OCTOBER 7 – 8, 2023
Organized by the Storm Trysail Club and the Larchmont Yacht Club
2023 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta
Design: Kate Somers / Photo: Steve Cloutier
WELCOME TO THE IOR
From the IOR Co-Chairs: We are excited that you and your team made the effort, once again, to join us for this great regatta. There are a few new schools too, which is wonderful! As Co-chairs for the event, we
have had the pleasure working with a gifted set of volunteers and boat owners this past year to ensure the success of the regatta. We couldn’t do this without them, the Storm Trysail Foundation, our sponsors and private donors and our host Larchmont Yacht Club all who allow us to make this weekend spectacular for you. We are here to answer any questions that may come up.
Enjoy the weekend and SAIL FAST!
Storm Trysail Club, IOR Co-Chair
Larchmont Yacht Club, IOR Co-Chair
Welcome to Larchmont Yacht Club, particularly those who are visiting for the first time. We are pleased to again co-host the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, which has grown over the past decade into the largest collegiate regatta in the country.
This relatively rare big boat experience is important to LYC as we are committed to growing the sport, and it is an opportunity for college sailors from around the country to get to know us.
In the last 18 months, LYC has done two things targeted directly at retaining our junior sailors after college while also attracting post-college sailors from other areas located in New York. The first was the purchase of 20 z420s to expand our existing dinghy and keel boat team racing offerings. These z420s are used for both inter-club and intra-club events. The second was a restructuring of membership costs for younger sailors in recognition of the cost realities of post-college life in our area.
When combined with competitive winter sailing, and our Ideal 18, one-design, and big-boat programs make Larchmont Yacht Club the preferred choice for post-college sailing. And our affordable Summer Memberships include access to our clubhouse and waterfront facilities at a modest cost giving you a feel for what it would be like to be an active and permanent part of our LYC sailing community.
I encourage you to visit LarchmontYC.org for links to the z420 and Winter Sailing (IC Dinghy) fleets or contact LYC Sailing Director Doug Reynolds ([email protected]) or any Club officer with any questions.
All of us here at Larchmont Yacht Club extend our best wishes for your team’s success in the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. Enjoy your weekend here and enjoy Larchmont Yacht Club. I look forward to seeing you on the water.
Commodore, Larchmont Yacht Club
The Long Island Sound IOR is a very special regatta that
attracts college sailing teams from as far north as Nova Scotia, east as France, south as Florida, and west as California! You will be sailing with teams from well outside your usual venues, and will be making friends and memories to carry into your future.
The Storm Trysail Club exists to promote good fellowship
among blue water and ocean racing sailors and to encourage the sport of ocean racing and offshore cruising. This event, and the Great Lakes IOR, take aim at introducing collegiate sailors to big-boat racing and, hopefully, generating excitement for more. While the qualifications for regular membership in the
Storm Trysail Club may be beyond your current experience, the standards for junior membership may be within your reach.
The STC members among you this weekend are here because they have a passion for sailing. Many of them began as junior and collegiate sailors and are continuing their love of the sport by volunteering their time, their boats, and their expertise as an investment in your sailing future. A prime example PRO Ken Legler. There isn’t enough room in this welcome letter to describe what Ken has brought to collegiate sailing in over four
decades at Tufts. As Josh Adams, a three-time All-American and later Director of US Olympic Sailing, said in a Sailing World article on Ken’s retirement from coaching, “When they do a Mount Rushmore for college sailors, Ken Legler will be there. As a coach, he’s more philosopher than technician. What he’s good at is getting sailors on the water to learn from being on the water. When you graduate Tufts and look back, you realize that all those practice days and all those practice races were led by an exceptional PRO.”
Please join me in thanking all of the volunteers, our sponsors, and our partners, including Larchmont Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Foundation, for making this regatta happen.
Commodore, Storm Trysail Club
Sail fast and sail safely!
ShopRite of Carteret is pleased to help bring big boat sailing to collegiate sailors from across the country. Enjoy the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta!
Practice if coordinating
1700 – 1900: Check In
1730 – 1930: Hot Dogs Galore Served
0700 – Check In
0800 – Launch Begins
0900 – Skipper’s Meeting*
1100 – First Start
1700 – Buffet Dinner and Raffle
1730 – Keynote speaker: Jerome Rand, Sailing Into Oblivion
* Skippers meeting should be attended by boat owners, skippers, and tacticians only. Crews and coaches should go out to their boats right away and start rigging.
