Storm Trysail Foundation Annual Sailing Legacy and Fundraising Dinner
"Honoring 50 years of Carina"
Friday, November 15, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM EST
Indian Harbor Yacht Club 710 Steamboat Rd. Greenwich, CT 06830 (Suggested Hotels below)
1700 - Tour of Carina and a Figaro at the dock
1800 - Bar opens and Cocktails begin
1900 - Dinner, Presentations and Live Auction
We hope it won't be "Dark & Stormy" outside, but inside, well, that will be a different story. Come celebrate 50 years of Carina and support the Storm Trysail Foundation. All of the proceeds from the event benefit and support junior, intercollegiate and adult safety and educational programs, as well as events that promote safe offshore sailing. The evening will be full of adventurous stories, a viewing of many trophies won by Carina, the Live Auction items will have you raining your paddles, and camaraderie will be shared by all!
- Rich du Moulin, Chair, Storm Trysail Foundation
- AJ Evans, Commodore, Storm Trysail Club
- Johanna "Joey" Moffitt, Event Chair, Storm Trysail Foundation
The History and Legacy of Carina
Carina: The First Four Years!
In 1969, a new black-hulled 48' aluminum sloop was trucked from a barge yard in Erie, PA to Connecticut. Owner Richard S. Nye and crew were well known worldwide for their successes with Carina's I and II, but Carina III was about to become the most successful yacht in the world.
In her first four years, Carina was competitive and successful. She won:
- 1969: Transatlantic Race to Cork and US Admirals Cup Team (as team leader)
- 1970: Newport-Bermuda Race, team leader for winning the US Onion Patch Team Series, Vineyard Race and Northern Ocean Racing Trophy
- 1972: Block Island Race and Transatlantic Race to Spain
The Carina of the 1970s and 80s
After many triumphs in the years after she was launched, the mid-70s proved more challenging for Carina and her crew. Boats designed by Doug Peterson, Ron Holland and German Frers started having great results. It was then that the Nyes enlisted Scott Kaufman to make design changes to the boat that included a taller rig, eliminating the skeg, a more modern keel and changes to the underbody aft of the keel. The revitalized Carina then enjoyed a second round of success most notable by ("unofficially") winning Cowes Week in 1979 and officially winning the IOR division of the 1982 Bermuda Race.
But the story of Carina
under the Nyes is much more than the story of a revolutionary boat as-built and her mid-70s rejuvenation (though after another of Rives many achievements, Richard B. was heard to
ruminate, "maybe it was never about us"). But of course it was. Father and son built a boat and team that had enormous success. Success based on:
- A disdain for playing it safe - no guts, no glory they said. They would swing for the fences with the confidence that the boat would give them a shot of getting a podium finish.
- Never quitting. Regardless of the conditions, light, heavy or simply unlucky, the race was to be finished no matter how dire things looked or how uncomfortable they seemed. Ted Turner immortalized this sentiment when after one particularly memorable Vineyard Race comeback, he uttered "Never say die, say Nye".
Though perhaps most importantly, the Nyes delighted in bringing aboard young and relatively green sailors, grooming them and making them into fully capable offshore racers. We expect that the dinner will feature many now considerably more aged if not intellectually more mature sailors who got their first taste of big boat racing in the 1970s aboard Carina.
Delamar Greenwich Harbor (0.5 miles)
500 Steamboat Road
Homestead Inn (1.5 miles)
420 Field Point Rd.
J House (4.1 miles)
1114 E. Putnam Ave.
Hyatt Regency (4.5 miles)
1800 E. Putnam Ave.
Old Greenwich, CT
Hilton Stamford (5.5 miles)
1 First Stamford Pl.
Stamford Marriott (6.3 miles)
243 Tresser Blvd.
Courtyard by Marriott (6.3 miles)
275 Summer Street
Sheraton Stamford (6.5 miles)
700 East Main St.
Crown Plaza (7.5 miles)
2701 Summer St.
Holiday Inn Express (7.5 miles)
2703 Summer St.
Hilton Westchester (8.6 miles)
699 Westchester Ave.
Rye Brook, NY
Renaissance Westchester (9.2 miles)
80 W. Red Oak Ln.
West Harrison, NY