More than 100 sailors, representing the top fundraisers from Leukemia Cup Regattas throughout the country, and their guests took to the waters off Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Newport Beach on December 3. In Harbor 20s and PHRF boats, they took part in the Leukemia Cup Regatta Fantasy Sail with Gary Jobson. TNT, a 1D48 owned by Wes Selby, was the winner of the Fantasy Sail Challenge race.
The top 2016 national individual and team fundraisers were recognized during the weekend, including Matt Cromar, who raised $185,000 for San Francisco YC’s Leukemia Cup. For the tenth year in a row, SFYC was awarded the Gary Jobson Cup as the host of the top fundraising Leukemia Cup Regatta. The SFYC Leukemia Cup, held this year on October 22-23, raised $690,000 in 2016 and has raised more than $7 million during the 11 years since its inception.
Gary Jobson helps to organize and host the Fantasy Sail weekend, and he sailed on two of the boats during the Challenge races. Jobson has served as the national chairman of the Leukemia Cup Regattas since 1993. His involvement took on personal significance in 2003 when he was diagnosed with lymphoma. He underwent a stem-cell transplant and has been in remission since then.
During the Newport Beach event, it was announced that the 2017 Fantasy Sail with Gary Jobson is scheduled for October 27-29 in Annapolis, MD. The weekend will celebrate Jobson’s 25th year of service as the national chairman of the Leukemia Cup Regattas.