Testimonials & Sucess Stories

Testimonials & Sucess Stories


I just want to thank you again for a wonderful event and for providing such a marvelous environment to rejuvenate our fundraising efforts. The hospitality, camaraderie...AND SAILING TOO...were all fabulous! Arrrrr! And Thank you!
Emory Heisier
Arizona Yacht Club

Saturday was race day and it was sunny and warm. We raced out of the SF Yacht Club in Tiburon and had a great bus ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to the club. There were eight J-105's and so many racers, there were morning and an afternoon flights to give us all a chance.

We raced in the afternoon in 12-15kts of breeze and shirtsleeve weather. Three races, and I have to say it was the most fun sailing I have had in a long long time. Crowded starts and mark roundings, kites up and down, close one design racing. Great fun. The owner was aboard and he drove and we had all the fun trimming and hoisting and dousing. Gary Jobson came aboard and drove one race with us. Mike, Regina, Heidi and I were on one boat and Irv and Bonnie were on another.

After racing we had the banquet at the club and the eagerly awaited presentation by Gary. He is very entertaining and has great pictures, videos, and inside information.

Kirk Hackler
Seattle, WA

My sister, Jan, was diagnosed with a very aggressive leukemia in April 2007. She is leading a very active life today as a result of research paid for by people donating to fundraisers like our Leukemia Cup Regatta. Someday this disease will not exist.
Reg Brown
Skipper of Vanishing Point
Charleston, SC

My husband and I originally got involved with The Leukemia Cup Regatta through the sailing community by joining in on the races for fun. When Steve Attaway, a friend who Ken sailed with, was diagnosed with cancer, it really hit home and became much more than just a fun race.

We have since become involved not only in the racing, but in the fundraising aspect as well. We have had three more friends diagnosed with leukemia over the past several years, which has made the need for the funding provided by The Leukemia Cup Regatta all the more relevant to us.
Anne and Ken King, owners of Quintette
Charleston, SC


"Our motto during Tyler's Bone Marrow Transplant was 'Slow and Steady Wins the Race'. We've learned it applies to both life and sailing!"
Erica DeMille
National Capital Area Regatta

Wow...what is it about this event that is so special...??? Little did we realize as we started organizing our first Leukemia Cup Regatta in 1994 that it would grow this large or last this long. Maybe it's the dedicated Leukemia & Lymphoma Society organization, or the hardworking people, or the fun events that keep everyone going year after year.

For me it's all these things, but mainly the cause. This disease continues to attack...friends at work, friends at home and now my young niece, just married and in the prime of her life, now in and out of the hospital for over a year with this awful affliction. So yeah...that'll keep me going for the next 30 years or so.

Frank Gallagher
National Capital Area Regatta



The 2009 Fantasy Sail weekend really lived up to its name. The San Francisco Bay offered excellent sailing conditions with the beautiful skyline and Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. The host members from the San Francisco Yacht Club could not have been more gracious, and the Fantasy Sail committee did an excellent job with the events, food and logistics. We really enjoyed getting to know Gary Jobson, who made a sincere effort to socialize with all of the attendees and hop on different boats to help everyone improve their racing skills. We were one of the lucky ones who got a 2nd place finish with Gary onboard. It was also fun meeting different people from around the country who share our passion for sailing and the desire to help in the fight against leukemia.

We became heavily involved in The Leukemia Cup Regatta two years ago when my 7 year old great-niece was diagnosed with ALL. She is near the end of her 26-month treatment, but it has been a tough road. We just pray that she will remain in remission for the rest of her life. While soliciting donations from my contact list, I was surprised to learn how many other people I know have been affected by this devastating disease. I also learned how truly important The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is, not only for the funds raised to help find a cure, but as an invaluable resource for information and support.

Kudos to Gary Jobson and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for hosting a great event and cause.
Linda and David Rodarte
Charleston, SC

I...want everyone to know that we are so honored to have Offshore Sailing School be a national sponsor. We believe in the great work The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has done and the future ahead carved by its (LLS) dedicated efforts to cure blood cancers.

The whole team is amazing in its unrelenting efforts to help those who are affected as well as pursue ways to broaden research that leads to cures. The stories we hear and people we meet who have been helped by LLS over the years have strenghtened our resolve to be a part of this great effort.
Doris Colgate
Offshore Sailing School CEO and President