BYC Burgee with Trophy

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Creation of the Sarcoma Cup Perpetual Trophy

The volunteer response to the Sarcoma Cup has been astonishing. The regatta format had called for a perpetual trophy, and in this case local volunteers were able to reach further afield and in this case were able to recruit a nationally known artist, Jerry Kermode. Arborist Dan Ratner collaborated on the base that displays the trophy cup with woodworkers Vaughn Tan and Celia Saino. Celia said, "Dan and I called master woodturners Jerry and Debbie Kermode to ask for help turning the walnut burl into a beautiful trophy cup.

The Kermodes are avid windsurfers and had recently lost a close friend to cancer. After hearing Nat's story, Jerry said, 'You hit all the right buttons' and agreed to meet the following week to create the trophy in his Sebastopol studio. The wood for the Sarcoma Cup was salvaged from a local California claro walnut tree and donated by Dan Ratner.

Dan, owner of Dan of all Trades - at work with the Master.

The Cup now eagerly awaits the Sarcoma Cup regatta, held annually on San Francisco Bay.