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Block Island Race Week

2011 Block Island Race Week News

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I’m not talkin’ ‘bout pleasure boatin’ or day sailin.’ I’m talkin’ ‘bout workin’ for a livin.’ As on Monday, sailors who rose early for the second day of Block Island Race Week XXIV presented by Rolex were greeted by a cool breeze, but this fleeting zephyr faded as crews arrived at boats. Once again, the Race Committee raised the AP flag at 0900. To the delight of racers, it remained up only until 1100. During the harbor start postponement, the J/44 One-Design class decided – by unanimous vote – that when referring to Jim Bishop, the owner of Gold Digger (Jamestown, RI) in discussions related to 44s, he is to be called Jim “Pope”…because he is. According to roving reporter Clete Vanger, “Godfather” is also acceptable. Expectations were running high as the fleet motored out of the Great Salt Pond, but by 1200 there wasn’t a puff to be found for love or money. Some sailors used the day’s second postponement to sleep off the effects of Monday night’s revelry, while others cooled off in Block Island Sound. One crewman performed a backflip off the bow of Tom Rich’s Settler (Middletown, RI). More impressive yet was the alacrity with which he climbed back aboard over the vintage Peterson 42’s sharp-angled transom…despite the lack of a boarding ladder. By 1330, the mainland was sufficiently warmed for a seabreeze to fill, and

starting sequences commenced forthwith. There was plenty of action in the first start for the J/109s. David Frizell’s Ceol na Mara (Metuchen, NJ) was squeezed out and forced to tack away at the RC boat end of the line, just missing the swim platform. Bill Sweetser’s Rush (Annapolis, MD) notched two bullets and leads the 15boat J/109 class by 8 points. “We had a really good day, and there were two photo finishes,” exclaimed the ebullient Kristen Robinson, who is handling foredeck (and PR!) duties on Don Filippelli’s J/109 Caminos (Amagansett, NY; currently third in class). “Our crew is a bunch of J/80 sailors who used to race against one another. Everyone’s doing a great job from the front of the boat to the back, including helmsman Brian Dempsey and tactician Connor Hayes, who’s doing an amazing job of finding fast lanes. Kudos to Rush – they’re just running away.” With a win in Race 3, Jim Goldman’s C&C 36 Patience (West Hartford, CT) has moved from third place and is tied for first in the Cruising Non-Spinnaker class with Alan Krulisch’s Cambria 40 Crackerjack (Arlington, VA), the winner of Race 2…and a strong contender for “Best Battle Flag of the Week.”

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“This event is great,” said an elated Goldman. “I have to tell you, I was a wreck coming here as I have never done a regatta before – I race Wednesday nights and a few Sundays during the summer. The option to come and race NonSpinnaker made all the difference in attending. The Race Committee makes it very clear what they are intending, and that has helped a lot!” Tom Lee’s Melges 32 Jammy Beggar (Essex, CT) leads PHRF 1, just one point ahead of Dave & MaryEllen Tortorello’s J/111 Partnership (Fairfield, CT). “The racing is extremely close in the class – there are a lot of extremely talented people sailing,” said Lee. “The boat likes light air…at this point two years ago, we had already broken two rudders.” The standings in PHRF 4 have been shuffled, with Paul Jennings’ Noe 27 En Charette (Branford, CT) running in first place. With Amy & Doug Stryker’s Santana 30/30 Project Mayhem (Cranford, NJ) and John Storck, Jr.’s J/80 Rumor (Huntington, NY) each only 0.5 points behind En Charette, this class is one to watch. With a string of three bullets, Jim Swartz’s TP 52 Vesper (Park City, UT) is leading IRC 1 by 5 points. In IRC 2, Lawrence Dickie’s brand new Ker 43 Ptarmigan (Greenwich, CT) has a perfect scoreline and a 7-point lead. “This is the first real test and we’re very pleased,” said Dickie. “We got what we wanted in this boat, particularly downwind in a breeze…I am so pleased that the RC got in two races today.” John Cooper’s Mills 43 Cool Breeze (Springfield, MO) holds second place in IRC 2. “The racing and competition are great,” said crewmember Wally Henry. “We’ve had great crew work, but we’ve left something on the racecourse…it’s not close to being over yet!” John Hele’s Daring (Newport, RI) has risen from fourth to first in the Swan 42 class, and there are only five points between Daring and Jon Halbert’s Vitesse (Dallas, TX) in fifth place “We had a fourth in the first race and we won the second,” said Paul Stroup, Vitesse’s navigator/pitman. “We had a great start and extended our lead, but then we got a wrap in the kite on the last downwind leg…I think we beat the second place boat by one second!” Tsunami, a Farr 40 owned by Preben Ostberg, Todd Olds and Bud Dailey (Rockville, MD) had a first and a third yesterday, and has a 2-point lead in the Farr One-Design class. Sewerman Ben Poucher attributes their success to having “really good barbecue sandwiches on board.” Athough they’re trailing the J/44 class, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Glory (New London, CT) is showing improvement. “This is the first big boat regatta for a lot of our crew,” said bowman Matt Engle (2/C). Headsail trimmer Breanna Hite (2/C) added, “We’re gonna hang out with the other J/44 sailors and learn as much as we can.” Race Week is the first major event for Team Chance, a Groton, CT-based organization created to get more junior sailors into big boat racing. Their Evelyn 26 Stealth is 5th in PHRF 4. “We had a little tougher day than Monday,” said Team Chance co-founder Taylor Walker. “We had some trouble getting off the line well, but our crew work came together and we made a lot of good comebacks. Hopefully, we can put it all together today.” With a win in Race 3, Craig Albrecht’s Farr 395 Avalanche (Sea Cliff, NY) rumbled from second to first place in IRC 3, although Greg Manning’s X-41 Sarah (Warwick, RI) finished second in both races and is only 1.5 points astern. “We had good starts, good crew work and a fast boat,” said tactician Tom Fallon. “There are 13 boats in our class, all capable of winning a race, so we’ll need to stay consistent and get lucky.” No one was luckier yesterday than the crew of Bill Ketcham’s J/44 Maxine (Greenwich, CT), who enjoyed a banner day of racing…and fishing. “We caught a shark!” exclaimed Joey Moffitt (port pit). We cast a lure while we were waiting for wind and hooked a four-footer. We let him go, and then pulled off a bullet in the first race and a second in the second.” Reportedly, Bill Ketcham nearly earned the nickname “Four-finger Bill” while extracting the hook. There are many more sharks in the Sound – and much larger ones – so you might consider a run to Block Island Fishworks for some bait and tackle should the breeze remain morning shy. Storm Trysail Club 2011 Block Island Race Week News • Wednesday 3

