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.
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.