The Port Washington YC hosted the 4th Annual Volvo Leukemia Cup Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 7, a competition that is both a sailing regatta and charity fundraising event. Prior to the regatta, crews of registered yachts raise money for leukemia research, a disease that is the number one killer of children. The crew that raises the most donations wins the Leukemia Cup itself. This year, Jay Campbell, owner/skipper of Matriarch, won the Cup. Campbell and crew raised approximately $6,500 for the society, which represents a substantial portion of the $14,000 total donated. Ed Condon, PRO (Principal Race Officer) and Norm Geller, equipment officer, along with much help from Carol Condon, worked as a team to organize the many details that are required to host a successful regatta. Add Jay Campbell, the event chairperson, who took care of all the on-land activities, Mario Fichera, who donated the Race Committee Boat (a 39-foot sport fisherman), and Gail O'Donnell from the Leukemia Society to round out a team that delivered a spectacular day of sailing. PRO Ed Condon commented, "We are very encouraged...we had the most boats ever entered. Everyone came back to the club for the awards ceremony and dinner." Music by a DJ, donated by Kjoy, the LI radio station, added to the ambiance of the packed clubhouse. Condon continued "100 percent of a donation goes to the Leukemia Society, because the PWYC donates all the food and beverages for approximately 150 skippers, crew, RC and family." Other sponsors of the event, in addition to Volvo, included West Marine, Mount Gay Rum and Coach.
Nineteen boats registered for the regatta, 17 actually competed. The results: In Division I: 1. Avalanche, #43810, Al Albrecht (PWYC), 2. Matriarch, #87738, Jay Campbell (PWYC), and 4. Gunsmoke, #42991, Dery (USMMA). Division II results: Happy Daze II, #216, Tom Egan (PWYC), 2. Out of Reach, #42717, Louis Nees (PWYC), and 3. Nemesis, #87922, Lee Fraser (USMMA). Division III (non-spinnaker): 1. Mustang Sally, #30432, Dennis, 2. Flamingo Quest, #185, Bidwell, and 3. Shooting Star, #32685, Bergmann. First names unavailable. All three competitors in Division III were not local sailors. Tom Egan, who was first in division II, said, "I lost my sister, at age 34, to ovarian cancer last month and any kind of racing or events to raise money for research is a tremendous help to the organizations and a great support to families. Everyone should support events like this because it means so much to families who have lost loved ones to disease." The tagline of the Volvo Leukemia Cup Regatta is "You can raise more than a sail to fight the #1 disease killer of children." We need more events like this one, which combines our love of the sport of sailing, with the opportunity to give hope to a family that has a child, sibling or parent with a devastating disease. For more information, contact the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 555 Broadhollow Road, Suite 403, Melville, NY 11747, or call 631-752-8500.
Thirsty Thursday sailors had their final sail of the year over the Columbus Day holiday weekend. Six boats competed on Sunday morning. Results: Division I: 1. PromiseKept, #260, Sandy Linden Baum, 2. Excite, #40774, Alvin Tartan, and 3. Vision, 53384, Marc Epstein. In Division II: 1. Chaparral IV, 40816, Owe Kurds. And in Division III: 1. Serenity, #153, Jacques Lingam, and 2. Eden, #930, Klaus Arrack.
On Saturday, Sept. 30, five Sonars competed in the Long Distance Race. The results: 1. Barnstormer, #157, Bob Schmidt, 2. Elusive, #316, Alan E. Helman and Ed King, and 3. Dreadlox, #442, Neil Bercow.
Olympic Statistics: Of all US Olympic sports at the 2000 Games, sailing finished an impressive fourth in the medal tally behind swimming, athletics and wrestling. Fifteen countries divided up the 33 available sailing medals in Sydney, with four won by US sailors. (By comparison, 22 nations divided the same number of medals in 1996.) The USA remains the undisputed leader in Olympic Sailing, with a total medal record of 54.