Mary D. Regatta races once again

Sailing Saturday, July 22
Fri, 07/14/2017 - 6:15am

The following was sent in by the Block Island Thursday Night Sailing Yacht Racing Association:

The Mary D. Regatta, a traditional sailing event to benefit The Mary D. Fund, which was held in the 1990s until 2004, was revived two years ago by the Block Island Thursday Night Sailing Yacht Racing Association and will be held again this Saturday, July 22. The race is a 12-mile around-the-buoys race in Block Island Sound and open to all sailing vessels with a PHRF handicap rating. There is an after-race awards party at Kimberly’s Restaurant for the competitors, their families, and anyone who wants to join us to help support the Mary D Fund. In the last two years, this event raised over $350 for the fund.

Race winners last year were Chuck Townsend, who took first place in his Alerion sloop Nimble in the Cruising Class, and Henry duPont who took first place in his Soling Oh Behave! in the Spinnaker Class

The Mary D. Regatta is open not only to the Block Island racing fleet, but visiting yachts from the region whose clubs were notified by email by the Race Management Team. Skippers can register on-line at the event web site:

A number of organizations have pulled together to make this event a success, including Bill Penn who, as Principal Race Official, will head up the Race Committee; Tony Edwards (and the Block Island Boat Basin) who, as our location sponsor, is providing the Regatta Headquarters; Kimberly Ward and Kimberly’s Restaurant, which is the awards event sponsor.

If you would like to participate as crew on one of the racing yachts during this event, come to the Skippers Meeting at the Block Island Boat Basin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 22.  If you would like to attend the after-race party with the competitors to support The Mary D. Fund, please contact Henry duPont, Race Chairman, at (401) 741-5136 or by email at