Sailing for a Cause

Celebrity Pro-Am Regatta Presented by Merrill Lynch Raises $10,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

January 14, 2015
Offshore Sailing School Pro-Am Regatta
Celebrity skipper Gary Jobson rounding the mark in #11 during Pro-Am Regatta off Fort Myers Beach, FL raising funds for the The Leukemia Cup Regatta. Offshore Sailing School

Offshore Sailing School’s founder/owners Steve and Doris Colgate welcomed 50 sailors and guests for a weekend of competitive sailing, January 8-10, 2015 at The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Ft. Myers Beach, Fla. At the end of the “friendly competition” on January 9 Steve announced that, “$10,000 was raised for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, increasing the total cash donation from Offshore Sailing School to LLS to $135,000 over the past five years, in addition to sailing course tuitions donated to Leukemia Cup Regattas across the country.” This Party with a Purpose, in memory of St. Charles YC (Ft. Myers) past commodore Chuck Wright who battled acute myeloma leukemia, was presented by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management with contributions from participants, friends and supporters of Offshore Sailing School and LLS.

Four of the most accomplished skippers in the world donated their time and talent for the Regatta weekend

  • Gary Jobson – award-winning journalist, TV commentator, author of 18 sailing books, multi-time America’s Cup competitor, Chairman of the Leukemia Cup Regatta program, and lymphoma survivor
  • Dawn Riley – the first woman to manage an entire America’s Cup syndicate, first American to sail in three America’s Cups and two Whitbread Round the World races, and founder of AC contender campaign for America True, now running Oakcliff Sailing Center
  • Ed Baird – America’s Cup winner Team New Zealand and Alinghi, three-time Match Racing World Champion, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Ed Baird
  • Mark Reynolds – four-time consecutive Olympian, two World Championships and three-time Olympic Gold medalist.
Offshore Sailing School's Pro-Am
Celebrity skippers Mark Reynolds (#9) and Dawn Riley (#5) are neck-and-neck around the mark during Offshore Sailing School’s Pro-Am. Courtesy of Offshore Sailing School

Regatta crews hailed from New York, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, and Alberta, Canada. The Regatta races were exceptionally close on the Gulf of Mexico off Ft. Myers Beach and the results were:

  • 1st place – Ed Baird, Tim Cordle, Roman Kierzek, Joe Gilles
  • 2nd place – Mark Reynolds, Nick Lubar, Joe Wieland, Mike Piazza
  • 3rd place – Dawn Riley, David Edwards, Stephen Colen, Robin Mills
  • 4th place – Gary Jobson, Tim Wade with sons, Tripp and Mike Wade
Mark Reynolds, Dawn Riley and Ed Baird sailing
Celebrity skippers Mark Reynolds (#9) and Dawn Riley (#5) and Ed Baird with crews off Ft. Myers Beach, FL during Pro-Am Regatta to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Courtesy of Offshore Sailing School

Steve Colgate thanked regatta presenting sponsor Merrill Lynch Wealth Management for their support in helping raise funds to find cures for blood cancers, and in-kind sponsors: The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, Cruising World and *Sailing World *magazines. Members of the St. Charles Yacht Club in Ft. Myers, Fla. also supported the event by hosting spectator boats and purchasing tickets to attend the Regatta Awards Dinner. Raffle tickets for limited-edition Colgate 26 sailboat models also contributed to the event’s success.

Celebrity skipper Ed Baird

Celebrity skipper Ed Baird

Celebrity skipper Ed Baird (center) with crew receives their 1st place trophies from Steve Colgate (far left) at the Pro-Am Regatta to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Courtesy of Offshore Sailing School

Headquartered in Fort Myers, Fla. with five sailing vacation campuses in Florida and the Caribbean, and two commuter locations on New York Harbor, Offshore Sailing School has taught more than 130,000 adults and their families to sail or improve their sailing skills since Olympian and America’s s Cup sailor Steve Colgate, founded the School in 1964.

Colgate 26
Colgate 26 sailboats racing on the Gulf of Mexico. Courtesy of Offshore Sailing School

For additional information on Offshore Sailing School, call 800-221-4326 or visit


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