The Sarcoma Cup is coming August 25 & 26 – a great race for a great cause. It’s hosted by the Berkeley YC for the third consecutive year, so there’s a fine chance for carnage on the Circle with end-of-summer winds.
The race is also getting support from the Richmond Yacht Club, South Beach Yacht Club and Berkeley Marina.
The current entrants include a fleet of Express 27’s – Dan Pruzan’s “Wile E Coyote” from the Encinal YC, Ray Lotto’s “El Raton” from the St. Francis YC and “Witchy Woman”, Thomas Jenkins/ Morro Bay YC.
The Open 570s are well represented: Tracey Kenney’s “Mor Shenanigans” from South Coast Corinthian YC in Marina Del Rey, Frank Ross on “Destiny”, Scuttlebutt Sailing Club, “Revenge From Mars” Dave Peckham, and “Delta-V”, Steve Gonzalez, Stockton Sailing Club.
There’s plenty of room for late entrants – in prior years the list has gone up to almost 80 boats, right now regattanetwork.com reports only 13 boats are heading for the line. And, as always, the Berkeley YC can use volunteers to help with the event.
Sarcoma is a little-known and little understood cancer that accounts for only 1% of adult cancers – but 20% of childhood cancers. Research and support are under-funded. Sailor and sarcoma survivor Nathalie Criou compares the experience of a sarcoma diagnosis with a mid-Pacific sinking:
“Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!”—the dreaded call sounded so unreal, but the rising water level was no dream. In 2006, I was the only woman on a crew delivering a sailboat from Hawaii to San Francisco when we were sunk by an 80-ton descendant of Moby Dick. We had 30 minutes before the 40-foot yacht hit the bottom of the ocean.
We radioed for help, to no avail. We grabbed our emergency kit, food and water, and transferred onto the life raft. Stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, drifting helplessly through shark-infested waters, at the mercy of currents, we floated for a day before the Coast Guard managed to locate us with a plane.
I thought that I’d had enough of a survival experience to last me 10 years.
A few months later, I was diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. It was found in the cervix, a very unusual location for this type of cancer, and to this day it remains “unclassified.” There was no defined protocol of care and no data to make treatment decisions. Because of the location of the cancer and its unknown character, I named it “Alien.”
All of the proceeds of the Sarcoma Cup go to BeatSarcoma Inc. According to the Sarcoma Cup website “All proceeds beyond costs will go towards research for a cure for Sarcoma, the ‘forgotten cancer’ – and we will strive to cover all costs through some form of sponsorship.”