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The 1BI The Digital Block Island Race Week Times

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.

Each day, we will bring you the latest news, photos, videos, and highlights from the race course, the docks, and under the tent. We look forward to sharing your stories with fellow competitors and fans watching the racing from afar.

Cover Photo: Stephen R Cloutier

Contents

  • Welcome from the Commodore
  • Schedule of Events
  • Preview of 28th BIRW
  • How to Follow BIRW
  • How to Get the Most of your Race Week
  • Linc and The Cat Came Back Entourage
  • Thanks to our Sponsors
Thank you to our 2019 Race Committee and Volunteers!

Few regattas compare to Block Island Race Week for our on-the-water excitement and shoreside fun. While any sail lets you slip away from life ashore, a week of sailing on this special island is a true escape. The sea breezes can be sporty. The fog can be confounding. Cellphones aren’t prohibited because they’re not needed for distraction. Jackets and ties are discouraged, not required. Intense competition at every level of the sport—from Grand Prix to family-friendly—is -balanced by the laid-back vibe when we’re back at the dock.

It’s appropriate then that we welcome Margaritaville, a brand widely associated with a relaxed coastal lifestyle and escapism, as the first presenting partner of Block Island Race Week in our history. We’re delighted to be able to bring a little Key West to Block Island. And we also thank our new and -returning -partners whose sponsorship makes this event happen.

You spoke and we listened.

Photo: Stephen R Cloutier

Official Race Information

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

What's ahead in Block Island Race Week

By Bill Wagner

All the docks of the three marinas of New Harbor were alive with activity on Sunday in anticipation of Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week, presented by Margaritaville.

At Payne’s Dock, the professional crews with the TP 52 programs Fox and Gladiator were sorting sails, tuning rigs and testing equipment.

Dozens of Midshipmen with the Naval Academy varsity offshore sailing team were shuttling back-and-forth between the trailer and their two Farr 40-footers.

There was similar work being done at the New Harbor Boat Basin and Champlin’s Marina as the 122 boats in 13 classes attended to last-minute details in advance of racing, which begins Monday on Block Island Sound.

Many of those boats participated in a practice race put together Sunday by organizers with host Storm Trysail Club. It was a great day for a shakedown with southwesterly winds of 18-20 knots providing robust conditions.

Competitors can look forward to more of the same for most of the week with on-water chairman Dick Neville noting that early forecasts looking quite favorable. “We should have good breeze every day and no fog,” Neville said.

Photo: Stephen R Cloutier

Schedule of Events

Race Day 1 - Industry Partners Race Day

  • 0900 - Morning Announcements 0930 - Harbor Signals
  • 1100 - First warning signal scheduled
  • 1700 - 1900: Awards Presentation & Evening Party Party hosted by Lila Delman Real Estate

Race Day 2 - North Sails Race Day

  • 0900 - Morning Announcements
  • 0930 - Harbor Signals
  • 1100 - First warning signal scheduled
  • 1700 - 1900: Awards Presentation & Evening Party Party hosted by Gowrie Group

Race Day 3 - Mount Gay Race Day

  • 0900 - Morning Announcements
  • 0930 - Harbor Signals
  • 1100 - First warning signal scheduled
  • 1700 - 1900: Awards Presentation & Evening Party Party hosted by Mount Gay

Race Day 4 - Margaritaville Race Day

  • 0900 - Morning Announcements
  • 0930 - Harbor Signals
  • 1100 - First warning signal scheduled
  • 1600 - 1900: Awards Presentation & Evening Party Party hosted by Margaritaville

Lay Day

The layday will be announced in advanced by the BI Race Week Organizing Committee. Choose from a variety of activities!

  • 0800 - North Sails 5K
  • 1100 - Abrams Farm Tour
  • 1300 - Race Week Trivia presented by Margaritaville
  • 1400 - Beach Clean Up
  • 1530 - New England Ropes Tug 'o War
Enjoy the Island. Visit blockislandraceweek.com for information, special discounts, and recommendations.

How to Follow Block Island Race Week

Our media team is excited to bring all the action to sailing fans both on and off the island. We are a collaborative group of media specialists using the latest technologies to bring real-time coverage of the racing. Most importantly, we want to tell your stories!

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RACE WEEK DONE RIGHT

Take it from these Block Island Race Week veterans, you can do no wrong on Block Island—as long as you’re having fun

Written by Dave Reed, Sailing World, Photos by Photoboat.com

Whether you enter through the cut into Great Salt Pond, get off a ferry in New Harbor or on a private bird into BID, the arrival on Block Island is always magical. The journey from the mainland might be short, but the place still feels a thousand miles away. Block Island Race Week awaits you. Your teammates are trickling in, the crew house is open, there’s boat work to be done, mudslides to sling and friends to meet and make. You’ve made it. Congratulations. Now what? As a first-timer or 10th--timer to Race Week, there’s much to do and more to see, so a few veterans share their advice on making the most of it.

