Tuesday, June 17, 2008

This year's Sarcoma Cup will be sailed for Andrew

Participants in the Sarcoma Cup '08 will celebrate Andrew's courage. Andrew is a local junior sailor who was diagnosed at 15 with osteosarcoma in his left humerus in November 2007. Osteosarcoma is a form of hard-tissue sarcoma, arising in the bones. He began induction chemotherapy four days later. His initial MAP protocol involved 3 chemotherapy cycles of doxorubicin/cisplatin/methotrexate, followed by resection 'reverse total shoulder' reconstruction surgery on his left humerus and shoulder.

The surgery was quite successful and Andrew retains a fair amount of motion with his left arm.

After a 6-week recovery, he resumed another cycle of MAP chemo, then three cycles of Etoposide and Ifosfamide. He will participate in an clinical trial of R1507 starting the week of June 16 to help reduce his metastases. Andrew's protocol director is Dr. N. Marina, in pediatric hematology/oncology at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

Andrew has always loved sailing, going out with friends on the SF Bay, to coastal sailing with Seacamp out of Santa Cruz, and Odyssey in the San Juans. His parents have been wanting to take him with Moorings to the British Virgins...He would be THRILLED to see his sailing family come out in numbers to show their support, as he will attend the event...and maybe even go out for a spin!

The Sarcoma Cup team is honored to have Andrew by its side to help build awareness for the tremendous need for funding for more sarcoma research, particularly for targeted therapies.

[Addendum Fall 2008 - Andrew passed away from osteosarcoma in October 2008. He was 17]

Thursday, June 12, 2008

West Marine Fleet Night in pictures!

BeatSarcoma and Team Sarcoma join forces

The Pacific Cup initiative from BeatSarcoma is now part of the international Team Sarcoma effort - during the sarcoma awareness week. The team name is BeatSarcoma. The Team Sarcoma Initiative is an internationally coordinated set of events to raise awareness of sarcoma and raise funds to support sarcoma research, clinical trials and patients and family services. The initiative is an international Sarcoma Awareness Week as thousands of people will be taking part in over 70 events taking place in 14 countries during July 12-20, 2008.

You can find more information at http://www.team-sarcoma.net/.

We even have a Facebook page for this event!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sarcoma Cup: List of Prizes & Notice of Race posted


June 28 Saturday Online Registration
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June 29 Sunday Online Registration - Click Here
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Off Water Activities

List of Prizes

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Sarcoma Cup Event Schedule - June 28 & 29

Don’t miss out on the entertainment we have planned for you!

All proceeds go to BeatSarcoma

You can also create your fundraising page in under five minutes at http://www.active.com/donate/sarcomacup08

Round up your friends and family and win $100 West Marine certificate!

Friday, June 27th


Participating yachts are welcome to begin rafting at the Richmond YC.


West Marine Fleet Night Draw

Anyone who spent more than $100 at the West Marine Fleet Night, June 19th, will be entered in a draw to win an ‘Elise’ fleece and a $75 gift certificate from West Marine

“Whale Sinks Yacht – the Last Voyage of XL”

Slideshow following the regular RYC dinner. Come hear a first hand account of this trans-Pacific adventure. A discretionary donation is requested for those attending the slideshow. Visiting sailors may purchase guest dinner tickets and attend the slideshow.

Saturday, June 28th


Free gourmet coffee and pastries. Gin fizzes available dockside

Race T-shirts are available for purchase and goodie bags will be distributed to each skipper, along with various freebies and one free drink coupon for each of your crew. These will be redeemable after the race on Saturday at any of the auxiliary bars. Gin fizzes will be available for $2.


Mark Racing

The first warning off Southampton and 3 buoy races to follow. Peak wind season and orchestrated by Fred Paxton. Win your personal trophy and some cool awards.

Bring a digital camera and capture precious moments onboard. We’ll have the children vote on the funniest one!



Intro to Improv for Kids

Enjoy a fun improvisation theater class, led by Amy Houtrow, Sunday Player at BATS Improv (www.batsimprov.org)

Tickets: $2

Tickets available for purchase at the Welcome table.


Live Jazz, appetizers, punch and beer

Come back to a live jazz band, ECQ – redeem your free drink coupons and treat yourself to a glass of rum punch or beer, while savoring a few appetizers.

Race t-shirts, sailing photos taken by Jonathan Fujirawa and off-the-water surprise moments captured by David Ruiz will be available for purchase. You can also buy an auction ticket for the Sunday charity auction, and raffle tickets for the party!


Authentic Italian dinner and slideshow featuring YOUR pictures

Win a North Sails hat!

Delight your palate with an authentic Italian pasta dinner, with three different kinds of pasta, a caesar salad, French bread on the side and cookies to top it off – everything prepared by Michael, RYC’s excellent chef.

Secure your dinner ticket in advance and avoid the line: online tickets are only $14 Vs. $15 at the door ($12 for children). Bring your race pictures to upload and share in a slideshow of the day’s events.

The funniest picture, as voted by all the children, will win its author a nice North Sails hat.


Shake it to live Salsa delivered to you by Orquesta Gitano

Win an inflatable PFD at the Sarcoma Cup Raffle!

The party continues with more live music, and the exciting raffle drawing. Get in the running for UK Halsey Sails backpacks and hats, sailing books “Endurance by F.A Worsley, author of Shackleton’s Boat Journey”, an ‘Elise’ dri-mesh T-shirt and other books

Sunday, June 29th


Pancake breakfast

Sailor’s Pancake breakfast will be served for $5 until 0930. T-shirts and auction tickets available for purchase.

See individual start times

Pursuit Race

Get on the water for the pursuit race – bring your camera and show off your crew. Laughing guaranteed…You will be able to upload your pictures via the Sarcoma Cup website after the race.

ASAP after the race

Drinks and charity auction

Meet after the race for drinks at Richmond YC. Race T-shirts and sailing photos brought to you by H20Shots (Erik Simonson) are available for purchase. Preview the high value prizes for the charity auction to follow the awards ceremony.

Fleece, Binoculars, Navigation equipment, PFD, painting and photography, grappa, etc…

ASAP after the charity auction

Award Ceremony

Bring the Sarcoma Cup back to your Club!

Awards ceremony at RYC. Enjoy a glass of wine from our specialty bar and admire the perpetual trophy, exclusively made for the Sarcoma Cup by master woodturner and sailor Jerry Kermode. Exquisite hand carved trophies and watertight Stowey Bags offered by Dan of all Trades are awarded to the winners of each division.

This event could not happen without the generosity of our partners.

More detail and registration at: http://www.beatsarcoma.org/Sarcoma_Cup.html