Leukemia Cup Regatta

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The Leukemia Cup Regatta started as an event held by the Pine Harbor Yacht Club on Lake Logan Martin for the benefit of the Alabama Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in April 1988. Funds were raised in memory of a member of the club who lost his life to leukemia, and $5,000 in donations was presented to the Society.

The Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, Maryland continued the concept of competition among boats and crews to raise funds for the fight against leukemia. The June 1993 event raised $30,000.

Enthusiasm for the event spread across the country into other markets after a presentation at the Society's October 1993 Annual Leadership Conference by noted sailing expert and ESPN Commentator Gary Jobson, who serves as this Regatta's National Chairman.

In 2003, the sailing community raised more than $2.6 million at 45 Regattas, bringing the overall campaign results to more than $12 million. More than 17,000 participants took part in the series last year.

At the Birmingham Sailing Club, the Leukemia Cup Regatta is a two-day event with racing, socializing and fund raising and is usually held in the fall.

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