College of Charleston’s Perfect Score Takes Overall “Hoffmann” Trophy at Storm Trysail Foundation’s 2018 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta

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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.”

College of Charleston (South Carolina) took home the Paul Hoffmann Trophy as the Overall Winner, and was presented the trophy by Paul “Binky” Hoffmann, Jr., son of the longtime STC member for which the trophy is named. They also won the Corinthian’s Foster Tallman Trophy as the winner of Class 5. Charleston’s team was mostly new to the event and sailing Young American (owned by the Young American Sailing Academy/YASA) in the J/105 class – the biggest class in the fleet. William Hundall (Senior, Computer Information Systems), a co-captain, explained their approach to victory. “Coming here to Long Island Sound, you have to look for the pressure. Our team takes detailed notes every year and we pass that down to the next year’s group. Sometimes though, during hurricane season, just getting here from Charleston can be an adventure by itself! It’s a real team sport, and very much a mental game, staying focused when things are going awry.” Frances Schulte (Senior, Communications) the other co-captain, gave her take on the experience. “We’ve learned that you have to work through disagreements, that’s huge.” William went on to compliment the race management. “This is a spectacular event, very well run and it’s a great group of schools to sail against.” All but one of the Charleston team have sailed together as part of YASA on Gambler in the Newport-Bermuda Race, the Ida Lewis Distance Race, and the Vineyard Race, but only one - Key Becker (son of YASA co-founder Peter Becker) had ever sailed on a J/105 before. Peter accepted the Ed du Moulin Trophy, which goes to the owner of the boat that wins the Hoffmann trophy. The trophy was presented by Ed’s son, STC member Rich du Moulin.

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College of Charleston posing next to the Paul Hoffmann Trophy (the cannon on a pedestal) for Best Overall Performance and their keeper awards for the Hoffmann and their Class win. Standing behind them are Peter Becker (L, representing Young American Sailing Academy, the owner of the J/105 that Charleston raced), and Paul “Binky” Hoffman, Jr. on the right, son of the storied STC member for whom the trophy is named. (photo by Maureen Koeppel).

The J/44 class is traditionally sailed by Academy teams. This year the winner of the class, the United States Naval Academy, was awarded the James D. Bishop Trophy, named after the longtime STC member and supporter of the J/44 class who passed away earlier this year. In addition, they scored the Larchmont YC’s Thomas Carroll Trophy as the winner of Class 1. Navy raced Maxine, owned by STC member Bill Ketcham. Team Captain George Davis – a Junior majoring in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and who plans on being in the reactor room on an aircraft carrier after graduation – talked about how the experience of offshore sailing applies to being in the Navy. “Our squad came in with a lot of high-powered experience from racing our TP 52 Hooligan, and from racing our Ker 50 Wahoo (ex-Snow Lion, donated to the Academy by STC member Lawrence Huntington). The Academy teaches “Small Unit Leadership” and races like these and the offshore races like Newport-Bermuda give us real world training that is like life in the Navy; the leadership lessons are not just sailing specific.”

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The U.S. Naval Academy shows good form on their way to winning the J/44 Class and the James D. Bishop Trophy on STC member Bill Ketcham’s Maxine.(Photo by Howie McMichael)

The team from Michigan Tech gave the owner of the Swan 42 Quintessence - STC member Roger Widmann – a 79th Birthday present with a win in PHRF Class 1 and the Corinthian’s George Crocker Trophy. Co-Captain Nick Irwin (Senior, Mechanical Engineering) has been to the IOR three times before. “This is the first time we’ve won but we got third twice before this. The crew was outstanding, great teamwork. Several of our crew were dinghy sailors and the big surprise for them is how powerful these boats are and how fast they can go. The dinghy sailors usually try to pull lines by hand, but realize pretty quickly you just can’t do that.” Gabrielle Gentz (Sophomore, a Business major, and the tactician for the team) concurs. “There are so many working parts, a million lines and things to handle. For dinghy sailors, it’s a baptism by fire. I’ve been racing my own Ensign in a one-design fleet in Harbor Springs for four years. It’s a small boat, but it’s like a small big-boat and that helped me a lot.”

