McLean, VA – Rochester Yacht Club has won the coveted St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy for its outstanding organization and management of the 2010 Hospice Regattas National Championship.
Awarded by US Sailing, the national sailing association, the honor is based on ballots by event competitors as well as reports from the protest committee and the Principal Race Officer (PRO), who is in charge of running the races. Criteria include preparedness, conduct, decision-making and execution by the race committee and the many others whose volunteer efforts made the difference.
“This turned out so well because of the club board’s support and the hard work of the planning committee, onshore volunteers and club staff, the National Hospice Regatta Alliance and, of course, the excellent race committee team members” said PRO Wayne Bretsch.
2010 was the 2nd year of Rochester YC’s 3-year commitment to host the annual Hospice Regattas championship, to which representatives from 26 hospice regattas nationwide are invited. The hospice championship is the only national sailing event celebrating charity regattas. “It is unique,” notes Bretsch, “because competitors not only are winners from their local regattas, they are there in support of the Hospice concept.”
Local hospice regattas raise awareness and funds for hospices in their communities. Since the first hospice regatta in 1982, over $14 million has reached those local hospices. The money is used to provide expert medical care and assistance to patients at the end of life — and help to their families — regardless of insurance coverage or other ability to pay.
For more information about hospice regattas and the national championship, visit www.HospiceRegattas.org.
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About…National Hospice Regatta Alliance – NHRA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) association of hospice regattas that independently raise money and awareness for hospices in their communities.
The all-volunteer NHRA board helps hospice regattas grow and learn from each other, and it promotes Hospice care nationally. Alliance members form a nationwide network of 26 hospice regattas, from the East Coast to the West Coast, from the Great Lakes to Florida.
Local hospice regattas – Each hospice regatta is independently developed and managed by volunteers, hospice staff and sailors, in ways that suit their areas and benefit one or more hospices in their community.
Learn more about each hospice regatta on the Alliance website http://www.hospiceregattas.org/year_10.shtml and follow links from there for conteacts or more detail.
The Hospice Regattas National Championship – The championship promotes and recognizes the achievements of hospice regattas nationwide. It was and remains the first and only national sailing competition for charity.
The championship offers 3 days of competitive sailing for teams invited from local hospice regattas. Onshore are many opportunities to socialize, comparing notes about the sailing and the hospice regatta network.
After the June 2011 championship at Rochester YC, the event will move to St. Petersburg Yacht Club, another highly-respected club. The purpose of moving the championship around the country is to build national awareness of both hospice care and the network of local regattas.
Rochester Yacht Club – Incorporated in 1877, RYC is renowned for its race management. RYC’s first regatta was held in 1877 with eight sailboats. More typically now, RYC hosts many times that, such as 104 boats at the 2008 J/22 World Championship.
Located on the south shore of Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Genesee River, the club also hosts a highly successful local hospice regatta in odd-number years. In even-number years the local hospice regatta is hosted by neighboring Genesee Yacht Club