Block Island Race Week concludes

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For its 23rd biennial running this year, from June 22-26, more than 1,500 sailors made their way to Block Island to compete on 153 boats. This, added to thousands of summer tourists who also find their way there, transforms "the Block" — 10 square miles of Atlantic real estate that lie 13 miles off the southern coast of Rhode Island — into a welcome beehive of activity.

Sailors donned their foulies for the first day of competition, anticipating 15-20 knots of breeze with gusts up to 40 and seas of 4-6 feet. The forecast had prompted the Race Committee to move the around-the-island race up from its traditional mid-week schedule.

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