Frank Loughran of Fordham University – a Senior and History major– made history himself by leading Fordham to victory in their first-ever IOR, taking first in PHRF Class 2 and the Corinthian’s Edward Moore Trophy on the J/124 Tenebrae. “I sail on Tenebrae fairly often, which is advantageous. I’m the bowman, but the rest of the team were all new to the boat with absolutely no real offshore experience. I know the boat and three other sailors have decent big boat experience, but the rest were all dinghy sailors. It’s a big adjustment, a steep learning curve. The guy running pit probably had the hardest job. We had to chat a lot to coordinate.” The pit man – Scott McKenzie – is primarily a dinghy skipper. “This was my first time actually seriously racing on a big boat. It was a little hectic at first and the expectations were high, but after some practice everyone got the hang of their role. Teamwork is very definitely different from dinghies because you all have separate roles. Knowing your job and where you fit in with the others is critical.”

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Fordham at the top mark, hoisting their kite on the J/124 Tenebrae. The dinghy sailors learned pretty quickly that this type of boat is much more complex than what they’re used to, but many techniques still apply.(Photo by Howie McMichael)

The Tufts Jumbos won the tough J/109 Class 3 and the Corinthian’s James Jacobson Trophy on Freedom. Captain Bo Eaves (Freshman, Mechanical Engineering) is the son of the boat’s owner, Corey Eaves. This was his first time competing, but in an unusual set of circumstances, Bo had been to the IOR once before as the Owner’s Rep. This year he was both a competitor AND the Owner’s Rep. “Yeah, that was kind of an interesting thing, being both. We had to focus on connecting the dots upwind, sailing from pressure to pressure. Not tacking on every little shift but staying in the breeze was really important. We also had to do a lot of teaching [to less experienced crew members] while we were racing, which is hard.” Matt Galbraith (Sophomore, Quantitative Economics major and no relation to the famous economist John Kenneth Galbraith) talked about their winning approach. “Consistency of good starts, conservative starts with clean lanes. We had mostly middle-pin starts, and we were usually bow out at the gun.” Tufts had two teams at the IOR, and it was the younger team that won. Bo admitted “Yeah, there is an intra-team rivalry. We won’t let them forget we won! Can’t wait for next year.”

Villanova, racing on STC member Iris Vogel’s J/88 Deviation, took the top spot in PHRF 2. “We are a fairly inexperienced team, “ explains team captain Harrison Paige (Senior, Mechanical Engineering). “We held a lot of chalk talks, practiced hard and really developed ourselves as a club team – we have one club team for both dinghies and big-boat sailing. Big boat sailing is kind of daunting at first, but once you get past the initial scariness factor you realize it’s just a big dinghy and all the things you learn about dinghies – weight placement, sail trim, etc. – still apply. And once you put the focus and energy into it, the performance comes out.”

Butch Ulmer, the IOR event Chair and Principal Race Officer, was enthusiastic about this year’s regatta. “This event is a lot of work, especially because we have to find owners who are willing to loan their boats to the college teams. That’s always a big challenge, and I’d like to thank each of the owners for their generosity and their time. I hope that next year we can expand the event even more; the limiting factor is not the number of colleges that are interested, it’s not having additional boats. So if you own a boat, or know someone who might be interested, please let us know if you’d like the support the event next year. I also have to thank the innumerable volunteers, both on and off the race course who help make this the world-class event that it is. ”

The Storm Trysail Club and Storm Trysail Foundation would also like to thank the following sponsors, without whom this regatta would not be possible: ShopRite of Carteret, Helly Hansen, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Yacht and Boat Donation Program, Flintlock Construction, USMMA Sailing Foundation, Dimension-Polyant, Gifted of Larchmont, Safe Flight Instrument Corporation, Corinthians, UK Sailmakers, Craft NY, New England Ropes, Coca-Cola, and YachtScoring. In addition, we’d like to thank the following for their personal donations: The Paul Hoffmann Family, Paul Gilman, Barry Gold, Luiz Kahl, Chris Lewis, and Doug Lynn.

