Riverside Yacht Club’s Terrapin Racing sailing with a purpose

Greenwich resident Jon Litt of Greenwich and his Riverside Yacht Club’s Andrews 68 Terrapin finished third in the ORR Navigators Class at the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, which recently concluded. The crew sailed with pink jerseys and hats, and Terrapin’s hull, when heeled, showed a pink bow painted on it, raising awareness for breast cancer research.

Greenwich resident Jon Litt of Greenwich and his Riverside Yacht Club’s Andrews 68 Terrapin finished third in the ORR Navigators Class at the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, which recently concluded. The crew sailed with pink jerseys and hats, and Terrapin’s hull, when heeled, showed a pink bow painted on it, raising awareness for breast cancer research.

On June 20, Terrapin Racing out of Riverside Yacht Club set sail in the Newport-Bermuda Race, the fourth of six races this summer, to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

Terrapin Racing, co-skippered by Greenwich residents Jon Litt and Paul Dunay, has already raised more than $50,000 for breast cancer research and is the first men’s team dedicated to creating awareness of this important cause in the sailing community.

Team Terrapin is looking to continue to raise money as they race throughout the summer.

“Breast cancer is terrible disease. Paul and I both have loved ones who have been affected,” said Litt. “Supporting BCRF will raise the awareness of breast cancer amongst the yacht racing community. At the same time, the funds we’re raising will support important breast cancer research which will hopefully prevent other women from having to endure this disease.”

A week earlier, Terrapin tackled the New York Yacht Clubs Annual Regatta in Newport R.I., and Around the Island Race, taking two first place finishes over the three days and second overall.

The team is also planning to compete in the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Onion Patch Race in Bermuda, and the Stamford Yacht Club’s Vineyard Race. Throughout the series, the team will offer multiple opportunities for supporters to get involved with their fundraising efforts.

“The journey we’re embarking on, which includes the prestigious, three-day Newport Bermuda ocean race, will certainly be demanding,” Dunay said. “But it’s nothing compared to what women who receive a breast cancer diagnosis go through.”

Terrapin Racing is based in Riverside and for the 2014 season will be racing on an Andrews 70.

Jonathan Litt, founder and CIO of Land and Buildings, is a leader in his industry whose investment firm specializes in value-added real estate stock investing. Co-skipper Paul Dunay is an accomplished author and marketing guru.

Terrapin Racing is a Corinthian team which includes good friends and Greenwich residents Steve Dolan, Jim and Cynthia Dow, Richard Walker, Peter Grueterich, Chuck Zeigler, Chris Eichmann, as well as Jarrett Crosby, Alexander Root, T.J. Scott, Wes Bemus, Frank Hughes, Charlie Cahill, Andrew Morgan, Matthew Ferlotti, Glen Walker and Dave Coughlin.

Those donating to BCRF at a certain level will also be entered to win a private cocktail cruise on the yacht. To donate to BCRF through Team Terrapin, visit Bit.ly/teamterrapin and to follow the team, visit Facebook.com/TeamTerrapin.

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