New England sailors prepare for return to ‘The Block’

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To those who sail competitively in the Northeast, the week of racing off and around Block Island is on nearly everyone’s must-do list.

As the club heads into its 25th presentation of Block Island Race Week, no less than seven classes have coordinated major championships to be held in conjunction with the event, and now more than 180 teams have registered.

The count, with room to grow before a June 1 deadline for no-penalty entries, fulfills the club’s goal to exceed the 174 teams that competed in the inaugural 1965 Race Week. And while there are plans for the biennial regatta, scheduled for June 23-28, to celebrate the significance of its silver anniversary in 2013, organizers and competitors, some of whom have seen generations of their families compete here, will revel most in the fact that Block Island Race Week has matured over five decades into one of America’s most rewarding week-long regattas without growing old. 

“The buzz around this year’s Block Island Race Week is deafening,” said event chair Lee Reichart, adding that in addition to the event’s silver anniversary, the Storm Trysail Club is celebrating its own diamond anniversary (75th) this year.

“The club prides itself on professionally managed ‘clean, fun racing’ at Block Island Race Week. With four days of around-the-buoys racing and one day devoted to the 18.2 nautical mile Around the Island Race, this is really one of the last true race weeks remaining,” he says.

For information, visit stormtrysail.org.

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