Bringing Back the Lay Day
The Storm Trysail Club listened to competitors of past Block Island Race Week's, and there was an overwhelming call for finding a greater balance between the racing and the leisure on the island. We know five days of racing can be draining for many sailors, so we have brought back the lay day from early Race Weeks. These rest days were seen as a highlight of the event for families, friends, and competitors to enjoy all the beauty Block Island has to offer.
Which of the five days that will be the lay day will be chosen based on the weather forecast the week of the event. Commonly, one day is less than ideal for sailing; therefore, the Race Committee will make the decision appropriately, and we will inform competitors as soon as possible.
Furthermore, we know that everybody relaxes a little bit differently, so whether you are looking to hang out on the beaches, go for a bike ride, or even a run, we are offering a mix of activities during the lay day to give our sailors some fun and satisfy that common thirst for competition.
Thanks to the Young Adult Committee of Storm Trysail Club and our sponsors North Sails and Musto, we are hosting the first "Storm TRYathlon" consisting of a 5K, a Tug-of-War, and a Trivia Contest to test both the physical and mental abilities of teams of sailors off the water. With more details to follow about signups, rest assured that this will be a day of even more fun on top of an action-packed week.
Not interested in more competitions? Don't worry there will be a range of offers and discounts from our friendly Block Island businesses. Stay tuned to our website and social media for more details.
100 Days until Block Island Race Week!
North Sails Returns With Expert Coaching, Weather Forecasts & Pop-up Service Loft
North’s sailing and technical experts will be on-hand to provide free expert analysis, race commentary, and coaching at Block Island Race Week, June 23-28. Crews in the Performance Cruising fleets will be able to take advantage of North’s live race commentary and our Three Free program, specifically designed to help improve boat handling and sail trim.
Those who register for the Three Free complimentary coaching will receive photographic analysis on at least three angles of boat handling and sail trim taken during racing. Crews can then follow this with an in-person consult with the North Sails experts on the morning of the next race day.
Combined with our daily weather forecasts, delivered to you in partnership with Gowrie, our North experts can walk you through the race day on what to expect weather wise and can help you improve your boat and sail performance for the next race.
Daily Weather Forecasts
Partnering with Gowrie Group, North Sails will be providing complimentary daily weather forecasts, available to all entrants. Register to receive daily weather briefings sent directly to your inbox each morning.
Preliminary Circle Assignments Posted
Photo: BIRW 2017 - Steve Cloutier
Preliminary Circle Assignments have been made for Block Island Race Week 2019. They can be viewed on Yacht Scoring. We are looking forward to great competition by offering a variety of options to suit our diverse fleet.
Plus 1: A New Short-handed Racing Class
Plus 1 is a new shorthanded racing class that the Storm Trysail Club is helping to promote.
The idea behind the new class is come up with a solution to the problem of getting enough
crew and to make big boat racing fun again. It also could be a help to doublehanders who are
tired of working so hard and for those doublehanders interested in doing other types of racing
besides just distance courses. I have named the new division Plus 1 because the crew limit is
one more person than the 10s digit of the boat’s hull length. Under this formula, boats from
20 to 29.9 feet sail with a crew of three, boats from 30 to 39.9 feet sail with four and so on.