Preliminary Race Results Sail Number

Yacht Name

Compiled 6/21/11 1900

Yacht Design


Race 1

Race 2

BLUE Racing PHRF Division Cruising Non-spinnaker 1. USA 257 Patience 2. USA 73113 Crackerjack 3. USA 25742 Manitou 4. USA 10625 Dreamcatcher 5. USA 106 Latitude

C&C 36 Cambria 40 C&C 110 Swan 48 Mason 43

Jim Goldman Alan Krulisch Greg Slamowitz Paul Pakos Brian Gillen

3 1 2 4 6/DNS

1 3 2 4 6/DNS

PHRF 3 1. USA 283 2. USA 83350 3. USA 50926 4. USA 269 5. USA 40561 6. USA 32347 7. USA 257 8. USA 40253 9. USA 52358 10. USA 40244

Hustler Incommunicado Rival Mighty Puffin Dirty Harry Renegade Rift Orion Pearl Dead Reckoning

J 29 MHOB Omega 36 Taylor 38 J 29 MH J 29 MHOB J 29 FRIB J 29 MHOB S2 10.3 Morris M36 DS Dehler DB2

John & Tony Esposito Tracey / Polk David Curtis Steve Thurston John Lavin M/n Timothy Weber Bill Maher Reuven Latovitzki Bryan Coon Robert Lee Ray Way

1 2 3 5 6 4 9 8 7 10

2 5 6 1 3 4 7 8 9 10

5 2 1 4 3 7 6 8 9 10

8.0 9.0 10.0 10.0 12.0 15.0 22.0 24.0 25.0 30.0

PHRF 4 1. USA 14514 2. USA 83214 3. USA 19 4. USA 20201

En Charette Project Mayhem Rumor Brer Rabbit III

Noe 27 Santana 30/30 J 80 C&C 33

Paul Jennings Doug & Amy Stryker John Storck Jr William Loweth

3 7 1 5

3 1 2 5

2.5 1 6 2.5

8.5 9.0 9.0 12.5

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Race 3


4.0 4.0 4.0 8.0 12.0

Sail Number

Yacht Name

Yacht Design


Race 1

Race 2

Race 3


PHRF 4 (continued) 5. USA 30524 6. 47 7. USA 51362 8. USA 15379 9. USA 50324 10. USA 165

Stealth Club Car Cymothoe Air Express Pirate Speedway Boogie

Evelyn 26 FD S2 7.9 Sabre 36 San Juan 30 Abbott 33 Colgate 26

Jay Greenfield Barry Bessette David Alldian Chris Fesenmeyer William Baxter Chris Brady

4 2 8 6 9 10

6 8 7 9 4 10

7 8 4 5 9 10

17.0 18.0 19.0 20.0 22.0 30.0

RED Racing IRC Division IRC 1 1. USA 52007 2. CAY 52 3. ESP 75521 4. USA 5206 5. CAN 84248 6. USA 38008 7. USA 60331

