Rambler breaks Block Island Race record

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Even though it moved along at only five knots for several hours and briefly “parked” three times when the wind switched off completely, Rambler 100, George David’s rocket ship built for speed, broke — by 42 minutes and 45 seconds — Boomerang’s 2002 record in the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race.

The 186-nautical-mile race, a Long Island classic that has been held annually for 66 years, started last Friday and sent 59 boats in eight classes (six IRC and two PHRF) on a course from Stamford, Conn. (where host Stamford Yacht Club is located), down Long Island Sound, clockwise around Block Island (R.I.), and back.

Rambler 100 finished early Saturday morning after sailing for just over 15 hours and 43 minutes, while the last boat finished Sunday afternoon just after 4 p.m.

For information on the Storm Trysail Club and its events, including the Block Island Race, visit the official website www.stormtrysail.org.