Our mission is to support charity sailing regattas that raise funds for and awareness of non-profit hospice services in local communities. Activities include
One way we support our members is by conducting a Hospice Regattas Championship regatta, which is open exclusively to skippers/teams selected to represent their regatta. The 2015 Championship will be hosted in June 2015 by Rochester Yacht Club in Rochester, NY.Read More
For the second year in a row, a team from Rochester, NY, began the last day of the Hospice Regattas Championship in first place overall.
By finishing first in the final two races on Sunday, June 14, skipper Eric Voss and his crew kept the Virginia Brown Inspiration Trophy at Rochester Yacht Club for another year.
“We were extremely happy to represent Rochester and defend our championship from last year,” Voss said.
His crew included newcomer Billy Farmer as well as 2014 returnees Tim Sladden and Terry Shannon. “Their crew work was flawless and made my job easy,” Voss added. “We were ‘Team RYC.’ That is our home club, and the entire team was needed to achieve success.”
First Place – Team RYC (Rochester, NY Hospice Regatta)
with the Virginia Brown Inspiration Trophy
Click here for the official Championship score sheet.
Alliance president Tom Tomlinson praised host Rochester Yacht Club for presenting a first-class championship both on and off the water.
PRO Steve Wilde and his race committee “ran four competitive races each of the three days, managing to catch the best wind conditions while avoiding the rain,” Tomlinson said.
Tomlinson also expressed gratitude to RYC members who provided boats to the competitors and who offered lodging for crew to hold down the cost of competing. “Once again, Rochester showed its dedication to hospice regattas,” he said.
With the Hospice Regattas Championship moving to Galveston Community Sailing Center in 2016, the National Hospice Regatta Alliance continues to offer a distinctive incentive for sailors to compete in local regattas that support local hospices, Tomlinson noted.
In Texas, he added, competitors will enjoy one-design racing in a single fleet of Sonars, hosted at a facility that includes onsite lodging and meals, which “will enhance the Championship experience for local regatta winners.”
Second Place – Team Good Hands (Rochester, NY Hospice Impact)
with Alliance president Tom Tomlinson in the middle.
Third Place – Team Mirage (Annapolis, MD Hospice Cup)
– with Tom Tomlinson.
The Alliance solicits support from national sponsors, advertisers, and others to cover the costs of its operations and programs that assist Member Regattas in achieving their goals.
National sponsors are recognized at the local events with images, ads, banners or other material that the Alliance provides to it Member Regattas.
The National Hospice Regatta Alliance has introduced a new partnership with everydayhero, providing hospice regattas access to a fully developed peer fundraising platform at no cost.
The Alliance is investing in this initiative entirely for the benefit of our member regattas. By providing a mechanism for regattas to engage sailors and other supporters in raising funds for local hospice services, the everydayhero partnership offers new tools to achieve even greater success in 2016.
The evidence is clear that peer fundraising produces more donations and more money for charities that embrace it. The platform can be particularly effective for special events – like hospice regattas – that feature competitive activity.
Slides of January 27 NHRA webinar
We collect and share information about strategies and practices that contribute to members’ successes in raising funds and awareness for hospice, and we foster the sharing of ideas among our member regattas in the U.S. and Canada. One way we do this is through webinars and discounted access to online technology courses through which members learn about tools and approaches that may help them achieve better results.Read More
The Alliance produces and distributes e-newsletters and hosts webinars through which Member Regattas learn what others have done to increase revenue, or reduce expenses, to attract new audiences, or to organize their events in ways that excite participants, sponsors and their communities.
Recent webinars (link to page) have explored memorial activities at regattas, trophy sponsorship, and different ways to score races and designate their top winner.
“How Three Regattas Choose their Skipper/Team for the Hospice Regattas Championship” (April),
“Using Online Tools to Boost Regatta Support” (July).
The Alliance provides free access to top-notch marine art for members’ use, and we offer members low-cost posters and notecards featuring that artwork to support their efforts to increase revenues or reduce expenses. In 2014, the posters and notecards featured the image of “February 14th,” a painting by the late Willard Bond, to be sold, used in auctions or raffles, or presented as awards or gifts.Read More
Member Regattas may use artwork by the late marine artist Willard Bond, thanks to his family continuing his partnership with the Alliance. The art is used for local promotion in any many the regatta organizers choose.
Each year the Alliance uses the artwork to produce a limited-edition poster and note cards featuring that year’s image, which Member Regattas may purchase at low cost for fundraising through resale, auction or raffle, or for gifts or awards to major sponsors or others whose efforts help the regatta succeed.Read Less
We also promote member regattas through digital media (including the Alliance’s website and Facebook pages, e-mail newsletters) news releases, advertising, and other communications media. Financial contributions and in-kind support from sponsors are used to cover expenses of Alliance operations, including the costs of programs and services offered to member regattas to enhance their effectiveness.Read More
The Alliance promotes its Member Regattas online (website, Facebook and other media) and through contact with media devoted to sailing and boating.
It also encourages Member Regattas to locally promote their Alliance involvement, national sponsors, and the other regattas.