A huge thank you to all Team Tartan supporters. We’re super pleased to announce that once again, the cup is yours! Plus we set another fundraising record to boot. Together we raised $35,095.
YOU GUYS ROCK!
Special thanks to Phil Venables who this year donated an astounding $20,000 to our team. Also thanks to Mason Brown and Linda Cancro who each donated $1000.
Here is the story of the day of racing.
We were planning to race Skirmish again this year, but Sunday night we discovered that the jib stay was broken. A quick repair ensued, but we were afraid it would not hold under racing conditions. So we reluctantly switched to Rebecca. It’s not a bad boat (in fact we won first place in it two years ago), but we practiced on Skirmish and were better prepared to sail a lighter boat.
Our crew this year included Eli. Nothing like a 17 year old to round things out in the energy department. Racing is a tiring business—especially for the grinders. After a day on the water, we all come back bruised, soaked with sweat, and bone tired. Then it’s time for the party.
We were outsailed this year by our nemesis Captain Bill. He bulleted three times, though the last race was extremely close (we lost in the last few seconds). We were just plain beat. Another boat’s handicap put it ahead of us in standings even though we beat it across the finish line consistently. Captain Chris led the first two races. Esther captained the third.
Dang. So we’re slipping from first in 2012 to second in 2013 to third in 2014. Better practice, huh?
But we did raise the most money and bring the cup home!!
And so on to the party where we celebrated our first place fundraising by winning the Leukemia Cup.
Next year, we’ll add another burgee to the mast for 2014! Thanks again for your incredible support this year everyone. We’re proud to sail for you all.