Summer sailing season capped off with awards ceremony

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 4:45pm
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The following was submitted by Block Island Community Sailing:

The Block Island Community Sailing Member Appreciation and Awards Picnic brought good weather and enthusiastic sailors to the Block Island Boat Basin. Skippers Don Coxe and Henry duPont received top honors.

The summer sailing season has ended, and an exciting fall sailing season has begun for Block Island’s affordable sailing organization, Block Island Community Sailing, Inc., which honored its members and supporters with a family picnic, an introductory sailing experience in our Raven 24 sloops, and with an award presentation for the BICS Regattas held this summer.

These events included the BICS Thursday Night Sailing Series, now in its 20th year, which offered island skippers and crews 10 weeks of racing each Thursday evening from June 23 to September 7.

The typical format was three 20-minute races each evening in the Great Salt Pond, with the participating boats scored under the Performance Handicap Rating Fleet scoring system.

Cameron Greenlee and the Block Island Club received special mention for not only achieving two podium finishes, but also providing the series with the on-the-water Race Committee, staffed by Greenlee and the B.I. Club sailing instructors, which was much appreciated by all.

Pos

Boat

Skipper

Club

Total

1

RUSH (Tripp 26)

Henry duPont

BI Community Sailing

30

2

Island Spirit (J/24)

Bob Closter

None

40

3

BI Club Guest (Colgate 26)

Various Skippers

BI Club

54

4

Ted’s Sled (Colgate 26)

Ted Merritt

BI Community Sailing

56

5

Suzie Lightning (Int 10sq m Canoe)

Cameron Greenlee

BI Yacht Club

59

The other regatta BICS ran this summer was the Mary D. Fund Benefit Regatta, which was held on July 21. This was an around the buoys regatta sailed in Block Island Sound in brisk easterly winds. The course was a 4.8 mile windward/leeward course with the start /finish line set north of the New Harbor entrance channel.

The racing was very close with the entire fleet finishing within four minutes of each other.

Special mention goes to Rob Closter, who sailed his J/24 Island Spirit singlehanded in challenging conditions; and special thanks to Gary Pollard, who provided his classic trawler Kingfisher as the Race Committee boat; Arlene Tunney, who served as Start/Finish Race Committee Official, and Race Chairman Henry duPont, who organized and ran the event and also set the course marks in the BICS mark/safety boat.

BICS Mary D. Fund Benefit Regatta, low point scoring, course length: 4.8 miles.

Pos

Boat

Skipper

Club

Time

1

Blue Moon   (Freedom 40/40)

Don Coxe  

BI Yacht Club

00:37:00  

2

BIC #2 (Colgate 26)

John Seider  

BI Club

00:38:49  

3

Ted's Sled  (Colgate 26)

Ted Merritt  

BI Community Sailing

00:39:07  

4

Island Spirit  

Bob Closter  

None

00:40:56  

The BICS Awards Picnic and Introduction to Sailing event participants were welcomed by BICS Directors Jake Fiechter and Ray Torrey, who ran the Picnic, and Ted Merritt and Don Coxe, who took a number of new sailing enthusiasts out for a sail in the BICS Raven 24 sailboats.

A grand time was had by all.

None of this would be possible without the support of Tony Edwards and Ben Edwards, who generously offered the Block Island Boat Basin as the host facility for BICS, the island’s first true community-benefit sailing center.

If you would like to join BICS, or support its mission to provide accessible and affordable sailing to everyone on Block Island, please visit sailbi.org to learn about its fall sailing programs, including a “Learn to Sail!” package for a fraction of what it would cost to experience the joy and excitement of sailing anywhere else.