0800- ALL IOR PARTICIPANT PHOTO ON THE LAWN
0805 – Launch Begins
0930 – First Warning
1430 – No Warning After
After Racing – Pizza and Awards
Harken Derm has gained the trust from Opti’s to American Magic. Now we are proud sponsors of the Intercollegiate Offshore Race. Our advanced high-performance sunscreen empowers college sailors to conquer the waves and sun, ensuring peak performance on any race course. Make sure Harken Derm is in your sailing gear bag.
Initially established the early 1970’s by The Corinthians. This invitational regatta for college sailors is held annually out of Larchmont Yacht Club and brings together keel boat owners and young sailors for an opportunity to go head to head each Fall.
Questions? Contact [email protected]
October 8, 2023
All photos from Steve Cloutier. You are free to use with full credit and watermark only. If sharing on social media, you must give credit and tag @BlockIslandSteve and @StormTrysailClub.
Dedicated to blue water sailing. Sponsor of inshore, distance, and offshore sailboat races. Supporter of the interests and needs of sailors.
Congratulations to the winners of the PUFF Trophy.
McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers is proud to support the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, an event that is important to all who worked with Howie over the years at McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers.
Congratulations to this weekend’s IOR runner-up team that will be receive the PUFF Trophy presented in Howie’s memory.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL RACE OFFICER
Special Thanks to the USMMA for donating two of thier boats for teams this weekend!
The USMMA Sailing Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 public foundation. Its mission is to actively solicit the donation of vessels to be used in support of various maritime programs for education and training. The Sailing Foundation works with numerous partner organizations to advance maritime training and education opportunities.
Learn more usmmasailingfoundation.org
IMPORTANT REMINDERS FROM THE PRO
1. BE ON TIME: We have to race when the conditions allow us to so we will NOT delay a start because you’re late leaving your mooring or you’ve sailed too far from the starting line between races.
2. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR RADIO: All the course and race information will be signaled as required by the racing rules. In addition, the Race Committee will do its best to keep you apprised of our intentions by radio and whenever possible, we’ll give you a “HEADS UP” that something is about to happen. You can’t hear this if you’re not listening.
If you have questions (when you’re not racing) you can call the Race Committee by radio and we’ll respond if we’re not in the middle of something important.
3. CHECK THE SIGNAL BOAT BEFORE YOU START: We will use different courses for different classes so don’t get comfortable just following the class that starts in front of you. Make sure you know what course your class is supposed to sail for that race!
4. THINK SAFETY: On occasion, we’ve had a lot of wind for this event and we don’t want anyone to get injured. BE CAREFUL AND BE SMART!
We’ll race as long as we think you’re not having problems handling the boats. We will mandate the use of smaller jibs and curtail the use of spinnakers if conditions warrant.
5. CARE OF YOUR BOATS: This event could not take place were it not for the generosity of the boat owners. We expect and require that you avoid boat-to-boat contact at all costs. There will be a Safety Officer/ Owner’s Representative on each boat and if it appears necessary, he or she will step in and take command. If that happens, your entire crew should respond accordingly. FINALLY, WHEN YOU MEET ANY OF THE BOAT OWNERS, PLEASE MAKE IT A POINT TO SAY “THANK YOU”.
6. STARTS AND FINISHES: In order to give you all the racing we can, the Race Committee may start succeeding races for some classes while other classes are still racing. This can lead to congestion at the signal boat when some boats are starting while others are finishing. Please be alert to this possibility. If a starting sequence is in progress, you will hear the horns and see the boats maneuvering to start. While the racing rules cover these situations, you are only racing against the boats in your class. Do your best to avoid boats that are not in your class up to and including giving way even when you have the right of way.
7. WINDWARD MARK FINISHES: If your race finishes at the windward mark, please use your engine to get back down to the starting area. The sooner your class reaches the starting area, the sooner we can get you racing again.
8. PROCEDURES IN THE EVENT OF AN INJURED CREWMEMBER: There will be two or three Safety Boats on the race course while racing is going on. Each boat will be a fast inflatable manned by a Senior Member of the Storm Trysail Club or the Larchmont Yacht Club, an EMT and one or two assisting crewmembers. They will monitor the Fleet VHF channel (05A) at all times.
When dealing with an injured crewmember situation, the Senior Yacht Club member will be the “ON SCENE PERSON IN CHARGE” at all times.
If you’re dealing with a minor injury and can keep racing, call the Race Committee after finishing. The RC will direct one of the Safety Boats come alongside and put the EMT on board to examine your crewmember. If the EMT decides no immediate attention is required, he or she will get off and you can keep racing. If the EMT decides the medical attention is required, the Safety Boat will take your crewmember ashore for treatment. If you want to keep racing, Call the Race Committee for permission to do so.
