The mission of COSC is to teach fundamental offshore seamanship to a large number of college students of all socioeconomic backgrounds to expand the American pool of offshore capable mariners.
The program provides an option to those college sailors wishing to expand their skill-sets beyond dinghy sailing and to those who have physically outgrown dinghies.
COSC is structured to support the professional training offered by maritime & service academies, and those colleges wishing to develop lifelong corinthian sailors.
The “Offshore” Sailing Gap at Academies & Colleges
1. Current “Offshore” collegiate teams are a misnomer and are in fact “Keelboat” teams:
a. they do not sail truly “offshore” nor teach fundamental “offshore” seamanship;
b. these “offshore” teams do sail and teach round-the-buoys day-racing in keelboats;
c. “offshore” keelboat teams are hampered by randomly donated non-one-design boats of unequal performance and condition meant for sale in 3 years.
2. Nearly all College sailing is dinghy racing:
a. dinghy sailors may stop sailing because they physically outgrow the dinghies;
b. most Adult sailing is in larger keelboats doing day-racing or coastal cruising;
c. thus, there is little bridge between College dinghy sailing and Adult keelboat sailing.
3. Thus the opportunity to create an American pool of ocean-capable, true offshore mariners & sailors is not being realized.
Our Solution: A Fleet of Figaro 2s Installed in College Sailing Teams
The Beneteau Figaro 2 has been the fundamental building block boat for the great French offshore sailors and racers for the last decade.
The Figaro 2s (33′ LOA, 11′ Beam, 7′ Draft, 3.1 tons Displacement) are affordable, strict one-design, and proven reliable, safe, and offshore-capable (including transatlantic races). 7 of 8 Vendee Globe winners have come from the Figaro class.
Our fleet of Figaro 2s, installed in chosen colleges (regionally concentrated on the US East Coast to aid competition), and to be operated during the academic year and within the college sailing team (i.e., free to the students and not “pay-to-play”), would vastly expand the American pool of offshore capable mariners, regardless of socioeconomic background.
Our COSC Entity
COSC has been incorporated as a not-for-profit entity in Massachusetts. It is raising cash funds from private donors and foundations, and in-kind donations from sponsors.
While awaiting its 501(c)3 status, COSC is partnering with the Storm Trysail Foundation who will be a conduit for tax-deductible donations, that will then be granted to COSC.
COSC has raised nearly $1 million to acquire 9 x Figaro 2s for such installation in college sailing teams.