The Sailing for Hope Regatta 2013 starts in:

Sailing for Hope

We are proud to announce that  St. Jude supporters in the Kentucky Lake and surrounding area will join together again on June 8, 2013  to raise money and awareness for the children of St. Jude. The Sailing Hope for Hope Regatta will be held on Kentucky Lake at Lighthouse Landing Marina in Grand Rivers, Kentucky. Regatta sign-in and social will be held Friday night (6/7/13), with the awards dinner on Saturday night (6/8/13) after the race. Each and every pledge of sponsorship for every sailor offers what St. Jude patients need the most – hope. Join us!

How can you get involved? Sailors can enter their boat to race in the regatta and encourage their family and friends to pledge support for their boat and crew. Everyone is encouraged to go online and sponsor a captain or team for the regatta. This year you can also create your own virtual team and ask others to support you in the Sailing for Hope fundraising effort. You can customize your own fundraising page, watch your progress, post to social media and help the kids at St. Jude with your team. If you want to help out please click the button below to go to the St. Jude website and sign up today!

The third annual St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Sailing for Hope Regatta will take place June 7 & 8, 2013, hosted by Kentucky Lake Sailing Club at Lighthouse Landing Resort & Marina in Grand Rivers, KY on beautiful Kentucky Lake. All proceeds benefit St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We have raised, thus far, over $26,000 for the children of St Jude!

June 7 2013    On-site registration (LHL Meeting Room)        
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
June 7 2013    Cookout on LHL Beach                                        
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM 
June 8 2013    Late registration (LHL Deck)                              
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
June 8 2013    Skippers’ meeting (LHL Deck)                           
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
June 8 2013    SFH Regatta – Distance Race                            
10:00 AM Start
June 8 2013    Dinner, Awards, Auction, Social                         
6:00 PM – 11:30 PM (GR Community Center)


Ashley is this year’s Sailing for Hope’s honorary Commodore.

A Message from Anna - Ashley’s Mom:

“Ashley 14 was diagnosed with severe Aplastic Anemia in March of 2012 which rocked the world of her family.  Her 13 year old brother was a perfect match to be a bone marrow donor which was her cure and the transplant took place under the amazing care of St. Jude.  The most trying time in our family’s life was rough waters for sure!
But St. Jude hospital saved her life and after 13 surgeries in 2 months during a bone marrow transplant and chemo, and then contracting Steven Johnsons Disease right before being able to go home - Ashley painted this picture:  I refuse to sink!
And now she is sailing through the last few months of Immune Suppression Therapy before her one year BMT anniversary and return to normal life.”

Note: Ashley’s painting “I Refuse to Sink” will be on all 2013 Sailing for Hope T-Shirts




Special thanks to our returning sponsors:
Kentucky Lake Sailing Club, Lighthouse Landing Resort and Marina, Interlux, Sedona Staffing, Rosenblum & Reisman, Birdsong Resort & Marina, Grand Rivers Community Center, West Marine, North Sails, BoatUS, Regatta Ginger Beer, William Grant & Sons, SAILFAST, New England Ropes & Sperry Top-Sider

Special thanks to our new sponsors:
1st KY Bank, Neil’s Catering, Memphis Sports Pub, Daniel Forster Photography, Leighton O’Connor Sports & Travel Photography, Outside Images Nautical Photography, Originals by Pierce & Company, Bros Boards, Speed & Smarts, Volvo Ocean Racing & Central Plasticworks

And, as always, thank you for your love and support for the children of St. Jude.


Ahoy Kentucky Lake sailors! Sailing season is almost upon us. But before you get ready to hoist your sails I’m asking you to help with a very special project. Sailing for Hope is Kentucky Lake Sailing Club’s annual event to raise money for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In 2012 we gave all sailors, not just the skippers and their crews, the opportunity to support this worthy cause by signing up on the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital event web site and setting up their fund raising team. It costs nothing to sign up just a little bit of of time and a willingness to send out a few emails to friends and family urging them to support this worthy cause. We will be making this opportunity available again for the 2013 Regatta, please check back often for details.

You can customize your personal web page with your own photos and track your fund raising progress on line.  Form a team with your crew, your pier mates, your family or anyone who wants to get on board. The first place team will be recognized as St Jude Sailors of the year during the post race dinner.

Regatta sign up will begin soon on the Kentucky Lake Sailing Club site and we hope you will sail with us on June 8, 2013, however, racers and non racers will be able to set up their own fund raising site in the very near future. Please come back and check for updates.

