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2010 Sailing Family of the Year

Sailing is not just a life sport, but also a sport that can be done by all forms of people. Big or small, old or young, man or woman. Even family members.

To recognize those families that participate in the sport of sailing, Scuttlebutt is launching the “SAILING FAMILY OF THE YEAR” award.

Scuttlebutt is pleased to announce that the Storck family in Huntington, NY has been recognized as the 2010 “SAILING FAMILY OF THE YEAR”. In addition to the international recognition and the commemorative SFOTY trophy, the Storck family will be outfitted in gear courtesy of award sponsor Atlantis WeatherGear, Camet International, and Harken.

This is the inaugural year for this award, and based on the sheer number of submissions, this type of recognition is long overdue. During the review process, it quickly became evident that determining a winner would not be the mission of the judges, but rather to recognize one family this year, and to look forward to recognizing many more in the future.

The Storck family received wide spread support though numerous submissions. One nominee considered them “probably sailing family of the decade”. Another nominee remarked, “As soon as I read the description for this (award), the first family that jumped to mind is the Storck family.” A third said, “This is a total no-brainer. Super sailors across the board and nice people. What else could you ask for?” And on and on it went.

While success in the sport was not a vital component of the award, there is a lot of success in this clan. Whether sailing together, like they did winning the J/80 North Americans and finishing 12th in the World Championship, or following their individual pursuits, the Storck family is bonded by the sport.

John Storck Jr., has said on many occasions that it is truly a blessing that his four children have taken to sailing with such enthusiasm. However, it is no accident that John III, Erik, Kaity and Ian Storck have come to love sailing as much as their father. All four were introduced to the sport in a positive environment that fostered a passion.

John Storck Jr., and wife Colette, brought each child aboard the family cruiser-racer Jonrob, when they were babies. The kids learned the basic fundamentals of sailing while cruising Long Island Sound aboard the Ericson 39, and were later introduced to the competitive side of the sport as crew for their father when he raced in local events sponsored by Centerport Yacht Club or Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club. "Our kids literally grew up on the Jonrob doing summer cruises and were able to experience sailing in its purest form," Storck said.

All four children attended sailing school to further hone their skills, learning how to steer and trim in the Optimist dinghy and Club 420 classes. During those years, John Jr., and Colette were the absolute antithesis of the infamous "helicopter parents", who push their kids to compete and focus solely on results. "When my kids were junior sailors, I rarely ever went to the regatta unless I was working on the race committee," Storck said. "If John and Erik were doing a big regatta, I would take Kaity and Ian to the zoo. My wife and I never wanted to put any pressure on the kids."

Special thanks to Bill Wagner/Premiere Racing and Dave Reed/Sailing World for contributing to this report.


The Storck family will be outfitted in team gear courtesy of
Atlantis WeatherGear, Camet International, and Harken.


The Storck Year in Sailing for 2010
By John Storck Jr.

First, I want to recognize the extended group of very close friends who have contributed so much to enable the members of our family to compete. In no particular order these include Erik’s crew Trevor Moore; Kaity’s crew Lyndsey Gibbons-Neff; Ian’s Skipper Declan Whitmyer and his parents; Emily Anderson, Mandi Markee, Caila Johnson, Baker Potts, Dave Waldo and Aly Whitehead who all did more than their fair share of crewing, wet sanding and rigging and unrigging boats at all hours. Charlie Terry and the Tonic for housing lots of sailors in Miami and St Petersburg and lastly Colette who washed countless loads of sailing gear and drove thousands of miles so that every boat was where it was supposed to be at any particular time. We are also very grateful for the support of the US Sailing Team and the Sailing Foundation of NY who have made much of Erik, Kaity and Ian’s exploits possible.

The year started on New Year’s with John 3, Kaity and Ian with their friends, racing Vanguard 15’s in Sarasota, FL while fighting off frostbite and the effects of New Years Eve; at the same time Erik and Trevor were in Freeport, Bahamas for the 49er Worlds. Shortly thereafter, Erik and Trevor joined Kaity & Lyndsey in Miami for the OCR while John 3 and our J/80 team did Key West. Next came the St Pete NOOD for the J/80. Meanwhile, the 470 and 49er were shipped to Palma, Spain for the Princess Sophia regatta and John 3 started to prepare the Dartmouth Sailing team for the spring season. As usual, Lake Mascoma was frozen solid. Unfortunately Erik suffered an injury to his ankle forcing him to drop out of Palma.

Next came a hectic European schedule for Erik and Trevor, Kaity and Lyndsey and Declan and Ian. Regattas in Holland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, England and Israel consumed much of the summer. On the home front, John 3 and I started to focus on our J/80 to get it ready for the Worlds in Newport, RI. John and I along with my nephew Bobby Storck all did the Bermuda Race, John on Genuine Risk and Bobby and I on Reindeer. Next came some J/80 sailing over the summer in Newport and the local Wednesday night series here in Huntington on our UFO 22. In August I did one of my favorite events each year, the Wooden Boat Regatta in Maine on Bob Scott’s NY 32 Falcon.

As usual at the end of the summer we took the Jonrob, our 39 year old Ericson 39, cruising with all family members joining the cruise at some point in time. It served as crew housing in Marion, MA when we raced Rumor in the J/80 NA’s and later in Newport for the Worlds in October.

Colette, Kaity, Lyndsey, and I sailed on the Storm Trysail Club team at the Bitter End Team Race Regatta in November while Erik and Trevor were at the 49er Worlds in Perth. We will all spend Christmas together for a few precious days when we start the year all over again with Ian and Declan leaving on Dec 26 for the 29er Worlds in Argentina and John 3, Erik and Kaity leave for the V15 MW’s.

Colette and I are blessed with four offspring who truly love the sport as much or more than we do!


The Storck family will be outfitted in team gear courtesy of
Atlantis WeatherGear, Camet International, and Harken.



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