King Harbor Yacht Club hosts 27th annual Tom Collier Memorial Regatta

Sailing event, also known as “The Regatta for Hope,” aims to raise donations to benefit cancer research.

REDONDO BEACH—According to the American Cancer Society, one in three people will develop cancer during their lifetime. The disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, which beckons the importance of researching cures and finding ways to conquer its blight.  Sailors from all quarters of Southern California can join King Harbor Yacht Club on July 14 for Tom Collier Memorial Regatta.

This year, all proceeds will directly benefit King Harbor Yacht Club Tom Collier Memorial Cancer Lab at Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. On the official website, the mission statement reads, “This regatta is intended to generate revenue for cancer research to fight the disease that took the lives of so many of our good friends and fellow sailors.”

The regatta is open to all sailboats, including mono or multi-hull, 14 feet or more in length with a PHRF rating of 288 or less. Cruisers are strongly encouraged to join the race as well; there will be a shorter, less complicated sailing course for the cruising class.

Prizes will be awarded in the form of trophies in classes PHRF, Cruising Class, Neil Armstrong Perpetual (junior race class under 18), fleets with three or more boats, and multihulls. The overall winners of the race, those who place from first to fifth, will have his or her name inscribed onto the Tom Collier Perpetual Trophy.

An entry form can be found online at tomecollierregatta.org/notice-of-race. Entry fees range from $25 to $10; donors can sponsor a boat for $100 each. Checks can be made payable to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center with “Tom Collier Regatta” in the memo line. Entry forms and checks can be mailed to Tom Collier Memorial Regatta, c/o King Harbor YC, 280 Yacht Club Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

King Harbor Yacht Club is located at 280 Yacht Club Way in Redondo Beach.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting regatta chair Tracey McMartin at 310-962-0227 or kelbo8@aol.com; co-chair Mark Folkman at 310-488-6516 or folkman@verizon.net; or King Harbor YC’s club manager Mike Hyler at 310-376-2459 or manager@khyc.org.

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