'The purpose of the regatta is to expose college dinghy sailors to big boat racing, since many have had little experience with keels, spinnakers and winches,' said STC member and Regatta Chair Adam LOORY. 'In some cases, however, it gives college big boat sailors a venue to compete against each other.' Schools that have big boat programs, such as the U.S. Coast Guard, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies, do most of their offshore racing in regional open regattas.
'I think we can safely claim to be the largest collegiate regatta ever in terms of number of participants,' added LOORY. 'There is a 20 percent increase in participation over last year. A lot of that has to do with Larchmont Yacht Club, which also was our partner last year in hosting the event. We could not run this regatta anywhere else; no other club could handle so many boats and people.'
LOORY stressed that because of the generosity of sponsors and owners lending their boats, this is a free event for college sailors and there will be a free dinner on Saturday night, with racing taking place from 11:30 to 4:00 on Saturday and 9:30 to 1:00 on Sunday. The borrowed boats will have the owners or their representatives on board acting as safety officers and helping with the sailing. The fleet includes J/44s, J/105s, J/120s, J/109s, and PHRF 72-raters (Express 37s, J/35s and a Tripp 36).