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.
UPDATE: Storm Trysail Club’s 28th Block Island Race Week June 23-28, 2019.
The 28th Edition of the famed Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week expects 150 boats, and the number of racing formats has been expanded to attract an even wider array of yachts; ranging from Grand Prix teams to family-friendly cruising boats. Besides the usual Windward/Leeward racing, there will be Pursuit-start and ‘Solent-Style’ racing formats too.
Multi-Hull Racing, Non-Spinnaker, IRC, ORC and PHRF are returning, along with a new, innovative format – Plus One. Plus One allows the crew be one person larger than the first digit of hull-length. (30-39’ = 4 crew, 40 – 49’ = 5 crew, etc.) Plus One fills a sweet spot between double-handing and fully crewed racing, lowering costs and the need for crew. Click HERE for more on Plus One
Notice of Race Issued for Storm Trysail Club’s 28th Block Island Race Week - June 23 -28, 2019
Includes IRC, ORC, PHRF, Multi-Hull, Performance Cruising and Non-Spinnaker Classes.
Larchmont, NY – The Notice of Race for the eagerly anticipated 28th Edition of the famed Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week has just been issued by Storm Trysail Club Rear Commodore and STC-BIRW Event Chair Ed Cesare. “We expect to have over 150 boats participate as we’ve expanded the number of racing formats to accommodate an even wider array of yachts – from world-class Grand Prix teams to families and friends racing their cruising boats. We will have the usual Windward/Leeward racing for the majority of the classes, but we will also include Pursuit and ‘Solent-Style’ racing formats.”
BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK 2019
Larchmont, N.Y., September 27, 2017 - After the successful running of the 27th Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week, the Storm Trysail Club Rear Commodore and 28th Block Island Race Week Chairman, Ed Cesare, has announced the dates for the next biennial event - Sunday, June 23rd through Friday, June 28th, 2019.
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.
The Lay Day will be chosen based on weather and announced the day prior by the Race Committee.
Lay Day Events:
Sign up for the 1st Storm Tryathlon as a team or individual. Compete in all three or just one event!
Who said the lay day should be non-eventful? Not us. Thanks to our proud partners Margaritaville, North Sails and New England Ropes this a lay day will be a day to remember. Keeping your physical and mental health in mind, our Storm TRYathalon is planned to engage your muscles and your brain.
Register below for one or all three of the events, or better yet, join as a team and take on the day for the ultimate team prize . And because we cherish Block Island, the suggested entry fee for all these events is the purchase of a BIRW raffle ticket. All proceeds of the raffle tickets go to support island services and charities.'
Sailing shoes off and running shoes on, kick off the lay day with a morning 5K hosted by North Sails. Run solo, or with your TRYathalon team and get that morning run out of the way. Starting at the North Sails Service loft, located in the Block Island Maritime Institute, the route loops around and brings you to the finish line at the Narragansett Inn.
For those with a competitive streak, there will be North Sails Gear for the winners, ready to collect at the finish line – alongside some refreshments and snacks on North. The first 100 entrants will receive a North Sails hat, so don’t wait, register now.
You can tick off your morning exercise, now it’s time for Trivia. After you’ve showered and saw a bit of the island, grab your team and head over to the Margaritavaill Tent at the Narragansett Inn at 1pm for the first ever Block Island Race Week Trivia, presented by Margaritaville. Questions will cover all things BIRW, Block Island, and your partners, so bring your A-Game.
Finally, pull your determined team together to fight it out in the New England Ropes Tug-O-War. Wander down to the beach by the regatta tent at the Narragansett Inn at 3:30pm and test the strength of your crew against the rest. Make your way to the finals and win the day.
ABRAMS FARM TOUR
For something completely different, stop by the Abrams Animal Farm for a behind-the-scenes tour just for Block Island Race Week participants and their families.
The small farm between Spring and High streets is home to llamas, emus, sheep, donkeys, goats, swans, ducks and even camels. If you have kids, the animals will keep them entertained for hours. Lay-day organizers will announce the farm-tour time before the lay day. Sign up in advance so we can get a head count and contact you with meet up details: