Newport, RI Sailing Cruise Aboard 12-Meter Yacht “Heritage” WithTampa Bay’s own Charley Morgan is Top Auction Item at Fundraiser
Remote Bids to be Taken during Live Auction Event in Tampa
Tampa, Florida; April 2, 2014; The Tampa Bay Hospice Cup Foundation today announced that it has received a donation of a special 2-3 hour sailing cruise aboard the 12-Meter America’s Cup yacht Heritage from 12 Meter Charters, Inc. of Newport, Rhode Island. The “step back in time” adventure will recall the glory days of Heritage’s 1970 America’s Cup campaign. A highlight of the day-trip excursion on Narragansett Bay will be the presence, onboard, of Tampa Bay’s own Charley Morgan. Morgan, a Founding Director of TBHCF, was Heritage’s designer, builder and skipper during the 1970 summer of America’s Cup racing.
The America’s Cup adventure will be auctioned off to the highest bidder during the upcoming 2014 Tampa Bay Hospice Cup fundraising dinner, to be held at the Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The 150-200 guests at the dinner will have an opportunity to bid on the Heritage cruise during a live auction (http://tampabayhospicecup.com/index.php?id=38); they will also be able to bid on numerous donated items which will be sold thru a silent auction during the dinner event.
Persons from outside of Tampa Bay can also bid on the Heritage cruise. Interested sailors are invited to pre-register with the TBHCF organizers by sending an e-mail to info@TampaBayHospiceCup.com. Remote bidders will be assigned a TBHCF volunteer who will act as their proxy during the live bidding, linked by mobile phone.
The Tampa Bay Hospice Cup Regatta, www.tampabayhospicecup.com, will be held at Davis Island Yacht Club on Saturday, April 26. Last year, the regatta attracted almost 60 sailboats and 400 sailors. The regatta attracts both serious racing sailors who participate in the handicap and multi-hull divisions, plus the “just for fun” sailors who are encouraged to sail a creative course around Tampa Bay, making up their own rules as they go. The Tampa Bay Hospice Cup Regatta also includes the long-running (29 years) “Morgan Invasion,” which is an annual sailing regatta and party focusing on sailboats designed and/or built by Charley Morgan and Morgan Yachts.
The retail value of this cruise normally would approach $1,500, but sailing with the legendary Charley Morgan makes this prize almost priceless to most sailors. In 2013, the inaugural regatta succeeded in raising $30,000 which was donated to the event’s beneficiaries, the two major Tampa Bay hospice organizations.
The actual date of the cruise will be coordinated between the winning bidder, the yacht’s owner and Charley Morgan. The auction item is for the day-cruise only; travel and local accommodations are not included.
The 12-Meter Heritage is distinctive, even today, because of her completely varnished wooden hull. Wooden hulls were standard for 12-Meter yachts in 1970, but the yacht’s “brightwork” topsides made her stand out among the rest of the 12-Meter fleet in Newport. Heritage is currently finishing up a complete re-fit and will be ready for the start of the 2014 sailing season.
The donor of this valuable prize, 12 Meter Charters, Inc. of Newport, http://12metercharters.com, offers sailing charters on up to eight 12 Meter yachts. In addition to Heritage, their fleet includes Columbia, the Olin Stephens-designed beauty, which, in 1958, was the first 12 Meter yacht to win the America’s Cup. All of 12 Meter Charters yachts are available for day-trips, sunset cruises, corporate outings and team-building, and wedding events.
About Tampa Bay Hospice Cup: The Tampa Bay Hospice Cup annual sailing regatta is organized and managed by volunteers from the Tampa Bay Hospice Foundation, the Davis Island Yacht Club, the Morgan Invasion, the West Florida Yacht Racing Association, LifePath Hospice of Hillsborough County and Suncoast Hospice of Pinellas County.
The event, which typically draws approximately 60 boat entries and 300 participants, is a major fundraising event, benefiting both the primary Tampa Bay-area hospice organizations. The regatta is held in the Spring sailing season each year. In 2013, the regatta organizers donated a total of $30,000 to both local hospice organizations – $15,000 each.
The TBHC Regatta is the extension of a long-running Tampa Bay sailing event known as “The Morgan Invasion.” The Morgan Invasion is a sailing regatta and rendezvous focused on boats designed or built by Charley Morgan, the famous Tampa Bay yacht designer and boat builder. Since 1985, the Morgan Invasion has been one of the most popular sailing events in the Tampa Bay region. In 2013, the Morgan Invasion was merged with the newly-organized Tampa Bay Hospice Cup, with the endorsement of Charley Morgan.
The 2014 Tampa Bay Hospice Cup Regatta will be held on April 26, 2014. It will be preceded by a hospice benefit fund-raising dinner and silent auction to be held on April 12, 2014 at Davis Island Yacht Club.