Hospice Cup XXXII sails into Annapolis on Saturday, September 20, 2014, and EYC is proud to be a part. Registration is open now on our regatta management page.
Now emulated across the country, Hospice Cup is the largest fundraising regatta in the United States and is the original hospice regatta. Hospice Cup raises funds for regional nonprofit hospices to aid them to continue providing end of life care to those in need regardless of ability to pay. For more information, visit the event website.
This unique charity regatta is a cooperative effort of Hospice Cup, Inc., Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis Yacht Club, and multiple hospices serving the Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virginia areas where most racers live and work. The participating hospices benefit from funds raised through sponsorships, sailing crews, Shore Party ticket sales, program ad sales, and the live and silent auctions.
The Race counts for High Point, attracting many of the best sailors on the Bay and requiring of racers only that they submit an entry and pay the fee. Even non-sailors and cruising sailors can enjoy a great day on the water, on spectator boats or in the special Hospice Class(a race designed for novice racers), and at the festive post-race party.
Racers can be Sponsors. Sponsorship is not required of racers, but by donating or raising money for participating hospices and hospice care, racers earn incentives including passes for the spectator boat for their non-racing friends and Shore Party tickets for crew or other guests. The Hank Lawton Trophy for fundraising is presented to the crew that raises the most money before race day, with prizes also for 2nd and 3rd place.
Hospice Class is a non-spinnaker class for sailboat owners who do not usually race but want to support participating hospices and hospice care. More experienced racers are encouraged to participate in other classes. Skippers who have previously won trophies in the Hospice Class are assigned additional handicaps of 6 sec/mile for each 1st place, 3 sec/mile for each 2nd place, and 1 sec/mile for each 3rd place. To orient Hospice Class skippers, there is a mandatory Hospice Class Skippers’ Meeting prior to race day.
Social events include the post-race Shore Party held at an elegant waterfront location with music, live and silent auctions, family-friendly activities, a catered dinner, and trophy presentations. Racers are honored guests at the party, and may purchase discounted tickets in advance, or qualify to win tickets by participating in the sailor fundraising program. See website listed below for more info. Commemorative items such as t-shirts and hats are available by advance order and at the Shore Party.
The Hospice Cup is the top honor awarded for best three-year performance, it qualifies the winner to compete in the annual Hospice Regattas National Championship against representatives of the many other hospice regattas sailed nationwide, each event patterned on this original hospice regatta.
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