Rob Moore Memorial Regatta
Thank you to everyone for making the first Rob Moore Memorial Regatta such a success! We raised over $20,000 in the first year of this new annual event!
The weather was beautiful, with wind and current conditions that enabled nearly all boats to finish and make it to the warm, sunny deck for free beer from Latitude 38 and complimentary pizza from Waypoint Pizza. Stan Honey delivered an entertaining and illuminating talk about technology in use and under development for the America's Cup. Thank you Stan!
Corinthian Yacht Club dished up a delicious buffet dinner, complemented but the generous donation of wine from Dry Creek Vineyard.
We have launched a 2nd Chance auction with a few additional items -- a one day bareboat charter in SF Bay on a Sunsail yacht, a thrilling ride on Peter Stoneberg's Shadow, and a Dragon Boat Cruise along the Berkeley shore for 12+ people.
It's not too late to make a donation directly to the National Lung Cancer Partnership.
From his 18 years as racing editor of Latitude 38, to boat ownership (Summertime Dream, Urban Guerilla, E-Ticket, Grump Old Men, etc.), to crew on many large and small racing programs, Rob made innumerable contributions to sailing in San Francisco Bay. As he penned in his “Ten Commandments of Beercan Racing,” first published in Latitude 38 in 1989, Rob believed strongly that sailboat racing should be competitive and fun, and encourage participation at all levels. He was discouraged by the recent downturn in participation in SF Bay racing, and he was constantly trying to find ways to increase the number of boats on the water. With this in mind we are collaborating with Corinthian Yacht Club to launch a yearly event that will honor Rob’s contributions to our sport with a focus on upholding his Ten Commandments.
Rob was a great supporter of the CYC MidWins, putting in hours of time counselling generations of PRO's and recruiting racers to participate in this venerable regatta. Rob was originally recruited to CYC by Commodore Peter Hogg as race chair, and put in many years running the race personally.
Rob desired to make a "parting" gift to CYC, and to Bay Area racers with a bequest that would support regional racing at CYC. A group of dedicated racers is working with CYC to help make this happen. As there are already SO MANY races on the bay, and as Rob had a close relationship to the MidWins, we've agreed to make Rob's Race part of the MidWins.
The race took place as part of the second weekend of the Corinthian Yacht Club MidWinter regatta, February 16, 2013.
Never a smoker, Rob was struck down by lung cancer at the age of 58. We've learned that this is a shockingly prevalent disease with less research funding than many less frequent ailments. Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer in the U.S., taking over 160,000 lives every year.
More people die from lung cancer than breast, colon, prostate, and pancreatic combined, and nearly 20% of victims never smoked.
Despite these numbers, the research funding provided for lung cancer research has lagged significantly behind other cancers. For example, lung cancer kills more than twice as many women as breast cancer, and yet received a quarter of the reseach dollars.
Responding to this great need, we have added a charitable fund-raising component to the race, in cooperation with the National Lung Cancer Partnership. The NLCP's mission is to decrease deaths due to lung cancer and to help patients live longer and better through research, awareness and advocacy.
We didn't just pull this organization out of a hat -- Rob and his wife Leslie were direct recipients of their support. They are a 501 (c) (3) organization with a four-star Charity Navigator rating.
We invite and encourage everyone to enter and/or donate and participate in a fun raffle with many great prizes.
All receipts from the charitable side of the event will be provided to our charitable partner, and donors will receive donation receipts from NLCP.
Thanks to our sponsors!
Our in-kind sponsors to date are: