Around the island pursuit race results
On Sunday, Sept. 5, the Block Island Yacht Club hosted the eighth annual Around the Island Pursuit Race. This year 12 boats registered, with two from the mainland representing the Duck Island and Branford Yacht Clubs.
The pursuit format differs from a typical race with each yacht’s scoring handicap being applied at the start so that all competitors’ boats, when well-sailed, would finish the 17-mile course at the same time.
The race conditions featured SSW winds from 10 to 15 knots which meant that with an upwind start and finish, the boats raced around the island, in a counterclockwise direction with the start and finish line set just outside of the New Harbor entrance channel.
The winning yacht in the spinnaker class was Screwball, an Aerodyne 38 co-skippered by Kevin and Amy Carse, from Clinton, CT, who started last and
passed all of the boats to finish first in a circumnavigation time of two hours, 43 minutes. Second place went to Island Spirit, a J/24 skippered by Bob Closter from Block Island, and third place went to RUSH, a Tripp 26 skippered by Henry duPont, also from Block Island.
The winning yacht in the cruising class was Nimble, an Alerion / Herreshoff 26 skippered by Chuck Townsend of Block Island, who in a tacking duel to the finish, beat the next boat by seven seconds. Second place went to Blue Moon, a Freedom 40, skippered by Don Coxe of Block Island, and third place went to Wisper, a Watch Hill 15 skippered by Michael Rock, also from Block Island.
Other Block Island boats that finished just out of the running were Mallorca, a J/30 skippered by BIYC Commodore Jim Fiorato, and Dutchie, an Ensign skippered by Champlin Starr.
The Block Island Yacht Club held a festive after-race awards party at the Beachead’s outdoor tent venue, where the top three skippers in each class were
each presented a trophy by the BIYC for their sailing prowess.
Special thanks to James Gallacher who served as the principal race officer, assisted by Bill Penn, who also provided the race committee boat. Henry duPont, the regatta chairman, provided race management, and event scoring, Justin Lewis of the New Harbor Boat Basin provided the regatta headquarters, while Becky and Tim Clark hosted a terrific after-race awards party at the Beachead.
The Regatta was sanctioned by the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association as a “points” regatta on their Offshore Racing Circuit.
The BIYC flag officers especially thank their members for helping to advance the sport of sailing on Block Island with their support of sail-racing events.