• Sarcoma Cup Coming Up!

    Sarcoma Cup:

    The annual charity regatta that celebrates sailing life and raises funds for a little known form of cancer that primarily affects children is back on August 28 and 29! This year, it will be hosted by Berkeley Yacht Club and seems ready to live up to its now established reputation of great sailing and awesome shoreside activities! Last year, the race more than doubled in size and is on track to becoming a flagship event on San Francisco Bay. It is hard to resist an event that gives so much flexibility to racers, provides so many perks, have the beneficiary do all the work and really earn their keep, see 100% of the proceeds go to the cause AND no cost any more than a regular regatta!!!

    The Racing:

    The racing will take place in the same area as last year - near Southampton Shoals - and will run along two courses to accommodate a large number of participants as well as wide differences in ratings. Casual racers or cruisers are welcome to compete in the relaxed non-spinnaker cruising division on both days. On Sunday, there will be a reverse handicap race around Bay islands - fleets that desire a 2nd day of mark racing and that can field enough boats on the start line may contact the race organizers for special accommodations. This year, there is a new perpetual trophy instituted for all Beneteau First Series boats: the First Passage Perpetual Trophy which will be awarded on Saturday. There will be fleet trophies awarded on Saturday and distance race trophies awarded on Sunday.

    A collaborative event:

    The sailing community is coming together to build this event: South Beach Yacht Club and Richmond Yacht Club will join forces with Berkeley Yacht Club to run the on-the-water activities. There might even be a spectator boat for friends and family! The Saint Francis Yacht Club is donating auction and raffle prizes and the Berkeley Marina is making special arrangement for Sarcoma Cup sailors to ensure that docking and launch ramp space can be reserved exclusively for race participants. Even the tide is helping and will make it easy for deep draft boats to enter and leave the marina on that weekend without risking to run aground!!

    Shoreside fun:

    On shore, there will still be the free massages that sailors are now looking forward to, several live bands to basically run live music all weekend!! and free wine, beer and coffee! The dinner menu went upscale but will remain at the same affordable price of $15!! The charity auction that will take place online and open mid-August features a ride on the Archambault 40, a personal flight for 3, diamonds and many other cool items. High value sailing items will be raffled off on Sunday and this year, there is an online fundraising competition - the incentive? Meet Survivor winner Yul Kwon! After all, the event is all about enabling people to survive cancer isn't it?

    100% of the proceeds will go toward seeding more sarcoma research projects. BeatSarcoma, the beneficiary and organizer of the event is working hard to multiply the value of the sponsorship funds which are underwriting the entire cost of the event. Every dollar made will go to the cause.

    So what are you waiting for??? Sign up at www.sarcomacup.org