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Fairhope – The Children’s Cup Regatta sets sail again on Aug. 17, to benefit patients treated at Children’s of Alabama.  Sailing enthusiasts and friends in Mobile and Baldwin counties are invited to enjoy a day of sailboat racing at the Fairhope Yacht Club, located at 101 Volanta Ave.
A family-friendly event, guests are welcome to watch the races free-of-charge beginning at 12:30 p.m.  Activities will be available for children and adults throughout the day. The under-the-sea themed children's activity area will open from 3-6 p.m. complete with arts, crafts, raingutter regatta, games and a waterslide.

The awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m. featuring live music from the Fairhope Yacht Club band, a D.J., cash bar, silent auction and $5 barbecue plates.
Participation from out-of-town sailors and yacht clubs is welcome. Boats can be parked at Fairhope Yacht Club overnight. The entry fee for Performance Handicap Racing Fleet, Portsmouth, Rhodes 19 and Catalina 22 is $50 per boat. Youth Class entry fee is $25 per boat. All entry fees are tax deductible.

The Mobile Bay Sailing Team for Special Athletes will return this year to set sail. The team of 12 participated last year with their helpers after practicing their sailing skills. A new sponsorship level is available this year especially for their team. Six levels of sponsorship opportunities are available.
The Children’s Cup Regatta is known as Katie’s Cup Youth Regatta in honor of Katie Hamlin of Fairhope. As a 16 year-old Bayside Academy honor student and soccer player, Katie was diagnosed with a possible staph infection in May 2009. After falling sick a few weeks later, she was induced into a coma and put on a ventilator. She was diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome and transferred to Children’s of Alabama. After seven months of treatment, Katie was able to return home and is now a walking, talking miracle. Katie will be in attendance at this year’s Regatta. Last year Children’s treated more than 1,700 patients from Mobile and Baldwin counties at the state’s only freestanding pediatric medical facility.

For early registration, visit:
Late registration begins at 10 a.m. on Aug. 17 underneath the Fairhope Yacht Club.    

About Children’s of Alabama
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional outpatient surgery and diagnostic imaging services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen offices in communities across central and north Alabama. The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children is the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for excellence in nursing care. For the past three years, Children’s has been ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 47 other states.