Vesper PowerPlay Flying Jenny 7 Interlodge Vela Veloce Anema & Core Invictus

TP 52 TP 52 TP 52 JV 52 Southern Cross 52 JV 52 TP 52

Jim Swartz Peter Cunningham David & Sandra Askew Austin and Gwen Fragomen Richard Oland Ennio Staffini Louis Henry

1 3 2 5 6 4 7

1 3 4 2 5 6 7

1 2 3 5 4 6 7

3.0 8.0 9.0 12.0 15.0 16.0 21.0

IRC 2 1. USA 79 2. USA 60432 3. USA 52496 4. USA 50974 5. USA 1200 6. USA 51850 7. USA 4212 8. USA 1201 9. USA 60053

Ptarmigan Cool Breeze Convictus Maximus AFRICA High Noon Morpheus The Cat Came Back After Midnight Bacci

Ker 43 Mills 43 Custom Farr 42 IRC Taylor 44 CTM 41 Schumacher 50 NYYC Swan 42 Tripp 41 Swan 53

Lawrence Dickie John Cooper Donald Nicholson Jud Smith Steve & Heidi Benjamin Jim Gregory Lincoln Mossop Jack LeFort Lorenzo Vascotto

1 2 3 5 4 6 10/DSQ 7 8

1 2 4 5 8 3 6 7 9

1 6 4 2 3 8 5 7 9

3.0 10.0 11.0 12.0 15.0 17.0 21.0 21.0 26.0

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Sail Number

Yacht Name

Yacht Design


Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

IRC 3 1. USA 39516 2. USA 52756 3. USA 12241 4. USA 93586 5. USA 53581 6. USA 39505 7. USA 9393 8. USA 52354 9. USA 39532 10. USA 39506 11. USA 60140 12. USA 52835 13. USA 28990

Avalanche Sarah Wings DownTime Plum Crazy II Talisman Katabatic Indra Old School Coyote American Girl Georgetown III Spectre

Farr 395 X 41 J 122 Summit 40 J 122 Farr 395 IMX 40 Beneteau Farr 44.7 Farr 395 Farr 395 King 40 J 122 Tripp 40 MK2

Craig Albrecht Gregory Manning Bruno / Boyle / Callahan Ed Freitag / Molly Haley Andrew D. Skibo John Bailey Gordon Hall Thomas Linkas Ganson Evans Bill Clemens Daniel Galyon George Marks Brian Prinz

2 5.5 7 4 1 3 8 11 9 5.5 10 12 13

5 2 1 4 7 6 3 11 8 13 9.5 9.5 12

1 2 4 5 6 9 10 3 8 7 11 13 12

8.0 9.5 12.0 13.0 14.0 18.0 21.0 25.0 25.0 25.5 30.5 34.5 37.0

IRC 4 1. USA 31200 2. USA 51072 3. USA 156 4. USA 18321 5. USA 60351 6. USA 52173 7. USA 51518 8. USA 25279 9. USA 63396 10. USA 50316

Settler Troubador Out of Reach III Soulmates ACT ONE Panacea Lapin Shamrock Sensation Draco Ricochet

Peterson 42 Express 37 X-35 Express 37 Summit 35 Beneteau First 36.7 Beneteau First 40.7 N/M 40 Express 37 J 120

Thomas Rich Jamie Anderson Louis Nees Adam Loory Charles Milligan Paul Hewitt Chris Clark Ralph DiMattia Robert Behringer Jason LeBlanc

1 2 5 4 3 8 6 7 9 10

4 1 3 2 7 5 8 6 9 10

1 3 2 5 4 6 7 10 8 9

6.0 6.0 10.0 11.0 14.0 19.0 21.0 23.0 26.0 29.0

One Design Division Swan 42 1. USA 4214 2. USA 4243 3. USA 4235 4. USA 4216 5. USA 4240 6. USA 4221 7. USA 4204 8. USA 4210 9. USA 4224 10. USA 4208 11. USA 18 12. USA 4223 13. USA 4206

Daring Blazer Apparition Arethusa Vitesse Celeritas Mutiny Quintessence Barleycorn Bandit Better Than... Tiburon Impetuous

Swan 42 Swan 42 Swan 42 Swan 42 Swan 42 Swan 42 Swan 42 Swan 42 Swan 42 Swan 42 Swan 42 Swan 42 Swan 42

John Hele Chris Culver Kenneth Colburn Philip Lotz Jon Halbert Malcolm Gefter Gibb Kane / Drew Shea Roger Widmann Brendan Brownyard Andrew Fisher Gosia Rojek M/n Derrick Cherico Paul Zabetakis

4 1 5 2 9 7 8 6 3 10 12 13 11

2 3 1 7 4 6 5 10 9 11 8 12 13

3 6 5 2 1 7 10 8 13 4 12 9 11

9.0 10.0 11.0 11.0 14.0 20.0 23.0 24.0 25.0 25.0 32.0 34.0 35.0

PHRF Division Farr OD 1. USA 5095 2. USA 65 3. USA 40076 4. USA 92 5. USA 320 6. USA 21 7. USA 888 8. USA 47

