On Sunday, October 7, the Port Washington Yacht Club will host the Volvo Leukemia Cup Regatta to help raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is a national, voluntary health agency dedicated to finding the cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma.
They also work to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Survival rates for children with the most common form of childhood leukemia have increased from an appalling 4% in the early 1960's to approximately 80% today. But leukemia still remains the number one cause of death among children in the US and strikes ten times as many adults as children. With events like the one sponsored by the PWYC, funds that are raised will help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society reach their goal of 100% cure rates for all patients. This year, Gary Jobson is the National Chairman of the regatta, Cmdr. Warren Cronacher is the Honorary Chairman, Jay and Leslie Campbell are the Event Chairpersons, and Ed and Carol-Anne Condon are Race Committee Chairpersons.
Sonar fleet rounding the mark at the 2000 Sonar World Championships.
Those interested in sailing in this very worthwhile and fun regatta need to register, solicit donations from friends, co-workers, neighbors, and businesses, turn in your donations and earn valuable prizes. Examples of some of the prize incentives include a five-day charter in the British Virgin Islands, and a certificate for a discount at North Sails. Anyone raising $7,500 or more will attend a weekend sail with Gary Jobson at the restart of the Volvo Ocean Race to be held on April 27-29, 2002 in Annapolis, MD. But as local sailors who have competed in past Leukemia Cups will say, this is one terrific regatta. The wind tends to be good at this time of the year, the competition is excellent, and the party afterwards a lot of fun. Your reporter covered this event last year, and it is a very special day, both on the water and off.
For land lovers who prefer not to sail - the regatta offers a special Leukemia Class Boat designed for people who are interested in fund-raising only. Individuals may register for individual fund-raising awards, and may have a maximum of six crewmembers on a "virtual" boat. The registration fee includes one admission to the party and awards ceremony. Additional tickets can be purchased for crew. Registration forms are available from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (phone 631-752-8500) or at www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/regatta.
The Thirsty Thursday's 8th race of the season took place on September 6. Results from that evening: Division I, Course CBC (7 boats): 1. Avalanche, #39516, Al Albrecht, 2. Zero Gravity, #128. Tony Dalia, and 3. Xcite, #40774, Yalcin Tarhan. Division II, Course CDC (2 boats): 1. Nemisis, #87922, Bruce Logan. Division II-A, Course C (2 boats): 1. Tschuess, Uwe Kordts. Division II, Course C (6 boats): 1. Tootsie, #18, Ron Fink, 2. Il Behavior, #3, Peter/Todd Ilberg, and 3. Serenity, #152, Jacques Blinbaum.
Results of Bay Racing on the Labor Day weekend: Saturday, September 1: Sonars, Race One: 1. Sounder, #652, Rich Jordan/Jeff Shane, 2. Holiday, #615, Ming Wang, and 3. Delight, #396, Bob Kirtland. Sonars, Race Two: 1. Delight, 2. Weekend Warrior, #421, Dan Simon/Bill Simon, and 3. Sounder. The MBO class results September 1, Race One: 1. Blue Chip, #21, Chip Allen, 2. Escapade, #5, Ned Baker/Dick Moore, and 3. Miss B Haven, #9, Grace Allen. MBO, second race: 1. Catch 22, #22, Bob Adams/Curt Champlin, 2. Escapade, and 3. Blue Chip. Sunday, September 2 results: Sonars: 1. Housemartin, #375, Greg/Beth Danilek, 2. Sounder, and 3. Weekend Warrior. The results for the KODs: 1. Bon Chance, #11, Matthew Temares, 2. Dybbuk, #15, Roy Israel, and 3. Second Chance, #8, Perry Lengton. Results for Labor Day, Monday, September 3: Sonars: 1. Ping, #451, Sue Miller/John Browning, 2. Delight, and 3. Sounder. In the Sonar Single Handed race, the results: 1. Sounder, and 2. Weekend Warrior. Results for the MBOs: 1. Catch 22, 2. Escapade, and 3. Miss B Haven.
The Adams Cup (Women's US Sailing Championship) starts this Wednesday, September 12th at the Rush Creek Yacht Club in Heath, Texas. Good luck to Sue Miller, Stef Baas, Cindy Jordan and Kristen McAllister. Competition is very tough for the Adams Cup. The last time anyone from our area won the Cup was in 1993, when the team of Beth Danilek, Sue Miller, Janet Grapengeter and Nancy Pearson, from Manhasset Bay YC won in 1993. The list of winners' names includes some of the top women's sailors in the United States. Complete information is available at http://www.rcyc.org
The Sonar World Championships will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16. This regatta always draws top-rated teams to local waters. Several of our Manhasset Bay Sonar Fleet will be participating in this year's event. More to follow as results become available.