About the Regatta:
The regatta was initially established the early 1970’s by The Corinthians who ran the regatta until 1999, after which it was picked up by Storm Trysail Club. For the 2017 regatta, The Corinthians transferred to the Storm Trysail Foundation the original four perpetual trophies: “The George G. Crocker Memorial Race Trophy”, “The Edward S. Moore III Memorial Trophy”, “The James C. Jacobson Memorial Trophy”, and “The Foster Tallman Memorial Trophy”. In addition, Larchmont Yacht Club donated two trophies including one belonging to the late Thomas Carroll, a member of Larchmont Yacht Club. The “Paul Hoffmann Trophy”, named for the long-time Storm Trysail member famed for his success on a series of yachts named “Thunderhead”, presented by his son Binky Hoffmann, is given to the team that had the best overall performance. The “Ed du Moulin Trophy”, named for the man who was involved in the management of more America’s Cup campaigns than anyone in the Cup’s history, presented by his son, Storm Trysail Club Past Commodore Richard du Moulin, to the boat owner of the overall regatta winner. The invitational regatta is held annually out of Larchmont Yacht Club, who is a co-organizer of the event in addition to the Storm Trysail Foundation.

About the Storm Trysail Foundation:
The Storm Trysail Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to support the education of young sailors, junior and adult safety at sea, and intercollegiate big boat racing.
The Storm Trysail Foundation educates young people as they bridge the gap between learning to sail and becoming accomplished blue water sailors, through a national program of events including approximately 10 Junior Safety-At-Sea seminars a year in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, California and Michigan. In addition, Adult Safety At Sea and Hands-on Adult Safety at Sea seminars are also regularly organized. For more information on these invaluable and life-saving events, contact: Lisa Schinella at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her 646-996-3498.

About Larchmont Yacht Club:
The Larchmont YC was founded in 1880. Its mission is to instill and enhance the interest in yachting and the spirit of sportsmanship in members and their families; and to encourage and provide programs for members and their families to promote and support yacht racing in the Corinthian spirit. It has an active fleet in handicap racing, and one-design racing in a variety of keel-boats and dinghies.

About the Storm Trysail Club:
The Storm Trysail Club, reflecting in its name the sail to which sailors must shorten when facing severe adverse conditions, is one of the world’s most respected sailing clubs, with its membership comprised strictly of skilled blue water and ocean racing sailors. The club is involved in organizing or co-organizing various prestigious offshore racing events including the annual Block Island Race, the biennial Block Island Race Week, The Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race, the Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race, The Down-the-Bay Race in the Chesapeake, The Mills Trophy Race in Lake Erie, and the upcoming Wirth Munroe Race (Dec. 7) from Miami to Palm Beach, Florida. They are also one of the four organizing clubs of the 2019 Transatlantic Race. For more information about the club, visit www.stormtrysail.org.

About The Corinthians
The Corinthians is a non-commercial membership association of over five hundred amateur yachtsmen and women (beginners and experts). Its primary objectives are to promote sailing, to encourage good fellowship among yachtsmen afloat and ashore, and to introduce non-boat-owning amateur sailors and boat-owners needing crew.

Media Contact:
Ron Weiss, Chair, Storm Trysail Club Sponsorship and Communications Committee
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203-253-4166

Photos - 2018 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta - Courtesy of Howard McMichael

Read the Interview with Ron Weiss about the 2018 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta

To get a taste of the IOR, you can download this year’s IOR Program HERE.

For the NOR, Sailing Instructions, List of Entries, additional information, and Final Results, Click HERE.

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THE STORM TRYSAIL FOUNDATION'S INTERCOLLEGIATE OFFSHORE REGATTA NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!

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.

We are looking for additional sponsors to help us expand the IOR and to continue the high quality of the event. There are three categories of sponsorship. If you think your company could be a possible sponsor we would appreciate hearing from you. We also established a new category of support for the event, the IOR Partner Supporter.

Sponsorship is available at the three levels:

       Gold Sponsor $7,500

  • Company Name and Logo on Storm Trysail Foundation website and IOR page with link
  • Full page color ad in the event program – back cover
  • Name on Official T-Shirt
  • Company Logo on all printed material
  • Banner on display during event
  • Promotional material inserted in over 400 participant packets

       Silver Sponsor $2,500

  • Company name on STC/Intercollegiate page with link
  • Full page color ad in event program 
  • Name on official T-shirt
  • Company Logo on all printed matter
  • Banner on display during regatta

       IOR Partner Supporter $500.00

  • Your Name will be listed in the IOR program as a IOR Partner
  • IOR event polo shirt
  • 2 tickets to the IOR Cocktail Party on Saturday, October 6th
  • 2 tickets on the spectator boat. (TBD)

The Storm Trysail Foundation would appreciate any support that you can give towards this event. If you have any questions or want to be a sponsor contact Marcy Trenholm email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 914-834-2645.

