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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.”

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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.

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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:

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.

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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 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.

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