With the wind backing off after howling relentlessly on opening day, the Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race Week XXIII presented by Rolex offered physical relief for more than 1,500 sailors competing. But the mental concentration required no less intensity, as all but one of 17 classes completed three robust around-the-buoys races.
According to Howie Koss (New York, N.Y.) on Whirlwind in the Beneteau 36.7 class, the wind started out stiffer in Wednesday morning (18-24 knots) and lessened by the third race. As a bowman, he didn't necessarily agree about demands on his body diminishing with the weakening winds. "I'm tuckered out, from changing headsails all day," he said, adding that the race committee is "really on top of their game" for pulling off Tuesday's race in such tough conditions and so many races today.
Compliments of Rolex, the T2P.tv coverage will be broadcast online each night by 9 p.m. on www.T2P.tv. Sponsors of Race Week are Rolex, Caithness Energy, Mount Gay, Lewmar, Bitter End Yacht Club, Gill, Gowrie Group, Hall Spars & Rigging, Heineken, ING Real Estate, Sailing World magazine, Summit Yachts, UK Halsey Sailmakers, WindCheck magazine, Yellow Tail, and Vineyard Vines.