The 2014 Rob Moore Memorial Regatta

ROBGATTA 2014

the Second Annual Rob Moore Memorial Regatta

Febraury 15, 2014

Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon, CA

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's event a big success! To our title sponsor, North Sails, and our volunteers, speakers, donors, CYC staff, and everyone who came out and raced -- THANK YOU!



Our silent and live auctions raised over $21,000 for Free to Breathe, our non-profit partner focusing on lung cancer research and awareness. Combined with individual contributions, it looks like we raised over $30,000 this year – definitely short of our $50,000 goal, but still quite respectable.

It’s still possible to make a donation, so anyone who would still like to contribute can visit http://participate.freetobreathe.org/goto/RobMooreRegatta. Due to the late hour of our live auction, a couple of exciting items failed to reach the minimum bid. We can still accept offers for a ride for two on Roy Pat Disney’s Pyewacket, including airfare from the Bay Area (minimum bid of $3000), and three crew positions on the Clipper Around the World in-port race on April 17th (minimum bid $500). Contact leslie@rockskipper.com if you are interested -- here are the details:

SAIL ON PYEWACKET

Sail on Roy Pat Disney's Andrews 68, Pyewacket. Roy will fly two people to Southern California from the Bay Area for an exciting day of sailing.

From last year's winners "Robbie Haines invited us to go on a shake down practice the day before the Cal Cup Regatta which is sponsored by the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey.  We had a blast--it was the first time that either my husband, Steve, or I had sailed with a professional crew on a 70' sled.  It was a great experience and we brought back some ideas which we implemented on our boat.  And the crew was so nice to us even with each of us at the helm. We didn't know Scott Easom so met him that weekend, too.   Driving Pyewacket was lots of fun--a responsive and fast boat.   It was a first for me to sail on the open ocean and to helm with the spinnaker flying (our boat is non-spin).  The weekend and experience is something we haven't forgotten."

The date will be determined by Pyewacket, but will be at least one month in advance. We can not guarantee the length of the sail. If weather requires changing the date at the last minute, we will pay for any lodging or airline fees.

Must be used in 2014.

 

Three Crew Positions on the in-port Race of the Clipper Around the World Event in SF BAY (Available individually or as a group)

The Clipper 70 foot yachts are unique, purpose built for ocean racing. We are offering 3 places, racing in a 4 boat regatta for the afternoon of 17th April. These brand new yachts surf at speeds over 30 knots and have taken on the Southern Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean and Bass Straits. Faced winds of over 100mph, as well as the blistering heat of the tropics.

This is a money can't buy opportunity!

Use restrictions: Must be of sound health and fitness, and age 18+.

RACE RESULTS

From a racing perspective we couldn’t have asked for a better mid-winter day – plenty of breeze even if it was a bit fluky, and no rain. The race committee, with PRO Jeff Zarwell, did a great job, and we received positive feedback from the racers. It gave me great pleasure to be able to award the Rob Moore Memorial Regatta Summertime Dream Perpetual trophy to Yucca’s Hank Easom, for the best performance in the most competitive class! Hank also received the North Sails “Boat of the Day” award.

Congratulations to all our winners, and thanks to everyone who came out and sailed! Complete results are online at http://race.cyc.org/results/140215.html

 



Please consider making a generous donation  in memory of Rob -- any amount is appreciated and will help raise much needed research funding for lung cancer.

We're excited to announce our speakers! John Craig, Stan Honey, Sally Lindsay Honey, Kurt Jordan, and Dee Smith, fresh from their respective AC roles, will discuss a variety of topics of interest to Bay Area sailors. You won't want to miss the opportunity to hear their insights and ask them questions.

About our Speakers:

John Craig

John was the Principal Race Officer for the America's Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup - America’s Cup Challenger Series, and the America's Cup 34 Finals.

A board member of US Sailing, John was the race manager at San Francisco's St. Francis Yacht Club for over 10 years, running everything from Optimist regattas to World Championships for the Star and Melges 32 class. He has run over 300 regattas on San Francisco Bay. Before moving to the Bay Area, John was the coach of the Canadian Olympic team for approximately 10 years and has worked closely with many of the top sailors in the world throughout his career.

 

Stan Honey

Bay Area resident Stan Honey, a three-time Emmy Winner for Technical Innovations in Sports TV Broadcast, the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year for 2010, member of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, and inventor on 29 patents,  was Director of Technology for the 34th America's Cup by the America's Cup Event Authority.

 

Honey led the team which developed a system to track the America’s Cup catamarans to within 2cm, 5 times per second, and superimpose graphics elements such as ahead-behind lines and laylines on the live helicopter footage of the race. Previously America’s Cup broadcasts have only featured graphics visible in an animated view of the race. The new graphics package was designed to help viewers follow the intense action of the AC45s and AC72s as they screamed around the race course, all in live action.

