During the recent America's Cup broadcasts on NBC, a voice familiar to yacht racing fans was heard doing commentary throughout the events, which culminated with USA's Oracle team successfully defending the America's Cup against the Emirates Team New Zealand challenger.
That easily recognized voice belonged to Gary Jobson , long-time America's Cup veteran, who has raced in and done television commentary during the event for decades.
As important as his America's Cup involvement has been to Gary, he's also closely involved in another, much less publicized sailing event, the Leukemia Cup Regatta. In 2003, after years of committed service on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Jobson himself was diagnosed with lymphoma and, in his words, "became a beneficiary of the research advances I had helped support." He is now cancer-free.
This weekend, October 19th and 20th, Gary Jobson will host the country's most successful sailing fundraiser, the Leukemia Cup Regatta, (www.lls.org/sf), an event that's held nationwide. Jobson's special guest will be Sir Ben Ainslie, who shared tactician duties with John Kostecki during the recent successful defense of the America's Cup. Saturday's program includes a reception, cocktails and dinner. Following dinner is a live auction. The Leukemia Cup Regatta and Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday.
"The Regatta is hosted at the San Francisco Yacht Club but it draws sailors from all around the Bay. SFYC has been the highest producing Leukemia Cup Regatta in the nation for the past few years, raising over $1 million in 2011." - Michelle Slade, Sailing journalist, http://sailblast.blogspot.com/
At a glance
• San Francisco Yacht Club is the recipient of the Jobson Trophy as the top fundraising regatta in the country for five consecutive years. Since 2006, the San Francisco Leukemia Cup has raised a total of $3.5 million for the cause.
• Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.
• Skippers register their boats ($100 one-day regatta fee) and recruit their friends and colleagues to help crew for the San Francisco Bay Area Leukemia Cup Regatta and together, solicit donations to sponsor their boat.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's vision is to create a world without blood cancer, and with 78 percent of funds it raises annually going to research, patient services and advocacy, LLS is on track. When LLS was founded in 1949, a blood cancer diagnosis was almost always fatal. LLS-funded research has helped double, triple and in some cases even quadruple survival rates.
"In its sixth year, the event raised $688,500 in 2010, and according to
Robin Reynolds, fundraising consultant to the event, this year's goal is $1
million. Nationwide, The Leukemia Cup has raised about $6.4 million, a
significant number tagged for research." - Marin Independent Journal, read
The format for the Saturday night part of the event is pre-dinner cocktails and silent auction, followed by a dinner for 300. Sailors can still sign up to race in the regatta on Sunday, right up to the first warning signal, and join in the fun back at the club with the post regatta party - which is open to everyone.
Anyone can participate in the online auction at: Support LLS by visiting the Regatta online auction page: http://bidpal.net/leukemiacupregatta
Gary Jobson; "Since 1993 our Leukemia Cup regatta series has raised well over $40 million dollars for cancer research. I have been honored to serve as the National Chairman over all these years. To date I have attended 350 of these events in person. Sailors across America should take great pride in helping with this worthy cause. The San Francisco Yacht Club, and sailors from the Bay area have led the way as the top fund raising event in America. This effort has provided great inspiration for many other yacht clubs and sailors across the USA to join the cause. Let me say thank you to all. This year Sir Ben Ainslie will be our featured speaker. Sir Ben Ainslie is the most successful sailor in Olympic history. He has won four Gold medals, and one Silver in five straight Olympic Games."
2013 Leukemia Cup Regatta information:
What: The San Francisco Leukemia Cup Regatta (LCR) is the premier sailing event hosted by The San Francisco Yacht Club that combines the joy of sailing with the important goal of raising money to fight leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers.
Who: With 60 chapters in the United States and Canada, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
How: Sailors from around the Bay Area raise more than just sails to honor blood cancer patients and survivors designated as“honorary skippers.” Skippers register their boats ($100 one-day fee) and recruit their friends and colleagues to help crew and to solicit funds. Skippers and crew members seek donations from friends, family, co-workers and employers to sponsor their boat. Fundraising incentives are offered at $100 up to $10,000.
Where: San Francisco Yacht Club, Belvedere, California.
When: Saturday, October 19th and Sunday October 20th: Leukemia Cup VIP Reception, Auction & Dinner at 6 p.m., Saturday, October 19th, with special guests Sir Ben Ainslie and National Leukemia Cup Chairman Gary Jobson hosted by The San Francisco Yacht Club. www.sfyc.org
VIP Dinner Tickets: Ticket purchase price: $1,000 per seat and $10,000 for a table for ten. Tickets will be awarded to fundraisers who raise a minimum of $2,500 (one ticket) excluding donations for VIP tickets. VIP guests include sponsors, committee volunteers, honorary skippers, yacht club members, event donors and fundraising and sailing participants.
Sunday, October 20th: Leukemia Cup Regatta and Awards Celebration
Sponsor Champagne Breakfast begins at 10:00 am, board spectator boats at 11:30 am.
Beginning at Noon ~ Cruising Class Photo Scavenger Hunt, One race for One-Design classes and PHRF divisions, “Classic Yacht Class” and post regatta awards celebration and deck party beginning at 2 pm hosted by The San Francisco Yacht Club.
Regatta format is PHRF with spinnaker & non-spinnaker divisions & one design classes with six or more boats as well as an Opti Green Fleet Youth Regatta.
Spinnaker Sponsors: $10,000: Belvedere Cove Foundation/Cromar Foundation, Jeff Burch/Hot Ticket, Danford Foundation/Ted Hannig, Millennium, Pacific Union International, Passport Capital, VinAsset
Windward Sponsors: $5,000: Allied Administrators, Capital Pacific, Corrum Capital Management LLC, Enersen Foundation, Ernst & Young, Kilroy Realty, Knorr Architecture, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Local Sponsors: $2,500: Blue Shield of California, Broadmark Asset Management, Dailey Financial Group, Ted & Christie Gazulis, Genentech, Douglas & Laurel Holm, Susan & Mark Israel, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Martin & Sue Koffel, The “Tad” Lacey Family, Dr. & Mrs. Craig Lubbock, Stroub Construction, Sutter Health
Media Sponsors: Newstalk 910AM KKSF, Oldies 103.7, Star 101.3, KISS 98.1
Inkind Sponsors: Corum, Modern Sailing School and Club, SailorBags, The San Francisco Yacht Club
National Sponsors: Ken Gardiner, Gosling’s Rum, Jobson Sailing, Scott Kennedy Fine Maritime Art, The Moorings, North Sails, Offshore Sailing School, Sailing World and West Marine.
National Chairman: World Class Sailor, ESPN commentator and author Gary Jobson who is a survivor of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.