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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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…

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.

Click HERE to read more…

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.

2015 Safety At Sea SeminarThe Storm Trysail Foundation held it's Hand's on Safety-at-Sea Seminar at SUNY Maritime College on Saturday, April 18th. Mother nature was very kind and over 250 Sailors had an action-packed day!

The above photo has Moderator and Past Storm Trysail Commodore Rich du Moullin discussing, "Leadership, Seamanship & Heavy Weather". Other speakers included current Storm Trysail Commodore Lee Reichart and past U.S. Sailing President and America's Cup sailor Gary Jobson who discussed the release of his upcoming film, "Fastnet 1979", which will be aired on June 5 at 6 pm EDTon ESPN.

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