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DONALD FILIPPELLI’S CAMINOS EARNS TOP HONORS AT STORM TRYSAIL CLUB’S BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK


The Storm Trysail Club’s 50th anniversary Block Island Race Week drew to a close today with two final races on Block Island Sound.

This year’s fleet totaled 167 boats in 15 classes and all but the three Navigator classes sailed a total of 11 races, making it one of the more successful weeks in recent memory. Four days of windward/leeward racing in 10- to 18-knot winds coupled with an epic Round the Island Race in 20- to 30-knot winds has many leaving the island off the coast of Rhode Island with fond memories.

Click HERE for the current press release.

CLASS LEADERS AT STORM TRYSAIL CLUB’S BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK SOLIDIFY POSITIONS WITH FINAL DAY LOOMING


With one day of racing remaining at the Storm Trysail Club’s 50th anniversary Block Island Race Week, several class leaders strengthened their position as two more races were completed on Block Island Sound.

Unlike yesterday, however, the wind was blowing anywhere from the west to the south. One competitor reported an extreme shift of 60 degrees before the start of the second race, but more commonly the shifts were between 20 and 30 degrees. The strength also was lighter, in the 9- to 14-knot range. Some boats even used a Light No. 1 headsail in the second race.

Click HERE for the current press release.

STORM TRYSAIL CLUB’S BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK FLEET COMPLETES THREE RACES IN PERFECT CONDITIONS ON DAY THREE


A return to normal conditions allowed the Storm Trysail Club to run three more races today at its 50th anniversary Block Island Race Week. The regatta is at its mid-point and seven races have been completed in three days.

The race committee hopes to run 10 to 12 races for the series. After yesterday’s rowdy 20- to 30-knot winds for the Round the Island Race, a westerly wind between 10 and 17 knots returned with brilliant skies, calmer seas and oscillations of 15 to 20 degrees. They are the conditions for which Block Island Race Week is renowned.

Click HERE for the current press release.

STORM TRYSAIL CLUB’S ROUND THE ISLAND RACE SEES FLEET TACKLE WINDY CONDITIONS


After yesterday’s idyllic opening day to the Storm Trysail Club’s 50th anniversary Block Island Race Week the wind gods turned up the volume today and gave the fleet a boisterous ride for the traditional Round the Island Race.

With two courses measuring 21 nautical miles (IRC 1, 2, 3, 4) and 18.5nm (all other classes), the first boats in the fleet of 167 got underway at 11:05 a.m. in winds around 20 knots. By the time the fleet got to the north end of the island, three-quarters of the way around, the wind had built to 30 knots and the seas to 5 feet. Many sailors said they had the ride of their life in testing conditions.

Click HERE for the current press release.

STORM TRYSAIL CLUB, BLOCK ISLAND CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF RACE WEEK


The Storm Trysail Club’s 50th anniversary Block Island Race Week officially kicked off this evening when Commodore Lee Reichert welcomed the some 2,000 sailors on 169 boats who are set to begin competition tomorrow on Block Island Sound.

This year’s fleet includes a number of new boats such as Austin Fragomen’s 44-footer Interlodge IV, from Botin Partners Naval Architecture, and Jack Le Fort’s Bermuda 50 Watermark, from the Hinckley Co. Mathew Barker’s classic sloop The Blue Peter is the largest boat in the fleet at 65 feet, while Volckert van Reesema’s 5 Cent is the smallest at 22.75 feet.

Click HERE for the current press release.

STAY ON TOP OF ALL BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK BREAKING NEWS WITH THE NEW APP


Click HERE to download the app and get connected.

The app will be the primary vehicle for all communications to competitors about Block Island Race Week, including daily notices and results, and will eliminate many forms of paper communication, such as the daily newspaper.

STORM TRYSAIL CLUB UNVEILS APP FOR 50th ANNIVERSARY BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK


The organizing committee for the Storm Trysail Club’s 50th anniversary Block Island Race Week, scheduled June 21-26, has set out an ambitious sustainability program and an important part of the plan is a new app for use with iOS and Android operating systems.

The app, launched today in Beta version, will be the primary vehicle for all communications to competitors about Block Island Race Week, including daily notices and results, and will eliminate many forms of paper communication, such as the daily newspaper.

Click HERE to read the Press Release and to learn more about BIRW's new app.

BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK ANNOUNCES ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABLITY PROGRAM


This year’s Race Week will introduce another first for STC. We will be moving towards making the regatta a more environmentally sustainable event. We will be following actions outlined in the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas protocol.

There are actions we are taking, some of which will require volunteers for a couple of hours per day.

Click HERE to learn more about BIRW's Sustainability program.

THE STORM TRYSAIL CLUB'S ANNAPOLIS FALL REGATTA WILL BE HELD OCTOBER 23-25, 2015

Photo courtesy of Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

The Storm Trysail Club Chesapeake Station and Eastport YC are pleased to announce the dates and format of their 2015 edition of the Annapolis Fall Regatta: race dates are set for Friday-Sunday, October 23-25, 2015. The event invites entries from all eligible big-boat one-design classes, and entries racing under HPR, IRC and ORC Club handicap systems.

Click HERE for the 2015 Notice of Race and entry information

Click HERE for the current press release.

Click HERE for the 2014 final press release.

Click HERE for THE 2014 race results and regatta documents

AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME: THE TRANSATLANTIC RACE 2015

Whether out to set records or tick another box on the bucket list, the 41 registered entries in the Transatlantic Race 2015 all have one thing in common: they will be undertaking the adventure of a lifetime as they sail a stretch of 2,800 nautical miles from Newport Rhode Island’s Castle Hill Light to The Lizard, the most southerly point on mainland Great Britain.

Organized by the Royal Yacht Squadron, the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Storm Trysail Club, the race features three separate starts (June 28, July 1 and July 5) to accommodate the yachts of varying size and abilities, with a primary goal of having all boats arrive in England in close proximity to each other. 

Click HERE for the latest press release.

THE DOWN THE BAY RACE OVERALL WINNER IS BEN CUKER'S CALLINCTES AS THEY CAPTURE THE VIRGINIA CRUISING CUP

This year’s Down the Bay Race saw a slight increase in entries and Benjamin Cuker joked with organizers from Storm Trysail Club and Hampton Yacht Club that he was responsible.

Cuker and his crew aboard Callinectes proved that what happened last year was certainly no fluke by capturing a second consecutive Virginia Cruising Cup. Patrick O’Bryan served as co-skipper as the Cal 3-30 posted a corrected time of 13 hours, 40 minutes and 50 seconds in placing first in PHRF C and earning the overall victory for the 66th Down the Bay Race. 

Click HERE for the wrap up press release.

COMANCHE SETS RECORDS WHILE WINNING THE 70TH RUNNING OF THE BLOCK ISLAND RACE


The 70th edition of the Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race yielded winners in ten classes – four IRC (including one for Double-hand), four PHRF, J/44 and Multihull – and a place in the record books for Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark’s new 100-foot Maxi Comanche. Fifty eight boats started the 185 nautical mile race (from Stamford Yacht Club in Connecticut, down Long Island Sound, around Block Island, R.I. and back to Stamford) on Friday afternoon (May 22) of Memorial Day Weekend, with Comanche finishing exactly one second after 2:50 a.m. the next morning, giving her an elapsed time of 11 hours 25 minutes and 01 second..

Click HERE for final results and the latest press release.

CLASS 40s GO TRANSATLANTIC: LITTLE BOATS, BIG OCEAN, INTENSE COMPETITION

The maxi yachts get all the attention in the marina. But on the racecourse for the Transatlantic Race 2015, from Newport, R.I., to England, the most interesting battle could well be amongst the smallest boats in the fleet.

The six Class 40 yachts entered in the race will compete as part of the IRC Division and as part of their own sub-class, where they’ll race boat for boat across the Atlantic

Click HERE for the press release.

STORM TRYSAIL CLUB TAKES OVER OWNERSHIP OF KEY WEST RACE WEEK

The Storm Trysail Club is pleased to announce that it has come to an agreement with Premiere Racing to take over ownership and management of the prestigious regatta.

Quantum Key West Race Week 2016 will be held Jan. 17 - 22, 2016 with many of the same elements that made the regatta so popular remaining in place.

Quantum Key West Race Week will continue thanks to the organizational expertise of a new ownership group and the ongoing support of its title sponsor – Quantum Sail Design Group.

Click HERE for the press release

SAFETY TAKES A GIANT STEP FORWARD FOR THE 250 ATTENDEES OF THE HANDS ON SAFETY AT SEA SEMINAR

The 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!

Paul Grimes, an attendee, may have said it best. "Amid the constant (and healthy) debates about what’s right and wrong with sailing, here’s one example of a group that got it very right."