Tsunami Barking Mad Nightshift Yellow Jacket Standard Deviation Just Plain Nutz Seawolf Venturesome

Farr 40 OD Farr 30 Farr 40 OD Farr 40 OD Farr 30 Farr 30 Farr 40 OD Farr 30

Ostberg/Olds/Dailey James Richardson Kevin McNeil Bulman / Scholz Syndicate William Markel Norm Dean Rowe Ben Bob Zannetti

1 2 3 6 4 5 7 8

1 4 2 3 5 7 6 8

3 1 2 4 7 5 6 8

5.0 7.0 7.0 13.0 16.0 17.0 19.0 24.0

WHITE Racing One Design Division J 44 1. USA 4402 2. USA 4410 3. USA 4411 4. USA 4412 5. USA 4413

Challenge IV Maxine Resolute Gold Digger Glory

J 44 J 44 J 44 J 44 J 44

Jeffrey W. Willis William Ketcham Don and Rick Rave James D. Bishop Sr. Jack Neades

1 2 4 3 5

3 1 2 4 5

1 2 3 4 5

5.0 5.0 9.0 11.0 15.0

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Sail Number

Yacht Name

Yacht Design


Race 1

Race 2

Race 3


J 109 1. USA 51 2. USA 201 3. USA 52202 4. USA 243 5. USA 125 6. USA 369 7. USA 146 8. USA 256 9. USA 267 10. USA 286 11. USA 72 12. USA 160 13. USA 140 14. USA 334 15. USA 266

Rush Dragonfly Caminos Instant Karma Loki Skoot Storm Shearwater Nordlys Ceol na Mara Gut Feeling Ariel Troublemaker Sanibel Vento Solare

J 109 J 109 J 109 J 109 J 109 J 109 J 109 J 109 J 109 J 109 J 109 J 109 J 109 J 109 J 109

Bill Sweetser Skip Young Donald Filippelli David Betts David Rosow Jim Vos Rick Lyall Hugh McLean Bob Schwartz David Frizell Ted Herlihy Jeffrey Warren Eric Gordon Gerry Keeler Paul Milo

2 6 7 3 10 1 5 4 8 11 9 14 12 13 15

1 2 4 6 3 10 5 14 9 15 8 7 12 11 13

1 4 2 5 3 7 8 9 10 6 15 13 11 12 14

4.0 12.0 13.0 14.0 16.0 18.0 18.0 27.0 27.0 32.0 32.0 34.0 35.0 36.0 42.0

J 105 1. USA 50 2. USA 39 3. USA 488 4. USA 389 5. USA 493 6. USA 323 7. USA 220 8. USA 627 9. USA 300 10. USA 344 11. USA 657

Eclipse Jouster Shakedown Morning Glory Tonto Stratos Bat IV Tolo Kima Two Feathers Vixen

J 105 J 105 J 105 J 105 J 105 J 105 J 105 J 105 J 105 J 105 J 105

Damian Emery Bruce Stone/Julian Croxall Jordan Mindich Carl Olsson Fred Darlington Marcus Wunderlich Andrew Kennedy Norman Kilarjian Nelson Weiderman Mark & Jolene Masur Christopher Beane

1 2 5 6 7 3 4 11 9 8 12

1 3 2 5 7 6 12 8 4 9 11

1 3 2 5 7 13 6 4 11 8 9

3.0 8.0 9.0 16.0 21.0 22.0 22.0 23.0 24.0 25.0 32.0

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Sail Number

Yacht Name

Yacht Design


Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

J 105 (continued) 12. USA 448 13. USA 51245

Cush Bottle Rocket

J 105 J 105

Gardner Horan Glenn Marck

10 13

10 13

12 10

32.0 36.0

PHRF Division PHRF 1 1. USA 200 2. USA 16 3. USA 30 4. USA 26 5. USA 114 6. USA 60909 7. USA 1

Jammy Beggar Partnership Wicked 2.0 Andiamo Varekai Bravo Surette

Melges 32 J 111 J 111 J 111 J 120 J 111 MD35

Tom Lee David / MaryEllen Tortorello Douglas Curtiss Paul Strauch Peter Hein Sedgwick Ward Carroll/Carabetta

1 2 4 3 5 6 7

1 2 4 3 5 6 7

3 2 1 4 5 6 7

5.0 6.0 9.0 10.0 15.0 18.0 21.0

PHRF 2 1. USA 52134 2. USA 40926 3. USA 8001 4. NA 11 5. USA 41810 6. USA 40320 7. USA 51799 8. USA 32573 9. USA 41522

Whirlwind Freightrain XLR8 Swift Deviation Scorpion Jabberwocky Mo'Mojoe Indigo

Beneteau First 36.7 Frers 36 Carrera 280 Navy 44 Soverel/Tartan Evelyn 32 C&C 99 Peterson 37 Jonmeri 40

