2021 Birthday Regatta Gratitude

By: Rob Gibbs, Jr. Staff Commodore and Regatta Chairman

I want to start by saying THANK YOU to everyone that participated in this years Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup. The wind more than cooperated (maybe too much!) and proved how fun a long day of racing can be.

We’re still tallying the Leukemia Cup donations and that will be shared soon. Meanwhile, we are able to announce the winners of the February 1-14 Gosling Rum fundraising competitions:

Highest Total Donations Feb 1-14:  
– Individual: Rahul Salla
– Team: Multi-hull Fleet 42 (Scott Winkler and Duane Darling)

Highest Number of Donations Feb 1-14:
– Individual:  Rahul Salla (again with him!)
– Team:  Multihull Fleet 42 (Scott Winkler and Duane Darling)
Congratulations – those bottles will be delivered shortly.

While we are looking forward to getting back to our more traditional 3-day event next year, even for a one-day event like this, there is no possible way one person can do it all. I would like to take a moment to give some specific thanks to the following people for helping make this regatta a success:

Race Committee:

  • Wendy Jo Larsen – Race Officer
  • Jo Grijalva
  • Lori Jo Reger
  • Faye Powell
  • Jack Schwyn (Sea Scouts)
  • Dave Christensen
  • Bill Dingwell
  • Fian Dingwell (Sea Scouts)

Safety Volunteers from USCG Aux

  • Mike Doyle – Coxswain
  • Dan Hay – Crew
  • Mike Chambers – Crew
  • Angela Othersen – Coxswain
  • Tanya Othersen – Crew
  • Erika Harrach – Crew
  • Cathy Harrach – Coxswain
  • Rick Harrach – Crew
  • Ron Werner – Radio Watch

Other Volunteers

  • Dave Newland – Lake Pleasant Lake Captain
  • Bob Naylor – Fundraising Co-Chair
  • Maureen Rojas – Fundraising Co-Chair
  • Deb Heisler – Communication Manager

AZ Leukemia Lymphoma Society

  • Kelly Lyng, LLS Campaign Development Manager