2012 is St Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s 50 year anniversary and we need your help now more than ever. Please help us continue our work because “no child should die in the dawn of life” Danny Thomas

Thank You,
Elizabeth Owens
Kentucky Lake Sailing Club
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital

May 19, 2012 was last year's Sailing for Hope Regatta and together we raised over $ 13,000.00 for St. Jude, bringing our two year total to over $ 25,000.00. Thanks to everyone for your hard work and commitment!


About St. Jude

Built on a Promise

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, is one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Children from all 50 states and from around the world have come through the doors of St. Jude for research and treatment, and thousands more around the world have benefited from the research conducted at St. Jude – research that is shared freely with the global community. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatments that are not covered by insurance. No child is denied treatment because of a family’s inability to pay.

 Working together under one roof, their physicians and scientists have pioneered treatments that have helped push the overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 70 percent today. The survival rate for the most common form of childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, has risen from just 4 percent in 1962 to 94 percent today. 

Their Unique Mission

Local hospitals are vital to the health of children in every community. But St. Jude has a unique mission – to generate the knowledge that will save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children stricken with cancer and other catastrophic diseases worldwide.

They remain committed to their founder Danny Thomas’ dream that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” We urge you to help them by becoming a part of their great mission to find cures and save children.

-  At St. Jude, no child is ever turned away because of a family’s inability to pay.
St. Jude has the only National Cancer Institute-funded cancer center devoted solely to pediatric cancer.
- St. Jude discovered a way to lessen side effects, making radiation treatment effective for virtually all cancers.
- Scientific discoveries made at St. Jude lead to life-saving cures and treatments shared with and made available to communities around the world.
- The daily operating cost of St. Jude is $1.5 million, which is primarily covered through public contributions.

About KLSC

Kentucky Lake Sailing Club

The Kentucky Lake Sailing Club (KLSC) The KLSC is an organization of sailors in the KY Lakes area. We are not a yacht club, rather a group of sailors with a rich history dating back to the first Kentucky state registration for the club on Feb 2, 1955.

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T-Shirt design this year is by St. Jude patient Ashley. Her painting "I refuse to sink" is inspirational and beautiful artwork with amazing story.


We are so grateful for so many of our returning sponsors, plus are happy to announce the addition of dinner provided by Neil's Catering and sponsored by 1st KY Bank



West Marine in Hermitage, TN hosted Sailing for Hope. T-Shirts designed by the kids at St. Jude were on sale, and West Marine donated great goodies for the upcoming auction.
..... See Pictures


Southern Boating Magazine published a full page article in their May issue about Sailing for Hope. The article is by Laura Dunn:
.... Read Full Article


Cruising Compass made a mention of our event with a nice cover in their May 2nd newsletter:
...... Read more


Sign up and create a virtual regatta team and you can raise money too! Sign Up Today .... 


See the announcement of the 2012 Sailing for Hope regatta in the April issue of Latitudes & Attitudes magazine!!


Kids at St. Jude get together to design T-Shirts for this year's regatta. View shirts .... 


KLSC announces the re- scheduling of the Sailing for Hope Regatta, now to be held on July 16, 2011. All other events are also reschedule to coincide with the new date.


Due to record flooding the Sailing for Hope Regatta has been postponed to a later date. Date to be announced. 


Remember to visit the News, Port O' Call, Auction and other pages to stay up to date with new developments and happenings as we draw nearer to the event. Updates and materials are being added daily. 


Sailors Port O' Call.......... If you are participating in the race and would like some information about registration, fundraising, race news and more check it out .......more 


Support your boat.......... Please visit the pledge website today to show support for your favorite boat or individual team member. The website is live today and your support is welcomed ..... .......more 


OUR SPONSORS.......... The businesses and corporate sponsors are highlighted on our sponsors page. Please visit and read more about them  ... more 


WAYS TO HELP.......... St. Jude website goes lives with boat /  crew registration and a place for sponsors to sign up, go there now ... more 


St. Jude website posts announcement for Sailing for Hope regatta.


KLSC Winter Blues get together, and discuss  upcoming events.


KLSC  Annual Dinner / Dance, where St. Jude patient and parents speaks to club.

Mark May 19, 2012 in your log book and set your course for Lighthouse Landing Marina and the Sailing for Hope Regatta.  Step lively mate, and register today to earn the coveted Sailing for Hope burgee by raising $500 to combat childhood cancer and leukemia. There are other great prizes too!
But there’s more…..skipper bags, T shirts, trophies, food, a silent auction and of course------ lively competition.
 On May 19th let’s hoist a sail for hope; let’s hoist a sail for the children of St Jude.
To register: GO HERE
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