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Leukemia Cup – Sail for a Cure!

The Leukemia Cup, hosted by San Francisco YC, is this Saturday, and is not only a worthy cause, but also tons of fun. First and foremost, it’s a PHRF race but secondly, and more importantly, it’s a fundraising event.

Get this: if you donate more than $1,000 you can share an exclusive evening with Tom Perkins and learn about  the Maltese Falcon. There will also be many other incentives: standard YC festivities including a BBQ, and prizes from sponsors, like gift certificates from West Marine, hats and T-shirts from Mt. Gay Rum and a chance to sail with world-renowned sailor and ESPN commentator Gary Jobson (who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2003).

Taking it local, Bay sailors Mario Yovkov, who’s father died from leukemia, and Mark Witty are being sponsored to sail and will have some leukemia survivors onboard their 1D35s as crew. You can donate to Witty’s efforts at:  www.active.com/donate/leukemiacupgsf/pup.

Campbell, honorary skipper & leukemia fighter, forward right in the blue hat, seen here with 2006 Leukemia Cup winners.

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Bill Nolan and David Joyner are co-chairs of the event and Bill’s son, Campbell, is the honorary skipper. Campbell, who’s just 8 years old, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2005 (what a fighter!). For more information and to sign-up yourself, visit: www.leukemiacup.org/sf.

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Who says sailing with kids is tough? Here’s what super-sailor Rob Wallace has to say about it: Rob knew baby Cristopher was a born-sailor on the way back from Hawaii in ’87 – check out the kid licking the salt spray off his lips!
Having spent much of the summer in Southern California for a change, we couldn’t help but notice a couple of differences between sailing down there and up in Northern California.