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The Storm Trysail Foundation’s 2018 Hands-on Safety-at-Sea Seminar sanctioned by US Sailing - Bigger and Better

The Storm Trysail Club Foundation hosted its annual US Sailing Sanctioned Hands-On Safety-at-Sea Seminar on Saturday May 19, 2018, at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, New York. Following on the success of the 2017 program, the 2018 Seminar again offered two instructional tracks: Level 100 for new participants and Level 200 available only to sailors planning on participating in the 2018 Bermuda Race who have previously attended a Level 100 Seminar.

The seminar had over 260 attendees along with 50 plus boat owners, guest speakers, coaches and volunteers.

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 gCaptain, a leading maritime and offshore website dedicated to building an interactive community of maritime professionals gave this account of the recent Hands-on Safety-at-Sea Seminar:
http://gcaptain.com/sailors-team-up-with-fort-schuyler-to-offer-stcw-like-training-to-boaters-and-kids/


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.

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Click HERE to view the entire Jr. SAS Schedule-for 2018


NEW!  Announcing a new Safety-at-Sea Seminar for Texas and Gulf Coast area sailors at Lakewood Yacht Club, 2425 NASA Parkway Seabrook, Texas 77586, April 14, 2018.  Rich du Moulin will moderate. 

NOTE: World Sailing (Hands-on) Seminar fully subscribed. US Sailing SAS Seminar still available.

CLICK HERE For more information and to register.

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For those of you who find the timing or location of our seminar inconvenient, we’d like you to be aware of two other such seminars that offer the same offshore certifications.

The first of these is organized by the Cruising Club of America and will be held in Newport, Rhode Island on the weekend of March 10-11, 2018.  Questions regarding the seminar can be sent to: safety This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For registration go to: https://sas.cruisingclub.org/course/sas2018

The other seminar is organized by Marine Trades Association of Maryland and it will be held in Annapolis, Maryland on the weekend of March 24-25, 2018. Information regarding this seminar can be found at http://mtam.org/ and clicking on the Red Button labeled Safety at Sea.

LARCHMONT, N.Y. (October 8, 2017)– Over 360 college students from the United States, as well as international teams from Canada and France, participated in the 2017 Storm Trysail Foundation’s Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR).

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Boston University took home the overall honors and the “Paul Hoffmann Trophy”

Click HERE for regatta photos by Howard McMichael

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Youth getting hands on offshore equipment training on Dave Irish’s No Surprise.

It's not so much thinking out of the box; it's realizing that we built the box and that we must climb out of it. That's the scenario with introducing young people to keelboat sailing.

The growth of organized youth sailing in the USA has kept the focus on small age-based dinghies, with attempts to introduce alternatives often halted by fears of getting left behind. While participation in youth-type dinghies has seen tremendous growth, it has come at the expense of everything else.

LARCHMONT, N.Y. (October 8, 2017)– Over 360 college students from the United States, as well as international teams from Canada and France, participated in the 2017 Storm Trysail Foundation’s Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR).

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Boston University took home the overall honors and the “Paul Hoffmann Trophy”

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The 8th Annual Storm Trysail Golf Tournament Date and Place TBD. Information coming soon.


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Larchmont, N.Y. July 21, 2017 -- Storm Trysail’s 21st Larchmont Junior Safety at Sea Seminar set a new standard for our seminars.  Total attendance of juniors and their instructors totaled approximately 215.  Twenty boats ranging from a J/92 Thin Man to the Sydney 43 Christopher Dragon and Nielsen 46 Froya experienced a great sailing day, light northerlies in the morning and 12-18 kts in the afternoon.

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