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Leukemia Cup exceeds expectations

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The 10th Annual Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta held in Deltaville July 11-13 was a huge success with more than 90 registered yachts and enthusiastic crowds at the auction and gala, helping to raise over an estimated $200,000 in cash and in-kind donations to support patients with blood cancers.

The total amount raised came not just from the sailors who competed on the race course, but also from area business sponsors led by co-presenting sponsors SunTrust Bank and Riverside Cancer Care Center, and many individual community supporters of all the Leukemia Cup events that began in the early spring and culminated with the regatta in Deltaville.

Carolyn Norton Schmalenberger, co-chair of the event, said, “History was made this weekend in Deltaville at Fishing Bay Yacht Club. I think this is our most successful Leukemia Regatta ever! Attendance, boat registration, auction items, fund-raising, music and enthusiasm was considerably up! We received a warm welcome from FBYC and could not have asked for a more perfect venue.”

The racing fleets were treated to sun and balmy breezes in a two-day format officiated by principal race officer Brooks Zerkel of Fishing Bay Yacht Club. Overall awards for the top three boats in each division were presented on Sunday afternoon by National Leukemia Cup Regatta Chairman, world-renowned sailor and cancer survivor Gary Jobson.

But the action at this year’s Leukemia Cup was not restricted solely to the race course. Augmented by spacious tents erected on the grounds of Fishing Bay Yacht Club, members of Stingray Harbour Yacht Club and other volunteers transformed a grassy plot into the site for the event’s popular fund-raising auction on Friday night and for the Leukemia Cup Gala with food, beverages, and entertainment on Saturday night.

Event officials said the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society once again was overwhelmed with the level of enthusiasm from the host yacht clubs and the Deltaville and Middlesex communities. Schmalenberger remarked that she “was awestruck by the will of the Leukemia Cup Regatta Committee and supporting yacht clubs. It is indeed an honor and privilege to work with such a talented, passionate, and focused group of people. We live in a unique area where there are people from all walks of life. There is so much talent and people are generous in giving of that talent. Seeing talented folks come together and work toward a common goal . . . to increase the quality of life for others . . . well, it is just short of miraculous!”

Regatta winners are listed below by class, place, boat name and skipper.

J105—1st, Inevitable, Karn; 2nd, Loose Cannon, Scott; 3rd, Blade Runner, Davis.
PHRF A—1st, Voodoo 2, Lissenden; 2nd, Midnight Rider, Haracivet; 3rd, Double Eagle, Mitchener.
PHRF B/C—1st, Boomerang, Latell; 2nd, La Maga, Heyward; 3rd, Shenanigan, Booth.
PHRF Non-Spin A—1st, Battlewagon, Cross; 2nd, Namesake, Olsen; 3rd, Temptress, DeJong.
PHRF Non-Spin B—1st, Last Boat III, Murphy; 2nd, Shockwave, Deese; 3rd, Cats Pajamas, Johnstone.
Classic—1st, Joie De Vie, Seltzer; 2nd, Desperado, Bauer; 3rd, Jade, Campbell.
Cruising—1st, Buckwheat, Waters; 2nd, Alerion Express, Terry; 3rd, Free Wind, Fisher.

posted 07.18.2008

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