A perfect day for a sail

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 1:00pm
Category: 

The following was submitted by the Block Island Yacht Club:

On Sunday, Sept. 6, the Block Island Yacht Club hosted the 7th annual Around the Island Pursuit Race. A Pursuit Race is different to a typical yacht race because each yacht’s handicap is applied, at the beginning, with the smallest yachts getting a head start, so that all the yachts, if well sailed, would finish the 17 mile, around the Island race course, at the same time. This Regatta was also sanctioned by the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association as a “points” regatta on their Offshore Racing Circuit Series. This year the regatta had a record 18 yachts competing, with s from the mainland, representing the Duck Island, Bristol, Stonington Harbor, Watch Hill and Branford Yacht Clubs.

The race conditions featured SSW winds from 10-15 knots which meant that with an upwind start and finish, the boats were sent around the Island, in a counter clockwise direction with the start / finish line set just outside of the New Harbor entrance channel.

The winning yacht in the Spinnaker Class was Spectre, a J/125 skippered by Brian Prinz of East Haven, Conn., who started last and passed all of the boats to finish first in a circumnavigation time of two hours, 22 minutes. Second place went to Screwball, an Aerodyne 38 skippered by Kevin and Amy Carse, from Clinton, Conn, and third place went to Island Spirit, a J/24 skippered by Bob Closter Sr. from Block Island.

The winning yacht in the Spinnaker Class was Spectre, a J/125 skippered by Brian Prinz of East Haven, Conn., who started last and passed all of the boats to finish first in a circumnavigation time of two hours, 22 minutes. Second place went to Screwball, an Aerodyne 38 skippered by Kevin and Amy Carse, from Clinton, Conn, and third place went to Island Spirit, a J/24 skippered by Bob Closter Sr. from Block Island.

Other Block Island Boats who finished well were Mallorca, a J/30 skippered by BIYC Commodore Jim Fiorato, and RUSH, a Tripp 26 skippered by Henry duPont.

Sadly, because of the pandemic, there was no after race awards party but the top three skippers in each class were each presented a trophy for their sailing prowess.

Special thanks to James Gallacher who served as the Principal Race Officer, assisted by John Doolittle, Amy Keeler, and Bill Penn. Matt O’Hayre who provided the Race Committee start/finish boat. Henry duPont, the Regatta Chairman, who helped promote the regatta, provided race management, and did the scoring for this event, and Justin Lewis of the New Harbor Boat Basin who provided slips for the race committee boats and the regatta landside venue.

The BIYC Flag officers, wish to also thank their members for helping the advance the sport of sailing on Block Island with their support of these exciting regatta events.