Boston U Wins Intercollegiate Offshore

Published on October 8th, 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), held October 7-8 in Larchmont, NY.

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 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”.

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.

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”.

About the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta:
The regatta was initially established in 1983 by The Corinthians who ran the regatta until 1999, after which it was picked up by Storm Trysail. For the 2017 regatta, The Corinthians transferred to the Storm Trysail Foundation the original four perpetual trophies: “The George G. Crocker Memorial Race Trophy”, “The Edward S. Moore III Memorial Trophy”, “The James C. Jacobson Memorial Trophy”, and “The Foster Tallman Memorial Trophy”.

In addition, Larchmont Yacht Club donated two trophies including one belonging to the late Thomas Carroll, a member of Larchmont Yacht Club. The “Paul Hoffmann Trophy”, named for the long-time Storm Trysail member famed for his success on a series of yachts named “Thunderhead”, presented by his son Binky Hoffmann, is given to the team that had the best overall performance.

The “Ed du Moulin Trophy”, named for the man who was involved in the management of more America’s Cup campaigns than anyone in the Cup’s history, presented by his son, Storm Trysail Club Past Commodore Richard du Moulin, to the boat owner of the overall regatta winner. The invitational regatta is held annually out of Larchmont Yacht Club, who is a co-organizer of the event in addition to the Storm Trysail Foundation.

About the Storm Trysail Foundation:
The Storm Trysail Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to support the education of young sailors, junior and adult safety at sea, and intercollegiate big boat racing. The Storm Trysail Foundation educates young people as they bridge the gap between learning to sail and becoming accomplished blue water sailors, through a national program of events including approximately 10 Junior Safety at Sea seminars a year in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, California and Michigan.

In addition, Adult Safety At Sea and Hands-on Adult Safety at Sea seminars are also regularly organized. For more information on these invaluable and life-saving events, contact: Lisa Schinella at or call her 646-996-3498.

About Larchmont Yacht Club:
The Larchmont YC was founded in 1880. Its mission is to instill and enhance the interest in yachting and the spirit of sportsmanship in members and their families; and to encourage and provide programs for members and their families to promote and support yacht racing in the Corinthian spirit. It has an active fleet in handicap racing, and one-design racing in a variety of keel-boats and dinghies.

About the Storm Trysail Club:
The Storm Trysail Club, reflecting in its name the sail to which sailors must shorten when facing severe adverse conditions, is one of the world’s most respected sailing clubs, with its membership comprised strictly of skilled blue water and ocean racing sailors.

The club is involved in organizing or co-organizing various prestigious offshore racing events including the annual Block Island Race, the biennial Block Island Race Week, The Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race, the Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race, The Down-the-Bay Race in the Chesapeake, The Mills Trophy Race in Lake Erie, and the upcoming Wirth Munroe Race (Dec. 1) from Miami to Palm Beach, Florida. They are also one of the four organizing clubs of the 2019 Transatlantic Race. For more information about the club, visit

About The Corinthians
The Corinthians is a non-commercial membership association of over five hundred amateur yachtsmen and women (beginners and experts). Its primary objectives are to promote sailing, to encourage good fellowship among yachtsmen afloat and ashore, and to introduce non-boat-owning amateur sailors and boat-owners needing crew.

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Source: Ron Weiss, Chairman, Storm Trysail Communications Committee

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