Wednesday July 16, 2003 10:25AMon
The regatta weekend started on Wed. June 9th with the second annual "ARTS AT FBYC". 200 people came to the clubhouse to view and purchase art form 13 local artists, several of whom were FBYC members. All artists donated several of their works for Friday's Silent auction to benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Many thanks to Bob Kates for organizing this event and for all the artists for their generosity.
Friday's Welcome reception and Silent Auction was sponsored by Mike Karn, this year the auction brought in over $9,000. Thanks to Kelly O'Toole and Art and Lloyd Backstrom for helping at the bar, and for Whitney and Kendall Schmalenberger for selling Raffle tickets.
We had 68 boats, two courses and BEAUTIFUL WEATHER, for Saturday's Race. Many thanks to Lud Kimbrough and his race committee for the PHRF Course and the members of York River Yacht Club for the excellent job on the Cruising COurse, a real challenge with 26 boats in that class.
This year the Skippers and their crew raised over $11,000, this is the first year that a skipper was one of the top three fund raisers.
All of our events this year could not have been as successful if not for our Regatta Committe who worked endless hours. Thank you is not sufficient enough for all their hard work. FBYC members on the committee are: Randy Alley, Mike Karn, Carolyn Schmalenberger, Rip Radcliff, Gil Miles, Willard Strickland, Roy Meyer.
MANY MANY thanks for the FBYC Board and its members for continuing to support this worthwile event. It is because of your generosity and support that we continue to be one of the BEST LEUKEMIA CUP REGATTAS in the U.S.