The 1BI The Digital Block Island Race Week Times - Wednesday, June 26, 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.


  • The Lay Day Highlights
  • Photos of the Day
  • The no-lay-low Lay Day
  • Reminder to get your Raffle Tickets to support a great cause
Boats dry out after yesterday's wet lap of the island. Photo: Stephen R Cloutier

The Lay Day

Lay Day. Fun Day.

That was pretty much the theme as host Storm Trysail Club called a mid-week break to Block Island Race Week, presented by Margaritaville.

Organizers with Storm Trysail Club re-introduced the lay day following a lengthy hiatus in response to participants, who wanted one day to enjoy all Block Island has to offer. It really wasn’t that dramatic a change as lack of wind has routinely produced an unintended lay day many times in the past.

Indeed, that wound up being the case on Wednesday as the three one-design classes – J/88, J/105 and J/109 – had requested to race instead of observing the lay day. However, becalmed conditions led to a morning postponement, which turned into an abandonment when the afternoon sea breeze did not fill in sufficiently.

Not to worry, Storm Trysail Club and its many supporting partners had plenty of fun activities lined up for the sailors. Things got off to a rousing start with 95 runners competing in the inaugural Lowell North Memorial 5K, organized and sponsored by North Sails.

A start-finish line was set in front of the North Sails temporary loft on Ocean Avenue and the course took runners along Beach Avenue to Center Road up to the Block Island State Airport. They turned around and headed down to West Side Road – turning right and going past The Oar and regatta headquarters at the Narragansett Inn before finishing.

Ben Quatromoni, pitman aboard Interlodge IV, was the overall winner with a superb time of 19 minutes, 55 seconds. Quatromoni got out to a fast start and left his lone competitor behind during the long uphill climb along Ocean and Beach avenues. The Newport, Rhode Island resident was one of three Interlodge IV entrants along with headsail trimmer Dave Armitage and navigator Geoff Ewenson.

Photo: Stephen R Cloutier

Lay Day Results

North Sails 5k

Ben Quatromoni gives Race Official Chuck Allen a high five at the end of race

Top Male: Ben Quatromoni 19:55 followed by Matt Lima 20:45 & Rich Peale 20:58

Top Female: Maggie Hannis 24:59 followed by Becky Allen 25:05

Top Youth: Braden Porter 23:03

Margaritaville Trivia

Overall winner: "Team Risk-it for the Biscuit"

New England Ropes Tug of War

5 v 5 Winner: Old School

10 v 10 Winner: North Sails

A No-Lay-Low Lay Day

By Erik Stork

Remember the Block Island Race Weeks when everyone slept aboard their boats? When there were feeder races? How about the “band boat” that drove around the harbor to rouse everyone for another day’s racing? Or the famous tug of wars and mini 12-Meter races? While I think we can all agree we’d rather a dry bed and a real shower after -racing, I’ve always enjoyed hearing stories from the good ol’ days.

Sure, it’s fun to race every day of a regatta, but some of my best sailing memories have been from planned or unplanned off days. In 2015, at the RORC Bicentenary Regatta in Cowes, racing was canceled because there was too much wind, so we took a boat trip up the River Medina in search of a proper English Pub lunch with a good number of our competitors. In Perth, Australia, for the 2009 Team Race Worlds, we went to an animal sanctuary—koalas! kangaroos! emu!—and hosted a regatta party at our rental house; by luck alone there were no impacts to our damage deposit. Finally, I’m confident my 49er crew, Trevor Moore, holds the lap record at the local go-kart track in Hyeres, France, where 30 sailors or so from a dozen nations would take the competition shoreside. I’m lucky to have made friends from around the world through sailing, and that wouldn’t have happened without plenty of downtime over a café au lait or some friendly onshore competition.

Photo: Stephen R Cloutier

Thanks to all the sailors who came down for the Beach Clean Up with Block Island Conservancy

Sailors picked up trash on West Beach on the afternoon of the Lay Day

Follow @BIRaceWeek for the latest updates for results, photos, and stories of the day!

Photo: Stephen R Cloutier


Tomorrow night is the raffle ticket drawing and all proceeds go to many Block Island charities including the First Responders who have been amazingly supportive, efficient, and professional this week keeping our teams safe out here!

Among the many prizes donated by our sponsors, the GRAND prize is week long stay at Margaritaville resorts in Florida.

Thanks to our sponsors!

BIRW would not be possible without them.

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Stephen R Cloutier

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