June 19, 2023

30th Race Week Day 4 - Mount Gay Rum Day

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All the news from Block Island Race Week presented by Margaritaville.

Welcome to Block Island Race Week presented by Margaritaville and the 1BI, our digital daily newsletter. Each day, we will bring you the latest news, photos, videos, and highlights from the racecourses and the docks. We look forward to sharing your stories with fellow competitors and fans watching the racing from afar. Feel free to send story ideas to [email protected].

Cover Photo: Steve Cloutier / Storm Trysail Club

Cornhole has been a big hit at the tent parties.

Photo: Steve Cloutier

AnchorNo Racing for the Day is Welcomed Day of Rest

"With the present conditions on Rhode Island Sound and the forecast we got for today. We are not planning on racing," said Race Director Dick Neville with the gusting wind howling by him at Race Headquarters at Champlin's Resort and Marina this morning. "We have gotten three days of great racing and everybody s pretty tired. With a good forecast for tomorrow, we plan to get in two races so we are canceling racing for the day."

SeaTactics' meteorologist, Chelsea Freas, said in her McMichael Weather Briefing that the winds at 7:30 am were already higher than the models in the mid-twenties, so it was already set up to be too windy for racing. As well as a small craft advisory issued by the National Weather Service. 

Traditionally, Block Island Race Week used to have a lay day for sailors to get some rest. This was when it was also a six-day Race Week. 2015 was the last year there was even a Race Week with five days of racing due to quality conditions. In 2017, racing on Monday was canceled due to fog. In 2019, there was no wind on Wednesday and in 2021, there was both fog and no wind on Friday. 

This left the 1,400 sailors to recover from three long hard days of racing and enjoy the island and some Mount Gay Rum.

Results Presented by Helly Hansen

A quality sailing kit is essential to keep you protected from the varying elements at Block Island Race Week, so Storm Trysail Club is happy to have Helly Hansen signed on as the Official Clothing Supplier for Block Island Race Week presented by Margaritaville.

They will be onsite during the event with any of your technical sailing gear needs at the Team1Newport regatta store.

Block Island Race Week Through the Years

In this 3-part series, we take a deep dive into past Race Weeks as we head into our 30th edition.

Block Island Race Week Through the Years – The First 10 Race Weeks
Part 1 looks at the first 10 editions of Block Island Race Week from 1965 through 1983. 
Block Island Race Week Through the Years – The Second 10 Race Weeks
Part 2 looks at the 10 editions of Block Island Race Week from 1985 through 2003. 
Block Island Race Week Through the Years – The Third 10 Race Weeks
Part 3 looks at the 10 editions of Block Island Race Week from 2005 through 2023. 

Friday, June 23

Race Day

8:30 am

McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers Virtual Weather Briefing

Presented by Chelsea Freas, SeaTactics. Tune into our YouTube channel or Facebook page

9:00 am

Morning Announcements with Race Director Dick Neville

Tune your Race Circle VHF Channel

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Final Awards and Tent Party

Buttons required for Tent Access for food and live music. Drink tickets available for purchase that can be used inside tent bars or in the public Race Village bars.

Let's celebrate an amazing week when final trophies and awards are handed out with plenty of camaraderie and cheer to go around.

Daily Weather Briefings

Presented by McMichael Yacht Yards and Brokers with Chelsea Freas detailed the forecast each morning. This is emailed by 8:30am each morning to all competitors. Add your email below if you want to also be added.

See them all here.

More Resources from Local Organizations

The Committee for the Great Salt Pond Boater's Directory

Dedicated to keeping the waters in the Great Salt Pond pristine, it’s shorelines scenic, and always open to boating, recreation and aquaculture for all, this group has assembled some boater friendly links for download.

Champlin's Marina and Resort Block Island Directory

From "B" is for Babysitter to "W" is for Walking & Hiking Trails, this is a great place to find things to do for the whole family while on Block.

Block Island Tourism Council's What To Do Directory

This comprehensive lists has all of the businesses on the island organized by topic with addresses.