Cocktail at Block Island Race Week >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News


New Shoreham, RI (June 24, 2021) – Sailors were treated to the penultimate day of racing – Mount Gay Race Day – at the highlight of Block Island Race Week presented by Margaritaville: the Regatta Craft Mixers Round the Island Race.

With some of the best racing conditions, not just for the week, but in the recent history of the round the island, sunny skies, southeasterly winds and 10-12 knots were ideal for the 158 boats.

“This is what we are looking forward to,” said Kelly Wilbur aboard the J / 111 Wicked before docking. “Getting some distance, seeing every corner of the island and doing a bunch of sail changes is really fun.”

The Performance Cruising and Multihull fleets were treated to a second round of the island race of the week as they were able to set off in the fog on the first day while the other races of the fleets were abandoned.

In the multihull fleet, Todd Slyngstad’s HH66 Nemo has yet to break its winning streak among the four-boat fleet with another ball added to the scoreboard today. However, the sight of the TF10 Thunder And Lightning foiling catamaran was also new to the Storm Trysail Club fleet.

All of the ORC fleets have been dispatched on a longer 21.5 mile route that takes the teams outside of the Block Island Wind Farm on the east side. While Tony Langley’s TP 52 Gladiator finished first in ORC A ahead of Hap Fauth’s Belle Mente, the Botin Maxi 72 took top honors with an elapsed time of 02:17:36.

In other ORC classes, Jim Grundy’s new Rigadoon Dunning 44, Leo Vasiliev’s Ker 11.5 Peacemaker, and Jay Turchetta’s XP 38 Amadeus V won their classes.

Among the One-Designs – which were sent on the 18 mile course inside the wind farm – the J / 111 Skeleton Key by Peter Wagner, the J / 44 Palantir 5 by June & Amanda Kendrick, the J / 105 Deja Voodoo from William Zartler and J from Jonathan Rechtschaffer / 109 Emoticon all finished at the top of their respective divisions.

Wagner is back for his fourth week of racing after a 30-year hiatus. The last time he raced he won the Round the Island race and had the chance to defend that title today.

“The wind was still blowing while we were doing the first leg of this race so finding a way to connect the puffs was pretty important and we were able to do it and find our way,” said Wagner.

With a full moon tide testing sailors on the water, finding the right current was also one of the biggest challenges the teams faced.

Andrew and Linda Weiss ‘Ker 40+ Christopher Dragon XI, Mudheads’ Melges 24 Dark Energy, and John Storck, Jr.’s J80 Rumor all won the PHRF 1-3 fleet top prize.

The Island Sailing Club Of Cowes Perpetual Trophy awarded to the winner of the Regatta Craft Mixers Round the Island Race is one of the most coveted awards of the week. First awarded in 1965 to commemorate the connection between Block Island Race Week and British Cowes Week, after which Block Island Race Week is modeled. The Race Committee will consider the percentage of wins, the size of the fleets and the different rankings for the trophy.

This year’s recipient will be announced at the final awards show tomorrow night along with the rest of the overall awards. The last day of racing will end tomorrow for Margaritaville Race Day for the 29th Block Island Race Week. The 2021 program runs from June 21 to 25.

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Source: Kate Wilson Somers

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