Fellow sailors around the bay,
I’m writing on behalf of the RI Leukemia Cup organizing committee. We are rapidly approaching this year’s Leukemia Cup regatta, scheduled for Saturday, August 22nd and my goal today is to ask you to consider reminding your members about this fun and important event. Many of you are already actively engaged and for that I offer our thanks. For those of you interested in getting some additional word out to your membership, the below might serve as a useful template.
The NOR, SI and other race-related documents are all here: https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=11756 You will note this year’s event is a bit of a change from past years. The race itself will be run pursuit-style around Prudence Island. Moreover, and as you might expect, there are no shoreside events associated with the fundraising. Regardless, this is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the fight against blood cancers and I hope you will take a moment to alert your sailors to this special opportunity. I’ve also attached a poster should this be useful in your communications. Please feel free to write back with any questions or comments.
2020 RI Leukemia Cup Organizing Committee
26th Annual Rhode Island Leukemia Cup Regatta
August 22, 2020
Pursuit Race around Prudence Island, hosted by Herreshoff Marine Museum
Benefiting the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Making An Impact:
We hope you join us for this year’s Leukemia Cup Regatta to make impact on the LLS mission to expand research towards accelerating cures and improving the lives of patients and their families. Now more than ever sailing is a great socially distant and fun activity to enjoy your summer and simultaneously give back to others.
How you can help:
- SAIL – Join us on the water to support our mission. Share your website with friends, family, and colleagues to raise awareness and funds - every little bit counts!
REGISTER TODAY BY CLICKING HERE
- SHARE - Include information about The Leukemia Cup Regatta on 8/22 with your members. Encourage them to represent your club on the water!
- SUPPORT – Whether your club chooses to sign up and fundraise, make a donation in support of the cause, or provide an in-kind auction item, there are plenty of ways to get involved.
Join in on the fun! All are welcome, so mark your calendars for 8/22!
Due to the pandemic, we will not be hosting any in-person events this year to adhere to socially distant guidelines. Join us on water for our Pursuit Race around Prudence Island, and stay tuned for information on our Virtual Celebration with a Dark N’ Stormy Toast provided by Goslings Rum!
For more information, contact LLS staff at LCR.RIC@lls.org or visit LeukemiaCup.org/RI.
2020 Commissioning Night
Last Tuesday evening, the Board of Directors and their guests gathered on the deck of the club to celebrate the annual Commissioning of the club for the new season.
It was not your usual festive evening when hundreds of members would enjoy cheese dips, cut fresh spring vegetables and fruits set out on a large buffet table covered in a nautical print table cloth with large bouquets of cut flowers from Pat Collins' garden. And the beer and wine, encrusted in chopped ice, would fill a sailboat shaped tin bucket.
This is the year of the Masks. In keeping with the guidelines set up by the state of Rhode Island, all guests wore masks and practiced social distancing. The number of attendees, however and unfortunately, was limited to the number of people who could gather in the space according to the state mandates. The ceremony took place outside on the foyer at the top of the stairs. There was no buffet table and no vases of bright summer flowers.
The times are different this season but the enthusiasm of the directors was evident in their talks of summer sailing events.
Before the speaking program began, Gregg Morash, the master of ceremonies, ordered the flags to be lowered. Dr. Joseph Boivin and head steward, Tova Ibbotson, performed this duty. Gregg introduced the immediate former Commodore, Phyllis Ibbotson. She thanked all for their support and graciously, with a swooping motion of her left arm, symbolically passed the torch to Marc Pfeffer, Commodore.
At this time, Dr. Boivin and Miss Ibbotson raised the two flags, the American and the state of Rhode Island. Dr. Ralph Padilla set off the canon as the last part of the colors. Now, the summer season was officially begun.
Commodore Pfeiffer welcomed all and gave an overview of the summer activities. He noted that Sail Training classes have begun this week and that the pool will open on next Sunday, July 5. He thanked all for coming together to meet the challenges that the pandemic has caused. He noted that all members should consult the TYC website, www.tivertonyachtclub.org for updated information on this summer's activities.
As the ceremony ended within a half hour most guests stayed on and enjoyed conversing with each other, reminiscing about last summer and eagerly planning many sailing adventures for the current season. Many enjoyed the colorful summer gardens that Jim and his assistant, Callie Moran, planted during the late spring. The garden is in memory of Jim's wife, Dee Rogers, who worked with the juniors on all their events including founding the annual Junior talent Show which showcases the native talents of the TYC youth.
The 2020 edition of the TYC Log Book is now available from the steward at the club during the daytime. The book contains the list of members, their boats and information on club activities. Please pick one up at your convenience. And, they are free!!