The Connecticut Spring Boat Show welcomed over 60 boats, varying in size from 10-55 feet, to the third annual show.The show was a production of Windcheck Magazine and was sponsored by Brewer Essex Island Marina / Safe Harbor, Essex Boat Works, and the Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA).
Sails Up 4 Cancer, a Connecticut-based non-profit organization, was this year’s beneficiary. Working with the producers of the show, a $5 suggested donation was collected at the entrance of this year’s show. CT Spring Boat Show is in full support of SU4C, who are dedicated to supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research.
“We were honored to be chosen as the shows’ charity; we enjoy working with Anne Hannan and Ben Cesare, of Windcheck and are overwhelmed by the generosity of the 2018 show attendees,” said Bob Davis, two-time cancer survivor and president of SU4C. “We are just blown away by the palpable good will of the people coming to enjoy the show; not to mention the vendors and brokers who make this show a tremendous success.”
New this year was the addition of a special cocktail cruise aboard the Becky Thatcher, from Essex Steam Train and River Boat. Visitors could set sail on Friday evening for a beautiful CT River cruise with proceeds also going to SU4C.
“It was terrific to have Becky Thatcher at the show;” said Ben Cesare, publisher of Windcheck Magazine. “She added to the family-fun of the entire event.”
With the suggested $5.00 donation, Sails Up 4 Cancer will continue their mission of supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research along the Shoreline and Southeastern regions of Connecticut.
“We’re absolutely ecstatic about the donations that came in,” says Davis. “We will be able to provide direct financial relief to a significant number of families.”
With the creation of the financial, family-assistance program, the Spinnaker Fund, SU4C has been able to alleviate financial stress and give much-needed financial relief to many families. Additionally, SU4C gives significant donations to local Cancer Hospitals, Center for Hospice Care, and Visiting Nurses among others.
While SU4C recognizes the serious nature of their organization, they are also all about having fun! Join them for their weekend of events:
- June 15, 6pm: BBQ & Cornhole Tournament with live music from Lone Wolf Trio
- June 16, 10am: Regatta on Fishers Island Sound (PHRF rating)
- June 16, 1-5pm: SU4C Wellness Expo with Be The Match on site followed by the post-regatta party
- June 16, 5pm: Post Regatta Party with Rock N Soul Revue and Dark N Stormy Stations!