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The Jamie Boeckel Memorial Foundation was established in 2002 shortly after the sudden and tragic death of Jamie in a yacht racing accident while performing bowman duties aboard Blue Yankee on Long Island Sound. The mission of the fund is to preserve Jamie's memory through various charitable endeavors that reflect his adventurous and generous spirit.

The Storm Trysail Foundation's 2014 Junior Safety-At-Sea Dates are
now posted further below on this page.

To print out information, click HERE for a pdf.


The Storm Trysail Foundation and the New York Yacht Club in conjunction with the Maritime College of the State University of New York hosted a hands-On Safety@Sea Seminar on Saturday, April 5, 2014. This US Sailing Sanctioned Seminar was designed to meet the Safety at Sea requirements for the 2014 Newport to Bermuda Race.

On the water sessions with man overboard recovery, setting storm sails, emergency steering, pool sessions with PFD, life raft use and combating hypothermia were some of the topics covered and demonstrated.

Click HERE to see pictures taken during the SAS Seminar.

The above video is from a Newport Safety-At-Sea Seminar

One of the survivors of Low Speed Chase has written an account
of what happened in the 2012 Full Crew Farallones Race
Click Here to read the account given to Lattitude 38

Click HERE to see more videos on reefing
and discussions and usage of fire extinguishers

Click HERE to read Adam Loory's informative article on
"Reefing: A Key Distance Racing Skill"

Click HERE to read Richard du Moulin's "On Deck" article for valuable ocean
sailing and seamanship tips to make sure that safety is always considered.

Click HERE to read a Nice Testimonial from the Annapolis Jr.
Safety-At-Sea Seminar held on August 22, 2012


The Storm Trysail Foundation's 2014 Junior Safety-At-Sea Dates:

June 27th
 •  Portsmouth, NH
    (Piscataqua Sailing Assoc.)
Vince Todd
vince@vtodd.com     OR

Joe Cooper

Event Completed

July 10th
 •  Shelter Island, NY
    (Shelter Island Yacht Club)
Lisa Schinella

Event Completed

July 18th
 •  Larchmont, NY
    (Larchmont Yacht Club)
Rich duMoulin

Peter Becker

The Larchmont seminar is a requirement for participation in the Junior Sailing Association (JSA) of Long Island Sound's annual big boat events-- Stamford Yacht Club's Dorade Series and Beach Point Yacht Club's Junior Overnight Race.

Event Completed

July 23rd
 •  Castine, ME
    (Maine Maritime Academy)
Bob Scott

Event Completed

July 24th
 •  Perth Amboy, NJ
    (Raritan Yacht Club)
Ann Myer
ajmsail@aol.com   OR

Kelly Robinson

Click HERE to Register

August 1st
 •  Stonington, CT
     (New England Science &
      Sailing Center)
Peter Rugg

Click HERE to Register

August 2nd
 •  Boston, MA
    (Community Boating, Inc.)
Kelly Robinson   krobins@rutgers.edu    OR

Ginger Leib   community-boating.org

Coming Soon

August 14th
 •  Newport, R.I.
    (Alofsin Piers at Ft. Adams)
Joe Cooper
For more information and how
to Register, click HERE


Storm Trysail hosted its first Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminar in 1997 at Larchmont Yacht Club, where the STC has its home office. This event resulted in one documented life saved -- of a junior girl who fell overboard during a race on Long Island Sound.

"Storm Trysail's highest priority is to introduce junior sailors to big boat sailing in a fun and safe manner," said STC Commodore and Larchmont Yacht Club member Richard du Moulin. "As much as they need to understand the basics of sailboat racing in order to be successful, junior sailors also must know safety at sea to be responsible stewards of our sport," This is the fundamental premise behind the club's Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminars, which have been praised as "uniquely resourceful and extremely educational."

Onshore activities include morning presentations covering safety procedures, particularly man overboard recovery, and big-boat organization and crew work. Juniors witness (and volunteer for) an in-the-water demonstration of inflatable PFDs and the inflation of a six-man canopied life raft. The afternoon is spent on the water practicing sail handling and performing man overboard drills both upwind with jibs and downwind with spinnakers.

The Storm Trysail Foundation now holds seminars in Annapolis, MD, Boston, MA, Newport, RI, Shelter Island, NY, Stonington, CT and Perth Amboy, NJ.