The Storm Trysail Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to effecting, promoting and enhancing (i) the education of young sailors, (ii) safe and knowledgeable transitioning from dinghy to big boat racing, particularly through intercollegiate big boat racing, (iii) safe boat handling in all conditions for all sailors, and (iv) safe blue water racing and passage making for all sailors.
The Storm Trysail Foundation supports a national program of events, including Junior Safety at Sea Seminars, Hands-on Safety at Sea Seminars for adults and juniors alike, regattas, and other on the water training, and also through the making of grants to other institutions to foster similar education and training.
Posted on July 23, 2019 - Courtesy of The Maritime Executive
Petty Officer Michael W. Kelly, Aviation Survival Technician Second Class, of the U.S. Coast Guard's Air Station Cape Cod has been selected to receive the 2019 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.
“What I learned at the Storm Trysail Club’s Hands-On Safety at Sea Seminar
turned out to be invaluable during this storm and the ensuing rescue.”
Posted on July 18, 2019 - Courtesy of WindCheck Magazine
Jaci & Rory Cumming’s Dehler 38c Rascal is pictured here in benign conditions at the start of this year’s Block Island Race, in which she won her class.
© Rick Bannerot/OntheFlyPhoto.net
By Rory Cumming
I’ve always thought of Western Long Island Sound as a relatively safe place to sail during the summer. The biggest worry is typically heavy boat traffic and skippers exhibiting poor judgment. The exception was on Sunday, June 30.
The day began with sunny skies and a nice 15-knot westerly. The Sound was packed with sailboats of all sizes, and my wife Jaci and I were sailing our Dehler 38c Rascal under jib alone. At 1:30, we were about a mile south of Long Neck Point when we noticed dark thunderstorm clouds approaching. As the storm bore down it became clear it would hit us, so we started the engine and began furling the jib but it jammed. We were trying to fix it when we saw a wall of white just to the north of us consuming everything in its path: first the boats on their moorings in Noroton Harbor, then Long Neck Point. In seconds the entire coast had vanished behind that white wall, contrasting starkly with the black clouds above. I’d never seen anything like it. And it was boiling towards us at incredible speed.
The second Chicago area Junior Safety at Sea Seminar of 2019 was held at Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club on July 6, 2019. Fifteen junior sailors from the area spent the day learning about big boat safety. Following a great two-hour sail on offshore boats on Lake Michigan, the young sailors spent the day learning about personal safety on big boats.
Twenty-four young sailors from throughout the Chicago are spent a day learning about big boat and offshore safety at a Stormy Trysail Foundation Junior Safety at Sea seminar held June 22, 2019 at the Jackson Park Yacht Club.