Block Island Race Week 2023
May 8, 2023 at 8:00 AM in Things to Do
When: Monday, June 19, 2023 - Friday, June 23, 2023
Block Island Race Week is a biennial sailing event that takes place on the island of Block Island, located off the coast of Rhode Island. The event is organized by the Storm Trysail Club, a group of sailing enthusiasts dedicated to promoting the sport of sailing through competitive racing events.
The event has a long and storied history, dating back to the 1960s. Over the years, the event has grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious sailing events on the East Coast, attracting sailors from around the world.
The week-long event typically takes place in June, and features a variety of races and regattas. Sailors can participate in one-design races, where all boats in a given class are identical, or handicap races, where boats of different sizes and designs are handicapped based on their speed potential.
The event is open to sailors of all skill levels, from novice sailors to seasoned professionals. The emphasis is on competitive racing, but there is also a strong social component to the event, with parties, barbecues, and other social events taking place throughout the week.
One of the unique aspects of Block Island Race Week is its location. Block Island is a small, picturesque island with a long history of sailing. Its challenging and often unpredictable waters make for exciting and dynamic races, and its natural beauty and charming New England architecture provide a stunning backdrop for the event.
The Storm Trysail Club is dedicated to promoting safe and responsible sailing practices, and all participants are required to follow strict safety guidelines. The club also provides safety training and resources to help sailors stay safe and prepared on the water.
One of the highlights of the event is the Awards Ceremony, where winners in each class are honored and trophies are presented. The ceremony is typically held at the historic Block Island Club, and includes a dinner and dancing.