Sincerely,

Charles Ulmer, Event Chairman Intercollegiate Regatta
John Fisher, 
 Chairman Storm Trysail Foundation 

                                                         INTERCOLLEGIATE ENTRIES 2018
BATES COLLEGE
BU
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
DENISON
DREXEL
EDHEC
GEORGETOWN
GRAND VALLEY STATE (MICH)
GW UNIVERSITY
HEC MONTREAL
MASS MARITIME (Possibly 2)
MCGILL
MICHIGAN STATE
MICHIGAN TECH UNIV
MONMOUTH UNIV
NAVY (2 TEAMS)
NC STATE
OHIO STATE
PENN STATE
POLYTECHNIQUE MONTREAL
QUEENS UNIVERSITY
ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY/URI
ROGER WILLIAMS
STEVENS
STONY BROOK
SUNY (2 TEAMS)
SYRACUSE
TUFTS (KEN LEGLER) 2 TEAMS
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
UNIVERSITY OF MD
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
USCGA
USMA (WEST POINT)
USMMA (2 TEAMS)
VANDERBILT
VIRGINIA TECH
WEBB
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIV
WILLIAM AND MARY
YALE


Ronald Weiss
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Recap of the 2017 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta

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).

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

Click HERE for regatta photos by Howard McMichael


Conditions for the regatta varied between 8-10 knots of breeze on Saturday to a slightly more rugged 18-20 knots with higher gusts on Sunday. Sunday’s more-challenging conditions led to two crew overboard situations. In the first instance, the Grand Valley State crew on the J/109 “Morning Glory” – under the guidance of long-time Storm Trysail Club member and boat owner Carl Olsson - initiated a successful recovery maneuver while sailing downwind. In the second instance, one of the two safety boats swiftly picked up the crewperson who had fallen off of the J/105 “Elmo”. Both were recovered quickly and unharmed.

Barry Gold, Chairman of the event, said “In spite of some of early Saturday pea-soup fog and intermittent rain on Sunday, we had two days of fantastic racing, with steady and increasing breeze. With a few well-timed postponements and relocations, the race committee gave the teams five competitive and fun races. We want to thank The Corinthians, who started the Corinthians Intercollegiate Regatta in 1983 and ran it until 1999, for transferring their original four perpetual trophies to the Storm Trysail Foundation. These four beautiful trophies bring together the initial regatta with its later reincarnation by Storm Trysail, and begin new traditions for the competitors. The rededicated trophies were presented to class winners this year for the first time along with two perpetual trophies donated by Larchmont Yacht Club”.

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Boston University – winner of the J/105 class and the “Paul Hoffman” Trophy for best overall performance – leading at the top mark in a stiff breeze.

Boston University took home the overall honors and the “Paul Hoffmann Trophy” in the hotly contested J/105 class on “Young American” with four bullets and a second place in the second largest class in the regatta. “Echo”, crewed by Vanderbilt University – a first time entrant to the regatta – took home second place in the J/105 class by edging out Drexel University on “Fairhope” with a tie-breaking first in the third race. Robert Alexander and Peter Becker received the “Ed du Moulin Trophy” awarded to the boat owner/syndicate of the overall winning team.

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The all-service academy class - raced in J/44’s - is always tight, and this year’s event was no exception as evidenced here.

In the J/44 class – which by tradition is a generally an all-service academy class – was won by Maine Maritime Academy on “Gold Digger”, closely followed by the US Coast Guard Academy sailing their own “Glory”, just 1 point ahead of last year’s overall winner, the US Naval Academy on “Maxine”.

The University of Rhode Island ran away with the J/109 Class with a 2,1,1,1,1 line score on “Emoticon”, topping “Morning Glory” with Grand Valley State University, and Tulane University on “Growth Spurt” rounded out the class podium.