In the event of a serious injury to one of your crew, call the Race Committee and stop racing immediately. Lower your sails and proceed toward Larchmont Harbor under power. The RC will direct a Safety Boat to come to your assistance.
FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF THE PERSON IN CHARGE. DO NOT CALL THE YACHT CLUB OR DIAL 911 FROM THE WATER. THE RACE COMMITTEE WILL HANDLE ANY SUCH CALLS.
CHARTS & HAZARDS
When leaving Larchmont Harbor, proceed directly out to the open water. Make sure to keep green cans 7 and 3 and Green Bell 1 to starboard when leaving the harbor. Don’t get too close to the breakwater as it does not go straight down as the photo above shows. Larchmont Yacht Club Marine Facilities monitors VHF Channel 72.
The trophy will be awarded to the overall winner of the
Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta calculated as the class
winner with the highest winning percentage.
2022 – TBD – University of Wisconsin
In 2022, the trophy was redesignated and is awarded to
the individual or team who, in the opinion of the event organizers, have done a significant amount to enhance or further the ideals of the IOR through dedication,
sportsmanship, or generosity.
In honor of former Commodore Howard McMichael,
The Puff Trophy is awarded to the school that is runner
up in the overall scoring of the regatta.
2022 – Gray Matter/ US Coast Guard Academy
THE SAILORS BEHIND THE TROPHIES
Long-time Storm Trysail Club and Larchmont Yacht Club members Paul Hoffmann, Jr. and Richard du Moulin have donated perpetual trophies in memory of their fathers.
Paul Hoffmann was a prominent member of Larchmont Yacht Club and The Storm Trysail Club for many years. Hoffmann served as Commodore of The Storm Trysail Club in 1973 and 1974 and was one of the members responsible for founding Block Island Race Week in 1965. During a sailing career that spanned more than 40 years, he owned and raced four boats, all of which he made into winners: eight-meter named Cayuga, the famous clipper bow cutter Hother, his first Thunderhead, a Rhodes designed cutter, and in 1971, he commissioned Sparkman and Stevens to design a new, larger Thunderhead. This boat was 58’ LOA and was built in aluminum at the Derecktor yard in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Paul raced her continually on the Sound, to Bermuda, and in Florida waters until his untimely death in 1996.
Edward du Moulin
Edward du Moulin was a member of the Knickerbocker Yacht Club (where he served as Commodore), the New York Yacht Club, and The Storm Trysail Club. He was a founding member and first Chairman of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee. In later years, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in recognition of his management of more Cup campaigns than anyone in history: Enterprise in 1977, Freedom in 1980, Liberty in 1983, and Stars and Stripes in 1987 in Fremantle (bringing the Cup back to the USA). Ed and Arthur Knapp of Larchmont Yacht Club also co-founded the Knickerbocker Cup Match Race in 1982 to enable local sailors to race against ranked world class sailors. Ed was dedicated to training and mentoring young sailors and then moving them on to more famous boats and events, including the America’s Cup.
James D. Bishop
This trophy is awarded to the winner of the Commodore James. D. Bishop Class, which this year will be the J/44 Class in recognition of Jim’s longtime involvement with that class. A long-time member of the Storm Trysail Club, Jim Bishop’s contributions to the sport of sailing have touched many clubs and organizations over the past five decades. Racing since a teenager, and entering world of ocean racing in the early 1950s, Jim spent much of his life sailing IODs and J/44s, many named Gold Digger. He raced IODs around the globe, and, as the President of the Long Island Sound J/44 class since 1990, Jim was the visionary who developed the practice of class-owned sails that are rotated between boats each regatta to keep the class competitive and affordable. An ocean racer at heart, Jim sailed 23 Newport to Bermuda Races (winning the J/44 class in 1996). Another pride of Jim’s was the Coastal Queen, the graciously restored Chesapeake buyboat that he brought to this regatta every year.
Howard McMichael, Jr. was the longtime leader of and inspiration for McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers, having taken over the company from his father, Howard McMichael, Sr., upon Howie’s return from serving in the U.S. Army in 1962.
Having grown up in the boat yard, Howie started selling boats, managing purchasing and marketing for the company. Under his leadership, McMichael grew to one of the country’s major yacht brokerages and yacht servicing companies.
Howie served as President of McMichael through 2019 at which time he became the company’s Chairman. Under his watchful eye, the leadership of the company transitioned to its current President, Steve Leicht, a McMichael family member.
