Hunt Yachts signs on as Leukemia Cup Regatta sponsor


Hunt Yachts will sponsor the Annapolis Leukemia Cup Regatta, which will be held May 30-31 on Chesapeake Bay.

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the regatta, a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that has evolved into an annual sailing race series with more than 40 events in 24 states across America.

Yacht clubs throughout Annapolis, Md., and the Greater Chesapeake Bay will join to support the Annapolis event, which draws sailors from the region.

To date, Leukemia Cup Regattas have raised more than $42 million to support the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which is to cure leukemia, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS carries out its mission by funding cancer research; providing information and support services for patients and education for health care professionals; and advocating for patients at national and state levels.

“With our many owners and strong presence in the Chesapeake region, it is a pleasure and an honor for us at Hunt to sponsor this important regatta, which launched the national Leukemia Cup Regattas series 22 years ago,” Peter Van Lancker said in a statement. “It’s a wonderful event that combines good, fun racing with a great cause.”

“We are excited to sponsor the Annapolis Leukemia Cup Regatta and to help local sailors on the Bay raise money for LLS,” said Todd Taylor of Hunt Yachts Chesapeake. “This year’s regatta also includes a new Cruising Photo Treasure Hunt that will give cruising sailors and powerboaters the chance to participate, as well, by taking photos that will be displayed in a slide show at the awards party at the end of the day.”

The Annapolis regatta weekend starts with the Seersucker & Linen Summer Gala, which the Annapolis Yacht Club will host on May 30. The gala includes a silent auction, with a special prize donated by Hunt Yachts — the opportunity to spend the following day on the water watching the racing in a Hunt Harrier 29 with marine photographer Billy Black, who will give the winner tips on shooting images for the Photo Treasure Hunt.

The regatta and the photo treasure hunt begin at 10 a.m. on May 31.