by Garth Meyer
The 30th annual Tom Collier Memorial “Cure Cancer Cup” sailboat race on July 9 raised more than $50,000 for a research lab at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
A total of 34 boats, from 14ft to 50ft, took part in the 10-mile chase just off King Harbour.
In this format, the slowest ships by type depart first, and the fastest one hour later. The first to cross the finish line wins.
For 2022, Curt Johnson, of Marina Del Rey, is at the helm of “Avet”, a 26-foot monohull keelboat. Len Abbeduto of Redondo Beach took second in the 24-foot “Another Bad Wolf”; and Jerome Samarcelli of Marina Del Rey took third place in “Sam”, a 32-foot carbon fiber sailboat.
In the cruiser division, Mike Devine of Redondo Beach took first place in the 26-foot “Meimi II”.
Bur Hope, of Redondo Beach, won the Cal 20 division (20ft monohulls), and Daniel Belton of Redondo Beach, was first for the multihulls (catamaran), after the two leading catamarans both raced missed buoys.
The first female skipper to finish is Julie Coll, in a 24-foot monohull.
Tom Collier was a sailor from Redondo Beach who died of cancer at the age of 31. The regatta raised more than $700,000 for cancer research, specifically a Cedars-Sinai lab in Los Angeles.
Money is raised through race entry fees, a silent and live auction, cash donations and more. Emergency room