DINNER PRESENTATION KEYNOTER
Jerome Rand became the captain and owner of the Mighty Sparrow, Westsail 32, in late 2015. Within two years he set off on a
solo non-stop circumnavigation around the world. After 271 days at sea the trip was a success and covered nearly 30,000 miles placing Mighty Sparrow with only a handful of boats of its size to complete the voyage.
Since then, the adventure hasn’t stopped. In the following years Jerome added another 40,000 sea miles to Sparrow with both good and not so good results. Tropical Storms, Pandemic Closures, and equipment failure have all played a big role in the various voyages over the past three years.
Starting his sailing career on the shores of small inland lakes in Northern Michigan, Jerome never imagined just how far the world of sailing would eventually take him. With a decade of sailing in the Caribbean as part of the Bitter End Yacht Club, Jerome gained experience crewing on various yacht deliveries in the North and South Atlantic Ocean.
While on land, Jerome shares his experiences in hopes of funding the next expedition to the open ocean. With only a few places in the world left to explore, Jerome plans on visiting them all.
Photo: Steve Cloutier
The Storm Trysail Club, born in the middle of a 1936 Atlantic gale, grew into adolescence through the desire of a few shipmates to have a drink or two together, and became an outstanding organization of ocean racing sailors. The Club’s membership stands today at more than 1,000, every one of whom knows how to handle themselves when the barometer drops and the wind and sea whip up.
The Club is headquartered in Larchmont, N.Y., and operates in conjunction with its regional stations across the U.S. Each station serves as the organizing authority and host racing, social, and junior events for its members and other sailors, both on the water and ashore. The Club has been key to of development of events, rating systems, yacht design, and safety procedures.
Membership in The Storm Trysail Club is by invitation and “Candidates must have set a storm trysail under storm conditions, offshore, or have weathered a storm at sea under greatly reduced canvas. They also must be experienced blue water sailors, capable of taking command of a sailing vessel offshore under any or all conditions.”
The Club runs and helps to run many of the country’s great ocean races including the 180-mile Block Island Race, Block Island Race Week, the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race, the Montego Bay Race, the Ft. Lauderdale to Charleston Race, IRC Championships on Long Island Sound and the Chesapeake Bay, the Pacific Cup and, in 2019, the Club was one of the organizers of the last TransAtlantic Race.
In recent years, The Storm Trysail Club has intensified its focus on developing young sailors and encouraging them to enjoy the excitement and teamwork of big boat sailing, particularly ocean racing. As part of that effort the Club has created a Junior Membership. Candidates for junior membership shall be between 18 and 28 years of age, have completed a Club-approved Safety-at-Sea course, and sailed a minimum of four off-shore or distance races of not less than 150 nautical miles each, with a total minimum of 1,000 nautical miles. They must also be committed blue water sailors. A junior member has seven years or until age 33 to meet the qualifications for regular membership.
We encourage all young sailors who are qualified sailors Junior Membership to chat with STC members at the Regatta, and e-mail your sailing resume to STC ([email protected]). We will try to find you opportunities to sail, and provide a list of members so you can identify people you may know.
The Larchmont Yacht Club was founded on the evening of Memorial Day, 1880. Five young men were warming themselves over a bonfire built in a cleft of rocks on the shore of what is now Horseshoe Harbor, in Larchmont Manor. The five loved boats and they had just finished a hard racing day. Since a bonfire is scarcely the most comfortable way to close a hard day at sea, it is not surprising that these young men fell to discussing the possibility of organizing a yacht club. They decided to organize a club, the Larchmont Yacht Club, and to invite others to join.
In the following 141 years, Larchmont Yacht Club has become one of the premier yacht clubs in the U.S. and the world. Moving to its current location in 1887, the Club has expanded and upgraded the original center building numerous times. Throughout those years, the Club’s mission remained focused on sailing and sailboat racing. The membership roles of the Club have read like a Who’s Who of yacht racing. Legendary sailors including Marshal Wilson (of schooner Atlantic fame), Arthur Knapp, and Cornelius Shields have called Larchmont Yacht Club their home port. Today, the Club is renowned for its offshore credentials as well as its small boat success. Claiming a Vanguard 15 fleet of over 30 boats, and 15 Viper 640s, LYC’s Summer Sailing and Junior Member programs have attracted the best college sailors locating in the New York area after graduation.
Team racing is also a major thrust of the Club and LYC has hosted the U.S. Team Racing Championship (Hinman) twice – Team LYC finished 2nd in 2012–and, with American Yacht Club, hosts the annual Robie Pierce Regatta for sailors with disabilities.
The Flag Officers and the members of the Larchmont Yacht Club welcome all IOR participants and encourage them to explore the history and beauty of the Club.
Photo: Steve Cloutier