October 7, 2017

Recap of the 2017 IOR

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”.

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.

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”.

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.

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
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 [email protected] 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. 

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 [email protected] or by phone 914-834-2645.


Lenny Sitar 
Commodore Storm Trysail Club

John Fisher
Chairman, Storm Trysail Foundation