About Block Island Race Week

History

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

Commodore
AJ Evans
Vice-Commodore & Block Island Race Week 2019 Chairman
Edward Cesare
Rear-Commodore & Block Island Race Week 2021 Chairman
Raymond L. Redniss
Exec Director
Whitney Kneisley
Media & Sponsorship
Ronald Weiss

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.

ISLAND DISCOUNTS FOR RACE WEEK SAILORS:

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: office@champlinsresort.com

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

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

e-mail: JL@newharborboatbasin.com

Boat and Sail Repairs

North Sails Pop-Up Repair Loft

401-849-7997

Block Island Maritime Institute

216 Ocean Ave, New Shoreham, RI 02807

Contact North Sails in Portsmouth with any questions.

Block Island Marine

401-466-2028

PO Box G

Block Island, RI 02807

Block Island Sails & Canvas

401-466-8981

PO Box 268

Block Island, RI 02807

Accommodations

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

401-466-8883

www.blockislandproperty.com


Beach Real Estate

PO Box 1885

Ocean Ave.

Block Island, RI 02807

401-466-2312

www.bibeachrealestate.com


Block Island Realty

401-466-5887

Corn Neck Rd.

Block Island, RI 02807

http://www.birealty.com


Block Island Reservations & Real Estate

Water Street

Block Island, RI 02807

800-825-6254

401-466-5504

www.blockislandhotel.com


Offshore Property Limited

Ocean Avenue

Block Island, RI 02807

401-466-5446

www.offshorepropertylimited.com


Phillips Real Estate Ltd.

30 Water Street

Block Island, RI 02807

401-466-8806

www.phillipsonbi.com


Sullivan Real Estate

Water Street

Block Island, RI 02807

401-466-5521

www.blockislandhouses.com


Hotels and Inns


Block Island Reservation Bureau

Block Island Reservations

401-466-2605

www.blockislandreservations.com/


Some Selected Individual Hotels and Inns:


Near Block Island Race Week Tent and Great Salt Pond


The Naragansett Inn

401-466-2626

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

401-466-7777

800-762-4541

e-mail:

www.champlinsresort.com


Payne’s Harbor View Inn

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

401-466-5758

www.paynesdock.com/


In Old Town, near Ferry Dock


The Atlantic Inn

PO Box 188

Block Island, RI 02807

401-466-5883


Ballard’s Inn

42 Water Street

Block Island RI 02807

Overlooking Old Harbor

www.blockislandstay.com


Darius Inn

62 Dodge St.

New Shoreham, RI 02807

401-466-2605


The Gothic Inn

440 Dodge St.

New Shoreham, RI 02807

401-466-2918

www.thegothicinn.com


Harborside Inn

213 Water Street

PO Box F

Block Island, RI 02807

401-466-5504


Hotel Manisses

251 Spring Street

PO Box I

Block Island RI 02807

401-466-2421

www.blockislandstay.com


The National Hotel

36 Water Street

PO Box 189

Block Island, RI 02807

401-466-2901


Seacrest Inn

207 High Street

Block Island RI 02807

401-466-2882


The Surf Hotel

32 Dodge Street

PO Box C

Block Island, RI 02807

401-466-2241


South of Old Town, with views to the east


The 1661 Inn

Elizabeth Connor

5 Spring Street,

Block Island RI 02807

401-466-2421


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

401-466-5844

www.springhouseblockisland.com

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