By Ron Weiss
Eighty boats crossed the starting line in big breeze to begin the 73rd edition of the 186 nautical mile Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race. The good times lasted until most of the boats had rounded Block, but on the return leg conditions became increasingly variable.
PHRF Class 5 competitors Brian Spears’ J/120 Madison (Fairfield, CT) and Justin Bonar’s Jeanneau 53 YYZ (Stamford, CT) on the way out to Block Photo courtesy of Rick Bannerot, copyright 2018
Massive holes appeared at seemingly random times and places; a veritable mine field that the fleet had to pick their way through carefully. The winners attributed their victories to skill, and the non-winners cursed their bad luck. Such is human nature.Read more
By Ron Weiss
Twenty-eighteen marks the 80th Anniversary of the Storm Trysail Club. The founding of the club began during the 1936 Bermuda Race, when a group of sailors set off on the schooner Salee. The ’36 race was bad, one of the worst in the history of the event. Many boats withdrew, but others elected to challenge themselves and tough it out.
A crew celebrates a successful day at Block Island Race Week XXVII with a product of Barbados that was largely introduced to the U.S. by members of the Storm Trysail Club in the early 1950s. ©MountGayRum.com
During that horribly rough storm, one sailor on another boat was ejected from his windward bunk, smashed face-first into the leeward bunk, spat out his freshly dislodged teeth, got his foulies on, and at 4 am, took his trick at the helm. As the storm built in intensity, Salee’s mainsail blew out, and the crew was forced to set the storm trysail – a small, triangular and heavily constructed sail generally used in only the direst of conditions.Read more
A poem by Storm Trysail Club LIS Station Captain Buttons Padin
In Marblehead they gather at Maddie’s,
They meet at The Boat Yard in Naptown,
In Newport, STC goes to IYAC,
But we’ve not found a home on the Sound!Read more
Captain Henry Marx of Stamford, CT is the recipient of the Storm Trysail Club’s 2018 Owen C. Torrey Memorial Trophy. The presentation was made at the club’s Long Island Sound Station Holiday Party in Larchmont, NY. The trophy is awarded annually to the person who, in the opinion of the Flag Officers and Board of Governors, has rendered “Outstanding Service” to the Storm Trysail Club.
Leggie Torrey, Storm Trysail Club Commodore Lenny Sitar, and Captain Henry Marx with the 2018 Owen C. Torrey Memorial Trophy © Howard McMichaelRead more
LARCHMONT, N.Y., May 25, 2017 - After extensive discussion and deliberation the Storm Trysail Club has decided not to organize and hold Key West Race Week in January 2018. Many factors led to this difficult decision. The bottom line is that with declining participation, the event has become heavily dependent upon sponsorship making the event unsustainable in its current format. Our primary sponsors remain very supportive and the Storm Trysail Club is committed to exploring alternative formats for the future that address changing conditions in our sport. The club anticipates that this could lead to another edition as soon as 2019. For more information, visit Storm Trysail Club's website.Read more
By Sean McNeill
The 30th anniversary edition of Quantum Key West Race Week, organized by by the Storm Trysail Club, was held January 15 - 20, 2017 in Key West, FL. The regatta saw seven racing classes complete 10 or 12 races, all as scheduled. The Performance Cruising Class also completed five races, as scheduled. The week started with a windy and wavy southeasterly that faded over the course of four days before swinging around to a light southerly on the final day.
Doug De Vos’ TP52 Quantum Racing won the 11-boat 52 Super Series and was named Boat of the Week. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.comRead more
After Initial Scare, Weather Gods Cooperate
LARCHMONT, N.Y. (October 11, 2016) – Over 420 college sailors from the United States, Canada and France raced on 45 owner-coached keelboats over Columbus Day Weekend in the Storm Trysail Foundation’s Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR) sailed on western Long Island Sound.
The J/44 MAXINE, sailed by the U.S. Naval Academy, was the overall winner at the 2016 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. ©McMichaelYachts.com
A team from the United States Naval Academy (Navy) sailing the J/44 MAXINE was the overall winner after winning four races and finishing second in one race in the competitive six-boat J/44 class comprised of all service academies.Read more
LARCHMONT, N.Y. (May 30, 2016) – Dreamcatcher, a Swan 48 skippered by Stephen Kylander of Hingham, Mass. was the big winner at this year’s Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race, which started Friday afternoon (May 27) and saw most of its 82 entries finishing Saturday evening and early Sunday morning.
PHRF start for the 71st Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race. Photo by Rick Bannerot.
The 186 nautical mile race for IRC and PHRF boats is a Memorial Day weekend tradition that starts and finishes off Stamford, Conn., and takes a route around Block Island. This year’s 71st edition hosted ten classes, including an IRC and PHRF class each for double-handed crews, as well as a youth challenge competition.Read more
By Dobbs Davis/Quantum Key West Media
The reputation that Quantum Key West Race Week has for being the best sailing event in North America is built on several important elements: the best sailors come from all over the world to compete here in mid-January every year, the venue is spectacular, and the race management by the Storm Trysail Club is second to none.
Quantum Key West Race Week continues the tradition of offering intense one design competition with the introduction of the new C&C 30 Class. Photo courtesy C&C 30 ClassRead more
Storm Trysail Club proposes harbor fleet, distance racing, ORC ratings
The Storm Trysail Club has promised to maintain all the elements that have made Quantum Key West Race Week such a popular event while introducing innovations designed to increase participation.Read more