By James Gallacher
The inaugural reboot of the ‘off-year’ Block Island Race Week, co-hosted by Duck Island Yacht Club (Westbrook, CT) and Block Island Yacht Club June 17 - 22, is in the books.
Impetuous, a Swan 42 owned by longtime Race Week competitor Paul Zabetakis, claimed the overall win. © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
We were able to get four good days of racing in, with only one shore day (too much wind). The race committee, run ably by PRO Sue Reilly, did a great job getting the races going and a great job knowing when it was time to go back to the barn. Mudslides taste better when you’re not too gassed to enjoy them.Read more
Friday - The Final Showdown at Race Week
BIRW Event Media: Chris Lewis still looked a bit stunned as he stood on the dock at Payne’s drinking a mudslide while surrounded by his jubilant team.
Lewis and his crew on Kenai had just pulled off a stunning comeback and somewhat surprising upset, doing so in dramatic fashion. The Houston, Texas-based boat won both races on Friday and took advantage of a rare stumble by Challenge IV to capture the venerable J/44 class at Block Island Race Week XXVII.
“It was a very tense day of racing. It was game on and we knew we had to win both races to have a chance,” Lewis said. “We liked the strong breeze and we liked the committee boat end of the line. We got both today and managed to pull out the victory.”Read more
By Bill Wagner
Tom Schubert of Annapolis, MD had no intention of competing in the 2015 edition of Block Island Race Week, but when he heard about the Performance Cruising division he decided to round up family and friends to race his Grand Soleil 46 in the 50th anniversary regatta. “It was an entirely family affair and we had an absolute blast,” said Schubert, who has served on the race committee at Race Week many times. “I thought the format was excellent – very casual and enjoyable. What I really liked is that it was one race per day, like 20 years ago.” ©PhotoBoat.comRead more
Register by March 1, 2017 for Early Discount on Block Island Race Week
The only five-day race week in New England features great racing, 6 parties in the Storm Trysail Club’s Tent at The Oar - all framed by Block Island’s special ambiance.
Major championships will be decided: IRC, J/44, J/109 and C&C30 North Americans, PHRF and J/88 East Coasts and the J/105 New England Championship.
Racing also offered in Performance Cruising classes, both spinnaker and non-spinnaker (PHRF), double handed (PHRF), classics (CRF) and multihulls (NEMA).
Entries are coming in ahead of past years - see who is signed up to date (2/8).
Enter Now! $2 per foot LOA early pay discount if entry fee paid on or before March 1, 2017. Details, NOR and entry at blockislandraceweek.com
The Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week, the granddaddy of the club's broad regatta portfolio, is scheduled for June 18-23, 2017.
The 27th edition of the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week is poised to be the best one yet. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.comRead more
Caminos © photoboat.com
NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (June 26, 2015) – The Storm Trysail Club’s 50th anniversary Block Island Race Week drew to a close today with two final races on Block Island Sound.Read more
Racing has finished at BIRW this afternoon. 11 fantastic races this week!
Some teams stretched their leads and others made remarkable comebacks!
Scores are being tabulated and the shore crew is getting ready for tonight's Hall Spars Party and Final awards. Party starts at 1730.
We'll post photos, reports, video in a bit...
Harbor Start at 0930...There is still a lot to be decided out there today. Have a great day!
FYI - Hall Spars Party and Awards begins at 1730 - See you there.
Class Leaders at Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week Solidify Positions with Final Day Looming
NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (June 25, 2015) – With one day of racing remaining at the Storm Trysail Club’s 50th anniversary Block Island Race Week, several class leaders strengthened their position as two more races were completed on Block Island Sound.Read more
© Stephen Cloutier / photogroup.us
Tight racing out there today, racers. Well Done!
There’s going to be plenty to talk about in the tent at the Mount Gay party tonight. Photo finishes happened all over the racecourse during today’s action.
While some racers struggled to hold their podium position with big pressure from climbers, others all but closed out any possibility of being bested.
Congratulations to all you movers and shakers. See you under the tent at 1800.
Preliminary results are being posted.Read more
The crew of Dr. Carl Olsson's Morning Glory is taking the time during postponement to plan for the team’s next event. Since the new boat came along (they've moved from a J/105 to the J/109), the desire to do as many events as possible is strong. According to crew Vicky Jo Neiner, “the boat is a perfect fit for owner and crew.” Sitting in 6th place in the largest and perhaps most competitive fleet, there can be no doubt.
For other crews, a little down time to check in with family, rest a weary back or catch up on reading is how an extra hour ashore is best used. For the Race Committee, constant weather monitoring is the name of the game.
However - Game on - Harbor start has signaled. First gun is at noon - two races planned.....