Match Racing Champion and US Sailing Contributor David Storrs Passes Away

David Storrs (second from left) following his teams’ win at the 2017 U.S. Match Racing Championship.

David K. Storrs, 74, of Southport, Conn., died on March 3 with his wife, Landon T., and his son, David K. Jr., at his side.

Storrs was a lifelong sailor who enjoyed the sport with his family and friends. His wife was his flight instructor when they met and before long they were racing sailboats side by side.

Active in the Lightning Class in his teen years, it was later in life when he discovered match racing. He not only became a solid match racing competitor, he became a champion. At one point, Storrs became the #1 ranked American match racer and #13 in the World. At the age of 73, he won the 2017 U.S. Match Racing Championship for the Prince of Wales Bowl, a US Sailing National Championship, hosted by his home club at Oakcliff Sailing.

He gave generously of his time and resources to many causes, among them Connecticut Audubon Society, Aspetuck Land Trust, Southport Congregational Church, Oakcliff Sailing Center (New York), and Shelburne Farms (Vermont), and US Sailing. Storrs was also the first supporter and primary contributor to the Tuna Fund with the purpose of providing financial assistance to US Sailing certified umpires. He was also once Chair of US Sailing’s Match Racing Committee and a member of the U.S. Match Racing Championship Committee.

Storrs was President of Alternative Investment Group, which he co-founded in 1996. Previously he was President of Common fund, and from 1971 to 1984, he was the first Director of Investments at Yale University. He served for many years on the boards of TIAA-CREF and Alliance Capital. Raised in Oyster Bay, NY, David attended the Pomfret School before earning his B.A. from Yale in 1967 and his M.B.A. from Harvard in 1971.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard S. and Frances Rousmaniere Storrs, and his brother Nick. Surviving him are his wife of 50 years, Landon T.; daughter, Landon R.; son, David K. Jr.; son-in-law Tyler Priest; grandson Mason Priest; sisters Ayer (Bellerman), Ginny (Akabane), and Nancy; and brother Cleveland.

A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Southport Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in David’s memory to Columbia University Irving Medical Center Cardiac Amyloidosis Fund for Research, in care of the Trustees of Columbia University, Office of Development, 630 West 168th Street, P&S 2-421, New York, NY 10032.