Leah Chapin, 2016 SCSMR Foundation ACS Representative,
accepting $13,000 donation for the American Cancer Society from Foundation Treasurer, Linda Downey.
Thanks to our MANY
wonderful supporters and volunteers the Stephen C. Smith Memorial Regatta
Foundation was able to donate $13,000 this year to the local American Cancer
Society branch. THANK YOU!
2016 was the 43rd Annual event for the Stephen C. Smith Memorial Regatta,
held for each of the past 42 years at Shell Point Beach on the Gulf of Mexico in southern
Wakulla County. This year's event was scheduled for April 29 - May 1, 2016. (
The Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that presents the
regatta annually for the benefit of the American Cancer Society in memory
of Stephen Smith, a local sailor who died from a rare form of leukemia
at the age of 29. The 2016 event organizers are the Shell Point Sailboard Club (SPSC),
the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Apalachee Bay Yacht Club (ABYC)
and numerous businesses and individuals.
The Regatta has drawn as many as 200 registered participants and
hundreds more spectators from all over the southeast. The event
includes: races for yachts rated under the PHRF handicapping system,
catamarans such as Hobie Cats, smaller day sailors including Sunfish,
and windsurfers, the most numerous and arguably the most colorful
participants in the Regatta.
The windsurfing fleet will be competing for points in their national
standings. Catamarans and one design day sailors, and small and
large (22 feet and over) monohulls will race over their own courses.
Races are held both Saturday and Sunday, with other events for sponsors,
spectators, and participants on Saturday night.
The public is invited to view the races on Saturday and Sunday
and get lunch at the Regatta Grille, and to participate in the auction
of thousands of dollars worth of donated items on Sunday afternoon
beginning after the trophy presentations (about 2:00 pm). Everyone
can have a great time and pick up some great deals while making
a contribution to help us all fight cancer.
An American Cancer Society Benefit
In addition to the many patient services provided to children and
adults, the American Cancer Society funds research and public education,
which is vital in the effort against this silent killer. The American
Cancer Society receives no government funding and relies exclusively
on the generous support of private donations. In the last five years,
the Stephen C. Smith Memorial Regatta Foundation, Inc. has been
able to contribute over $83,000 to the ACS, the majority of which
stayed in the Big Bend area, providing educational programs and
patient services to area residents.
Businesses or individuals wishing to participate as sponsors will
receive a receipt for their donation to a 501c3 foundation and other
benefits appropriate to the level of support. Contributions may
be made by donating items for the auction, in-kind merchandise to
support the event, or negotiable funds. Donations will be recognized
in the Regatta Program Booklet, on this website, and on the sponsor