There were three PHRF classes. In PHRF 1, Webb Institute on “Oakcliff Sailing’s Farr 40 Blue” came out on top, followed by a joint team comprised of crew members from both the US Merchant Marine Academy and Tufts University on the IMX-45 “Xcelsior”, with Michigan Tech on “Quintessence”, the Swan 42, taking third place.

PHRF 2 saw the US Merchant Marine Academy squad win on their own Tripp 40 “Phantom”, with the George Washington University team on the Goetz 40 “Soulmates” in second place and the University of Michigan on the J/133 “Antidote” just one point behind in third.

The class winner in PHRF 3 was Virginia Tech on the X-34 “Maudelayne”, just one point ahead of the J/88 “Wings” with the University of South Florida aboard. Third place in the class was Roger Williams University on the J/92 “Thin Man”.

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The IOR is a great learning experience for young crews. This team learned that there are no shrimp in Long Island Sound.

Erica Vandeveer, Captain of the victorious Virginia Tech squad, is a Behavioral Psychology Major and sees the relevance of big-boat sailing; “Communication is critical to being successful on the race course. We had some challenges but we were able to talk and work through them to win.”

Juliette Joffre, captain of the Club Voile EDHEC Business School team who came all the way from Lille, France declared: “This is a big, serious and very competitive regatta.” Marianne Pierres, another member of the EDHEC crew, described how offshore racing is similar to business: “The starts were really exciting, and so was the broach! But you have to manage and keep calm; you have to understand roles and do your job.” Juliette continued “There is a lot of pressure to perform at your best, but I know that the team is much closer now because of this experience.” This was their first time at the IOR, and they had to win an international student regatta in France for the right to come to the IOR with an all-expenses paid trip through a partnership between the Storm Trysail Foundation and the EDHEC Sailing Cup.

About the Regatta:
The regatta was initially established in 1983 by The Corinthians who ran the regatta until 1999, after which it was picked up by Storm Trysail. For the 2017 regatta, The Corinthians transferred to the Storm Trysail Foundation the original four perpetual trophies: “The George G. Crocker Memorial Race Trophy”, “The Edward S. Moore III Memorial Trophy”, “The James C. Jacobson Memorial Trophy”, and “The Foster Tallman Memorial Trophy”. In addition, Larchmont Yacht Club donated two trophies including one belonging to the late Thomas Carroll, a member of Larchmont Yacht Club. The “Paul Hoffmann Trophy”, named for the long-time Storm Trysail member famed for his success on a series of yachts named “Thunderhead”, presented by his son Binky Hoffmann, is given to the team that had the best overall performance. The “Ed du Moulin Trophy”, named for the man who was involved in the management of more America’s Cup campaigns than anyone in the Cup’s history, presented by his son, Storm Trysail Club Past Commodore Richard du Moulin, to the boat owner of the overall regatta winner. The invitational regatta is held annually out of Larchmont Yacht Club, who is a co-organizer of the event in addition to the Storm Trysail Foundation.

About the Storm Trysail Foundation:
The Storm Trysail Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to support the education of young sailors, junior and adult safety at sea, and intercollegiate big boat racing. The Storm Trysail Foundation educates young people as they bridge the gap between learning to sail and becoming accomplished blue water sailors, through a national program of events including approximately 10 Junior Safety at Sea seminars a year in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, California and Michigan. In addition, Adult Safety At Sea and Hands-on Adult Safety at Sea seminars are also regularly organized. For more information on these invaluable and life-saving events, contact: Lisa Schinella at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her 646-996-3498.

About Larchmont Yacht Club:
The Larchmont YC was founded in 1880. Its mission is to instill and enhance the interest in yachting and the spirit of sportsmanship in members and their families; and to encourage and provide programs for members and their families to promote and support yacht racing in the Corinthian spirit. It has an active fleet in handicap racing, and one-design racing in a variety of keel-boats and dinghies.

