This is the trophy someone will win in August will any of your sailors be there?

Team Oswego trophyRegistration is now open for the 2018 Hospice Regattas Championship, hosted by Oswego Yacht Club (OYC).

Two teams signed up right after the invitations went out. But there is still room for 11 more teams, first-come first-served.

Competitors will race in a fleet of borrowed J/24s, thanks to members of J/24 District 7 who are letting OYC and the Alliance borrow their boats.

“Boats and sails for each racing day will be drawn before the start of the regatta,” co-chairs John Gary and Dan Mather explain. “This format maintains fairness for the competitors, minimizing boat exchanges and maximizing sailing time for all teams.”

Who is eligible? The Alliance invited primary representatives from 18 hospice regattas and Hospice Impact skippers from five. The first 13 teams that sign up and pay the registration fee by May 1 are entered. If openings remain, the Alliance will fill the fleet by inviting alternate representatives designated by local regattas.

Here is the complete list of skippers eligible to receive invitations in 2018, as of March 9. Please let us know if your regatta’s primary won’t attend.


What Makes the Championship so Worthwhile?

NHRA J/24sJ /24 owners say:

“Everyone in the fleet considers the Championship to be an important event because it supports the Oswego hospice as well as hospice regattas across upstate New York and the rest of the U.S.”
Commodore Russ Cook

Competitors Say:

Annapolis2nd“I want to thank the Oswego Yacht Club for putting on a wonderful regatta.” Noting that he has been to many major regattas, he added, “I think this is the best I’ve ever been to.”
Cedric Lewis, Team Annapolis

Observers Say:

55aa8209-554c-401b-91e9-a0efc35e9944Just click here, or on the photo of Oswego Yacht Club to watch SUNY-Oswego student Thomas Waizenegger’s video report on how the Championship and other regattas support local hospice services.

Hospice Update: Grant to Fund Online Grief Support Effort

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) will develop an online tool to help families find information and community services that address grief and bereavement, thanks to a grant from Legal & General America .

The new online searchable database will feature a “find a provider” tool for resources such as individual counseling, group support and workshop activities

Proceeds from a number of hospice regattas underwrite such services designed to help individuals cope with grief and loss.

“Grief is a part of life, but we can all benefit from help when we have to face it. This new resource will help countless consumers to access support from skilled professionals that are experts at helping people navigate grief and loss,” said Edo Banach, president and CEO of NHPCO.