With 169 boats island-side for the Storm Trysail Club’s 50th anniversary Block Island Race Week, the anticipation and excitement builds for racing to begin tomorrow! The weather forecast bodes well for the regatta making for a fantastic week ahead.
As Tropical Storm Bill pushed away from the East Coast the forecast was less than favorable, but breaks in the rain allowed crews a little time on the water to work out the kinks. And while teams settle into the rhythm of Race Week, Storm Trysail Club’s 120 volunteers remain hard at work registering, weighing in, stocking up and polishing trophies for the week.
This year, Storm Trysail is taking a big step toward making the regatta a more environmentally sustainable event with a goal to reduce the consumption of single use water bottles and paper products. There are several on-site water refill stations at the dock entrances of Champlin’s, Block Island Boat Basin and Payne’s. These will have Island water available for sailors to refill their own reusable water bottles.
Competitors will want to check the Official Race Notice Board for Amendments to the Sailing Instructions prior to leaving the dock tomorrow. Amendments may also be found online.
Providing a one-destination hub for all information about Race Week, including on-course news, scoring, race documents, video feeds and more, the official BIRW App can be downloaded:
Let’s Get This Party Started!
Thanks to Heineken and Bitter End, the first party of Race Week kicks off tonight at 1800. In another first for Race Week, awards for the three Feeder Races (from American Yacht Club in Western Long Island Sound, Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association in Eastern Long Island Sound and Newport, RI) will be presented.
Morning announcements are at 0900 and Harbor Signals at 0930 – so don’t have too many Heinekens under the tent and keep to curfew!