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2014 Perpetual Trophy Awards


2015 Race Information

Race Dates

Spring - June 12-13, 2015

Fall - September 18-19, 2015

2015 Calendar

2015 Luncheon Dates and Locations

Tuesday, January 27 - Legends, New Suffolk, Long Island

Thursday, February 19 - TBD - Southeastern Connecticut

Thursday, March 5 - Lennys - Branford, CT



2014 Race Information

Fall race results are posted below. On behalf of the Board of Governors, we wish to thank all who participated. We hope to see you all again next year for the spring and fall series, regional mid-winter luncheons, as well as the April annual awards party at Latitude 41 Restaurant at the Mystic Seaport.

We also wish to extend our appreciation to the town of Greenport and Mitchell Park Marina for being such accomodating hosts for this event. Additional thanks are extended to all of the committees who made this event such a memorable success, race committee, entertainment committee, awards chairperson, and the many volunteers who made this event the success that it was.

Your comments as always, are very much appreciated.

Off Soundings Club Board of Governors



Spring Series Update

2014 Spring Results

2014 Spring and Fall Notice of Race

2014 Spring Sailing Instructions

As usual, the racing was challenging, with fog, heavy rain, and fickle winds. Both races were postponed briefly to allow for the fog to lift and the wind to build. Credit goes to the race committee for getting races in both days, and selecting courses that allowed all of the competetors to finish within the time limit.

Navigation on Friday was particularly important on as fog reduced visibility. Sail trim was difficult as telltales were hard to read. Torrents of rain just made them hang vertically.

The mark rounding on Saturday at 1BI was also challenging as boats rounded in light air and a foul ebb current. As expected under those conditions, there was a pile up boats and many close calls at the rounding.


Race Overview

The Off Soundings spring series is a two day race an will be held in Block Island Sound. The fleet typically consists of 100-150 boats in ten or more classes. This is a regional event drawing entrants from a variety of sailing associations. The races are open by invitation only. Non-members should contact an Off Soundings Club member if they wish to participate as a guest. Further instructions appear above under the Membership tab.


Lockwood Family Trophy

A trophy will be awarded to the boat with the best performance, without penalty, in any class an having fifty percent of its crew age 30 or younger. This award will be given independently of any other award that the boat may be eligible for.

Lockwood Family Trophy Spring Series Application


2014 DUES

2014 Annual Dues are due. If you haven't received your invoice, you can use the attached copy.

2014 Dues Payment Form

Please contact our treasurer if you have any questions.



Board of Governors Meeting - Saturday, October 25 - Highlights

The BOG resolved that there will be no increase in dues for 2015.  

The shore party venue for the fall 2015 series will be Townsend Manor Inn.  This selection is consistent with the boards approach to rotating venues in Greenport.  

The board discussed the recently issued overhaul of the US Sailing Equipment Requirements and it's impact on the 'Equipment Standards' section of the Notice of Race.  There may be an opportunity to modify or eliminate the minimum boat length requirement.  A committee has been chartered to make a recommendation.  The issue will be further discussed at the next meeting on January 24 and a decision probably rendered then.  If there is a modification, then the membership will be asked to vote on it, as this would be a change to the bylaws. 

In an effort to accommodate the growing interest of sport boat owners, Woody Bergendahl has agreed to serve as our liason.

The board voted to accept the 'HOOLIGAN Trophy' as the pertpetual trophy for Class H-1.  As always, comments and suggestions from the membership are welcomed. 


Off Soundings at the Mystic Seaport Dyer Dhow Derby - Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Off Soundings Club was represented by Jay Spalding (Blue Moon) and his daughter, Lisa, and son, Evan, at the annual Dyer Dhow Derby hosted by the Mystic Seaport.

The Seaport has about fifty Dyer Dhows which are used for educating sailors.  The boats are donated by various individuals and organizations, one which has been provided by the Off Soundings Club.  The Seaport recognizes the donors every fall by inviting them to participate in a derby, which includes multiple races and a post-race party.


Watch the video of the windward mark rounding

The Spaldings were awarded 3rd overall. Evan Spalding was awarded 2nd in the junior division.

Off Soundings Spring Rendezvous - June 1, 2014 .......Recap........

Watch the video of the rendezvous

The Off Soundings Club and Cruising Club of America gathered at City Pier in downtown New London under sunny, pleasant skies, Sunday afternoon to renew friendships and to tour the CW MORGAN. The CW MORGAN is in port preparing for her 38th voyage.

Eight boats docked at the refurbished City Pier, and over one-hundred guests registered for the tour. Substantial donations were received and will be directed to further the preservation efforts of the historic whaler, CW MORGAN.

Thanks are extended to Bob and Lois Geary for all their hard work on this event. In talking to Frank Bohlen, this may have been the first boat rendezvous for OSC. (We received comments from a few members that they wished they had arrived by boat.)

The district commissioner for Boy Scouts of America, John Cooke, and the sea scouts were very positive about the experience and commented on how they enjoyed the many facets (i.e., historical/sail/power).

