Those down around Long Wharf on Saturday afternoon, June 11, may well have heard the happy sounds of a steel band and seen guests boarding motor yachts, sizes 40 to 60 feet.
What they were observing was the start of the second annual Flotilla of Hope, whose fleet goes around Shelter Island, offering guests unparalleled views, a chance to be out in the water, and delicious nibbles and beer. And all for a good cause — benefiting Fighting Chance, the East End’s free cancer counseling center, based in Sag Harbor.
So many deserve credit for taking part in this event, but as chairman of Fighting Chance, I am writing with a special “shout out” to Joe Ialacci, who operates the Yacht Hampton charter business at the wharf.
Joe took part last year, contributed one of his boats and became a director of our charity. This year, he agreed to contribute two boats (both with captains). But as more guests registered, he added a third boat, and, at the last minute, a fourth boat. He came through in a pinch, and I am grateful, as is everyone else who worked to make the event a tremendous success.
See you next summer.
One fine body…