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Entries sought for 50th Block Island Race Week

More than 110 competitors have taken advantage of the early entry period for the Storm Trysail Club’s 50th anniversary Block Island Race Week, and regatta chairman Peter Rugg sees an event befitting celebratory status shaping up for the idyllic “getaway” island, which runs June 21-26.

“We’re very pleased with the pace of entries, which is running ahead of 2013 when we had 180 boats,” said Rugg, who’s also the vice commodore of the Storm Trysail Club. “The legacy of Block Island Race Week is one of great competition on the water and even greater camaraderie shoreside, and we’re hoping that will lure enough participants to push us over 200 entries.”

Entries have also been received from California, Florida and Texas, and internationally from Bermuda, Canada and Great Britain.

“As this is the 50th anniversary race week, we’re trying to make this event one of the more memorable in recent years,” Rugg said. “We have three one-design classes holding championships during race week, a doublehanded and cruising division are both planned, and there’ll be a wide array of shoreside activities to keep Block Island Race Week true to its roots.”

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