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All Photos Courtesy of Howie McMichael

Storm Trysail's Annual Hands-On Seminar was held Saturday, May 20, at the SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler in the Bronx, NY. This is the fifth such Seminar and we continue to evolve the concept of a one day seminar to achieve World Sailing certification.  We also added a level of training above the World Sailing level.  Charles "Butch" Ulmer chaired this challenging event and mobilized over 60 members and an armada of boats.

Our Safety@Sea Seminars are a unique opportunity for junior sailors to experience the thrill of big boat sailing while simultaneously being introduced to the important safety practices that could save a life out on the water. 

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The Chesapeake Bay Jr. Safety@Sea Seminar will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Annapolis Yacht Club Sailing Center. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! 

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Maine Maritime Academy is pleased to host our Storm Trysail Foundation Jr. Safety@Sea Seminar on Monday, July 17, 2017. The Jr. Safety@Sea Seminar is also a unique opportunity to experience the thrill of big boat sailing while simultaneously being introduced to the important safety practices that could save a life out on the water. Come on out and support this wonderful event, and get all of the tips and training to go on to sail safely for many years to come.

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Storm Trysail Foundation Benefit and Awards Dinner
Congratulations To The 2017 Storm Trysail Foundation Awards Winners.

Seamanship Award - The Crew of High Noon

The Foundation presented its Seamanship award to the entire crew of High Noon for its outstanding performance, first to finish, in the 2017 Newport Bermuda Race St. David's Lighthouse Division.

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High Noon crew - left to right - Richard O'Leary, Brooks Daley, Hector McKemey, Carina Becker, Peter Becker, Madelyn Ploch,
William McKeige, Robert Alexander, Collin Alexander, Chairman and President STF John Fisher, (crewmember not shown Guillermo Altadill)

Sailing Legacy Award - Peter "Luigi" Reggio

Storm Trysail Club member Peter "Luigi" Reggio has earned the respect of competitors from Opti regattas to the Olympics to the America's Cup by revolutionizing the approach of Race Committees throughout the sailing world.  After Luigi committees became open to input from the competitors and were in constant communication with the competitors. Luigi's approach modernized the running of races from the days of communication limited to sound and flag signals to today's almost open mic systems.

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STF President John Fisher presenting Peter "Luigi" Reggio with the Sailing Legacy Award.

Photo Credits: Howie McMichael

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The Storm Trysail Club, with the support of the Storm Trysail Foundation, will be hosting our fourth Hands-On Safety-at-Sea Seminar on May 20, 2017, at the campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College at Fort Schuyler in the Bronx, New York.

According to Event Chairman Charles "Butch" Ulmer, "The popular format of one-day Hands-On activities will be supplemented by online video presentations produced by the Storm Trysail Foundation and U.S. Sailing. These videos will provide additional learning that will enable attendees to qualify for full World Sailing (formerly ISAF) certification."

After Initial Scare, Weather Gods Cooperate

LARCHMONT, N.Y. (October 11, 2016) – Over 420 college sailors from the United States, Canada and France raced on 45 owner-coached keelboats over Columbus Day Weekend in the Storm Trysail Foundation’s Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR) sailed on western Long Island Sound. A team from the United States Naval Academy (Navy) sailing the J/44 MAXINE was the overall winner after winning four races and finishing second in one race in the competitive six-boat J/44 class comprised of all service academies.

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Read more about the EDHEC Sailing Cup

windcheckOn June 21, 2016 seven members of the Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team were among the very first finishers of the 50th running of the Newport Bermuda Race. Sailing High Noon, a Tripp 41 on loan from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Foundation, these remarkable sailors (ages 15 to 18) won their class in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division and were the first recipients of the new Stephens Brothers Youth Division Trophy.

Click HERE as Carina Becker tells the story…

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The 7th Annual Storm Trysail Golf Tournament at Newport National Golf Course was held on Monday, August 22, 2016.

2016 Golf Tournament Recap:

Ninety plus eager golfers arrived at the Newport Golf Club at 11:30 AM Monday morning to a beautiful sunny summer day. Golfers were ready to play! The golf carts sped off at 12:20 PM, and the fun began! The 2016 golf tournament was a great success with excellent camaraderie, beautiful weather, which made for ideal course conditions. Afterwards the teams enjoyed a cocktail party under the tent where prizes and awards were given out. We couldn’t have asked for a better day.

The results are as follows (first four photos below)

  • Men's Team Winners - Michael Ryan, P. Kennedy, John Gower, Jeff Leech(score 64)
  • Congratulations to the Yacht Club Winners IYAC with the score of 67: Tom Rich, Scott Murray, William Crisp, Brendan Smith
  • Longest Drive, Hole 6 – Jessie Fielding
  • Closest to the pin, Hole 13 - Rand Milton

ANNAPOLIS, MD - As the first week of summer program sailing started throughout the region, 18 students from throughout the Chesapeake and as far away as New York came to Annapolis YC to learn about Big Boat safety and skills at the Junior Safety at Sea Seminar, conducted by members of the Chesapeake Station of the Storm Trysail Club. This program started in 2002 by the Storm Trysail Foundation in memory of Jamie Boeckel is pledged to educate junior sailors on the proper methods and equipment used for efficient and safe big boat and offshore sailing.

gCaptain logoPublished on May 20, 2016 - an editorial by Jaquelyn Burton (Coeval, Inc.)

Master. Captain. Skipper. Whatever your preferred term; they are loved and feared for their leadership and management skills, or sometimes a lack thereof.

Vessels have for centuries been small enclaves of dictatorial managers – from the age of exploration until after WWII. Ships had been crewed without thought of leadership, management, or interpersonal skills. But, now as the ease and importance of global communication between vessels, managing offices, and support operations have become ubiquitous, leadership and interpersonal skills have come to the forefront of maritime crewing.

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Published on April 30th, 2016 - Reprinted with Permission

manoverboard sIt was a record-setting year for the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, with overall elapsed and monohull times being eclipsed on the 125-mile course from California to Baja Mexico. But following the April 22 start, the race for Gordon Leon’s Farr 40 Foil became about a rescue. Here Gordon tells the story…

Foil was having a great sail during the 2016 Ensenada race. Peter prepared another stellar sailing meal and had just cleaned up as we reached the Northern Coronado Island. The wind subsided a bit and I handed over the helm to Val so that I could have my dinner. By the time I finished, it was dark so I put on my foulie pants and came on deck to relieve Val at the helm.

The wind picked up again and Val was surfing 12-15 knots in about 20 knots of breeze. The Farr 40 is a very strong and powerful boat and everyone was having a great time going fast. Then, disaster struck. Foil took a bad wave which kicked the stern causing a spectacular round down. Val lost his footing and tumbled through the port lifelines and into the water, after dark, with no lifejacket!

US Coast Guard NEWSOn Tuesday, April 26, 2016, a Coast Guard boat and air crews worked together for a unique rescue of two people stranded on a disabled boat at the mouth of the Detroit River late Tuesday night.

The link below has the full news story and a video.