HAVE A ROUTINE, says Andrew Weiss, who will be racing the new-to-him Jason Ker-designed Fast40+ at Block Island Race Week with his wife Linda. It’s taken Weiss 20 or so Block Island Race Weeks—too many to recall—to appreciate the importance of repetition when it comes to winning and having a good time.

“Block Island has fog, so even if the day starts out sunny, don’t be surprised if it fills in,” he says. “We’ve won more races by having all the waypoints of all the marks every day, every race. There have been times where we’re going around the mark and it’s foggy and people are going all sorts of directions.”

Linc and the Entourage

For this skipper and revolving cast of characters, the annual pilgrimage to Race Week means more than the races themselves

By Bill Wagner

Lincoln Mossop III is happiest when he’s on Block Island. He has been competing here since the mid-1970s and has always loved everything about the event and its location. Mossop has consistently berthed The Cat Came Back at Block Island Boat Basin and every race day is capped by multiple rounds of mudslides at The Oar.

For many years, the Mossop family has rented the Spear House, located across from The Oar on West Side Road, and Lincoln is a familiar sight riding his motorized four-wheeled scooter back and forth to the basin before and after racing.

They say he has a reserved seat at Yellow Kittens Tavern, his favorite night spot. The 57-year-old has been coming to Block Island for so long and with such regularity that he is well known by many New Shoreham locals.

THE STORM TRYSAIL CLUB STORY

To fully appreciate The Storm Trysail Club, one must understand the circumstances surrounding the very moment the club was conceived, and the fact that the circumstances involved a bottle of rum.

By Ron Weiss

It was during the 1936 Bermuda Race that a group of sailors set off on the schooner Salee. The ’36 race was bad, one of the worst in the history of the event. Many boats withdrew, but others elected to challenge themselves and tough it out.

During that horribly rough storm, one sailor on another boat was ejected from his windward bunk , smashed face-first into the leeward bunk, spat out his freshly dislodged teeth, got his foulies on, and at 4 a.m., took his turn at the helm. (We hasten to add that the Club, in a continuing effort to reduce the frequency of such incidents, is very much focused on off shore safety.) As the storm built in intensity, Salee’s mainsail blew out, and the crew was forced to set the storm trysail — a small, triangular and heavily constructed sail generally used in only the direst of conditions.

That winter, as the crew of Salee gathered around a bottle of rum (and possibly more than one) and talked about their shared memories of the race, this hardy group was inspired to form a new club — The Storm Trysail Club — open only to those sailors who had proved capable of handling themselves off shore in the worst weather imaginable. Dues were initially set at a bottle of rum a year.

From these rough and tumble (literally) beginnings, The Storm Trysail Club has grown to almost 1,000 members. Each member, from the first to the latest, has been selected for their experience off shore, their willingness to share their experience and knowledge with others, to be a good shipmate and a tough competitor, as well as being someone who knows how to have fun.

In short, we are fierce on the starting line, and friendly on the beer line.

The Storm Trysail Club provides leadership in the sailing world through our well-regarded Safety at Sea and Jr. Safety at Sea seminars, race management of some of the most prestigious and well- attended racing events in the world, and our efforts to increase participation in ocean racing, especially youth involvement.

Hope to see you at a future event!

Members of The Storm Trysail Club are deeply engaged in the upper echelons of sailboat racing all around the globe, in virtually every aspect of the sport. Those who are selected for membership know that STC is not about amenities and facilities, but is instead focused on nothing more than the health and growth of off shore sailing. A member of STC is widely regarded as not just an experienced deepwater sailor, but also as generous and willing to share their experience in giving back to the sport that provides them so much in return.

For eight decades, The Storm Trysail Club has been, and will continue to be, at the bleeding edge (sometimes literally, in the case of the aforementioned ’36 Bermuda Race participant) of development in organizing new events, rating rules, yacht design, and safety standards and best practices, while continuing the tradition of camaraderie, fellowship and fun started by the crew of the Salee.

If you share our love for ocean racing, a passion made even stronger by racing with and against people you respect and enjoy spending time with, and wish to introduce others to the sport, its camaraderie and its ideals, then membership in The Storm Trysail Club should be on your horizon.

Thanks to our sponsors!

BIRW would not be possible without them.

Block Island Race Week Media Production is brought to you by RisingT Media & Marketing with collaboration with Chris Love Productions.

Credits:

Stephen R Cloutier & Photoboat.com

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