezy day on Muskegon Lake, dozens of sponsors, donors and volunteers raised more than $20,000 for hospice care in our community.  We give our sincere thanks to the following businesses and individuals. Partners:  The Muskegon Chronicle  - Muskegon Yacht Club
Committee Members:  Laurie Poppen, Chair, Nancy Crandall, J.D. Wallace, Gary and Cassie Marchido, Patric Andress, Mary Anne Gorman, Susan McGarry

This was a perfect day for Brian Torresen, Skipper of Peerless, and the members of his crew.  As the Overall Winner, they are eligible to compete at the national Hospice Regatta Championship in Rochester, NY in June of 2011.

The Judy Miller Memorial Challenge was instituted in 2010 to honor a founding member of the Harbor Hospice Chron img icle Cup Regatta Committee.  The boat with the most pledges is the first name on the trophy:  ”Wooly Bully” Crew, Skippers Gary and Cassy Marchido – 2010.

Wooly Bully, 1st Winner of the Judy Miller Memorial Challenge

NHRA congratulates PETE WALLIO winning skipper Albemarle Hospice Regatta

Pete Wallio’s PHRF A-Spinnaker class boat (left) was the overall winner in the Albemarle Hospice Regatta, Saturday.

When southern Chesapeake Bay racer Pete Wallio (HYC, Hampton 
VA) accepted the “invite” from Albemarle Hospice organizers to 
all comers, he didn’t know the result would be another “invite” to the HOSPICE REGATTAS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in Spring 2011. Pete took his J22 to North Carolina to 
race and to support a worthy cause. –Southern Bay Racing News You Can Use, posted weekly at