Leukemia Cup & Birthday Regatta

New date, new race courses, and new events, but the same fun and hospitality in the most beautiful setting for Winter sailing in the desert—Lake Pleasant, Arizona.
The Arizona Yacht Club’s “First in the Nation” Leukemia Cup and Birthday Regatta will be held on President’s Day Weekend, Friday to Sunday, February 17-19, 2017. The new date will eliminate conflicts with multiple other events that take place on Martin Luther King Weekend in January, while increasing the likelihood of warmer weather and better breezes.

The new courses will include gates and downwind finishes. The new events will include standup paddle boarding (“SUP”) demos and instruction, SUP yoga, and SUP touring and racing.
We have also added a ‘Club Challenge’ for cruising boats.

And what about the fun and hospitality? Don’t take my word for it. Sailing World describes the regatta as taking place at a “sacred Sonoran Desert outpost” with the “allure of Lake Pleasant and the surrounding Sonoran Desert.” There will of course be food and parties at Spinnaker Point when we get off the water.

We are proud that for the past 16 years, AYC has hosted the first calendar year Leukemia Cup Regatta in the United States. The regatta also is an opportunity to celebrate the club’s founding in 1958. That means you’re signing up for a 3-day birthday party. Can’t make all 3 days? No worries.
Check out the activities on the regatta website (http://www.aycregattas.com/leukemiacup/activities.html)
and sign up for the sailing events (http://www.aycregattas.com/leukemiacup/docs.html)
and SUP events (http://www.aycregattas.com/leukemiacup/sup.html) that work for you.

You just want to watch? Go for a VIP cruise aboard “The Phoenix” on Saturday, February 18, from 3 pm to 4:30 pm. The cost? A donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

They say it’s our birthday. We’re gonna have a good time.

So have fun. Make a difference.
See for yourself. http://www.aycregattas.com/leukemiacup/ 

Chris Smith
Regatta Chairman

Kelly Beaver, Tony Chapman and Gary Jobson at the Leukemia Cup Fantasy Sail in Bermuda in 2015.

Kelly Beaver, Tony Chapman and Gary Jobson at the Leukemia Cup Fantasy Sail in Bermuda in 2015. If you raise enough money, you too can sail with Gary during the annual Fantasy Sail.