Doing what it takes to get to the line
By Bill Wagner
For some competitors, just getting to the starting line can be the greatest challenge of Block Island Race Week, presented by Margaritaville.
Just ask Timothy Lyons, whose routine boat delivery from Annapolis almost turned disastrous.
Or Ted Ruegg, whose best-laid plans went astray when the boat he planned to sail never got delivered to the United States.
In both cases, it took some creativity and ingenuity to rectify the situation, but both skippers managed to make Race 1 on Monday.
Lyons brought his trimaran Triple Threat to Block Island Race Week XXVIII in 2017 and had no problems. A repeat run last week did not work out so well. Triple Threat sailed up the Chesapeake Bay then motored through the C&D Canal before literally running into a crisis.
Lyons was sleeping in a forward berth around 4:30 a.m. last Thursday when he was jolted awake by a thunderous collision. It was so loud, so hard and so violent the Annapolis resident was certain his Corsair 43 had crashed into another vessel or possibly rammed a submerged shipping container.
Lyons scrambled onto deck just in time to see a buoy pop up behind the boat.
Photo: Stephen R Cloutier