Thanks to Steve Purdy for making up the name tags. The crossed burgees with CCA was well received. The fellowship at this event seemed to go beyond what we normally experience on the typical OSC weekend. (This brings to mind something we had discussed last year: having the spouses names in the year book).

Thanks to Greg Gilmartin for filming the event. It was a colorful day and we are looking forward to seeing what's behind the lens of his camera.

Thanks to Jackie Fisher and Nate Atwater for supplying the refreshments. The party aspect of this event was done in extremely good taste. Additionally, the host boats supplied numerous snacks. There were a few comments about having something more to eat but they seemed like a suggestion for the next time.

Thanks to the CCA host boats for their apprenticeship on showing us how to enjoy a rendezvous.

Commodore Dave Dickerson


Off Soundings Club Named Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association Winner of the 2013 Stu Silvestri Award for BEST RACE MANAGEMENT (posted 1/27/2014)

The Stu Silvestri trophy is awarded to the ECSA member club who shows the best race management.  Stu was a member of Thames Yacht Club and proper race management was her passion.  As the secretary of ECSA she worked to promote fair sailing in this area.  

Origins of the Club Name

Why is the club called Off Soundings when all of it's races are conducted On Soundings?

Origins of the club name


Eileen Ames Fund

In 2010, the estate of Eileen Ames donated the funds that were used to produce the 2012 OSC video, “Passion to Race”. Our goal is to keep the subject fund active and to replentish it so we can produce another video in the near future. In addition to your viewing enjoyment, these videos are an essential part of documenting the history of the Off Soundings fleet.

Youth Liason Committee (posted 1/27/2014)

Seth Olsen has been named Youth Liason, a new committee position created by the board to encourage youth participation in OSC events.





2013 Fall Series Recap

The Board of Governors wishes to extend a very hearty thank you to the Shelter Island Yacht Club, the Off Soundings Club race committee, and Henry DuPont, owner of the committee boat, Nor'Easter, for their participation in hosting an excellent fall series.

The particpants were fortunate to have perfect weather for racing and a wonderful venue in which to conduct post race activities. The Board of Governors is continually looking for ways to improve the club and it's racing program. Please feel free to post any comments to the Members Discussion forum.

Fall results are available by going to the Results/Awards tab on the main menu above.

If you have photographs of the event, please forward them to the webmaster for posting.

2013 Off Soundings Photographs - Compliments of Clay Burkhalter


Visually experience racing in the 2012 Off Soundings series by watching this thirty minute video, 'Passion to Race'.

In the fall of 2009, the race from New London to Greenport on Friday was abandoned due to a powerful front that had developed that morning. However, boats still had to get to Greenport via Plum Gut so they could race in Gardiners Bay on Saturday. This two minute video was taken from a boat appropriately named ... 'Dark N' Stormy'.

The series conducted in 2008 represented the 75th anniversery of the club and featured two days of excellent racing conditions. These three minute videos are rated 'thumbs-up'!

Passion to Race Video

Not for the Faint of Heart Video - Plum Gut Passage

Spring 2008 Video

Fall 2008 Video


Club Overview

The Off Soundings Club is a yacht racing organization with a membership of approximately 500 experienced racing sailors. Most of the membership is based in Connecticut, Rhode Island, on Long Island, and elsewhere in southern New England and New York State. The club does not operate a shore facility, but concentrates on managing two high-quality weekend race series per year for its members and their invited guests. The historical records of the club are housed in the Blunt Library at Mystic Seaport Museum, which we consider to be our traditional home port.

The Off Soundings race is composed of two series, one in the spring of each year, the other in the fall. The spring series is a two day regatta featuring a race from Watch Hill, RI to Block Island on day one and around Block Island on day two. The fall series is also a two day regatta featuring a race from New London, CT to Greenport, (LI) NY on day one and in Gardiners Bay on day two.

The fleet normally consists of approximately 100 to 150 boats ranging in size from 24 to 60 feet. Boats usually race with handicaps, such as PHRF or NEMA, however, special classes, including Nonsuch, multihulls, and one-design will be considered.

Participation is limited to members and their guests. Guests need to be sponsored and seconded by members. The rationale for members sponsoring guests is that it adds an additional level of safety for all participants as conditions are frequently challenging.

More Information on Off Soundings

Club Out-Of-Office Message for Phones Lost Overboard

Ever lose your phone overboard? Here is the un-officially sanctioned voicemail message indicating to callers that it might be a while before you get back to them.

I've lost my cell phone overboard



Two private discussion groups, 'Members' and 'Board of Governors', are forums to be used for discussing current club activities. Access to the groups is restricted to members and the Board of Governors only.

A secure account managed by Google is required for access and is based on your email and a password of your choosing. You do not need a separate Google Gmail account for email, your usual email address is fine. Most members already have a secure account, but if not, create it using this link, SECURE ACCOUNT and let the Off Soundings Webmaster know that you are requesting access to the group. The process is a little tedious, but it's necessary to maintain security and privacy. Once the secure account is created and access is granted to the group you should no longer be challenged for access. Contact the Off Soundings Webmaster if you have problems accessing.

The Board of Governors welcomes and considers all comments.

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