March 20, 2020

SUNY Safety at Sea Seminars Cancelled and BI Race Status undetermined

Health and safety are a top priority of the Storm Trysail Club and in the face of the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Flag Officers have decided to cancel the May 16th SUNY Safety-At-Sea Seminar.

The refund policy for the Safety-At-Sea Seminar is as follows: Those who signed up for “US Offshore Certification” for $295 will get a full refund. Those who signed up for “International (World Sailing) Certification for $380 will get a refund of $295. The $85 that is withheld has been paid to US Sailing to enroll you in their On-Line SAS Course. This comprehensive course will remain valid for any Hands-On seminar taken during the next 12 months, including the Fall 2020 Storm Trysail Club seminar in Houston and the May 2021 Storm Trysail seminar in New York. Those who signed up for Level 200 will get a full $295 refund. 

Event Chairman Rich du Moulin stated “We are grateful to all of the boat owners and volunteers who were willing to contribute to the seminar, and look forward to their participation in 2021. We would also like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support of the Storm Trysail Club and the efforts of the Foundation: AIG, McMichael Yacht Yard and Brokers, UK Sailmakers, Dimension-Polyant, Landfall Navigation, Sea Safety International, and LRSE."

At this time, no decision has been made regarding the 75th Block Island Race scheduled for May 22nd. A go/no decision will be made no later than May 2nd. However, with the cancellation of available in-person and hands-on Safety-At-Sea courses due to the current COVID-19 situation, and in the hope that we may still be able to hold the 2020 Block Island Race, NoR 15 is being amended as follows:


15.1 For all classes, at least 75% of those aboard the boat shall have attended a US SAILING Safety at Sea Seminar within five years prior to the start of the race. Such seminars may be attended online ( provided at least 30%, but not fewer than two members of the crew, including the person in charge, have attended an International Offshore Safety at Sea Course with Hands-on Training or a US Sailing sanctioned In-person Offshore Safety at Sea Seminar within five years prior to the start of the race. If the 30% requirement cannot be met due to a “Safety at Sea with hands-on training” course not being available, the requirement may be met by completing the US Sailing “Online Offshore Safety at Sea” course.

For full details on the NOR and the revised Safety requirements, visit:

All Storm Trysail Club social events have also been postponed until mid-May, but the full slate of Junior Safety-At-Sea seminars remains on the schedule. Please be on the alert for further developments. 

Storm Trysail Club Commodore AJ Evans added: “As we teach in our safety seminars: ‘the best time to reef your sails is before the storm hits’.  We believe that now is such a time. Hopefully, we will all be back out on the water before long, shaking these reefs as well as shaking hands, and enjoying the sport we love.”