William Purdy Dick Hyde Brad Porter Graham Tyson Iris Vogel Larry Hennessy Jonathan Bier Joe Naroski Jeffrey Huseman

3 7 1 2 5 4 6 9 8

2 1 3 7 4 5 6 8 9

3 1 5 2 4 6 7 8 9

8.0 9.0 9.0 11.0 13.0 15.0 19.0 25.0 26.0

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Thursday, June 23 0900 1030 1800 - 2000 1930

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Friday, June 24

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0900 1030 1700 - 2000

Amendments NOTICE OF RACE AMENDMENT #1 2. RULES 2.3: Is amended as follows: All boats are strongly encouraged to follow the Safety Recommendations and Emergency Procedures available via . A copy of these recommendations and procedures, signed by the Owner /Skipper shall be kept aboard during Race Week. Clarification: “Safety Guidelines and Guidelines for Rendering Assistance” are changed to “Safety Recommendations and Emergency Procedures”. NOTICE OF RACE AMENDMENT #2 NoR 2.2 is changed: In addition to the US Prescriptions to rule 68 (Damages) and rules 76.1 and 76.3 (Exclusion of boats and competitors), the US Prescription to Appendix F (Procedures for Appeals and Requests) will also apply. These prescriptions will be on the Block Island Race Week website ( as an attachment to the sailing instructions. NoR 10.7 is changed: After the first sentence of NoR 10.7, add the following sentence: Decisions of a national jury are subject to appeal. NOTICE OF RACE AMENDMENT #3 4. ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY 4.1 (b) is amended as follows: Racing will be conducted in PHRF classes for boats with PHRF handicaps up to a maximum of 175. Clarification: To allow boats with PHRF Certificates of less than 90 to enter. NOTICE OF RACE AMENDMENT #4 NOR 2 is amended as follows: Add 2.4 2.4 For the J-122 Class only: (a) This regatta will be the J-122 Class North American Championship (b) All J-122 boats and sails may be inspected and measured at any time during the regatta at the discretion of the Class. (c) J-122 Class Rule 7.2 shall apply: Maximum aggregate crew weight, re-

gardless of the number of crew and excluding the driver, shall not exceed 726 kilos (1,600 pounds). Rule 7.1 does not apply. (d) Crew weighing will take place as follows: Saturday, June 18: 1500-1700 at the Narragansett Inn Sunday, June 19: 0900-1500 at the Narragansett Inn Monday, June 20-Friday June 24: 0730-0830 Substitute crew weighing at Race Headquarters. NOTICE OF RACE AMENDMENT #5 For the J-122 Class only: Crew weighing will NOT be required. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS AMENDMENT #1 APPENDIX 2 A2.2 Marks: Description of Mark “I” is revised to: “I” Red R”2” FL R 2.5s Whis at Southwest Ledge Clarification: The Southwest Ledge buoy has changed from a Bell to a Whistle buoy. APPENDIX 3 A3.6 Course “A” marks are revised as follows: Course “A” Counter Clockwise Round The Island Race: The Race Committee may set windward marks for different classes, windward marks will be yellow tetrahedrons, to be left to port. The Race Committee Signal Boat will display the approximate bearing (magnetic) and range (in nautical miles) to each of the windward marks. After the first mark, if used, the following are the marks of the course that must be left to port: a. Red Bell “6” approx. 0.3 miles W of Southwest Point. b. Red Whistle “4” approx. 1.0 mile SW of Southwest Point. c. Red Nun “2” approx. 0.4 miles SSW of Black Rock Point. d. Special Mark “A”, a yellow inflatable positioned at approximately: 41° 8.50’N 071° 34.00’W e. Special Mark “B”, an orange inflatable positioned at approximately: 41° 09.10’N 071° 32.50’W f. Special Mark “C”, a yellow inflatable positioned at approximately: 41°10.00’N 071° 32.00’W g. Green Bell “1” N off Old Harbor. h. Green Can “7” N off Old Britton Rock. i. Green Bell “1BI “off North Reef. The Finish will be in the vicinity of The Start and will be between staffs displaying blue flags on Race Committee Boats at each end of the Finish Line or between a staff displaying a blue flag on a Race Committee Boat and a nearby mark. Clarification: The Green cans off Southwest Light have been removed. We have added a new drop mark (Special Mark “B”) to replace the green cans. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS AMENDMENT # 2 APPENDIX 2 A2.4 is amended to: Will be in accordance with APPENDIX 1 Clarification: Appendix reference was incorrect. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS AMENDMENT # 3 APPENDIX 2 BLUE FLEET A2.1 The last sentence is amended as follows: The Finish Line for the Cruising Non-Spinnaker Class will be at the starting area and will be between a staff displaying a blue flag on the Signal Boat and a nearby mark, on the opposite side of the Signal Boat from the Starting Line. Storm Trysail Club 2011 Block Island Race Week News • Wednesday 9

