Storm Trysail Club’s 68th Block Island Race begins Friday
Ushered in with snow and rain, a messy spring in the Northeast looks to be giving way to more acceptable conditions for Memorial Day Weekend and the Storm Trysail Club’s 68th Block Island Race that coincides with it. Scheduled to start Friday, May 24 at 2 p.m. (1400), the 186 nautical mile race (from Stamford, Conn., down Long Island Sound, around Block Island, R.I. and back to Stamford) is an annual rite of passage for sailors from New York and New England.
The largest boat in the fleet will be George David’s (out of Hartford, Conn.) 90-foot Reichel/Pugh design Rambler, which took line honors last year and will be sailing in the event for the 7th time in a row.
The Block Island Race was first held in 1946 and is a qualifier for the North Ocean Racing Trophy (IRC), the Double Handed Ocean Racing Trophy (IRC), the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF), and the Gulf Stream Series (IRC). The Block Island Race is also a qualifier for the Caper, Sagola, and Windigo trophies awarded by the YRA of Long Island Sound and the ‘Tuna” Trophy for the best combined IRC scores in the Edlu (40 percent) and the Block Island Race (60 percent).
For more information on the Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race, visit www.stormtrysail.org or contact The Storm Trysail Club (914) 834-8857.