A record 425 college sailors from 38 schools racing 45 borrowed boats came together for the 2012 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta ("IOR") hosted by the Storm Trysail Foundation and the Larchmont Yacht Club (Larchmont, NY) on October 6-7. With so many college sailors participating, the event has become the world's largest college sailing regatta. Schools traveled from Canada, the Midwest, New England and the mid Atlantic states with the University of Wisconsin Madison travelling the farthest.
A competition within the competition was 2012 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta Video Contest. The winner was Bates College of Lewiston, ME, with video credit going to Helen Chyz. The Bates College Sailing Team, which was comprised of Jake Barbato, Helen Chyz, Connor Blair-Cucchiaro, Alex Frances, Geoff Ryder, Will Seider, and Sam Wells, will be awarded $1500.00 towards their sailing program.