Letter to the Crew


As Sails Up 4 Cancer celebrates our twelfth year in 2023, we look forward with enthusiasm and optimism. 2022 was a momentous year for substantial increase in revenue, expansion, and stellar events. We have continued support, as the local charity, from Holmgren Subaru and their Share the Love Annual Campaign. Once again, we were the charity of choice for Windcheck Magazine and the Connecticut Spring Boat Show at Essex Island Marina.

And to top off the 2022 Spring, a group of yacht clubs in – and around – Essex selected Sails Up 4 Cancer as their beneficiary for the Connecticut River One Design Regatta sponsored by the Gowrie Group, Essex Yacht Club, Essex Corinthian Yacht Club, Duck Island Yacht Club, Frostbite Yacht Club, and Pettipaug Yacht Club. This was a tremendous event with a One Design Race in the Connecticut River followed by a wonderful post-regatta party and awards ceremony under the tent at the Essex Yacht Club. 

This event became the catalyst for a desire that I have long held. I want to expand the Sails Up 4 Cancer cause and business model to more locations, without limitations. We are reaching out to local talent who share our mission to assist with this long-term planning expansion.

We are grateful for the support we have received from the southeastern Connecticut business community as well as all our friends and neighbors. Thanks to them, we have received respect as a cancer support organization who continues to give financial assistance to struggling cancer patients. More specifically our unique Spinnaker Fund. This fund holds a special niche as being one of the few that provides direct financial relief to cancer patients. As a two-time cancer patient myself, I can attest to the pain and stress one feels when the bills are mounting up and the feelings of hopelessness seem relentless.

I would like to thank everyone who has read this and hope for your support and invite you to visit our website (www.su4c.org) and sign up to receive notices of our events. If you share our mission in supporting cancer assistance, please consider volunteering. We are always open to new ideas and new people.

Be well & stay healthy,
Bob Davis
CEO & Founder