Mariner Sailors Head for New York To Race in Storm Trysail Regatta

CASTINE — Last year, the Maine Maritime Academy offshore sailing team crushed the opposition in winning its class at the ninth Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta on New York’s Long Island Sound.


Sponsored by the Storm Trysail Foundation and hosted by the Larchmont Yacht Club, the event brought some 300 collegiate sailors to race 40 big offshore yachts on the western sound virtually in sight of New York City. The Mariners swept the J/44 class, beating crews from Navy, the Coast Guard Academy, Massachusetts Maritime and the U.S and New York maritime academies and winning four of the six races in their division. This weekend, the MMA team heads back to Larchmont for another two days of racing in this year’s Storm Trysail event. Coach Tom Brown hopes to have crews ready to race both the J/44s and the somewhat sportier J/105s.

For the first 30 years of its history, the Corinthian Yacht Club hosted the intercollegiate big boat regatta. Larchmont and the Storm Trysail Club took over the job in 2000.

The Mariners’ dinghy team was active last weekend, taking third place at a regatta in the Ross College Bowl regatta in Boston and finishing a strong sixth at the Hewitt Trophy regatta hosted by Bowdoin College.

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