Block Island Race Week XXVII The 1BI: A daily e-newsletter for the 27th Storm Trysail Block Island Race Week

Welcome to NEW digital BIock Island Race Week Times:

The 1BI

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: 2015 Around the Island/ Stephen R Cloutier


  • Welcome from the Commodore
  • Official Program of BIRW
  • Schedule of Events
  • How to Follow BIRW
  • Photos: from Last BIRW
  • Sustainability + BlRW
  • The Story of Storm Trysail
  • Thanks to our Sponsors
On behalf of the Storm Trysail Club Officers, BIRW Race Committee and the membership, we wish you good luck, great weather and lots of fun. Sail safe, sail well, and we hope we’ll see you all again in a couple of years. -Leonard Sitar, Commodore Storm TrySail

Official Race Information

If you haven't already, please fill out our brief, 5-minute Pre-Regatta Survey. Your preferences matter and will be used, if possible, to make any adjustments we can for this and/or future regattas.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 17

1200-1600: Weigh-In – Narragansett Inn & Bow Sticker pick up

Sunday, June 18: Practice Day and Official Opening of Tent

1030-1600 Weigh-In – Narragansett Inn

1200-1700 Registration - Race Week Tent

1400-1530 Practice Starts and Races

1800-2000 Welcoming Party - Race Week Tent Official Party Sponsors: Heineken, Regatta Ginger Beer & Newport Vineyards

Monday, June 19: Industry Partner Race Day

0900 Morning Announcements

0930 Harbor Signals

1100 First Warning

1800-2000 Awards Presentation & Evening Party sponsored by Gill

Tuesday, June 20: Industry Partner Day

0900 Morning Announcements

0930 Harbor Signals

1100 First Warning

1800-2000 Awards Presentation & Evening Party Sponsored by NE Ropes, NEB, Landfall Navigation

Wednesday, June 21: North Sails Race Day

0900 Morning Announcements

0930 Harbor Signals

1100 First Warning

1800-2000 Awards Presentation & Evening Party Official Party Sponsors: Gowrie & Pantaenius

Thursday, June 22: Mount Gay Race Day

0900 Morning Announcements

0930 Harbor Signals

1100 First Warning

1800-2000 Awards Presentation & Evening Party sponsored by Mt. Gay Rum

1930 Storm Trysail Raffle Drawing

Friday, June 23: Deepwater Wind Race Day

0900 Morning Announcements

0930 Harbor Signals

1100 First Warning

1730-2000 Day & Week Awards Presentation & Evening Party sponsored by Lila Delman Real Estate

Please look for email announcements as well as RC announcements posted on the online Notice Board

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!


All media related to the event will be posted on our Facebook Page including LIVE broadcasts of interviews with competitors, including a Morning Coffee Show from the Tent and afternoon Mudslide Dock Walks. We also will be broadcasting live from the water with commentators via cameras and drones.

The 1BI:

Each evening look for the release of the digital version of the Block Island Race Week Times. This will be sent via email, published on our website, and social media networks and will include the daily press release, results, a highlight video, and photos of the day.

Instagram/ Twitter: @BIRaceWeek

Using Instagram or Twitter? Follow @BIRaceWeek for the latest updates for results, photos, and stories of the day!

#BIRW: Share your story

Have a story you want us to know about? Share your story online using the hashtag #BIRW or contact us directly with a story you think we should cover.

Drones are coming to BI to bring you all the action from the air!
Amazing shots from the last BIRW thanks to Stephen R. Cloutier &
Help us keep Block Island and the OCeans Clean by doing your part.

Sustainability & Block Island Race Week: Do your part

As Block Island Race week begins, The Storm Trysail Club and Sailors for the Sea would like to remind the competitors of the effort to achieve a gold status for sustainability.

One of the goals is to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles. To help facilitate this effort, The Storm Trysail Club and Race Week's sustainability partner, DeepWater Wind, are providing all competitors with reusable water bottles.

By bringing a couple one-gallon jugs on board, these water bottles can be refilled during the day as needed. To further help this effort, there will be filtered water filling stations located at each marina. Please consider adopting this plan and eliminate the single-use water bottle. Refill your larger water jugs at the provided filling stations and refill the provided water bottles as needed.

Block Island Race week is also a paperless regatta. There will be no printed sailing instructions distributed. All competitors should have the sailing instructions on a tablet or otherwise accessible. The sailing instructions will be available on

For any non-racers visiting the island who are looking for a land based activity during the day, The Nature Conservancy will be on hand to provide some fun and educational programs. Some of the programs planned: A bird banding demonstration, a beach clean up, horseshoe crab survey, and an ebb tide exploration.

The Nature Conservancy will have a table in the tent starting Sunday night. Please stop by their table for more information. You can also contact for more information or to check on updates for program locations.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


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.


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. & Newport Live Media


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