About the Storm Trysail Club:
The Storm Trysail Club, reflecting in its name the sail to which sailors must shorten when facing severe adverse conditions, is one of the world’s most respected sailing clubs, with its membership comprised strictly of skilled blue water and ocean racing sailors. The club is involved in organizing or co-organizing various prestigious offshore racing events including the annual Block Island Race, the biennial Block Island Race Week, The Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race, the Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race, The Down-the-Bay Race in the Chesapeake, The Mills Trophy Race in Lake Erie, and the upcoming Wirth Munroe Race (Dec. 1) from Miami to Palm Beach, Florida. They are also one of the four organizing clubs of the 2019 Transatlantic Race. For more information about the club, visit www.stormtrysail.org.

About The Corinthians
The Corinthians is a non-commercial membership association of over five hundred amateur yachtsmen and women (beginners and experts). Its primary objectives are to promote sailing, to encourage good fellowship among yachtsmen afloat and ashore, and to introduce non-boat-owning amateur sailors and boat-owners needing crew.

Media Contact:
Ron Weiss, Chairman of the Storm Trysail Communications Committee
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
203-253-4166


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Larchmont, NY - August 24, 2017 - This year’s event will be held on the weekend of October 7th and 8th at the Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, New York. This is an invitational event and will feature racing in approximately five classes of offshore yachts: J/105, J/109, J/44, PHRF 35 foot-boats and IRC 40-boats.

Some of the teams that have been invited include:

American University
Bates College
Boston University
Brown University
Bucknell University
Club Voile EDHEC
Colgate University
College of William and Mary
Denison University
Drexel University
ENSEIRB Matmeca
Fairfield University
Georgetown University
Grand Valley State University
HEC Montreal
Maine Maritime Academy
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
McGill University
McMaster University
Miami University of Ohio
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
Middlebury College
Norteastern University
Ohio State University
Penn State University
Queen's University
Roger Williams University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stony Brook University
Sacred Heart University
SUNY Maritime College

SUNY Maritime College
Syracuse University
The George Washington University
Tufts University
Tulane University
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
U.S. Military Academy
U.S. Naval Academy
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of New Hampshire
University of Rhode Island
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
University of Toledo
University of Wisconsin
Vanderbilt Sailing Team
Villanova University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Webb Institute
Western Michigan University
Williams College

The event has grown every year and last year we were able to accommodate almost 400 college sailors. Thanks to our 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. Our sponsors include Rolex, North Sails, Gill North America, Safe Flight Instruments, Flintrock Construction, and Dimension-Polyant.For any of the Schools listed above who have been invited and have not yet responded, please email Lisa Schinella ASAP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know if your School plans on attending, or if you have any questions.

CLICK HERE for more information, results and photos from our prior Intercollegiate Offshore Regattas. 


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The Storm Trysail Foundation is a registered 501 (c) 3 whose mission is to educate young sailors as they bridge the gap between learning to sail and becoming accomplished blue water seamen, through a national program of events including:

Safety at Sea SUNY Maritme
Junior Safety at Sea Seminars (Larchmont, Newport, Perth Amboy, Annapolis, Shelter Island, Castine, Noank and Marblehead)
Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta
Annual Golf Tournament
Annual Seamanship Award Dinner

The Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta has been run by the Storm Trysail Foundation in conjunction with the Larchmont Yacht Club since 2006. 

We are looking for additional sponsors to help us expand the IOR and to continue the high quality of the event. There are three categories of sponsorship. If you think your company could be a possible sponsor we would appreciate hearing from you. We also established a new category of support for the event, the IOR Partner Supporter.

Sponsorship is available at the three levels:

Gold Sponsor $7500
Company Name and Logo on Storm Trysail Foundation website and IOR page with link
Full page color ad in the event program - back cover
Name on Official T-Shirt
Company Logo on all printed material
Banner on display during event
Promotional material inserted in over 400 participant packets

Silver Sponsor $2,500
Company name on STC/Intercollegiate page with link
Full page color ad in event program
Name on official T-shirt
Company Logo on all printed matter
Banner on display during regatta

IOR Partner Supporter $500.00
Your Name will be listed in the IOR program as an IOR Partner
IOR event polo shirt
2 tickets to the IOR Cocktail Party on Saturday, October 7th

The Storm Trysail Foundation would appreciate any support that you can give towards this event. If you have any questions or want to be a sponsor contact Marcy Trenholm email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 914-834-2645.

Sincerely

Lenny Sitar 
Commodore Storm Trysail Club

John Fisher
Chairman, Storm Strysail Foundation

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