Lake Norman Hospice Regatta May 20-21, 2011

What a great weekend to be out on Lake Norman – if you were in a kayak, canoe, tube or motor boat – but unfortunately not a sailboat!  The 61 sailors and their crew that assembled for the 11th Lake Norman Hospice Regatta are used to the challenges of the weather – too much wind; too little wind.

Captain's meeting

But, having to spend the day on shore provided opportunity for the sailors to do what they do best (next to sailing ,of course) – socialize, tinker with their boats, make new friends and occasionally have a cold beverage.

Sailor auction

Lake Norman Yacht Club dining room

Staff and volunteers from Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region mingled with sailors and for many, this brought clarity and insight into the mission of Hospice and what they do in our community to provide palliative and end of life care.

Sunday proved to be a bit better on the water, with 1 race completed by the Thistle class and the Keelboat Spinnaker fleets.  The Juniors had 2 races.  All other fleets were shut out of a finish when their time limit expired.  The Adult fleets included Spinnaker Keelboats, Cruising boats, U20’s, Flying Scots, Thistles, Sunfish and a miscellaneous fleet.

The Juniors had Lasers, Optis and 420s out racing.  The 420’s were raced by a combined team of a Special Olympics sailor and their Unified Partner.

Congratulations to Treez Decker and her crew, John Park, Lynn Strange and Reid Spearin

Congratulations to Treez Decker and her crew, John Park, Lynn Strange and Reid Spearin racing her Tripp 26 for winning not only the Spinnaker division but also being selected to represent the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta at the National Alliance of Hospice Regattas to be held in St Petersburg FL in April, 2012.

Memorial moment


Hospice Cup XXX

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Celebrating 30 years of raising sails, funds and awareness

The ever-popular Hospice Cup Shore Party will be held this year on the shores of the Annapolis Sailing School.

This will be a great location to celebrate our 30 years of philanthropic activity. Annapolis Sailing School will provide easier boating access to the post-event party for sailors and spectators, great views and no worries for weather! Directions and maps for parking will be made available online soon.


Hospice Cup Partners with North Point Yacht Sales

Sailboat brokers to support fundraising efforts with sales promotion

May 6, 2011, Annapolis, MD — Hospice Cup, Inc. and North Point Yacht Sales of Annapolis have entered into a unique partnership to leverage support for Hospice Cup XXX, taking place on September 24, 2011.

For each boat sold from May until September 2011, North Point Yacht sales will automatically enter the new boat owners in the race by paying for the $45 entrance fee to Hospice Cup, Inc. North Point Yacht Sales will also promote the event in the showroom and on the website.

New boat owners have the choice of participating in two levels of racing: Novice sailors can race in the HOSPICE CLASS, a non-spinnaker class where participants are given additional instruction by Shearwater Sailing Club and compete against boats in a fun and easy way in a circular race course. The second option, CYBRA CLASS, is for more experienced sailors.

“This will be a great way for our boat owners to sail, socialize, and make a difference for an important cause in our community,” says Ken Comerford, owner of North Point Yacht Sales. “We look forward to working with Hospice Cup’s team to raise funds and contribute to a successful effort.”

To sponsor or volunteer for this event, please visit

Sailing to Support a Cause — Lake Norman Hospice Regatta & Party

May 21-22, 2011 Lake Norman, NC

The Lake Norman Hospice Regatta allows junior boats to compete

At this month’s Lake Norman Hospice Regatta, some entrants will be sailors participating just for fun. Others will be competitive. And some will be there in memory of a loved one who benefited from the namesake cause.

Among that last group is Alan Cleeland, whose mother, Anita Brewer, succumbed to lung cancer while in Hospice’s care. He’s been sailing in the annual regatta since 2006. “It’s almost always a great time on the water, assuming we have wind!” he says.

Cleeland started sailing on a small lake with his buddies when he was 13. After spending most summers of his youth on the water, he continued to sail throughout his life whenever time permitted. The addition of his four children slowed his nautical adventures, but soon he introduced them all to the sport. And now he and his three sons, Kell, Craig and Clay, enjoy sailing in Brewer’s honor each year.

“Hospice adds dignity to the passing of our loved ones in a wonderful, serene setting. It also helps loved ones surround the individual with love and attention, and provides an understanding of death,” he says.

Helping to raise awareness

The annual regattas to raise money for Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman have been held on the lake since 2001, when it was the first open regatta ever held on Lake Norman to benefit a non-racing, not-for-profit organization.

Hospice aims to improve the quality of life for those with life-limiting and terminal illnesses. The medical care provides treatment and support for people with a terminal illness and a prognosis of six months or less. It allows patients to live the remainder of their lives pain-free and at ease.

The Hospice Regatta and its accompanying Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party serve as fundraisers and ways to raise awareness. The money raised allows the organization to provide programs and services to anyone in need, regardless of their diagnosis or ability to pay. It also allows Hospice to provide grief support and community education free of charge.

The overall winner of the race will participate in the Hospice Regatta National Championship in 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The event, which is part of the National Hospice Regatta Alliance, is supported by all of the yacht clubs on the lake including the Lake Norman Yacht Club, The Outrigger Yacht Club and the Peninsula Yacht Club. The members of these clubs serve on the race committee, help run the regatta and host various events throughout the weekend.

So whether you are donating directly to the cause or supporting a sailor, there is no better way to assist the families and patients in need of hospice. For more information about hospice, visit –Charlotte Observer –by Jennifer Gilewski | Photography by Richard Rudisill

Lake Norman Hospice Regatta — What’s your hover strategy?