Block Island Race Week Perpetual Trophies The Storm Trysail Club (STC) was founded after an extremely rough Newport to Bermuda Race in 1936 by a group of hardy sailors who felt the best test of a boat was whether she could cross the Gulf Stream in adverse conditions, reaching Bermuda safely while providing comfortable lodging for her crew upon arrival. Based on these parameters, the Club was established to promote the sport of ocean racing. Membership in the STC is by invitation only, and according to the Club’s bylaws, “Candidates must have set a storm trysail under storm conditions, offshore, or have weathered a storm at sea under greatly reduced canvas. They must also be experienced bluewater sailors, capable of taking command of a sailing vessel offshore under any or all conditions.” The first “Block Island Week” was held in 1965. Past STC Commodore Jakob Isbrandtsen and yachting writer Everett B. Morris had seen the huge fleets at Cowes Week at the Isle of Wight, and they adopted the format of the English regatta to create America’s first Race Week. Several perpetual trophies are awarded at Block Island Race Week, mostly named and donated in memory of people who’ve made significant contributions to sailing. These trophies are awarded biannually “in the spirit of camaraderie, competition and respect for the unique character of the sport of sailing.” Everett B. Morris Memorial Trophy First awarded in 1967 and rededicated in 1991, this trophy is awarded to the boat that wins its class and, in the judgment of the BIRW Race Committee and the STC Commodore, has made the Best Overall Performance. The winner of the Morris Trophy at BIRW XXIII in 2009 was Power Play, a J/105 entered by Bruce Stone and Scott DeWeese (San Francisco, CA).

Emil “Bus” Mosbacher Sportsmanship Trophy Bus Mosbacher skippered two America’s Cup defenders. In 1962, he steered the four-year-old Weatherly to a four races to one win over the Australian challenger, Gretel II. Mosbacher’s greatest Cup triumph came in 1967, when he drove Intrepid to four straight victories over Australia’s Dame Pattie. The key to winning match races, Mosbacher said, “is to find your opponent’s Achilles heel…and sink your teeth into it.” Dedicated after Mosbacher’s passing in 1997, this trophy is awarded to the participant who, in the judgment of the Flag Officers and the Sportsmanship Committee, has displayed an outstanding example of good sportsmanship during Block Island Race Week. In 2009, the Mosbacher Trophy was awarded to Dr. John Solomon.

A. Justin Wasley Memorial Trophy This trophy, rededicated to Block Island Race Week in 1991, is presented to the overall winner of the One-Design class with the largest number of entries Power Play, the victor in the 20-boat J/105 class, claimed the Wasley Trophy in 2009. Island Sailing Club of Cowes Perpetual Trophy This trophy, awarded since the first Block Island Race Week in 1965, commemorates the link between Block Island Race Week and Cowes Week. It will be awarded to the first overall IRC-rated boat in the ‘Round the Island Race. The winner in 2009 was Roger Sturgeon’s STP 65 Rosebud/Team DYT (Fort Lauderdale, FL). In addition to having their name engraved on the ISCC Perpetual Trophy, the winner will take home a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner timepiece. Vintage Yacht Trophy Awarded in memory of Hugh Kilmer since 1971, this trophy is presented to the yacht, 15 years old or older, substantially unaltered, with the best performance for the week. Brad Porter’s Evelyn 32 XLR8 (Westbrook, CT), the winner of PHRF 1, earned this honor in 2009.

The Isbrandtsen Overall Perpetual Trophy Block Island Race Week exists, in large part, because of the efforts of Jakob Isbrandtsen, the Danish owner of the Isbrandtsen Line shipping company. First awarded in 1975, and rededicated in 1991, the Isbrandtsen Trophy is awarded to the yacht with the “Second Best Performance” during Race Week. The 2009 winner was Mort Weintraub’s Express 37 Troubador (Larchmont, NY).

John Alden Reed Perpetual Trophy The Reed Trophy is awarded to the best performance by a Service Academy yacht. The U.S. Naval Academy’s Navy 44 Swift was the 2009 winner.

Rolex Fleet Awards These awards will be presented to the yachts that, in the judgment of the Race Committee, have the best performance in the Red, White and Blue Fleets. The 2009 recipients were: Red - Troubador; White - Power Play; and Blue – John & Tony Esposito’s J/29 Hustler (Mohegan Lake, NY).

Governors Perpetual Trophy First awarded in 1983 to recognize the numerous international competitors at Block Island Race Week, the Governor’s Plate is presented to the foreign yacht with the best performance for the week. Steve Sherwin’s Corby 41Nasty Medicine (Hamilton, Bermuda) won this award in 2009.

