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Leukemia Cup focuses on July regatta activities

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The 2008 Leukemia Cup Regatta.  (Photo by Mike Kucera)

Fishing Bay Yacht Club and Stingray Harbour Yacht Club in Deltaville, co-hosts of the Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta, are preparing for the grand finale of the 2009 Leukemia Cup series of events that take place over the weekend of July 11-12.

The Leukemia Cup Auction is scheduled for Friday evening, July 10, at the Fishing Bay Yacht Club. Live music, crab cakes, liquid refreshments, and both a silent and live auction are on tap again for this marquee event, which the public is encouraged to attend. 

The auction will prelude the upcoming regatta activities to be based at Fishing Bay Yacht Club on Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12, and the gala on Saturday evening, July 11, also to be held at Fishing Bay Yacht Club.

The regatta on July 11-12 will mark the beginning of the event’s second decade and will again offer exciting races, fun, good food, and entertainment. Leading up to the regatta, sailors and their crews raise funds for the Leukemia Society, which gives them a chance to compete for prizes and a “fantasy sail” with Gary Jobson, world class sailor, television commentator and author.

Registration for the regatta is now available online at http://www.fbyc.net. Register by June 30 and receive the early-bird rate. There will be PHRF Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker Divisions, a J105 Division, a Classic Division for boats designed prior to 1975, and a Cruising Division for a more casual racing format.

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The 2008 Leukemia Cup Regatta.  (Photo by Mike Kucera)

Skippers don’t even need an official PHRF rating to participate in the Classic and Cruising Divisions. Just supply the boat’s specifications, and a temporary rating will be assigned for the series.  It’s easy to do, and it’s all online at http://www.fbyc.net.

The Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta has raised over $1,500,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since its inception and was honored as the sixth top fundraiser out of 38 Leukemia Cup Regattas nationwide in 2008. The society is appreciative for the regatta participants, contributors, volunteers, and especially the many sponsors who have made this event so successful in the past. 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is grateful for the support of SunTrust Bank, which repeats as a presenting sponsor for the 2009 Regatta. All proceeds from the regatta and related events assist the society in its mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

For more information on Leukemia Cup Regatta activities, contact Laura Boone, campaign coordinator, at 804-627-0400, ext. 24, or email , or visit http://www.leukemiacup.org/va or http://www.fbyc.net.

posted 06.20.2009

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