If you’ve been following this blog, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve been having a lot of fun on boats. I’ve spared readers, for the most part, from the day-to-day grind of our lives and from weightier topics. That isn’t what you come here for. If you want news, do what I do and go to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert….
But sometimes, we get to combine our fun with doing good. Annapolis sailors are (in)famous for combining regattas and fundraising. Many good causes receive support and attention, and Calypso or her crew have been there. Most consistently, we have focused our efforts on Hospice Cup, as it’s a cause we feel justly receives our support, and one which has touched (or will touch) most of our lives.
The Chesapeake Bay Sabre Association — a club of which Rick and I are both past commodores — has been so successful at raising funds for Hospice Cup that the sponsors have stopped giving out the trophy for club fundraising. CBSA has raised over $40,000 over the years; Team Calypso has raised over $5,000 of that amount.
But we’ve also been successful — both our club, and Calypso itself — in participation and WINNING the race.
Team Calypso on the racecourse in the 2013 Hospice Cup.
Although we’ve never had enough Sabre sailboats in the race to have our own class, there are typically 5 or more Sabres out on the course. And they do well (and, if I may say so, look good doing it).
Last year, Rick and crew took 2nd place overall in PHRF-N. And there are other CBSA boats on that list as well.
Calypso took the glory from Sailin’ Whalen and Graciella, who have long taken the honors. But clearly Greg of Sailin’ Whalen (above) bears no ill will.
But Team Calypso took another honor as well. By including a hospice caregiver on the crew, Calypso took the prize for best finish of a boat hosting a caregiver.
Rick handed that trophy over to Sarah, representing hospice, in recognition of all the great work hospice does.
This year’s Hospice Cup is on September 20, 2014, and Calypso will once again be upholding our club’s tradition on the racecourse. (And then we will tarnish the club’s reputation at the post-race shore party….)
I invite all of you to help us support this terrific cause by making a donation to our fundraising page:
As an incentive, Team Calypso will match all donations made (up to $25 per donation, and up to a total of $250). Better yet, come to the party — great food, great music, great company.