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Co-owner Cedric Lewis leads way as Mirage cleans up on and off the water for Hospice Cup XLI

Co-owner Cedric Lewis, shown standing while trimming the spinnaker, was the top individual fundraiser for Hospice Cup XLI. The Mirage team, which includes co-owner Fred Salvesen (holding tiller) was the top fundraising boat.

Co-owner Cedric Lewis and the rest of the Mirage team were the big winners on and off the water for Hospice Cup XLI.

Lewis led the way as Mirage was the top fundraising boat, donating $8,000 to local nonprofit hospices. Lewis was the top individual fundraiser due largely to the generosity of Truist Bank and Royal Bank of Canada, which combined to donate $3,100.

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Lewis, who has been on the Hospice Cup Board of Directors for 12 years, was thankful for the support of so many family and friends as he was recognized as the top individual fundraiser. Two other Mirage crew members were heavily involved with the effort. Molly Wilmer is co-executive director of the Annapolis-area Hospice Cup, while Vernon Sheen was a sponsor to the tune of $3,500.

“The reason I have supported Hospice Cup for so long is because of their mission to raise funds and awareness for hospice care,” Lewis said. “It is truly amazing what the hospice caregivers do for families. They provide support and counseling so your loved ones can die with dignity and free from pain.”

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A deep and dedicated team of volunteers mounted another tremendously successful effort as Hospice Cup XLI wound up raising more than $75,000. That money will be distributed to numerous local hospice organizations and causes.

This year, for the first time, Hospice Cup partnered with Luminis Health and Gilchrest Lifecare Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center. This joint venture between Luminis and Gilchrist, Maryland’s largest nonprofit leader in serious illness and end-of-life care, will enhance elder care services in Anne Arundel County.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership,” Hospice Cup executive director Christine Lasser said. “As important as it is to create an exceptional racing and social experience for sailors, raising funds and awareness of hospice care is at the heart of what we do.”

Hospice Cup XLI also specifically supports three nonprofit hospice organizations — Talbot Hospice, Capital Caring along with Montgomery/Prince George’s Hospice.

On the water, Lewis served as tactician and trimmed the spinnaker while co-owner Fred Salvesen steered as Mirage won all three races to take top honors in the J/105 class. Missy Salvesen trimmed the main and Greg Larcher worked the bow, while Wilmer was jib trimmer and Sheen handled the pit.

Mirage finished seven points clear of runner-up Tenacious in J/105 class, which attracted 14 boats. Every member of the crew was needed to carry all the hardware home from the awards party as Mirage was recognized as top cruising one-design and also the Van Metre Trophy that is awarded for the best cumulative performance over the last three Hospice Cup regattas.

“We sailed very well. We had good boat speed and sailed very tactically smart races,” Lewis said. “There were short weather legs, so that put a premium on starts. We won two of three starts near the pin end.”

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A strong turnout of 80 boats on three racing circles turned out for the 41st edition of the Hospice Cup held on Chesapeake Bay. Storm Trysail Club, led by principal race officer Dick Neville, ran Area 3 that featured the J/105 class and postponed ashore to allow the sea breeze to fill in.

Drew Mutch and the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake, which oversaw the small boat circle for the Snipe, Harbor 20, Melges 15 and J/22 classes, postponed for a half hour before completing five races.

Steve Sharkey and another Sailing Club of the Chesapeake race committee managed Area 2 that featured mostly handicap classes racing around government marks.

Mirage wasn’t the only Hospice Cup XLI entry to post a string of bullets. Skipper Warren Richter and his fiancee Tracey Martin sailed double-handed as Committed was victorious in all five races contested by the J/22 class.

“The format and race management for the inshore course was fantastic. Drew Mutch did a terrific job of getting five races off,” Richter said. “I give all the credit to Tracey, who did a lot of hard work getting the sails up and down crisply. Getting the chute up and gybing quickly was important.”

Gavin O’Hare got the gun in three of five starts in winning the Snipe class. Action was tighter among the Harbor 20 fleet as Brian Wiersema edged Bell Carty by two points.

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Bill Sutton, a veteran J/105 and Harbor 20 sailor, was winner of the annual competition to determine the official Hospice Cup artwork. Sutton won with his piece title “Running Tide in Pursuit” with the original being auctioned during the Hospice Cup awards party.

Sutton beautifully captured the jet black-hulled Sparkman & Stephens 61-footer that remains one of the most renowned racing sailboats in Annapolis and Chesapeake Bay history. Running Tide was originally owned by Al Van Metre, one of the founders of the Hospice Cup.

Beau Van Metre, who raced with his father during the glory days of the 1980s, recently restored Running Tide. The Van Metre family continues to support the Hospice Cup in various ways.

Complete results from Hospice Cup XLI can be found at: https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=15019


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