Race Week shaping up to be big in 2013
This year's Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week is styling itself the "Silver Edition," since it's the group's 25th anniversary of hosting the biennial regatta, and it is setting its sails at attracting close to 200 boats.
Seven new championship events have been added to the schedule along with the introduction of new classes for Classics, Doublehanded boats and Gunboats.
Scheduled from Sunday, June 23, through Friday, June 28, the event will also host the IRC North American Championship; HPR (High Performance Rule) North American Championship; PHRF East Coast Championship; J/80 North American Championship; J/109 East Coast Championship; Swan 42 New England Championship; and Beneteau 36.7 Northeast Championship.
“Block Island Race Week has been one of New England’s premier regattas for the past 50 years,” said On-Water Chairman Dick Neville (Annapolis, Md.), adding that the regatta is one of “the few remaining full Race Weeks” left on the sailing calendar. “In 1965, the inaugural regatta attracted more than 175 boats and 1,200 sailors, and this year we hope to surpass that number.”
The five-day event consists of around-the-buoys racing and at least one day devoted to the famed 18.2 nautical mile Around-the-Island Race.
Racing headquarters for the Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week 2013 will be located at The Oar Restaurant, while evening festivities and award ceremonies will be held next door in the event tent.