Thu, 02/14/2019 - 9:15pm


To The Editor

The Block Island Yacht Club was formed in 2010, with a mission of promoting good fellowship and supporting Block Island maritime-related activities. BIYC Maritime Scholarships may be awarded each year by the BIYC to qualified Block Island High School graduates currently enrolled in maritime studies.

This year we are proud to announce the award of our Fourth Maritime Scholarship to Timothy “Tadgh” O’Neill, who is currently enrolled at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Tadhg continues to achieve academic success, served as captain of his rowing team, and continues to work and volunteer here on Block Island.

Congratulations, Tadhg!

Fair winds and following seas,

BIYC Flag Officers and Club Members


The Surf, Part 1

To the Editor:

We were very interested to learn of the sale of The Surf Hotel and about the plans for its revitalization. We wish the new owners great success in this endeavor.

However, we are concerned about the proposal to change the name of this iconic hotel. The Surf has been an important Block Island landmark in a key downtown location.  

Generations of Block Island residents and visitors have known and loved The Surf and it has always operated under this name since 1876. To replace The Surf name with a much longer and somewhat anonymous new name strikes a wrong note. The owners could easily retain The Surf name with the Block Island Beach House being a tag line. Renaming the hotel is not the way to begin a major new relationship on Block Island.

Also, the name change is not going to work — it will still be referred to as The Surf for years to come.

Margie and Bill Comings

Pilot Hill Road


The Surf, Part 2

To the Editor:

I can’t help but wonder if the owners of (insert new Surf name) realize that it will still be known as The Surf for the next 50 or so years.

Fred Leeder

Beacon Hill