In the world of sailing regattas there are strict rules on how and when to run the race to preserve the sportsmanship of the event and to ensure the proper function of the competition.
But what happens when the race is called on account of high wind as happened over the weekend at the 3rd annual Village Cup Regatta?
You arm wrestle of course!
For the past three years, the Port Jefferson village team has challenged the team from Mather Hospital in the Village Cup Regatta,
Although the real winners in this race are the two organizations that benefit from the fundraiser, the winning team gains bragging rights over the now-coveted Village Cup. Coveted mostly by the team from Mather, team two years in a row.
Mayor Margot Garant, representing the Port Jefferson village team stepped up to challenge Terry Quinn, the Director of Development for in an arm wrestling competition after the regatta was called off.
“I beat her lefty and righty,” said Garant.
According to Garant, since the race was called off, the will hold the cup until next year. The competition remains Port Jefferson Village, 2, and Mather Hospital, 0.
The Setauket Yacht Club formed the idea for the Village Cup Regatta after losing two of its members to pancreatic cancer.
Money raised through the regatta is split between John T. Mather Memorial Hospital’s Palliative Medicine Program and support for medical and scientific research into pancreatic cancer through the Lustgarten Foundation.
According to Mather spokesman Stuart Vincent, this year the Village Cup Regatta raised $18,500 for both Mather’s Palliative Medicine Program and the Lustgarten Foundation.
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