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Storm Trysail Club claims victory

Storm Trysail Club claims victory

After several years of finishing second-best, Larchmont, N.Y.’s Storm Trysail Club won the Sigma 33 Team Race Championship.

The early May event, held in Hamble, England, was contested by eight yacht clubs representing the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States, each fielding three boats for a double round robin event sailed on The Solent near the Isle of Wight. Held annually since 1987, the Sigma Team Race Championship alternates between Hamble and Dublin, Ireland. This year’s event, hosted by the Hamble River Sailing Club and the Royal Southern Yacht Club, was sailed on 24 boats provided by the local Sigma fleet.

On the first day of racing, 20- to 35-knot winds on The Solent contributed to an accidental jibe aboard a New York Yacht Club boat that sent overboard one crew member (who was quickly recovered by the umpire boat), and injured helmsperson and team captain Heather Gregg (Boston, Mass.), who was evacuated to the hospital with lacerations and a broken nose.

Storm Trysail Club was undefeated in eight heats and in 15 to 35 knots on Day Two lost only one race — to rival New York Yacht Club. Storm Trysail Club posted a 13-1 overall record to unseat defending champion Royal Thames, whose 11-3 record earned them second overall, followed by New York with a 10-4 record. Hamble River Sailing Club, Royal Southern, Ida Lewis, UK Sigma and Irish Sigma rounded out the standings.

The Storm Trysail Club Team was captained by Commodore Richard du Moulin (Larchmont, N.Y.) with Tony Parker (Washington, D.C.) skippering the club’s second boat.

In other news, The Storm Trysail and Ida Lewis Yacht Clubs will host the ninth Patriot’s Cup — the companion event to the Sigma Team Race Championship — Sept. 24-25, 2005, in Newport, R.I. www.stormtrysail.org