Through it all, Jim has kept a refreshing outlook on the sailing side of the event: "Even though we sail a liveaboard cruising cutter, we enjoy sailing our boat to her potential. Let's face it, we like to pass as many boats as possible, just like the real racers. The Leukemia Cup gives you another reason to leave the slip, improve your sailing, and have fun. Yes, the emphasis is on raising money, but getting a trophy every now and then is fun."
Longtime Star sailor Jack Filak of Cleveland, Ohio, retired from one-design racing several years ago, but he returns to competition once each year for the Cleveland Yacht Club's annual Leukemia Cup. "My participation gives me the opportunity to race once again against longtime friends," says Jack, who sails aboard an S2 7.9, Upstart. "My crew and I contribute to the fund-raising aspects of this regatta, especially in the last few years, when a close friend was diagnosed and treated successfully for multiple myeloma."