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Hannig Cup - 2018




This year’s 12th “Give Something Back” Hannig Cup event is on Wednesday evening, August 22, 2018 at Sequoia Yacht Club. A pirate’s treasure of over $120,000 awaits charities if you plot your course to rendezvous with our fleet!


it all started simply enough on September 13, 2006 when a SYC member had a birthday on a Wednesday, the traditional night for sailboat races at Sequoia Yacht Club. The idea started with several members and a friend. What if, instead of getting birthday gifts, we used the race as an opportunity to give back — truly the best boating tradition?

It was never imagined what might come from a race called “The Give Something Back Race”. In eight years over $2 million has been distributed to charities, particularly emphasizing youth charities. The Port of Redwood City’s Executive Director commented that we had more sailboats out on the South Bay than any other time in history — including Opening Day. This year the theme is PIRATE as we have sponsor bounties for participation.

Ironically and quite unintentionally, in sharp contrast on the night of the Hannig Cup gift, there was also a video crew following our donor recipient in remote Central America when an unexpected urgent mission on land and on sea arose to try and rescue a new, suddenly non-responsive mother and her newborn. We hope to share that short video this year — seeing exactly why our boating community comes together to help others in need.

This year there is a “bounty” treasure chest of $300 for each person, as well as each boat participating in the race, up to $90,000! Plus bonus monies for charity based upon participation.

Another big part of the excitement that night are the two races — one for sailboats or virtual boats raising the most money for charity, and the other for the first boat to finish the on-the-water race! Anyone can enter the funds-raising race with a real or virtual boat, as the “winning boat” is the one that raises the most donations!

The cost of the dinner on August 27th is donated by sponsor Joe “Sparky” Bullock/Black Mountain Properties. Therefore all dinner ticket proceeds directly benefit our youth sailing program. Seating is limited. Dinner is $20 for adults and $10 for those 12 and under. Check availability and make reservations through Kathy Harris at:

Phone: (650) 207-7198.

Please join us if you are able, and please support the event even if you cannot attend. SYC Members can use “chit” donations. Please RSVP. This event is a great way for us to give back to our local youth and positively impact tens of thousands of people in the world.

For additional information call our recorded Pirate line (650) 482-3039.