Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Leukemia Cup Regatta?
The Leukemia Cup Regatta is a thrilling series of sailing events that combines the joy of boating with the important task of raising money to fight leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. Since its inception, the Leukemia Cup Regatta has raised millions of dollars for lifesaving research and patient services, bringing help and hope to patients and their families.
When and where are Regattas held?
Regattas are held between January and October, at yacht clubs across the United States. To find out about events in your area, click here, and you'll find a list of states and yacht clubs participating in 2015.
How can I sign up? Do I have to have my own crew? How do they sign up?
Each event varies. Enter your zip code above to be taken to your local chapter's details page.
How soon do I have to register?
The sooner you register, the better. You'll need time to recruit others to participate as crew members or even other skippers who want to compete. And the longer a fundraising window you have, the more opportunity you'll have to grow the donations.
How does fundraising work?
Whatever your style, we'll help make fundraising fun and easy.
For a super-simple approach, make use of the online fundraising page you'll be given when you register. Your local Leukemia Cup Regatta staff will provide you with a packet filled with great fundraising tips, ideas, samples and instructions on how to create a personal fundraising Web page. You can use the site as is or add your own photos and messaging. Then, email your contacts a link to your site and watch the dollars start coming in!
In addition to raising funds online, you can also send letters to friends and contacts or be creative and hold fundraising events - parties, sales or auctions. Check with your local chapter contact for more ideas and instructions on collecting and submitting donations.
How are funds used?
Proceeds from the Leukemia Cup Regatta help advance The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This mission is carried out through funding extensive research for treatments, cures, government advocacy, patient assistance programs, community outreach and education programs.
Do I have to be an expert sailor to participate?
Not at all! Even if you're not a sailor, you can join in on the fun! From being a crew member to watching the action on a spectator boat to attending the parties, sailors and non-sailors alike can participate in the Leukemia Cup Regatta.
How do I qualify for the Fantasy Sail With Gary Jobson?
Sailors who raise $12,000 or more prior to October 21, 2015 are eligible to participate in the Fantasy Sail with Gary Jobson, taking place October 30-November 1, 2015 in Bermuda. Please contact your local Leukemia Cup Regatta staff for additional information and guidelines.
How can my yacht club hold a Leukemia Cup Regatta?
Please contact us if you would like to speak to a representative of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society about hosting a Leukemia Cup Regatta.
Can Gary Jobson appear at our event or kickoff?
Due to Gary Jobson's schedule, he is not able to participate in person at each Leukemia Cup Regatta or kickoff. To get more information about Gary Jobson's availability or involvement at your local event, please contact us.
Can power boaters and junior sailors participate?
Some Leukemia Cup programs include powerboat events and activities for junior sailors. Click here to see a list of the programs throughout the country. If you would like to start a program for powerboaters or junior sailors, please contact us.