The Leukemia Cup Challenge
Raising Sails for a Cure—Competition at Its Finest!

Leukemia Cup Regatta

September 3, 2008—The 5th annual Leukemia Cup Regatta will be held on White Bear Lake Sept. 12—14, in honor of more than 823,000 Americans who are battling blood cancers: leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Since 2004, Minnesota sailors have raised nearly $240,000, making the Leukemia Cup the state’s most successful charitable sailing event. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. A national event since the 1990s, the Leukemia Cup has raised over $23 million for LLS programs.
This year marks the inaugural year of the Leukemia Cup Challenge. Any sailor wishing to compete for the Challenge trophy may form a team comprised of three boats, all of which must be registered in the Leukemia Cup Regatta. Skippers who wish to participate in the Challenge, but who are unable to field a full three-boat team, may enter a pool lottery for random team assignment. A yacht club may field more than one team; teams representing a yacht club may be comprised of yachts from outside the club, as long as one of the three is a member of said club. Teams may be comprised of boats from the same racing class or multiple classes.

Leukemia Cup Regatta

The Challenge trophy is a “perpetual” trophy, which means that each yacht club, or team, winning the privilege of holding the trophy until the following year’s race shall guarantee its return in good condition. There will be an engraved record attached to the trophy, listing the name of the winning team, the club which it represents, and the year of the competition. Each winning team/club, will receive a suitable permanent recognition prize.
The scoring basis for the Leukemia Cup Challenge will be the combined sailing and fundraising scores of each of the team’s boats. Individual boat scores are the sum of the race points earned within each class for the five races, plus the overall fundraising ranking score of the boats. Challenge team score ties are resolved based on the team totals of race placement.

The magnificent trophy stands 24.75 inches; its nickel-plated, tarnish-free cup is attached to a solid American walnut base with chrome engraved plates. Generously donated to The Leukemia Cup Regatta by Dr. Jack and Karen Drogt of White Bear Lake, the Challenge trophy honors the memory of Karen’s father, Mayor William “Bill” Sandberg. Sandberg, longtime North St. Paul mayor, lost his battle with leukemia in April after a diagnosis in March.

The Leukemia Cup Challenge trophy will be awarded Sunday, Sept. 14, at White Bear Boat Works. For more information about race registration and the weekend’s events, visit or contact Nicki Hyser:; 763-545-3309, ext. 102.