The hands-on aspect involved rotating the participants through four sessions during the day – man overboard drills on the water while sailing on STF members’ boats, in-water PFD/hypothermia/liferaft training in the pool, damage control & emergency steering, and the use of fire extinguishers and flares.

Click HERE for the press release including Paul's comments.

NEW YOUTH TROPHY FOR STORM TRYSAIL CLUB’S BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK


The Storm Trysail Club plans to award a new Youth Trophy in honor of long-time club member, the late William Ziegler, III, at its 50th anniversary Block Island Race Week. The GEM Trophy memorializes the ideals of Ziegler, an accomplished sailor who frequently raced his yachts named GEM at Block Island Race Week with youth sailors, some of whom were recruited off the dock on race day. The trophy will be presented to the best yacht with at least 70 percent of its crew, male or female, younger than 25 years of age. “The Storm Trysail Club wishes to thank Steve and Heidi Benjamin for sponsoring this award,” said Regatta Chairman Peter Rugg.

Click HERE for the latest Press Release

THE STORM TRYSAIL FOUNDATION WILL HAVE THEIR 2015 ANNUAL BENEFIT DINNER ON SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015

The Storm Trysail Foundation is looking forward to celebrating their 2015 class of Sailing Legacy honorees: Arthur J. ( Tuna) Wullschleger, Jakob Isbrandtsen and James D. Bishop. On the evening of Saturday April 11th at American Yacht Club, we will highlight many of the on and off the water accomplishments of these distinguished gentlemen. All are noted yachtsmen, past commodores of the Storm Trysail Club and great contributors to the rich history of the sport of yacht racing. There will be many great stories illustrating how these sailors helped shape so many aspects of our clubs, organizations and events.

Click HERE for more information and to register for ther dinner

THE STORM TRYSAIL CLUB IS RUNNING THREE BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK FEEDER RACES


Registration is open for the 2015 Block Island Race Week Feeder Races.

The Storm Trysail Club, in conjunction with American YC and Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association, will be running three feeder races to Block Island on June 19th and 20th from Rye (NY), FIshers Island (NY) and Newport (RI).

Click HERE for feeder race information and on-line registration.

THE STORM TRYSAIL FOUNDATION WILL HOST A HANDS-ON SAFETY AT SEA SEMINAR AT THE SUNY MARITIME COLLEGE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015


 

 

 

 


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The Storm Trysail Foundation will host a hands-on US Sailing certified Safety at Sea Seminar at the SUNY Maritime College on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

The seminar will be supported by educational videos produced by Gary Jobson. The videos will cover required subjects and will be made available to attendees through the internet prior to the seminar itself. Attendance at this seminar along with successful completion of a test that will be given will bring full ISAF certification for those who wish to achieve it.

The seminar's moderator will be Storm Trysail Club Past Commodore Rich du Moulin. Some of the event will be conducted in the new state of the art  teaching facilities at the Maritime College. On the water sessions for man overboard recovery and pool sessions featuring liferaft and PFD use are among the subjects that will be covered.

THE LATEST NEWS FOR BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK XXVI


Storm Trysail Club's 26th Edition of Block Island Race Week, a celebration of yacht racing, is set for June 21-26, 2015.

Registration is now open for the 2015 Block Island Race Week (BIRW), the 50th anniversary of this iconic East Coast sailing regatta organized by the Storm Trysail Club. Race Week 2015 will include multiple races per day, lots of shoreside activities, and a Round the Island Race. In addition, this year’s event includes several new initiatives, including new classes of boats that will be invited to race and an emphasis on youth and environmental awareness.

Click HERE for the latest Press Release

SAILING HEAVYWEIGHTS TO BATTLE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC IN 2015

As the skipper of two successful race boats named Rambler—90 and 100 feet long, respectively—George David has been the favorite for line honors in most of the long-distance yacht races he has entered during the past decade. The boat could well be faster than either of his two previous yachts. But, in terms of raw speed across a range of conditions, David’s boat will find itself looking up at Jim Clark’s 100-foot Comanche [shown left, off Newport, R.I.], which will be skippered by two-time Volvo Ocean Race skipper Ken Read.

Click HERE for the press release.

