Hospice Cup, a 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, 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. 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.
Whether or not you plan to compete on the water, if you want to join the "off the water race" to raise funds for Hospice Cup, click here.
Social events include the post-race Shore Party held at a waterfront location with music, live and silent auctions, family-friendly activities, a catered dinner, and trophy presentations. Racers may purchase discounted tickets in advance, or qualify to win tickets by participating in the sailor fundraising program. See the Hospice Cup website for more info. Commemorative items such as t-shirts and hats are available by advance order and at the Shore Party.
As the EYC Race Committee Chair, I would like to take a moment to express my most sincere and deepest appreciation for the support received from the EYC membership over the past month. What we have seen and done in the month of September is nothing short of spectacular.
Race Committee hosted the 4th Annapolis Labor Day Regatta (along with AYC), ran the J/22 East Coast Championship, and partnered with SSA for the I-5O5 World Championship. And the club membership welcomed and supported all of it. Members worked through downpours during ALDR, helped tend bar, worked the grill, temporarily moved their boats from the dry storage area, ran dollies to–from the SSA launching ramps, and so much more – and then welcomed everyone to our little piece of the world.
I realize these events brought some inconveniences. The tents obscured the view from the deck. Parking was influenced. The office and serving staffs were stretched. But – the compliments I have heard have been numerous and unanimous. It has been my unique pleasure to receive myriad unsolicited comments from competitors and visitors about EYC.
I had a wonderful conversation with an elderly British couple the other night, and they were in complete awe over all that EYC offered during the 5O5 event. They were welcomed into the Club, and they were taken out to watch their son compete. They were most grateful for all that our membership did to enhance their first-ever trip to the United States. This is similar to the feedback I heard from the sponsors and the competitors. The term “EYC hospitality” is not just a phrase, it is something very, very real.
I am reminded of when I was first invited to participate in EYC’s race committee activities nearly 10 years ago. I was not seen as an outsider intruding in Club activities – I was a new friend and warmly welcomed into the fold. That impression never left me, and has only been reinforced in the subsequent years.
What this Club has done and shown over the past month – year – and years – is truly amazing, and the reason why I am both happy and proud to serve as EYC’s Race Committee Chair.
With words that I can never adequately express, thank you for supporting all of our efforts!
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!Read more ...