About Block Island Race Week


In 1964, Commodore Jakob Isbrandtsen and NY Herald Tribune yachting reporter Everett B. Morris were jointly instrumental in urging The Storm Trysail Club to establish Block Island Race Week. Isbrandtsen and Morris patterned the Club’s new race week after Cowes Week in the U.K. The dominant theme is hard racing with fine competition and time for daily camaraderie in complete informality. The first Race Week in 1965 attracted more than 175 boats and 1,200 sailors, and was hailed a complete success.

In 2015 the Club celebrated the 50th anniversary of Block Island Race Week, with 167 boats racing in 15 classes. Block Island Race Week is the largest big boat regatta in the Northeast, and one of the most prestigious regattas in the United States. It regularly attracts the world’s best sailors who compete in the latest offshore one-designs, grand-prix and cruiser-racer designs. In 1969, the first Everett B. Morris Trophy was awarded for the Best Performance Overall for the Week and, in 1975, the first Isbrandtsen Overall Trophy was awarded. 

Bill Robinson’s Yachting Magazine Account of 1965 Block Island Race Week

Preservation of Block Island & Our Oceans

To promote sustainability and to protect the island, we are asking that all the crews bring reusable water bottles for their crews to use. Please do not bring cases of single-use water bottles. Plan to bring a few gallons of water for refilling the reusable bottles and refill the gallons on a daily basis at the filtered water stations that will be set up at the 3 marinas around the salt pond.

Concerning the salt pond, there will be no bottom cleaning performed in the Salt Pond. Additionally, please eliminate any use of soaps and cleaning chemicals in the salt pond. Please use a water only wash down process. The Salt Pond is now home to a thriving oyster population so absolutely no discharge either.

The Salt Pond, or New Harbor and Old Harbor have had a no discharge status since 1993. Please utilize the free pumpout boat service, the first of its kind on the East Coast. New Harbor pumpout service is available by contacting them on Ch 73 between 7:30am and 5:00pm.  

This year there will be a scheduled lay day. In addition to the posted activities, we are looking to schedule a beach clean up. Please stay tuned for additional information. Event schedules will be displayed on TV monitors in the Tent. 

Crews participate in a Beach Clean Up during the Lay Day during the 2019 Block Island Race Week.

Organizing Committee & Contact Information

Phone: 914-834-8857

Fax: 914-834-6484

Edward Cesare

[email protected]

Vice-Commodore & Block Island Race Week 2021 Chair
Raymond L. Redniss

[email protected]

Rear-Commodore & Block Island Race Week 2023 Chair
Andrew Weiss

[email protected]

Exec Director
Whitney Kneisley

[email protected]

Media & Sponsorship Chair
Ronald Weiss

[email protected]

Media Director
Sponsorship Coordinator

Block Island Information

Island Logistics & Discounts 

Chamber of Commerce: Block Island accommodations, travel and special events. Call (800) 383-2474 for personalized recommendations.

Block Island Info: Another good site for finding information about Block Island, accommodations, real estate and entertainment.


This list is constantly having additions, so check back often!

  • Island Fitness (Narragansett Inn) Offering Free Stretch Yoga on the mornings of racing at the Narragansett Inn
  • Fort Island Kayaks (Ocean Avenue): 20% off single or double kayak rentals
  • Wildflowers Boutique (Water Street): 10% off anything in the store
  • Diamond Blue Surf Shop (Bridgegate Square): 10% off any purchase. (Beach rentals, surf rentals and lessons excluded
  • Old Harbor Bike Shop will offer Block Island Race Week participants a week-long moped rental for $225
  • Heliblock helicopter tours has offered a special for Block Island Race Week participants: “Buy two seats and the third is free” for their 13-14 minute tours of Block Island and the Block Island Wind Farm. Book by calling Heliblock at (401) 859-1001
  • Adrift Gift Shop – 10% off non-sale items and a free Block Island Dry Bag with a $100 purchase
  • Koru Eco Spa is offering $99. 50-minute massages to Race Week participants. Reservations should be made: 401-363-2484
  • True North Outfitters: Free Helly Hansen sticker to anyone that shows their Race Week wristband. No purchase necessary.
  • Island Moped 7 day Sunday – Saturday bikes $35.00 per week – 5 day Monday – Friday Mopeds $199.00 all week
Getting There

Block Island Ferry: Year round ferry service is provided from Point Judith RI which is at the south west entrance of Narragansett Bay. Seasonal ferries run from New London CT, Montauk NY, Providence RI, and Newport RI.

Air Service: Year-round service is provided from Westerly Airport. Summer schedules are run from East Hampton and LaGuardia Airports, NY and Groton, Ct and charters are available from Block Island.

