This past weekend, four Red Star team members competed at the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta in Larchmont, New York on two separate boats. Colin Alexander, Lily Licthenstein, and Sam Wright sailed on the J105 Young American with Boston University, while Tom Hickey sailed on the Oakcliff Farr 40-Blue with Webb Institute.
The event was a perfect showcase for up and coming young keelboat sailors. Teams travelled from as far as France to compete in six classes, for a total of 41 college teams and over 400 sailors. Sailors were put through their paces in a variety of conditions. Saturday started off with a 4-6 knot easterly and sunny skies testing the patience and sail trimming capabilities of competitors. Just before the start of the third race, the easterly shut off and on came a 15-20 knot southerly and precipitation forcing some quick sail changes and rig adjustments. The bigger breeze continued into Sunday for some action packed heavy air sailing that separated the amateurs from the experts. The course was riddled with sail blow outs, men overboard, and some minor injuries forcing several retirements.
Red Star Sailing showed its talent and depth both days. In PHRF 1, helmsman Tom Hickey racked up a total of 10 points including 3 bullets successfully beating out Tufts, Kings Point, Michigan Tech, and University of Toledo. In the J105 class, Young American led by Colin Alexander scored a total of 6 points including 4 bullets successfully beating out Vanderbuilt, Drexel, Main Maritime, Stevens, SUNY Maritime, HEC Montreal, and Fairfield.
Both boats reported being extremely happy with the venue, conditions, and race committee who got off 5 races seamlessly. They enjoyed the opportunity to compete against some of the best college sailors in the nation. The Storm Trysail Club has shown its commitment to the future of American sailing by hosting this event yearly. Colleges from all over the world look forward to the hospitality and comradery of Larchmont Yacht Club during this event.