The Storm Trysail Club’s 24th annual Block Island Race Week wraps up tomorrow on Block Island, Rhode Island. This year’s event has drawn 134 boats, which are competing in 14 classes.
Racing concludes Friday for the 5-day competition, which is hosting IRC (4 classes), PHRF (5 classes) and One-Design (Farr, NYYC Swan 42, J/44, J/109 and J/105) racing. The event is also serving as the 2011 IRC East Coast Championship, the J/122 National Championship (with the contenders sailing in IRC 3), and the J/109 East Coast Championship.
Racing was cancelled on Wednesday due to poor conditions, and the around the island race may now be held tomorrow (Friday).
The daily highlights are also broadcast on-line at www.blockislandraceweek.com and www.t2p.tv each night by 9:00. Race headquarters for the 2011 Block Island Race Week presented by Rolex are located at The Oar Restaurant. Sponsors are Rolex, Toyota, Caithness Energy, Mount Gay Rum, Vineyard Vines, ING Clarion, Gill, Gowrie Group, UK-Halsey Sailmakers, Bitter End Yacht Club, New England Ropes, Hall Spars, Fiji Waters, West Marine, Robert Oatley Vineyards, Heineken, Sailing World, and WindCheck.
A Rolex timepiece will be raffled off at the end of the event along with a trip to the Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda to benefit the Block Island Rescue Squad, Block Island Maritime Institute and the Block Island Early Learning Center. (In 2009, this Race Week Raffle raised more than $16,000 for Block Island charities.) As well, a bid to the 25th Anniversary Pro Am Regatta at Bitter End Yacht Club will be won by one lucky Race Week class winner drawn from among all class winners on closing night.