A celebration of sailing starts Tuesday

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With racing set to start Tuesday, the 25th anniversary of the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week was in gear over the weekend preparing for a milestone event.

With great weather in the forecast for the next few days and plenty of races as well as social events planned, 182 teams have overtaken the small island off Rhode Island for the week.

“Everybody is excited,” said Lee Reichart, chair of the event and Vice Commodore of the Storm Trysail Club. “Our goal was to top the number of entries at our first Block Island Race Week, which was 175 according to a 1965 master crew list, so it’s a success already. The weather looks good, especially for the first three days, with south westerly winds of 10-15 knots.”

Reichart added that four days of around-the-buoys racing are planned, and one day will be devoted to the 18.2-nautical-mile Around the Island Race.

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