Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup

Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup: February 8-10, 2019. Three days of racing, cruising and desert hospitality.

Thanks to everyone who joined the fun… and especially the many volunteers.

Notice of Race
Sailing Instructions
Lake Pleasant Chart L
Additional Chart Information
Cruising Fleet Race Chart A and A Brief Description of the Cruising Race
Regatta HQ Area Satellite View
Area Hotel Options

Final List of Entries (Excel). Note: Entries closed on 1/29, but you may enter up to 2/6 by paying a $50 late fee.

Here’s a one-page schedule and regatta pocket guide. Click to see full-size PDF.

Camping: We have reserved 20 “dry” camping spots next to the regatta HQ tent. You may sign up for one of those for Friday and/or Saturday night for $16/night when you register for the regatta. “Wet” camping spots for RVs must be arranged with Pleasant Harbor RV.

Slips: Call the Pleasant Harbor Marina Office at 928.501.5274 to reserve a slip. Tell them you’re participating in the Regatta to receive discounted $21 per night pricing. Tell them if your boat draws more than 5½ feet.

Donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society here
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Tony Chapman’s Top Ten Fundraising Tips

Regatta Headliner: Sailing expert, coach and speaker Dave Perry will present a fun tactics seminar Friday evening, then he’ll video races Saturday, edit the video, and present a second seminar Saturday night with suggestions based on that day’s racing. It’s a great opportunity to learn.

International racing expert and speaker Dave Perry will headline the 2019 Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup.

Regatta Dinner Highlight: Amazing dinner Saturday night presented by one of the Valley’s top catering companies, Arizona Taste. Arizona Taste is donating half the cost of the dinner, so your $50 dinner will cost you $25. It’s a three-course meal served in our regatta headquarters, a 40×70 tent, fully decorated for the occasion. Featured entrée is Chicken Piccata Medallions in a Caper Lemon Chardonnay Sauce, accompanied by Panzanella Salad, Market Vegetables, cookies, coffee, tea and water.  Adult beverages? Craft beer from Grand Canyon Brewing and a quality selection of wines.

Another Regatta Highlight: Sailing of course! We can’t control the wind, but the weather odds are on our side. Average high temperature in February is 72° and on average we get rain two days during the month.

Other Meals: Friday night, Back in Thyme will bring the food while the Barley Hound bar in Prescott, Arizona, is mixing complementary craft cocktails. You can order with your entry: Saturday breakfast, prepared by the Tucson Sailing Club, Saturday lunch sandwiches from Sack’s Sandwiches, and Sunday continental breakfast, prepared by the Lake Pleasant Sailing Club. Sunday lunch will be offered by Sea Scout Ship 3500.

The 2019 Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup souvenir technical shirt with graphic drawn by Bob Downer. The shirt is long sleeve and 100% microfiber polyester. The graphic is on the back with a small AYC logo on the front. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Expected Classes: Buccaneer, Portsmouth, Catalina 22, Viper 640, Laser, Montgomery 17, Santana 20, PHRF Sport Boat, PHRF spin, PHRF non-spin, Multi-Hull, and Cruising.

Auction Highlights: How about a week in the BVI on a Moorings 42-foot charter? Details here. How about a visit to the plush Silverado Resort in California’s Napa Valley? This offering includes golf, lavish wine tasting at B Cellars winery, and a $100 gift card for the girl and the fig restaurant in Sonoma. More of an outdoors type? Try a high-end river rafting trip for two through the Grand Canyon from Arizona River Runners, a $2,850 value. (They fly you by helicopter to the raft!)

Sail with us, with over 200 sailors and “shore crew,” and 70+ boats. Sail under blue skies in front of the Black Mountains near Castle Hot Springs, Buzzard Neck and Humbug Bay. Celebrate with us under the stars, between the saguaro and ocotillo, with the burros and coyotes on Lake Pleasant, just 45 minutes northwest of Phoenix.

The event is the nation’s first Leukemia Cup Regatta of the year. Tony Chapman is heading up fundraising and invites you to begin collecting money and to set up a fundraising page. If you have questions, please contact Tony or Naomi Martinez of LLS.

Tony Chapman pulls off a tight leeward rounding and heads upwind. Photo: Mike Ferring

Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup Race Committee. Photo: Mike Ferring

Viper 640s launch at the Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup. Photo: Mike Ferring

High Wire Act at the Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup. Photo: Mike Ferring