Resolute Cup: Not all stormy for STC
Published on September 1st, 2022
The kids are back in school, and before winter and holidays deter boating enthusiasts, its time to determine the best club in all the land (USA land). To do that is the 2022 Resolute Cup, a Corinthian Championship on September 12-17 in Newport, RI.
Two dozen clubs will take the test, with the Storm Trysail Club among them. While lacking a bar top to lean on, this paper club is the driving force behind Block Island Race Week, along with other renown regattas and distance races, and a leader in safety-at-sea education. But their members can race too.
Among the 1,000-plus individual members are some of the country’s most talented sailors, including brothers Erik, John, and Ian Storck, who will represent the STC at the sixth running of the Resolute Cup. This will be the third consecutive time a trio of Storcks has sailed under the Storm Trysail burgee—sister Kaitlin sailed with Erik and John in 2016. The two previous attempts resulted in fourth-place finishes.
“The Resolute Cup is amazingly competitive,” says John Storck III, the eldest of the siblings. “While we were just off the podium in the last two editions, there were plenty of other equally good teams just behind us. There are many teams that can finish on the podium.”
Sailed in Sonars and RS21s, beyond national bragging rights is a coveted berth in the biennial Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, sailing’s premiere international Corinthian big-boat regatta held in IC37s.
Both events will have STC spreading its wings. Founded in 1938, the club has some of the toughest membership standards in the sport. It takes far more than personal references and an initiation payment to join.
“[Membership] is by invitation only to expert offshore sailors who have experienced storm conditions and are capable of commanding a sailing vessel in such conditions,” says the club’s website. In other words, until you’ve done a fair bit of sailing in winds where a storm trysail might be appropriate, you’re not qualified to join.
Given this, it’s not surprising that the club is popular with veteran offshore sailors but sailing niches are not mutually exclusive, and the STC has, of late, also put more effort into recruiting teams for inshore events such as the Resolute Cup, San Diego Yacht Club’s Lipton Cup, and the New York Yacht Club Grandmasters Team Race.
“While the DNA of Storm Trysail starts at the 600 foot [depth] curve, our membership includes many great sailors accomplished in a number of formats, including keelboats,” says Ed Cesare, Commodore of the Storm Trysail Club.
“The Resolute Cup and Invitational Cup represent the highest level of Corinthian competition here in the U.S. and we need to compete. John chairs our competition committee and, along with Past Commodore Lee Reichart, is doing a great job fielding competitive teams while making sure opportunities are there for as many members as possible.”
The Storck brothers fit Cesare’s description to a T. They grew up sailing the family boat in buoy and distance races on Long Island Sound and beyond and each went on to successful college sailing careers. Erik Storck, who will skipper the STC entry, represented the United States in the 49er class at the London 2012 Olympics.
“We are really lucky to have parents that prioritized sailing as a family sport,” says John Storck. “So, when we have the opportunity [to sail together], it’s an automatic decision for us. When you sail with the same people for most of your life, you develop a synergy that can be useful.”
The fourth spot on the Storm Trysail boat will go to Marie Klok Crump, a former top-ranked match racer and the reigning J/80 US National Champion.
“We have sailed against Marie in J/80s for a long time, and always held great respect for her competitiveness,” says John Storck. “[In 2019] we finally got the chance to sail together, and it was a good fit. We also know that she will not hesitate to identify blind spots in our thinking and/or communication.”
In sum, it’s a potent quartet, with a credible chance of a podium finish or even a win. A victory in the Resolute Cup would qualify the Storm Trysail Club for the 2023 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, a Corinthian challenge the club will eagerly embrace, even if it doesn’t have a clubhouse in which to display any trophies.
“Storm Trysail is very pleased to be competing in the Resolute Cup,” says Cesare. “The club has come close to qualifying for the ‘Big Dance’ a couple of times, and we are 100 percent behind our team this year.”