John Dodge, Sean Simmons lead high fundraising groups for Hospice Cup XLII

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Nearly everyone seems to be touched by hospice in some unspecified time in the future of their lives. That indisputable fact is a giant motive charity occasions such because the Hospice Cup crusing regatta are so profitable.

For taking part sailors who’ve had a liked one handled by hospice, the trigger is private. That’s as a result of they’ve witnessed the care, compassion and dedication of the hospice professionals and volunteers.


John Dodge and Sean Simmons, leaders of the highest fundraising groups for Hospice Cup XLII, are obsessed with supporting hospice.

Simmons was grateful for the care offered to his mom, mother-in-law and longtime crew mate Kurt Lowman. Simmons has been competing in all 23 editions of Hospice Cup and has spearheaded the highest fundraising crew at the very least 15 occasions.


“I’ve seen firsthand what hospice does and it is vitally impactful,” Simmons stated. “Hospice caregivers are extremely useful with getting households by way of a really tough time.”

Simmons spent 27 years as crew boss aboard Donnybrook, the maxi yacht skippered by Jim Muldoon. Lowman was the veteran navigator of that racing program and his battle with esophageal most cancers was robust for all of the Donnybrook crew members.

Muldoon performed a distinguished function in establishing the Hospice Cup on the Chesapeake Bay and was a beneficiant contributor to the trigger. There was one yr when the Donnybrook crew raised $10,000 by way of the regatta.

“Jim Muldoon made a pledge from the start that he would match no matter sum of money the crew raised,” stated Simmons, an Annapolis resident who works at Zimmerman Marine in Deale.

Jack Detweiler and his son sailed the Alerion Specific 28 Skimmer to second place in PHRF NC class in Hospice Cup XLII. (Willy Keyworth)

Muldoon retired from aggressive racing in 2016 however has continued to make an annual donation. Simmons sailed aboard Katsu, a Reichel-Pugh 45 owned by Severna Park resident Jamie Wright, this yr. He was offered with the Hank Lawton Trophy after elevating $6,700.

“Once I first stepped aboard Katsu I informed Jamie about Hospice Cup and he was all in,” stated Simmons, who has most likely raised near $100,000 for hospice through the years. “I used to be checking my telephone out on the water and Jamie was making donations throughout the race.”

Simmons, who began his fundraising efforts six weeks earlier than the regatta, had the best whole as of in the future earlier than the regatta. He was eclipsed on race day by John Dodge and Group Kabayashu Mara, who used a late cost to amass $9,300 in donations.

Dodge stated the decisive donation got here from his firm (Sandoz, a division of Novartis), which has an identical present program in place for workers who’re obsessed with advocacy. Dodge was first uncovered to hospice care when his mom died of most cancers shortly after giving beginning to his youthful brother. Two grandmothers, an uncle and lots of buddies additionally benefited from the service.


“Hospice allowed them to spend their ultimate moments with dignity surrounded by family members,” stated Dodge, who had a pal die of most cancers the week of this yr’s Hospice Cup.

Dodge thanked Mark Sweeney, proprietor of the J/105 Kobayashi Maru, for permitting him to borrow the boat for all the Triple Crown of Charity crusing collection. He was humbled by the generosity and help of all those who donated to the crew.

Molly Wilmer, president of the Hospice Cup Board of Administrators, stated this yr’s regatta raised greater than $140,000 — highest whole since 2016. These funds shall be distributed to the 4 hospice companions — Capital Caring Well being, Luminis Well being Gilchrist Life Institute, Montgomery Hospice and Talbot Hospice.

On the water, there have been 94 boats competing in 13 courses unfold round three racing areas. Drew Mutch of host Crusing Membership of the Chesapeake managed the interior course of smaller one-designs and leveraged a robust northwesterly blowing out of the Severn River to finish 5 races for the J/22, Harbor 20, Snipe and Melges 15 courses.

Harbor 20 class was largest of the regatta with 19 entries and skipper John Heintz sailed Endurance to victory. Nationwide Crusing Corridor of Fame member Gary Jobson crewed for Heintz, who began off with a pair of bullets then completed with three straight runner-up outcomes.

“It was nice to have Gary aboard and chirping nonstop to maintain me sharp on the helm. I at all times study at any time when Gary is aboard,” stated Heintz, who was offered with the Van Metre Household Trophy for finest efficiency in fleet. “Key to our success was getting away from the road on the starboard finish with velocity, clear air and freedom to tack.”


Skipper Lisa Pline put forth a powerful efficiency in successful all 5 races in Spipe class. She credited crew Antoine Ismael, a Severn Faculty senior and fellow Severn Crusing Affiliation member, with “doing an ideal job of recognizing the puffs and helpingpick our manner up the course.” Ismael steered the boat in two of the races and his Membership 420 expertise confirmed by way of.

Skipper Gus Reed and different members of the Naval Academy varsity offshore crusing crew competed in J/105 class aboard Constellation. (Willy Keyworth)

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Dick Neville and a race committee from the Storm Trysail Membership managed the southern course that was set close to Tolly Level and featured the 13-boat J/105 class. Skipper Angelo Guarino and his crew aboard Crescendo performed the shifts efficiently to win the one race held.

“Being to the correct paid off on the primary upwind leg. We performed the shifts on the primary downwind leg and have been in a position to fend off assaults from behind on the ultimate run to the end,” stated Guarino, who earned the Sajack Household Basis Trophy for high efficiency in a cruising one-design class.

Neville stated a large 50 diploma wind shift throughout the first beat compelled him to desert the second race of the day.

Arthur Libby from Crusing Membership of the Chesapeake served as principal race officer for the pursuit course and despatched 45 boats in seven courses on the shorter course choice of seven.92 miles. That call was knowledgeable by circumstances — an ebb tide and diminishing winds that began off at eight knots from the northwest.

Robbie Michaelson sailed his Gulfstar 40 AnnaMae to first place honors in PHRF Non-Spinnaker C. Ben Michaelson known as ways for his brother and was credited with recognizing the wind shifts. Ham Tyler trimmed the jib whereas Traci Michaelson trimmed the principle for her husband.


“We benefited by seeing the sooner boats forward and headed north up the bay. There was extra stress towards the west so we stayed properly left of the rhumb line to maintain transferring,” Robbie Michaelson stated. “Being such a heavy boat (28,000 kilos), the helmsman has to maintain the rudder as nonetheless as attainable, so the trimmers should be very lively in holding the sails at optimum trim in mild winds.”

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