You may not realize it, but there’s a fun side to hospice too.  It comes out every once in a while, and when it does, look out!

Tomorrow night is one of those times.  Each year we have a party around the time of the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta.  It’s our one late-night event that puts us home pleasantly exhausted (feeling all young and crazy again), at a decidedly unearly hour.

It’s a night of entertainment, excellent food and libations, and conniving strategy.  Where does the conniving part come in?  Well, we’ve got both live and silent auctions and, once you get your heart set on one of the many awesome items up for grabs, you will do whatever it takes to make it yours.

You will keep tabs on your competition who will be bidding for your silent auction item (the one you saw when you walked in the door and simply knew that fate had left it there just for you).  You will go back and subsequently make more bids.  And when the warning comes that there are only minutes left to finalize bids, you will hover over your item like a mama bird protecting her nest.  It will get nutty and, man, you will have a good time!

So what will you be hovering over this year?  The real question is what will you not?  We have a fabulous vacation to Royal Palm Beach Resort in St. Maarten, and accommodations at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, the Harbourview Inn in Charleston, and the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta.  You can bid on a Bonefish Grill gift basket (which includes dinner for eight!), personal chef services, beautiful works of art, jewelry, and so much more.

So put on your fancy cocktail duds (no jeans allowed at this shindig!) and join us at The Peninsula Club on Lake Norman tomorrow night.  Sounds like a party you don’t want to miss, right?  Tickets for all of this fun are a bargain at $85 and include an expansive dinner and dessert buffet, music, entertainment, and, of course, the auctions.

By definition, we can’t feel young and crazy unless the party people show up.  That’s you.  Tomorrow night, it will be your turn to go home pleasantly exhausted.  Because you will.  And if you’re lucky, you’ll go home with a bunch of loot in tow!  Better start practicing your hovering.–Andrea Powell

Proceeds from the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party benefit Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman, a regional office of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.  The evening begins at 6:30 pm and lasts until 11pm.  For more information, or to purchase your tickets online, visit our website,

NHRA Championship 2011 Competitors

Winners from the regional regattas of 2010 will compete in the Hospice Regattas National Championship to be in Rochester, New York – June 2-5, 2011. Here are the competitors!

Canada - Quinte Bay — Andy Thomson

Canada - Toronto — Brian Rutter

Connecticut - Long Island Sound — Bill Mortensen

Florida - Ft. Lauderdale — Michael Peteler

Florida - Naples Marco Island – Jason Richards

Maryland - Annapolis — Cedric Lewis

Maryland - Havre de Grace — Gunti Weissenberger

Michigan - St. Joseph — Greg Weycamp

New York – Great Sacandaga Lake — Devin Van Zandt

New York – Jefferson County —Dan Machold

New York – Oswego —Kris Werner

New York – Niagara County — Gary Tisdale

New York – Rochester — Jack Evans

North Carolina – Lake Norman — Chip Richardson

South Carolina – Hartwell Lake — Michael Baldacchino

Dave Dunigan Photo

Hospice Regattas National Championship 2011

Skippers & their crews will represent the
hospice regattas of 2010. Sailing for national honors and
publicizing Hospice care

Hospice Regattas National Championship to be in
Rochester, New York
June 2-5, 2011

Be A Sponsor * Be A Spectator * Support Hospice Now!

Racing held on Lake Ontario at Rochester, NY

Save 10% on Hospice Regattas Championship apparel for your team!

HRNC Skippers and attendees–

You can place advance orders for Hospice Regattas Championship apparel for your team — and save 10% if you act promptly, thanks to a special offer from Coral Reef Sailing Apparel.

Pre-order online from CRSA’s wide selection of cotton and microfiber polos, hoodies, fleeces and jackets. All items can be embroidered with the 2011 Championship logo.

Advance-order customers can save 10% on all goods until May 23, 2011. Use coupon code: HOSPICE10

Here is the link to our pre-order page for embroidered goods.

The advance-order apparel will be delivered to you at Rochester Yacht Club on June 2, provided you place your order by next Monday.

We look forward to seeing you soon in Rochester.
Bill Northwood, National Hospice Regatta Alliance board member

Hospice by the Sea Regatta – May 14, 2011 – Fort Lauderdale

On Saturday, May 14th, sailors from throughout South Florida will compete in the 2011 Hospice by the Sea Regatta, which will take place off the shores of Fort Lauderdale Beach beginning at 11:00 a.m. Sailors in various racing classes will compete to help raise funds to support Hospice by the Sea, Inc., a not-for-profit provider of hospice services in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

This highly anticipated annual sailing event is now in its 15th year and is just one stop on the National Hospice Regatta Alliance’s racing circuit. The winner of this year’s Regatta will qualify as Hospice by the Sea’s representative at the 2012 National Hospice Regatta Championship, which will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida.

After a day of racing, sailors, families and supporters of Hospice by the Sea, Inc. are invited to gather for the Post-Race Awards Ceremony and Celebration at 6:30 p.m. in the historic Maxwell Room at the Downtowner in Fort Lauderdale.

For more information regarding the 2011 Hospice by the Sea Regatta, or to purchase tickets to the Post-Race Awards Ceremony and Celebration, please call Hospice by the Sea, Inc. at 561-922-7446, or visit

The 2011 Hospice by the Sea Regatta is proudly hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club, Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club and Gulfstream Sailing Club.