 

A major figure in technological innovation in sports television, Honey co-founded Sportvision in 1998, where he led the development of the yellow first-down line widely used in the broadcast of American football, the ESPN  “K-Zone” baseball pitch tracking and highlighting system, and the Race/FX tracking and highlighting system used viagra in NASCAR.  Honey also is recognized as one of the most successful professional navigators in sailing, having navigated ABN AMRO to victory in the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race and having navigated Groupama 3 in setting the Jules Verne record for the fastest circumnavigation of the world under sail in 2010.  Honey was awarded the 2010 US Sailing Yachtsman of the Year Award, one of the highest individual honors in sailing in the U.S.,  and was named to the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

Prior to co-founding Sportvision in 1998, Stan Honey worked as Executive VP Technology for News Corporation from 1993 through 1998.  Honey co-founded Etak Inc., the company that pioneered vehicle navigation systems, in 1983, which was sold to News Corporation in 1989 and is now part of TomTom.  Honey is also an inventor on 8 patents in navigation technology and 21 patents in tracking and television special effects.

 

Sally Lindsay Honey

Sally is a two-time winner of U.S. Sailing's Yachtswoman of the Year (1973 and 1974), has logged more than 35,000 ocean miles, double-handed and fully crewed, including seven Farallones Races, two Transpacs, four Pacific Cups, two Bermuda Races, a Transatlantic passage, as well as extensive cruising on both coasts, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. She raced505's, Fireballs, 470's, Thistles, Dragons, Tempests, and Lightnings.  After working as a sailmaker for Hood and North, Sally owned and operated sailmaking and industrial sewing businesses for over 25 years.

 

A member of US Sailing’s Safety-at-Sea Committee, Sally chaired the US Sailing Independent Review Panel for the Low Speed Chase capsize during the 2012 Farallones Race when five crew of the Sydney 38 died. She also served as vice-chair of the America's Cup Safety Review Committee created after the death of Artemis Racing's Andrew Simpson.

 

Kurt Jordan

Kurt Jordan is a design engineer specializing in composite structures. He has been involved as a structural designer in seven America’s Cups dating back to 1992. His efforts have contributed to the successful defense of the America’s cup twice. First with the Swiss Team Alinghi in 2007, and recently with Oracle TeamUSA in the 2013 Cup.

His responsibilites at Oracle were the structural design, materials specifications and health of the Yachts platform.

Kurt grew up sailing out of the Berkely Yacht Club and is a current member of the SFYC. He and his family are long time resident of Mill Valley.

Dee Smith

Dee Smith is a professional sailing consultant with over 35 years of U.S. and international experience. He specializes in speed and rating optimization, project management, and coaching. During the AC 34, Dee served as the local knowledge and weather advisor for Emirates Team New Zealand.

 

Throughout his professional sailing career, Dee has raced on a large variety of boats, inshore, off-shore and around the world. He has served as tactician, navigator, and skipper/helmsman.  “I love to make sure the boat is sailed well and like to find opportunities on the race course to help the team win.” Dee’s long list of successes include wins at numerous international sailing events at the highest levels including: 5 World Championships, 3 consecutive Copa Del Rey's (as tactician), and 2 consecutive Newport Bermuda Races (as navigator).

  


- Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of both men and women: it takes more lives in the U.S. every year than breast, colon, pancreatic, and prostate combined.

- The overall five-year lung cancer survival rate is only 16.3%, compared to breast (90%), prostate (99.9%), colon (65.2%), and leukemia (56%).

- Lung cancer research is woefully underfunded: it receives less than 1/10th the amount of funding per lung cancer death compared to breast cancer.

- You don’t need to be a smoker to get lung cancer: 80% of all cases of lung cancer are in people like Rob who never smoked, or who quit smoking years ago.


We aim to continue Rob's legacy -- supporting fun, mid-winter racing, and raising funds for lung cancer research and awareness. We are looking for sponsors at all levels, and donations of goods and services for our online and live auctions.

We're still accepting donations of items for our silent and live auctions -- information is on the Sponsorship Information tab above, or contact us for more information at Robgatta@rockskipper.com.


2013 Rob Moore Memorial Regatta Recap

Thank you to everyone for making the first Rob Moore Memorial Regatta such a success! With 120 boats competing, we had over 400 sailors participated in this year's events. The event raised over $25,000 in its first year.

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.

Photos from the event can be viewed at Rockskipper Photography.

 


 

Rob MooreFrom 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.

Benefitting Lung Cancer Research and Awareness

 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.