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Record-Setting Leukemia Cup

Jack Morkan & Clare Vanderbeek, Regatta Co-Chairs

[If you're looking for on-the-water race results, check the regatta page at eastportyc.org/leukemia-cup. If you want to know more about the other kind of results from this event, read on. -- Ed.]

Twenty-five years ago, local racing legend (and EYC Honorary Member) Gary Jobson and a handful of other sailors including Nancy Noyes started a little charity regatta to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ("LLS"). That little regatta subsequently spread to more than 45 venues throughout the country, raising more than $60 million for blood cancer research and patient care. In celebration of that accomplishment, EYC's Leukemia Cup Regatta Committee set its sights on making this year's regatta bigger and better than ever. And did we ever!

Things got off to a bang in March with a reception hosted by Governor Larry Hogan and organized by Bev and Past Commodore Scott Burge.

April featured a seminar put together by Race Committee Chair Keith Jacobs to explain how the "pursuit" format would work for cruisers who would be participating in the regatta.

We kicked off May with the new "Clink for a Cure" promotion devised by Sue and Founding Member Ivon Paulin, in which nearly 20 local restaurants offered specialty drinks and donated a portion of the sales to the LLS. And the first weekend in June brought the regatta itself, with spectacular racing conditions and great races overseen by PROs Rob Rowlands and Past Commodore Sharon Hadsell -- followed by the post-regatta Rock-the-Dock party.

No doubt that no one throws a party like EYC, and this was no exception. Kudos and thanks to the many EYC Members who volunteered at the party, not to mention the Committee Members who worked tirelessly for the better part of a year to make it all happen: Special Events Chair Carol Vilardo, Palma Wilson, Hunter and Bill Pieklik, Jenny and Mike Danick, Jack LeMay, Anne Bangert and John Anderson, Carly and Ken Piel, Rear Commodore Liz Filter, Kathy Downs, Virginia Tippie and Sharon Murray.

But what made this year particularly significant was EYC's leadership on the fund-raising front. Annapolis' Leukemia Cup was already in the top 5 nationally in funds raised, surpassing regattas in cities with much larger populations and approaching $250,000 annually. But our Committee set its sights higher for the event's 25th anniversary -- we wanted to set a record! And we did exactly that, with Team EYC leading the way as the First Place fund-raiser and the regatta (and associated events) raising an amount that exceeded $330,000 as of the week following the regatta, with monies still coming in!

 A significant portion of Team EYC's success was attributable to Clare's creation of "Team Pete", named after her older brother, who has been diagnosed with a leukemia-related blood disease. For us -- and for all of Pete's family -- this was personal. We have been humbled and are thankful for the outpouring of support (financial and otherwise) received from fellow EYC Members. Clare's nephew, Tommy, put it well:

"My dad did everything a man is 'supposed to do'; he worked hard to provide for his family, saved money for retirement, put his kids through school and meticulously took care of his health. He is diabetic and we always remember him coming home for an hour=long run after a long day at work and scrupulously following a diet which his doctors had advised. So, it seemed like a cruel joke when with leukemia just as it came time to enjoy his retirement. And for a man who had led a successful career in pharmaceutical management, the sting of irony was particularly profound in that his form of leukemia is one that little is known about. He is fortunate that a doctor at John Hopkins has been able to develop a course of treatment that allows him to live with the disease and enjoy the retirement that he has worked so hard for. But many who are diagnosed will not be so lucky. It is with so much gratitude that I write this in thanks for those who were touched by my family's story."

And Pete's wife, Sandi, nicely summarized the reaction to EYC Members' incredible generosity: "We cannot begin to express our gratitude to the many people who donated their time, energy and money in support of leukemia research."

EYC Members never cease to amaze. The "Little Club That Could," indeed!

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Welcome to EYC

Not your traditional blue blazer club, EYC is built on activity, on the water and ashore. Our members are involved in a diverse range of boating activities, supported by social events and strong camaraderie. Known for our million-dollar view of the Severn River and Annapolis, EYC also is recognized in the Chesapeake Bay region and beyond as a club capable of managing major championship regattas, Friday night Beer Can races, and everything in between, as well as providing great social networking for cruising, parties, and charity events. It’s all about life on the water, and all about fun.

Upcoming Events

Thu Oct 19 @12:00AM
J/80 North American Championship
Thu Oct 19 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Outfitters Open & Selling
Fri Oct 20 @12:00AM
J/70 Fall Brawl
Sat Oct 21 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Annual Goose and Soup Cruise Raft-Up
Tue Oct 24 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Outfitters Open & Selling
Wed Oct 25 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Lights Parade Decorating Seminar
Fri Oct 27 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Flotilla Friday Happy Hour
Sat Oct 28 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
St. Michaels OktoberFest Cruise & OysterFest: UPDATED
Sat Oct 28 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
A2B Seminar
Sat Oct 28 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Bourbon & Cigar Night
Sat Oct 28 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Outfitters Open & Selling
Sun Oct 29 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
Outfitters Open & Selling

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