This weekend's Leukemia Cup Regatta off the Connecticut shoreline on Long Island Sound raised more than $65,000 to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
Rives Potts, general manager of Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, Conn., and an accomplished bluewater sailor, captained Stars & Stripes Blue, one of two Formula One 52s that the marina charters from America’s Cup champion Dennis Conner.
“I thought it was just a terrific day,” Potts said. “I think doing this for the Leukemia Cup, for the effort, makes us all feel good. … Having a beautiful day like today and having nice wind — we got two races off. … It was great fun. It couldn’t get any better.”
The day was a sun-dappled, 80-degree winner, with 43 sailboats competing in the regatta. Potts’ boat, staffed by a makeshift crew, finished third in Class Six, a PHRF spinnaker class.