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Sharks Broadcasters Go Sailing For Charity

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
© 2009 Erik Simonson, Used by permission

While the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics were battling it out at AT&T Park on June 14th, Sharks broadcasters were in nearby McCovey Cove and on San Francisco Bay, participating in the first annual celebrity regatta to benefit two Bay Area organizations.

The event, which saw the first annual “Media Cup” presented to the winning team, was an opportunity to showcase the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS) and the new website, which is a one-stop shop for all things sailing in San Francisco Bay. BAADS, an organization developed to help the disabled learn how to sail, had representatives at the event as well.

Dan Rusanowsky, who calls the play-by-play on 98.5 KFOX/Sharks Radio Network, and Randy Hahn, who provides the call on Comcast Sports Net, joined other sports and media personalities from CBS-5, Live 105, AM 960, KTVU-2, and the San Jose Gold women’s soccer team to take the helm of their respective sailboats and race around the Bay. While Rusanowsky was aboard the “Jolly Mon,” skippered by Chris Chamberlain, Hahn joined his wife Roberta Gonzalez of CBS-5 on board the “Desdemona.”

All in all, a fleet of 10 volunteered boats participated in the regatta, including four J/120’s, two Catalina 34’s and several other local racing boats. While the big boats were off racing, a band of BAADS dinghies sailed within the comfortable confines of McCovey Cove. After the races concluded, the entire group gathered aboard the “Bay Lady” to enjoy food, beverages, and tell tall tales. A 10-way tie was declared in this, the first-ever event, and the fun meter was also a perfect 10.

Media Cup organizer Erik Simonson gave special nods of appreciation to the South Beach Yacht Club, South Beach Harbor, all the skippers who provided their boats, all of the crews, and support from a variety of sponsors. An account of the event can be seen at

© 2009 Erik Simonson, Used by permission

© 2009 Erik Simonson, Used by permission
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