AYC Plans Birthday, Leukemia Cup Regattas

Submitted By Dennis Martinelli

The Arizona Yacht Club’s 46th Annual Birthday Regatta/Leukemia Cup Regatta will be held the weekend of Jan. 13-15. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the club’s chosen outreach charity as their way to give back to a program to help others.

As we are blessed with our lives, we are fortunate to be in a position to help others. AYC started supporting The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society eight years ago in conjunction with the Birthday Regatta. Approximately every nine minutes, a child or adult dies from leukemia, lymphoma, or melanoma.

Everything we do to help can and does make a difference.

This is a great sailing event, featuring sailors from around the country to sail at Lake Pleasant in Peoria, Ariz. The Buccaneer class hosts its Western Championships.

The newest one-design class is the Merit 25, which expects at least 10 boats for this class. Other one-design classes include the growing Santana 20 fleet, a great Catalina 22 fleet, Ultimate 20s, J 24 fleet, PHRF Spin, PHRF Non-Spin, Lasers, and Portsmouth classes.

After the sailboat racing Saturday, the party of the year begins — great music, dinner, bustling bar, and hundreds of people having a great time. There is a silent as well as live auction.

We will auction off some spectacular prizes with proceeds benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In addition, there is a raffle with so many prizes that nearly everyone will walk away with something.

Additional information and entry forms can be found on the home page of the award-winning Web site, www.arizonayachtclub.org,