Our friends at the Herreshoff Marine Museum (HMM) in conjunction with the International 12 Metre Association, 12 Metre Yacht Club, Bristol Yacht Club, and the Ida Lewis Yacht Club, along with Heart to Heart International invite you to participate in the inaugural Race for Ukraine Regatta, a friendly and heartfelt fundraising and sailing competition around Conanicut Island for PHRF boats, on Saturday, June 4.

Open to all sailboats with PHRF ratings, this regatta will provide a fundraising platform to directly support the people of Ukraine. There is no entry fee, but organizers strongly encourage donations to Ukraine through charitable partner Heart to Heart International (HHI).

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Heart to Heart International is a global humanitarian organization whose mission is to improve healthcare access around the world by ensuring quality care is provided equitably in disaster situations around the world. Through HHI, 99% of all dollars donated will go to providing on-the-ground medical assistance in Ukraine.

Spearheaded by 12 Metre Yacht Club Commodore Steve Eddleston, the owner of America’s Cup-winning 12 Metre yacht Weatherly, the Race for Ukraine Regatta is facilitated by a team of collaborators throughout the Rhode Island sailing community. Ida Lewis Yacht Club (ILYC) and Bristol Yacht Club (BYC) will provide simultaneous race starts at each end of Narragansett Bay, and the Herreshoff Marine Museum (HHM) will serve as Organizing Authority by registering and scoring all entries. The International Twelve Metre Association (ITMA) also supports the effort.

Heart to Heart International (HHI) will track the donations of each boat individually, enabling the broadest base of donors to “back their boat” with online contributions. For more information and to register, log onto 12myc.org/raceforukraine. ■