Marina Information

Champlin’s Hotel, Marina & Resort

Phone: 401-466-7777 or 800-762-4541

e-mail: [email protected]

Payne’s New Harbor Dock

Phone: 401-466-5572

e-mail: [email protected]

New Harbor Harbor Boat Basin (formally Block Island Boat Basin)

Phone: 401-480-1429 or Dockmaster: 401-447-9658

e-mail: [email protected]

Boat and Sail Repairs

North Sails Pop-Up Repair Loft


Block Island Maritime Institute

216 Ocean Ave, New Shoreham, RI 02807

Contact North Sails in Portsmouth with any questions.

Block Island Marine


PO Box G

Block Island, RI 02807

Block Island Sails & Canvas


PO Box 268

Block Island, RI 02807


Lila Delman

61 Dodge Street

Block Island, RI 02807

Office: 401-466-8777

Fax:  401-466-9777

Ballard Hall Real Estate

PO Box 1885

Block Island, RI 02807



Beach Real Estate

PO Box 1885

Ocean Ave.

Block Island, RI 02807



Block Island Realty


Corn Neck Rd.

Block Island, RI 02807


Block Island Reservations & Real Estate

Water Street

Block Island, RI 02807




Offshore Property Limited

Ocean Avenue

Block Island, RI 02807



Phillips Real Estate Ltd.

30 Water Street

Block Island, RI 02807



Sullivan Real Estate

Water Street

Block Island, RI 02807



Hotels and Inns

Block Island Reservation Bureau

Block Island Reservations



Some Selected Individual Hotels and Inns:

Near Block Island Race Week Tent and Great Salt Pond

The Naragansett Inn


Elizabeth Connor

Head of Paynes Dock, closest to Race Week tent and duty office

Champlin’s Hotel, Marina & Resort

80 West Side Road

PO Box J

Block Island, RI 02807





Payne’s Harbor View Inn

Corner of Ocean Ave. and Beach Ave., a short walk to the Race Week tent



In Old Town, near Ferry Dock

The Atlantic Inn

PO Box 188

Block Island, RI 02807


Ballard’s Inn

42 Water Street

Block Island RI 02807

Overlooking Old Harbor


Darius Inn

62 Dodge St.

New Shoreham, RI 02807


The Gothic Inn

440 Dodge St.

New Shoreham, RI 02807



Harborside Inn

213 Water Street

PO Box F

Block Island, RI 02807


Hotel Manisses

251 Spring Street

PO Box I

Block Island RI 02807



The National Hotel

36 Water Street

PO Box 189

Block Island, RI 02807


Seacrest Inn

207 High Street

Block Island RI 02807


The Surf Hotel

32 Dodge Street

PO Box C

Block Island, RI 02807


South of Old Town, with views to the east

The 1661 Inn

Elizabeth Connor

5 Spring Street,

Block Island RI 02807


Spring House Hotel; including The Inn at Spring House, Mott House, The Barn Suites, Seaside Homes and Seawinds

52 Spring Street

PO Box 902

Block Island, RI 02807



Taxi Information

Mig’s Rig Taxi (7 Passengers) 1-401-480-0493

Block Island Taxi & Tours (10 Pass.) 1-401-466-2562

Bumblebee (7 Passengers) 1-401-742-3943

Clark’s Cab (10 Passengers) 1-401-741-0038

Green Diamond (6 Passengers) 1-401-742-7472

Hall’s Holiday Hack (7 Passengers) 1-401-465-1504

Kody’s Taxi (10 Passengers) 1-401-595-9004

McAloon’s Cab (7 Passengers) 1-401-741-1410

McGovern’s Cab (10 Passengers) 1-401-792-1700

Monica’s Taxi (7 Passengers) 1-401-742-0000

Willow Grove Taxi (7 Passengers) 1-401-301-2896

Nightengale Taxi (7 Passengers) 1-401-474-6377

Offshore Taxi (6 Passengers) 1-401-241-4144

Payne’s Taxi (7 Passengers) 1-401-466-2878

Rides By Rich (7 Passengers) 1-401-466-2399

Roadrunner (7 Passengers) 1-401-529-4994

Rob’s Taxi (10 Passengers) 1-401-741-4331

Rondo’s Taxi (7 Passengers) 1-401-466-5550

Sam’s Van (10 Passengers) 1-401-466-2585

Sue ’s Taxi (7 Passengers) 1-401-742-0436

Tip Top Taxi (11 Passenger Van) 1-401-466-3393

W.E.M. Cab (7 Passengers) 1-401-487-2881

Willow Grove Taxi (7 Passengers) 1-401-301-2896

Block Island Linen Rental

Block Island Linen Rental

P. O. Box #1557l

Block Island, RI 02807l

tel. 401 466 5604l

fax. 401 466 8890l