The 3rd Annual Connecticut Spring Boat Show, produced by WindCheck and sponsored by Brewer Essex Island Marina, Essex Boat Works, YachtWorld, and the Yacht Brokers Association of America, welcomed over 50 boats from 20 to 75 feet to Essex, CT last month. A $5 suggested donation was collected at the entrance of this year’s show to benefit Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C), a Connecticut-based non-profit organization dedicated to funding research in the education, prevention, care and cure for all types of cancer through the art and enjoyment of sailing.

“We were honored to be chosen as the show’s charity,” said SU4C President Bob Davis, a two-time cancer survivor. “We enjoy working with Anne Hannan and Ben Cesare of WindCheck, and are overwhelmed by the generosity of the show attendees, vendors and brokers who make this show a tremendous success.”

New this year was a cocktail cruise on the Connecticut River aboard the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s Becky Thatcher, with proceeds also supporting SU4C. “It was terrific to have Becky Thatcher at the show,” said WindCheck Publisher Ben Cesare. “She added to the family fun of the entire event.”

With more than $10,000 raised at the show, SU4C will continue their mission along the Shoreline and Southeastern regions of Connecticut. SU4C’s Spinnaker Fund provides financial assistance to many families, and the organization also gives significant donations to local cancer hospitals, Center for Hospice Care, Visiting Nurses, and others.

The Sails Up 4 Cancer BBQ & Cornhole Tournament is Friday, June 15, 2018 at Mystic Shipyard in Mystic, CT, with live music from Lone Wolf Trio. The 6th Annual Sails Up 4 Cancer Regatta will be held on Fishers Island Sound Saturday, June 16. Also on Saturday is the SU4C Wellness Expo with Be The Match (1 – 5 pm at Mystic Shipyard), followed by the Post Regatta Party with live music by Rock & Soul Revue and Dark ‘n’ Stormy stations.

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