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The start at Spring Off Soundings

Dinghy racing at the Seaport

Jammy Beggar

Nor'Easter Gardiners Bay Committee Boat - Nor'Easter

 Legends Close hauled off of Watch Hill

Start Nonsuch start off of Watch Hill

Milagro Milagro

Watch Hill Close quarters off of Watch Hill

Perfect Set Magan





2015 Dues

2015 Annual Dues are due. If you haven't received your invoice, you can use the attached copy.

2015 Dues Payment Form

Please contact our treasurer if you have any questions.


2015 Race Venues and Dates

Spring - Watch Hill, RI/Block Island, RI - June 12-13, 2015

Fall - New London, CT/Greenport, LI, NY - September 18-19, 2015


2014 Race Results

2014 Perpetual Trophy Awards

2014 Spring Results

2014 Fall Results



2015 Luncheon Venues and Dates

Tuesday, February 3 - Legends - New Suffolk, Long Island (Rescheduled from January 27 due to inclement weather)

Thursday, February 19 - Par Four - Southeastern Connecticut

Thursday, March 5 - Lennys - Branford, CT


Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet - Saturday, April 11, 2015

The annual meeting and awards banquet will be held at Latitude 41 (formerly the Seamans Inn) at the Mystic Seaport on Saturday, April 11.

The meeting will start at 5:45.  The social event will start at 6:00 and will feature a presentation by Brad Read from Sail Newport.  He will talk about the Volvo Ocean Race which has a scheduled stopover in Newport in mid-May.  Music will be provided by the Rock of Ages band.  Dinner and the awards presentation will occur after dinner.  The menu selection will be available shortly.


Lockwood Family Trophy

A trophy is 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 Application



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.

Read more about the Eileen Ames Fund and how to contribute


Richard Douglas Carlson Obituary

Naval architect Richard Douglas Carlson died on November 24, 2014. He was 90.  Although Dick wasn't a member of Off Soundings, he acted as a measurer for many boats participating in Off Soundings races. 

As a 10-year-old boy, Dick designed and built his first boat, which he sailed around Shelter Island, often with the family dog at the bow.

As a 10-year-old boy, Dick designed and built his first boat, which he sailed around Shelter Island, often with the family dog at the bow. Though his design skills were mostly self-taught, Dick studied engineering in college and worked for yacht designers Philip L. Rhodes and M. Rosenblatt & Sons in New York, before opening a one-man design firm and moving it to Shelter Island in 1960. He loved beautiful racers of all kinds, especially horses and boats.




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.





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.


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

Passion to Race Video

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'.

Not for the Faint of Heart Video - Plum Gut Passage

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'!


Spring 2008 Video

Fall 2008 Video


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













































































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