The 1BI The Digital Block Island Race Week Times - Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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.


  • Day 2 of BIRW Recap of North Sails Race Day
  • Photos of Day 2
  • Doing What it Takes to Get to the Line - Triple Threat and Bluenose
  • Schedule and Preview for tomorrow's Lay Day
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A Very Different Day

here are many traditions associated with Block Island Race Week. Sailors know to expect certain things over the course of the five-day event, which is why so many keep coming back.

One of the most revered traditions is the Around the Island Race, which is associated with Block Island Race Week as much as drinking Mudslides at the Oar or dancing to live music at Yellow Kittens.

With a building breeze forecast, on-water chairman Dick Neville delivered the regatta’s signature competition earlier than expected. There was some noticeable anxiety among sailors on the docks when Neville announced over the radio that North Sails Day would feature the Around the Island Race.

That news prompted a thorough review of the forecast with navigators, tacticians and strategists now processing that information through the lens of a counterclockwise circumnavigation of Block Island.

Cameron Appleton, the tactician aboard the IRC 52 Fox, was overheard consulting with trimmer Scott Nixon about the sail inventory in terms of what would be needed during the various points of sail likely to be encountered during the Around the Island Race.

Similar discussions were no doubt held aboard all 122 boats competing in Block Island Race Week, Presented by Margaritaville. Doing a 20-nautical mile distance race that pretty much completes a circle is a vastly different undertaking than windward-leeward action around the buoys.

Organizers with Storm Trysail Club had initially pegged the distance race for Thursday, but Neville switched gears after reviewing updated forecasts that showed the wind getting lighter later in the week.

Photo: Stephen R Cloutier

Official Race Information

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

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

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TOMORROW is the Lay Day!

Schedule of Events:

  • 0800 - North Sails 5K - North Service Loft (BIMI) Registration and Bib Pick Up with start at 0830 followed by Breakfast, Mimosas, and Bloody Marys
  • 1100 - Abrams Farm Tour - 1 Spring Street We hear there is a new Baby Kanagroo and Lemur!
  • 1300 - Margaritaville Trivia Content - Under the Tent - Come show us your knowledge.
  • 1400 - Beach Clean Up - Block Island Conservancy - West Beach Rd (Off Corn Neck Road)
  • 1530 - New England Ropes Tug of War - Beach in front of the tent
  • 1700 - Lay Day Awards and Tent Party

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