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ROBGATTA: Honoring Rob Moore’s legacy

Published on January 16th, 2014

The Corinthian Yacht Club of San Francisco (CYC) and the Bay Area Racing Federation (BARF) will host the second Annual Rob Moore Memorial Regatta (ROBGATTA), to be held on February 15, 2014 in conjunction with CYC’s popular Midwinter Race Series. The ROBGATTA will honor Rob’s legacy in the San Francisco Bay sailing community with a day of competitive racing for one-design and PHRF fleets, a distinguished panel of speakers, live and silent auctions to benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership, trophies and other fun prizes, and a buffet dinner.

Our exciting panel of speakers, fresh from their respective 34th America’s Cup duties include: John Craig (Principal Race Officer); Stan Honey (Director of Technology and three-time Emmy winner); Kurt Jordan (Engineer, structural design and analysis for Oracle Team USA); and Dee Smith (Local knowledge for Emirates Team New Zealand). They will share their experiences and thoughts on the future, and will take audience questions.

For decades, Rob Moore was a larger-than-life influence on sailing in the Bay Area, Rob’s adopted home. As racing editor for Latitude 38, the region’s leading sailing publication, and as an avid racer and race officer, Rob encouraged countless sailors to participate ever more enthusiastically in our sport.

Rob was only 58 years old when he succumbed to lung cancer two years ago. He was among the nearly 20% of lung cancer victims with no history of smoking. Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer, taking more lives each year than breast, colon, pancreatic, and prostate combined. The ROBGATTA supports the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s mission to decrease deaths due to lung cancer and to help patients live longer and better through research, awareness and advocacy.

For more information about ROBGATTA 2014, please contact Leslie Richter at leslie@rockskipper.com or www.bayarearacingfederation.org.

Registration is available at race.cyc.org/mw.

About The Corinthian Yacht Club
The Corinthian Yacht Club was founded in 1886 by a group of high-spirited young yachtsmen who wanted to promote amateur small boat yachting in the Bay Area. The word “Corinthian” is taken in the sailing world to mean “amateur” and is derived from the Corinthian games in ancient Greece which were contemporary to the Olympic Games and took place on the isthmus of Corinth. The Club is still a leader in San Francisco Bay sailboat racing, and has founded such popular traditions as The Blessing of the Fleet on Opening Day, and the Midwinter and Friday night race series.

About the Bay Area Racing Federation
The Bay Area Racing Federation was founded in the mid-1990’s by a small group of Bay Area sailors as they were concocting home-brewed beer. The goal was to establish an informal club that would support competitive, fun sailboat racing in the Bay, free of yacht club politics. Dormant for many years, BARF was reactivated upon the death of Rob Moore, founding and perpetual Commodore, to honor Rob’s memory and raise awareness and funds for lung cancer research.

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