MSC and the Leukemia Cup Regatta - A Personal Letter from Member/Instructor Kevin Holden | Modern Sailing

MSC and the Leukemia Cup Regatta - A Personal Letter from Member/Instructor Kevin Holden


Ahoy Fellow Members, Sailors, and of course Scallywags,

Have you ever wanted to find a way to channel your passion for sailing into helping others?

Up until October 2015, I had not. When I was introduced to the Leukemia Cup Regatta on San Francisco Bay through Modern Sailing, fellow Club member Ernie Khirallah and myself were not sure what we were getting into. Well mates, we were hooked from the starting line, and have not missed one since.

The first year, we did not truly grasp nor appreciate the opportunity that this event offered to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and help those affected by these terrible blood cancers. By the time we crossed the finish line, we both knew we wanted to step up our game in 2016. As a result, we formed “Pirates For A Cause,” a group of club members and friends coming together under the same flag: “We Sail So Others Can Weather Their Storm.“

During our participation, Pirates For A Cause partnered with Modern Sailing to raise thousands of dollars for LLS while sailing San Francisco Bay. We even went so far as to put faces to this effort. We have sailed for two young ladies, Samantha & Sophia, both of whom were diagnosed with a childhood leukemia. This fall, Samantha starts 4th grade and Sophia starts 1st grade - CANCER FREE! Their victory over cancer in part is a result of all the research, doctors, and family programs supported by the LLS.

Is it time for you to step up your game and combine your sailing with a cause that helps others? This year’s Leukemia Cup Regatta is Sunday, October 20. I invite you to stand up and be counted as part the 2019 campaign. Come join Modern Sailing and Pirates For A Cause as crew aboard an MSC boat. For more information about how you can join, visit MSC's San Francisco Leukemia Cup Regatta page. Ready to sign up? It's easy to Enroll Online, or just call the office at (415) 331-8250 and tell them you want to get on board!

Why should you support this effort?

“Because it is in our Blood!”


Kevin “El Jefe” Holden
MSC Member, Instructor, and Pirate For A Cause


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  • John Boynton

    The class was terrific. I know you must get many compliments about your sailing instructors...But I must tell you that Robert is outstanding. Having taught SCUBA, I really appreciate the way he is so sensitive to all on board, dealing with each so well, knowing quickly their strengths and weaknesses making each feel special and cared for.

  • Trudy Flores

    Captain Jeff Cathers is really cool. I had such a great time on the Farallones Day Trip. It was actually my very best day of 2020. Thank you so much for coordinating the trip.

  • John Kipping

    The meeting room was quite adequate and the location most convenient, but the course outline and instruction were outstanding. Modern Sailing is fortunate to have such a well organized instructor in Mr. Stan Lander who teaches very well from a rich professional background. Mr. Lander was generous with his time and patiently in helping students who needed more attention or time in understanding various aspects of the curriculum.

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