Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Leukemia Cup Regatta?

The Leukemia Cup Regatta is a thrilling series of sailing events that combines the joy of boating with the important task of raising money to fight leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. Since its inception, the Leukemia Cup Regatta has raised millions of dollars for lifesaving research and patient services, bringing help and hope to patients and their families.


When and where are Regattas held?

Regattas are held throughout the year at yacht clubs throughout North America. To find out about events in your area, click here.

How can I sign up? Do I have to have my own crew? How do they sign up?

To register for an event in your area, click here. Skippers and crew can participate in the on-water and social activities.

How soon do I have to register?

The sooner you register, the better. You'll need time to recruit others to participate as crew members or members of your fundraising team, as well as let other skippers know about the event. And the longer a fundraising window you have, the more opportunity you'll have to grow your donations.

How does fundraising work?

Whatever your style, we'll help make fundraising fun and easy.

For a super-simple approach, make use of the online fundraising page you'll be given when you register. Your local Leukemia Cup Regatta staff will provide you and your crew with great fundraising tips, ideas, samples and instructions on how to create a personal fundraising Web page. You can use the site as is or add your own photos and messaging. Then, email your contacts a link to your site and watch the dollars start coming in!

In addition to raising funds online, you can also send letters to friends and contacts or be creative and hold fundraising events - parties, sales or auctions. Check with your local chapter contact for more ideas and instructions on collecting and submitting donations.

How are funds used?

Proceeds from the Leukemia Cup Regatta help advance The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This mission is carried out through funding extensive research for treatments, cures, government advocacy, patient assistance programs, community outreach and education programs.


Do I have to be an expert sailor to participate?

Not at all! Even if you're not a sailor, you can join in on the fun! From being a crew member to watching the action on a spectator boat to attending the parties, sailors and non-sailors alike can participate in the Leukemia Cup Regatta.

How do I qualify for the Fantasy Sail?

Participants who meet the fundraising criteria are eligible to participate in the Leukemia Cup Regatta Fantasy Sail, to take place May 14-16, 2021 in San Francisco Bay!  Please contact your local Leukemia Cup Regatta staff for additional information and guidelines.

How can my yacht club hold a Leukemia Cup Regatta?

Please contact us if you would like to speak to a representative of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society about hosting a Leukemia Cup Regatta.

Can a Leukemia Cup Regatta Celebrity Ambassador appear at our event or kickoff?

Due to the commitments of our Celebrity Ambassadors, we are not able to guarantee their participation at each Leukemia Cup Regatta or kickoff. To get more information about a Celebrity Ambassador's availability or involvement at your local event, please contact us.


Can power boaters, junior sailors and stand up paddlers participate?

Some Leukemia Cup programs include powerboat events, and activities for stand up paddlers and junior sailors.  If you would like to start a program for powerboaters, junior sailors or stand up paddlers, please contact us.