Raising Sails and Money to Fight Leukemia

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Four Connecticut River yacht clubs will raise their sails to raise some dough for a good cause.

For the second year in a row, the Essex Corinthian, Essex, Frostbite and Pettipaug Yacht Clubs will team up to hold a charity regatta that benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The two-day, one-design river regatta is scheduled for May 4 and 5, 2019.

The 2019 Connecticut River Leukemia Cup Regatta raises funds for life-saving research to bring hope to an estimated 1.3 million Americans who currently battle blood cancers.

The regatta is open to any one-design fleet that has five or more registered boats, including the Ideal 18, Etchell, MC Scow, Laser, JY15, Club 420, Sunfish, Force 5 and others. Boats that cannot form a one-design class will race in a handicap class. The race is open to all adult and junior sailors. Those under 18 years of age will need written permission from a parent or guardian prior to the race.

Starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a post-race party on the Essex waterfront with food, drinks, music and a silent auction. The post-race party is open to the general public.

Tickets may be purchased online or from the hosting clubs. For more information, please visit:

http://www.essexcorinthian.org/2019ctriverleukemiacup.html or go directly to http://www.leukemiacup.org/ct.

Since its inception, the Leukemia Cup Regatta series has raised nearly $70 million at yacht clubs across North America.