LARCHMONT, N.Y. (October 9, 2018) – The Storm Trysail Foundation’s 2018 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR) enjoyed reasonably good sailing conditions this weekend. 47 teams sailed the regatta on offshore/big boats that are generously loaned to the event for the two day series. Conditions were gray and misty but with winds that, albeit shifty, were generally 6 – 10 knots. Five races were held with three on Saturday and two on Sunday.
Deputy Race Officer Ray Redniss of the Storm Trysail Club (STC) described the conditions. “The wind was solid enough that the racing was close in almost every race, but it wasn’t blowing so hard that the less experienced teams had too much difficulty. Most of the starts were very competitive, especially considering that we have many teams that are primarily dinghy squads which have to learn the physics of big offshore boats, which are very different to say the least.”
Again this Columbus Day weekend, the Storm Trysail Foundation and the Larchmont Yacht Club will be holding the largest intercollegiate big boat regatta in North America. 49 boats are being crewed by almost 450 sailors on teams from 45 colleges, universities, and academies. This year’s IOR is shaping up to be one of the largest to date. Sailors will be joined by the owners of the boats or safety officers from the two host clubs. In all, six classes will race including J/44s, J109s, J/105s and three PHRF classes.
IOR Event Chair and PRO Charlie “Butch” Ulmer has been working with his committee to organize the fleet of borrowed boats, safety officers, hospitality, and sponsors for this regatta that is uniquely offered to college sailing teams with no entry fee. “This is an extremely high-value regatta for these sailors,” noted Ulmer. “The IOR will open their eyes to the fact that there is a lot of excellent sailing ahead of them when they have outgrown dinghies.”
One of the core missions of the Storm Trysail Foundation is to give younger sailors the opportunity to get involved in big boat racing. If you're always looking for younger, stronger and more experienced crew, supporting the upcoming Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta is one of the best ways to grow the next generation of sailors.
The IOR has been run by Storm Trysail Foundation in conjunction with the Larchmont Yacht Club since 2004. The event has grown every year and last year we were able to accommodate almost 400 college sailors. Thanks to our very high quality list of sponsors, some private donations, and the generosity of participating boat owners, Storm Trysail Foundation and Larchmont Yacht Club are able to run this regatta at no cost to the schools' sailing teams. Look at the list below to see if your school is represented.
When Commodores get a bright idea, run for the hills. This is difficult near Houston where there are no hills, so the work fell to Storm Trysail members Chris and Karen Lewis of Houston – owners of the faster-than-Vamp J/44 Kenai - and highly (hardly) paid SAS moderator Rich du Moulin. Weak humor aside, this event was a terrific concept. When Commodores get a bright idea, run for the hills. This is difficult near Houston where there are no hills, so the work fell to Storm Trysail members Chris and Karen Lewis of Houston – owners of the faster-than-Vamp J/44 Kenai - and highly (hardly) paid SAS moderator Rich du Moulin. Weak humor aside, this event was a terrific concept.
Funds to be used for Junior Safety-At-Sea programs and other initiatives.
The Storm Trysail Foundation held its annual fundraising dinner April 13th at the Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck, NY. Over 90 people attended the event, which included silent auctions and a live auction to cap off the night. The evening was hosted by Gary Jobson, who presided over the awarding of the Storm Trysail Foundation “Seamanship Award” and the ‘Sailing Legacy Award”.
The “Seamanship Award” was given to Storm Trysail Club member Rich Wilson - the youngest winning Skipper of the Newport Bermuda Race (in 1980), and 2-time competitor in the Vendée Globe Race (solo, non-stop, around the world). In 2017, he became the oldest competitor ever to complete the race. He has also set multiple double-handed long distance records, and recorded a 2nd in the 2004 Transatlantic Race.