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The 28th Edition of the famed Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week expects 150 boats, and the number of racing formats has been expanded to attract an even wider array of yachts; ranging from Grand Prix teams to family-friendly cruising boats. Besides the usual Windward/Leeward racing, there will be Pursuit-start and ‘Solent-Style’ racing formats too.

Multi-Hull Racing, Non-Spinnaker, IRC, ORC and PHRF are returning, along with a new, innovative format – Plus One. Plus One allows the crew be one person larger than the first digit of hull-length. (30-39’ = 4 crew, 40 – 49’ = 5 crew, etc.) Plus One fills a sweet spot between double-handing and fully crewed racing, lowering costs and the need for crew. (For details, click the BIRW website link below.)

As always, there will be tent parties, shore-side activities, and all the fine dining, watering holes, beaches, and sights that Block Island has to offer. Over a thousand sailors, plus their families, attend this very popular regatta.

Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week will offer 4 days of racing and is bringing back the popular lay day (if weather permits). The highlight of the regatta is the Around Block Island Race in which the entire fleet circumnavigates the beautiful resort island off the coast of Rhode Island.

For more information and registration, please visit www.BlockIslandRaceWeek.com, or YachtScoring.com BIRW Entry. Early entry discount before 3/1 .

Sponsors include North Sails, Mount Gay, Musto, Lila Delman, New England Boatworks, and New England Ropes

 

Lets go sailing.

"Alright now, this is a night start don't forget; so let's get somebody on lookout up on that bow...

Alright now, did you figure the current? For chrissake do I have to do everything? And don't forget to figure the daylight saving. What? No, you add an hour, for chrissake, can't anybody here sail a boat? What did he say? He said "turn off the engine". Oh, yeah. OK, how long 'til our start? Who's on the stopwatch? OK, you get back here outta the way and stay there.

Alright now, let's come about and get over near the committee boat. Alright, let's come about. COMIN' ABOUT! Wheres the handle, where's the handle - TAIL, willya, fer chrissake!! How's that? Take it in to the block. That's enough.

BANG! What gun was that? That was OUR GUN. Did you get that on the watch? Do you see that guy? Yeah, I see him. Alright now, we got five more minutes. Let's run the line for a second. You can't, YOU'RE ON PORT TACK. Oh, yeah, OK, let's come about again. COMIN' ABOUT! FOUR MINUTES, Well it's too crowded over here, let's get down to leeward where our air is clear.

CRASH!!!! What was that???? Well, put the stove in gimbals, for chrissake. Clean it up later, get up here. What the hell are you doing down there anyway? You can eat at home! THREE MINUTES...Did anybody center the prop? Well, center it, Charlie, don't stand there. There's a flashlight overhead in the doghouse. Well, try another one, I put all new batteries in yesterday. TWO MINUTES...Two minutes for chrissake where's the other end of the line, they got a line two miles long. We gotta come about. COMING ABOUT...OK, let it go letitgogoddamm it. Alright, get it in, get it in. It's fouled on the lifeline. DON'T JERK IT! You'll pull the goddam boat apart. Trim, trim, trim, OK, hold that. Where's the ------ing committee boat. We gotta come about again. COMING ABOUT! More turns, more turns. OK, cleat that. ONE MINUTE--Alright, slack everything, slack the jib, slack the main, SLACK THE MAIN...OK hold that ...THIRTY SECONDS...OK we're going for the line. Trim, trim, trim the main. FIFTEEN SECONDS...OK everybody up to windward....TEN SECONDS ...NINE, EIGHT, SEVEN, SIX, FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE.....for chrissake where's that gun...We're over the line. They'll never see us down here anyway. BANG! OK, we've started.

You did a great job with that stopwatch. OK, let's get these lines coiled up, I can't stand up in the cockpit. Good start, guys."