The 2016 Rob Moore Memorial Regatta


the Fourth Annual Rob Moore Memorial Regatta

February 20, 2016

Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon, CA 

The fourth and final Robgatta is shaping up to be another great event. Please join us on February 20, 2016 and help honor Rob's memory by raising awareness and funding for the #1 cancer killer - Lung Cancer. 

Event agenda:


5:00pm Trophy presentation 

A gourmet buffet dinner will be served starting at 5pm.




- 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

2015 Robgatta Recap

Thanks to all the racers, donors, and sponsors, we raised nearly $20,000 for Free to Breathe. Once again we were lucky to have a warm, beautiful day for racing.

Nick Gibbens and his crew on the Express 27 Shenanigans, won the Rob Moore 'Summertime Dream' Perpetual Trophy for the best performance in the most competitive class.

The post race festivities at Corinthian Yacht Club included a highly entertaining and informative talk by Liz Baylis, one of the Bay Area’s most accomplished sailors. She presented stories of “Sailing Around the Desert”, detailing her adventures with “Sailing Arabia – The Tour” and coaching a woman’s team sailing through the Persian Gulf. CYC's fantastic chef prepared a delicous buffet dinner, complimented with wines from Dry Creek Vineyard.  Many thanks to all our silent auction donors, and especially the Bitter End Yacht Club for their donation of a week stay at the annual Pro Am Regatta.




2014 Robgatta Recap

Thanks to all the racers, donors, and sponsors, we raised nearly $35,000 for Free to Breathe. Once again we were lucky to have a warm, beautiful day for racing. The post race festivities at Corinthian Yacht Club included a star-studded speaker panel featuring Stan Honey, John Craig, Dee Smith, Sally Honey, and Kurt Jordan, and a tasty buffet dinner with wine provided by  Dry Creek VineyardMany thanks to North Sails for their sponsorship and to all the donors to our live and silent auctions. 

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

Photos from the event can be viewed at Rockskipper Photography.


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.


About Rob Moore

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.

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.