The 1BI The Digital Block Island Race Week Times - Thursday, June 27, 2019

Welcome to Mount Gay Race Day

Did you know? The Storm Trysail Club brought Mount Gay Rum to the United States? Stay tuned for a look back into this connection in tomorrow's 1BI.


  • Mount Gay Race Day Highlights from Day 4
  • LIVE from the Cut - Thursday morning show
  • Photos of the Day
  • Daily Awards Photos
A fog settled on the island for most of the morning leading to an extended AP. Photo: Stephen R Cloutier
Today we were broadcasting LIVE from "The Cut" on the Coast Guard beach for the parade of boats on their way out to the course after the AP flag was lowered at noon.
The crew of Sunshine Daydream has been coming to Race Week since 1995. Always sporting a new Tye Day shirt each day. Photo: Stephen R Cloutier

Daily Race Day Recap - Day 4

Sailors woke up to a layer of fog for Mount Gay Race Day, but after a 3-hour delay, the sailors on 3 circles crossed the line getting in 2 races before hitting the docks and getting up to a delay rum tent party thrown by the iconic rum brand.

Robin Team has grown accustomed to winning. The Lexington, North Carolina resident has done so with regularity at major regattas all over the country, earning PHRF Boat of the Week at Key West Race Week and capturing the Palmetto Trophy several times at Charleston Race Week.

Team brought his J/122 Teamwork to Block Island Race Week for the first time in 2017 and added captured the IRC 2 North American Championship. Teamwork came back to the biennial regatta this year and carried a lot of confidence after claiming IRC 4 class at the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta.

However, Teamwork is getting all it can handle from a Ker 11.5 named Peacemaker YCC. Skipper Leo Vasiliev posted a pair of bullets on Thursday and have overtaken Teamwork for the lead in ORC 2 at Block Island Race Week, presented by Margaritaville.

Learning the Ropes

By Bill Wagner

For the Naval Academy varsity offshore sailing team, there has been no better training ground than Block Island Race Week.

Navy is not the only service academy sailing program participating in Block Island Race Week XXVIII. Hedgehog, a Melges 32, is being crewed by members of the Coast Guard sailing team led by skipper Ben Williamsz.

Two other training programs have followed the lead of those service academies by bringing boats to Block Island Race Week, presented by Margaritaville. MudRatz, a Connecticut-based program that introduces youngsters to big boat racing, has entered a Farr 40 in PHRF 1. Meanwhile, Oakcliff Sailing, headquartered in Oyster Bay, New York, has returned with a group of college-aged students aboard a Ker 50 owned by Arthur Santry.

MudRatz has a crew of eight youth and collegiate sailors ranging in age from 16 to 22 aboard Summer School. There are three adult coaches providing direction and serving as safety officers. Sarah Wilkinson, a 22-year-old College of Charleston sailor, steered on Monday when Storm Trysail Club held three races.

“Getting an opportunity to sail an asymmetrical boat of this size and power is a great experience,” Wilkinson said.

Mount Gay Race Day Photos - Day 4

Awards Photos

Daily Awards photos by Steve Cloutier (Days 1 and 2)

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