Forty-four sailboats in 6 classes set a record and raced for a cure for leukemia and other blood cancers at the mouth of the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound this weekend at River Dunes Harbor. The two day event raised over $90,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The official race was scheduled to begin on Saturday at noon; however, lack of wind forced a postponement. However, there was a heated competition in the no-hull swimming division.
Participants returned to the docks at River Dunes and enjoyed a fund-raising shore party with live and silent auctions and dinner and dancing.
Racing resumed on Sunday with winners in the following categories:
Spinnaker A Oriental Express, Captain Henry Frazer
Spinnaker B Orion, Captain Margaret Alexander
Jib & Main The Edge, Captain Mark Baldridge
Cruising A Aquilla, Captain John Jackson
Cruising B Aeolus, Captains Roy and Sheila Harvey
Multi-Hull Marvana Dawn, Captain Bill Scott
Most Funds Raised Marvana Dawn, Captain Bill Scott
Top Fundraising Individual and Boats: (L to R) Captain Bill Scott on Marvana Dawn; Captain Ken Small on Miranda; Captain David White on Tidewater
The success of this event was due to the tremendous turn-out and support of the local sailing community, stated River Dunes Director of Marina Operations, JC Cappelmann. This is a great cause, everyone had a good time, and we set a record for funds raised for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Societys (LLS) mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkins disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
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