PILMOTH PLANTATION AND MYSTIC SEAPORT ANNOUNCE COLLABORATIVE RESTORATION OF MAYFLOWER III

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Plimoth Plantation and Mystic Seaport, both acclaimed New England history museums, are pleased to announce a collaborative project to restore and repair Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction ship owned by Plimoth Plantation. Work on the historic ship will take place at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport, adhering to The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Vessel Preservation Projects.

Work will begin in December on a multi-year phased restoration plan, honoring the ship’s original construction and using traditional methods with the goal of restoring the ship to her original state when she first arrived to Plymouth in 1957. Inspections in 2013 revealed that Mayflower II is in need of a major refit, which is normal for a nearly 60-year-old wooden ship.

THE TRANSATLANTIC RACE 2015 FLEET IS EXPANDED DUE TO SIGNIFICANT INTEREST


Click HERE for the latest press release.

Anticipating greater interest in the Transatlantic Race 2015, race organizers—the Royal Yacht Squadron and New York Yacht Club in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club—set an early limit of 50 entries, which now looks to be well exceeded. A particular feature of the 2015 event is its coincidence with the Squadron's 200th anniversary celebrations and races.

A fleet of more than 50 boats has already registered, with another 50 yachts indicating interest. The first of three staggered starts takes place off Newport on June 28, 2015. “It’s great to see how many sailors have signed up,” says event co-chair Patricia Young, of the New York Yacht Club. “Given the evident interest, the organizing clubs have waived the fleet limit.”

THE INTERCOLLEGIATE OFFSHORE REGATTA WAS HELD OCTOBER 11-12, 2014

The Storm Trysail Foundation's 2014 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta was held the weekend of October 11-12 at Larchmont Yacht Club. Fifty-two keelboat college teams from Canada, France, and throughout USA competed in two handicap divisions (IRC and PHRF) and in three one design fleets (J/105, J/109, and J/44).

Click HERE for the 2014 IOR Wrap-up Press Release

Click HERE for 2014 regatta photos (Courtesy of Howard McMichael)

Click HERE for more information and final results.

THE 2014 STORM TRSYSAIL FOUNDATION GOLF OUTING WAS HELD ON AUGUST 25th


The 5th annual Storm Trysail Foundation Golf Outing was held on Monday, August 25th at the Newport National Golf Course. This event was open to Storm Trysail Club members as well as non-members and featured a Live Auction, a Raffle, Food & Fun!

Click HERE to go to the Storm Trysail Foundation Golf page

THE STORM TRYSAIL CLUB'S 69th BLOCK ISLAND RACE TOP AWARDS GO TO RAMBLER & YOUNG AMERICAN

The 69th Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race, which started on the Friday (May 23) of Memorial Day Weekend, attracted--coincidentally enough--69 boats and saw George David’s (Hartford, Conn.) Reichel Pugh 90 Rambler as the first to finish early Saturday morning after some 17 hours and change of racing.

The polar opposite of David’s veteran race team was Young American, the J/105 that won PHRF 1 and represented American Yacht Club with its junior team aboard.

Click HERE for the wrap up press release.

Click HERE for final results, awards photos,and more information.

THE U.S.COAST GUARD ISSUED A MARINE SAFETY ALERT REGARDING OFFSHORE SAILING ON JAN. 9, 2014

All blue water sailors should read this, and appreciate the risk to its people and assets that the Coast Guard takes to rescue yachtsmen in trouble. It is our responsibility to uphold our end of the seamanship tradition.

Rich du Moulin (past Storm Trysail Club Commodore and member of US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee)

THE MANHASSET BAY YC HONORED JOHN THOMSON AT THEIR FALL SERIES ON OCTOBER 19, 20 & 26,, 2013

Above is the memmorial trophy
that honors John B. Thomson, Jr.

Our dear friend, John B. Thomson, Jr, a long-time member of Manhasset Bay YC, Storm Trysail Club and New York YC, and a well respected member of the world-wide sailing community, had ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and sadly passed away.    

In 2012, family and friends, sailors and non-sailors joined the Thomson family in May to walk to find a cure for ALS . And as is always, when sailors get together, ideas start flowing and one thing led to another and it just made sense for the 2013 Fall Series to partner with ALS and honor JBT, at the very series that John, Jr. founded to honor his father. 

Please join us each year for some ofthe best autumn racing on Long Island Sound. Warm water, big breeze. And the opportunity to support John B. Thomson, Jr. and his family.

What could be better than great racing, terrific party with food that only Manhasset Bay YC can provide, and knowing that you are contributing to ALS to help find a cure for this vicious disease!

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