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Named after the Block Island North Reef Lighted Bell Buoy 1BI, which is an indication for sailors coming from the North and East that the entrance to New Harbor is just a few more miles.


  • Video - Champagne Sailing on Day 1
  • It's 5'Clock at Block Island Race Week - a look into new partnership
  • Day 1 of BIRW Recap
  • Photos of Day 1
  • Thanks to our Sponsors
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It's 5 O'Clock at Block Island Race Week

Standing inside the giant tent that serves as party central for Block Island Race Week, Tamara Baldanza-Dekker surveyed the beautiful panoramic view of New Harbor that looks like a postcard.

“If this doesn’t scream Margaritaville, I don’t know what does,” she declared.

Baldanza-Dekker serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Margaritaville, a global lifestyle brand inspired by the lyrics and philosophies of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett.

Margaritaville has come aboard as the inaugural presenting partner for Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week. Participating sailors attending the nightly awards parties will find the big top has been transformed into Margaritaville on every level.

A must stop is the Margarita Bar, which is serving the brand’s signature Who’s to Blame margaritas using Margaritaville tequila. Also available is Land Shark Lager, another Margaritaville licensed product.

Photo: Stephen R Cloutier

Official Race Information

All official information - Results, SIs, and the Notice Board can be found on Yacht Scoring.

Day 1 Recap

By Bill Wagner

Bill Sweetser sported a broad smile as he stood in the stern of his boat that is berthed at Champlin’s Marina.

Sweetser could not have scripted a better start to Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week, presented by Margaritaville. Monday’s wind conditions fell into the sweet spot of the Annapolis entry and the crew responded with a superb performance.

Sweetser steered Rush to victory in all three races on the opening day of the regatta, taking early command of the J/109 class. Tactician Tom Babel made all the right calls while trimmers Brian Tyrrell (headsails), Mike Hobson (mainsail) and Bobby Brooks (offside) were on point.

“Sometimes you sail in conditions you feel very comfortable with and today certainly favored our boat and crew,” Sweetser said of the westerly winds that held relatively steady between 8 to 10 knots. “We just tend to do really well in light to moderate winds within the J/109 fleet. I know I drive better in those conditions.”

Wings accomplished the same feat in J/88 class with skipper Mike Bruno leading the Armonk, New York entry to straight bullets. Stuart Johnstone is calling tactics aboard Wings, which is coming off a class victory at Sperry Charleston Race Week.

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