Round the Island Race Starting Sequence CLASSES IRC 1 & 2 Farr OD & Swan 42 IRC 3 & 4 J-44 & PHRF 1 J-109 J-105 PHRF 2 & 3 PHRF 4, Cruising Non-Spin


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The Abrams Family Trophy Dedicated by the Storm Trysail Club in 2003, this trophy is awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to Block Island Race Week. In 2009, it was presented to Kathy Farrell and Mount Gay Rum. US-IRC Trophy This trophy, presented by the Storm Trysail Club and the US-IRC Committee, will be awarded to the IRC-rated yacht that triumphs in the most competitive IRC class at Race Week. This will be determined by adding the corrected time differential between first and fifth place for each race. The class winner who competed in the class with the lowest average time differential between first and fifth place will be awarded this trophy. Troubador won in 2009. Shelter Island Team Trophy Teams, comprising three boats from two or more classes and representing a yacht club or sailing association, are eligible for this trophy. In 2009, this trophy was won by the Storm Trysail Club White Team: Jeff Willis’ J/44 Challenge IV (Huntington, NY), Rich du Moulin’s Express 37 Lora Ann (Larchmont, NY) and John Storck, Jr.’s J/80 Rumor (Huntington, NY)

Be Sure to Enter the Block Island Race Week Raffle! Enter to win: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Timepiece Trip from the Bitter End Yacht Club And additional prizes from: Mount Gay Rum, Gill, vineyard vines, Heineken, Lewmar, Soundview Millworks and SailorMade Bracelets

Today’s Weather

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Strong low pressure is headed for the western Great Lakes, while high pressure develops over Quebec. NE-E change reaches Block Island mid-day

Raffle benefits the Block Island Rescue Squad, The Early Learning Center and the BI Maritime Institute

Expect cloudy and cooler conditions during the afternoon and a shower or two and some drizzle possible.

Winners will be drawn at Thursday night’s Mount Gay Rum Party under the tent.

NE-E winds up to 11-15kts during the afternoon are forecast.

Stop by the Duty Office to enter! $10 each or $90 for a book of ten tickets

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2011 Block Island Race Week Presented by Rolex Sponsors

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Meet Your On-the-Water Co-Chairmen Dick Neville (l) and Dave Brennan (r) have put a lot of effort into preparing for this week, from writing sailing instructions and buying anchors to lining up support boats and calling postponements. Dick and Dave both have tremendous racing and race officer experience. Dick,, a resident of Annapolis, MD, has a wealth of sailing experience, especially aboard maxi boats. His first Block Island Race Week as a non-competitor was in 1999, when he served on the Race Committee. Dick had continued his service with Storm Trysail Club, eventually serving as Commodore. “Block Island Race Week is one of the bigger, low-key race weeks in the world,” said Neville. “We can cater to the grand prix boats, and it’s a perfect venue for club racers who want to compete at a top level, and they can bring their families.” Dick spends every day of Race Week ensuring that everyone on the water – competitors and racecourse volunteers alike – has everything they need, and his mellifluous voice can be heard each night under the tent as he presents the daily trophies. “It’s cooler on Block Island than in the Chesapeake, and there’s generally more breeze (but not yesterday morning!)” says Dick. “It’s a fantastic venue



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S P O T L I G H T for a family sailing vacation, and I really want to come back to enjoy the island when it’s not Race Week!” When he’s not at home in Miami, FL, Dave Brennan travels the world as an International Race Officer. “I believe this is my seventh Block Island Race Week,” says Dave. “For me, it’s really terrific coming to the Northeast from South Florida because the whole environment is a little different from Key West or the Caribbean. The water’s always cool and the island is beautiful. Block Island Race Week is really a nice regatta to help out at. The best thing about Block Island Race Week is the camaraderie…and my Timer, Barbara Neville – she keeps me honest on the Signal Boat!” Noting that many members of the Storm Trysail Club have known each other for 30 years or more, Dave, says, “In many cases, we only see each other a few times a year so it’s nice to have friends working together to put the regatta on. We also have great relationships with our sponsors and people on the island, including The Oar, Block Island Boat Basin, Payne’s Dock, the Fire Department and the Block Island Rescue Squad. Those long-term relationships make this event really special.” In addition to Co-chairing the on-the-water activities, Dave is the Principal Race Officer for the Red Fleet this week. When you see Dick or Dave, be sure to give them a big Thank You!

