If you love sailing, you're invited to enjoy a day of sailboat racing at the Fairhope Yacht Club. The 4th Annual Children’s Cup Regatta sets sail Saturday, August 17th! The sailboat race will benefit patients being treated at Children’s of Alabama. Last year Children’s treated more than 1,700 patients from Mobile and Baldwin counties at the state’s only freestanding pediatric medical facility.
Watch the races free-of-charge starting at 12:30 p.m. There will be other activities for children and adults throughout the day. The "Uunder-the-Sea" themed children's activity area will open from 3-6 p.m. complete with arts, crafts, raingutter regatta, games and a waterslide. Awards will be handed out at 7:00pm, followed by a party with live music from the Fairhope Yacht Club band, a D.J., cash bar, silent auction and $5 barbecue plates.
The Mobile Bay Sailing Team for Special Athletes will return this year to set sail. The team of twelve participated last year with their helpers after practicing their sailing skills. A new sponsorship level is available this year especially for their team. Six levels of sponsorship opportunities are available.
Participation from out-of-town sailors and yacht clubs is welcome. Boats can be parked at Fairhope Yacht Club overnight. The entry fee for Performance Handicap Racing Fleet, Portsmouth, Rhodes 19 and Catalina 22 is $50 per boat. Youth Class entry fee is $25 per boat. All entry fees are tax deductible. You can register early online at
You can register the day of the race at 10:00a.m. underneath the Fairhope Yacht Club.
The Children’s Cup Regatta is known as Katie’s Cup Youth Regatta in honor of Katie Hamlin of Fairhope. As a 16 year-old Bayside Academy honor student and soccer player, Katie was diagnosed with a possible staph infection in May 2009. After falling sick a few weeks later, she was induced into a coma and put on a ventilator. She was diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome and transferred to Children’s of Alabama. After seven months of treatment, Katie was able to return home and is now a walking, talking miracle. Katie will be in attendance at this year’s Regatta.
Fairhope Yacht Club
101 Volanta Ave.
Children's of Alabama
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