Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Block Island Race Week Begins

What kind of Long Island Sound sailor would I be if I didn’t mention Block Island Race Week? Of course there is no way that someone with a corporate 9-5 job, a three year old and a three month old is going to have a chance in hell of participating in a week-long racing endeavor but that’s what makes the Web so wonderful…here I am in air conditioned anonymity reading an interview with Storm Trysail Club commodore, Richard du Moulin in Seahorse Magazine – STC is the traditional sponsor of the BI Race Week, a major IRC event in the U.S.. In the interview Richard addresses the resurgence of big boat racing and the nuances of an IRC rating. As well check out this BI Race Week overview article from The Block Island Times and stay tuned to the official web site through the week for scratch sheet updates, the latest race news, etc. Race weeks play an important part in the competitive subset of sailing culture. I’ve done Antigua a few times…there’s nothing quite like a week long sailing festival to focus the mind, tire the body and work the liver. For those of you who have never been to (or heard of) Block Island it’s a tremendous little island just past the mouth of LI Sound lying off the coast of Rhode Island. In some ways it is what the Vineyard and Nantucket used to be like before the new money millionaire swarm redecorated with McMansions and smelly power yachts.

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