In Appreciation Rolex and Mount Gay Rum The leading name in luxury watches, Rolex has been the pre-eminent symbol of performance and prestige for over a century. In the early 20th Century, people used pocket watches. Hans Wilsdorf, a young Swiss watchmaker, dreamed of a watch that could be worn on the wrist, believing that wristwatches could be both elegant and reliable. To convince the public of the accuracy of his innovative timepieces, he equipped them with small, very precise movements. In 1910, a Rolex was the first wristwatch to receive the coveted Swiss Certificate of Precision. In 1926, Rolex created the world’s first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch, the “Oyster,” and patented the world’s first self-winding mechanism with a Perpetual rotor in 1931. Rolex developed professional watches for adventurers in the early 1950s, and Sir Edmund Hillary wore an Oyster Perpetual for the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. Rolex has a strong connection to the world of sports, including golf, tennis, skiing, equestrian events, automobile racing (as the official timekeeper of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the title sponsor of the Rolex 24 at Daytona) and yachting. Rolex is a longtime sponsor of Block Island Race Week. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with 28 affiliates worldwide and relying on 4,000 watchmakers in over 100 countries, Rolex continues to expand its long history of achievement and innovation. Visit

According to legend, Mount Gay Rum became known as “the sailor’s drink” in the 18th Century because it was a testament to one’s seamanship and navigational skills. Barbados, where Mount Gay Rum has produced their fine products for 308 years, was recognized as the most difficult Caribbean island from which to return to England and Europe. In order to prove they had been to Barbados, sailors had to bring a barrel of Mount Gay Rum back home. Distilled at the same location since 1703, Mount Gay Rum is the oldest brand of rum in existence. “The rum that invented rum” also has a long and proud tradition of regatta sponsorship. Today, Mount Gay Rum sponsors more than 160 regattas around the globe, each commemorated by the famous red cap. Some sailors have more than 100 Mount Gay Rum caps, although it’s not how many you have that counts – it’s how faded they are. These coveted caps cannot be bought, but you can add another to your collection at Block Island Race Week XXIV presented by Rolex…and be sure to check out the Mount Gay Rum apparel, created exclusively by The Pirates Lair, under the tent. As Gary Jobson has said, “Mount Gay Rum has become as much a part of the sailing scene as the wind.” Mount Gay Rum’s support of sailing is reflected in their recently launched website, Sailing Spoken Here. Members can upload and comment on postrace photos and videos, discuss and debate post-race calls, connect with new sailors, find a crew or join a crew, share cruising stories, photos and recipes, and locate sailors’ bars anywhere in the U.S. Check it out at, and visit

Model Boat Racing Yesterday, on the inshore course, the R/C racing was intense. Five rounds of single elimination races produced a fierce field of thumb racing rockstars. Twenty-Five sailors had their turn at the stick.

Dave Ramos, Tucker Thompson and Buttons Padin

Advancing from five rounds of single elimination races, the finalists could only fight for second place, as none other than’s voice on the water, Tucker Thompson trounced the competition with two bullets. It’s a shame there was nobody on hand to commentate. Congratulations to those who made the finals. In 5th place was Tram Evans (Sailing on Old School), 4th place went to Graham Tyson (Swift), 3rd was captured by Platt Johnson (Arethusa) and in 2nd was Julian Croxall (Jouster). On Wednesday, the Championship of Champions will be held. Any crew member from boats that were leading their division as of Tuesday has qualified as an entrant and can sail in the race. The winner of the Championship of Champions will receive a CR 914 Kit courtesy of Chesapeake Performance Models. Division Leaders shall meet at 1800 on the lawn of The Oar, overlooking the stadium course, adjacent to the dinghy dock to see who will be crowned the Champion of Champions! Storm Trysail Club 2011 Block Island Race Week News • Wednesday 13

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Question of the Day What’s the best boat name you’ve seen at Race Week? Mudslide “A powerboat out in the harbor. It’s fitting, isn’t it? Dave Chard, Partnership Katabatic “Out of all the boats, I always seem to remember that one!” Marcy Trenholm, Driving this entire ship Ceol na Mara “But the best thing about the name is the sticker on the boom that reads ‘IT MEANS WATER MUSIC’ ‘cause they got sick of explaining the name to people.” Ben Bier, Matt Cohen, Geir Bogen & Ed Jude Glackin, Jabberwocky FUJIMO & Adios Pantalones “It’s a tie. F.U. Jane I’m Moving Out is a classic and Adios Pantalones was inspired by a band that Dave Kirby saw at Kittens. He renamed his J/120 permanently after he left here.” - James Gallagher, Storm

Around the Island for a Rolex In addition to having their name engraved on the Island Sailing Club of Cowes Perpetual Trophy, the winner of this week’s Round the Island Race will take home a spectacular Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner timepiece. The Round the Island Race is a great opportunity for all of the fleets to mix it up together. The spectacle of the faster boats working their way through the fleet is exciting for everyone. The 2009 Round the Island Race winner was Roger Sturgeon’s STP 65 Rosebud/Team DYT (Fort Lauderdale, FL), who blasted around the clockwise course in only 1 hour and 43 minutes. Will that time be eclipsed this year? Although any one of several very fast boats could win the Round the Island Race this week, the Race Committee strives to make this contest as fair as possible for the entire fleet by grouping classes together and starting from a single line at staggered intervals. The starting area will be approximately ½ - 1 mile west of the entrance to Great Salt Pond. Though the Round the Island Race day has yet to be determined, one thing is certain: those watching from shore will enjoy witnessing the fleet go ‘round as much as the sailors on the course. Good luck competitors!

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