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Sail for Cancer Research again hits its target..

by Rob Mundle on 26 Feb 2001
Outstanding support for the Sail for Cancer day on Sydney Harbour last Sunday has delivered the Leo & Jenny Leukaemia
and Cancer Foundation with the funds to initiate at least two additional research projects this year.

Owners of yachts from both the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and Middle Harbour Yacht Club provided their boats for the
day to take guests for a sailing experience. Conditions were ideal with a light northeasterly breeze fanning across the
harbour.

'The day was a huge success and we are indebted to all concerned for their wonderful contributions,' said the head of the
Leo & Jenny Foundation’s fund raising committee, Vicky Kvisle. 'The sailing community has been a magnificent supporter of
the foundation for 17 years.

'Yacht owners can take pride in the fact that the Sail for Cancer Research days have provided well over $1 million to fund
vital research into the causes of cancer and leukaemia.'

Among the many projects to have benefited from the Sail For Cancer days are Dr Maria Kavallaris’ development of new and
more effective drugs for the treatment of tumors in children; the bone marrow transplant unit at St. Vincents’ Hospital and
Dr Carolym Mountford’s success in using Magnetic Resonance Imaging to significantly reduce the need for invasive surgery
for the diagnosis of thyroid cancer.

Dr Mountford has subsequently been researching the use of MRI for the diagnosis of breast and prostate cancers.

A significant proportion of the money raised on Sunday came via auctions that were backed by the day’s sponsors,
Strathfield Car Radio, Ansett Australia, Cypress Lakes Resort, Musto Australia clothing, the charter vessel Touche and two
restaurants, the Bluewater Grill at the CYCA and Shores at MHYC.

A fleet of 81 yachts and near 1000 crew participated in the day. There was a breakfast at both clubs before the sail that
took the fleet on a course between the city and the harbour entrance. The much anticipated showdown between George
Snow’s maxi Brindabella and Iain Murray’s 1992 America’s Cup campaign yacht Spirit saw Brindabella avenge its loss of
two weeks earlier by claiming fastest time for the course.

The outstanding camaraderie that prevailed on the water spilled over to post race parties at both clubs where there were
trophy presentations and great bands providing entertainment. Two of the most popular award winners were the classic old
cutter Varuna (John Musgrove) which was declared the 'Best Dressed Yacht' and the formally attired team aboard Sam
Hill's Laissez Faire who took a trophy for the 'The Best Dressed Crew.'

The next major event on the 'Sail for Cancer Research' agenda is the Blackmores Three Island Race on Pittwater on June
17. The founders of that event, Rob Mundle and David Stewart, will again be at the helm this year.

For more information please contact Rob Mundle or Lori Wilson at Rob Mundle Promotions, telephone (02) 9997 1126 or
email rmundle@ozemail.com.au

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