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(MOBILE, ALA.) -Children's of Alabama, in partnership with Fairhope Yacht Club, announces the second-annual Children's Cup Regatta, a full day of racing and entertainment scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20 on Mobile Bay. The event is FREE for the public.

Entries are being accepted until Aug. 20. Boats will sail from the Fairhope Yacht Club (101 Volanta Ave., Fairhope). A skippers' meeting will be held that day at 9:30 a.m. First warning signals will sound at 12:30 p.m.

Entry fees are $50 per person for the adult class races and $25 per person for the Raingutter Regatta. Admission for spectators is FREE but donations will be accepted and boat sponsorships encouraged. Those interested in racing should preregister online at or by contacting Kerrie Benson of Children's at 251-610-4969.

Adults and children alike will find a variety of races to enter, including PHRF, Portsmouth, Rhodes 19, Catalina 22, Laser Radial, 420, Opti (Advanced), and Opti Green. Youth may also compete in the Raingutter Regatta to see which 6-inch-long sailboat will be the first to reach the end of a 10-foot long rain gutter filled with water. In addition, children will be able to play in the oversized inflatable bounce house.

Barbecue plates will be available for a $5 donation. Doc Rogers and Rock Dodgers will provide musical entertainment from 6 until 9 p.m. Attendees will also we able to bid on silent auction items.

The event is being held in memory of the late Dr. Jim Dearth, longtime CEO of Children's and sailing and racing enthusiast. The event also honors 10-year-old Al Guarisco who spent years at Children's after doctors discovered a rare and fatal birth defect and 18-year-old Katie Hamlin of Daphne, who recently spent more than six months at Children's battling a life-threatening illness.


Children's of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and is one of the 10 busiest pediatric medical centers in the nation. It is home to Alabama's only Level I pediatric trauma center, a leading pediatric hematology/oncology center, the state's only pediatric blood and marrow transplant program and the only pediatric burn center in the southeastern U.S. 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. Ten of its divisions - pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology-are ranked in the Top 50 Children's Hospital Programs by US News & World Report. Children's is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for its excellence of nursing care. The hospital is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit