Friday, May 24, 2019

STC Block Island Race Preview

J/44 VAMP sailing Block Island Race (Stamford, CT)- The second major Memorial/ Bank holiday offshore race to start is a classic for Northeast sailors in America.  Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race is a 186.0nm race from Stamford, east down Long Island Sound, out around Block Island and back to the finish off Stamford.  The race starts on Friday, May 24th at 1400 hrs, with IRC 1 class first away.

Racing the Block Island course are over a dozen larger J’s.  In IRC 2 Class are two J/44s (Len Sitar’s VAMP and the US Coast Guard Academy’s team). The IRC 3 Class has two J/121s (Steven Levy’s EAGLE and Akimatsu Hirai’s CRESCENT IV from Japan) and Dale & Michael McIvor’s J/133 MATADOR. The PHRF 3 Class has two J/105s; Frank Conway’s RAPTOR and the American YC Youth team- the Young American’s. In PHRF 5 Class are two J/109s (Jeffrey Warren’s ARIEL and John Greifzu’s GROWTH SPURT), Arthur Hanlon’s J/112E DAUNTLESS, and Mark Nannini’s J/120 SALACIA. The PHRF 7 Class is virtually all J/111s, including John Donovan’s LIBERTAS, Abhijeet Lele’s VARUNA, US Merchant Marine’s BLACK DIAMOND YCC skippered by Alex Mueller, and Bill & Jackie Baxter’s FIREBALL. Finally, the PHRF 8 Class has Brian Prinz’s J/125 SPECTRE.

Sailing the shorter Plum Island Course of 125.0nm in PHRF 4 Class is the US Merchant Marine Academy’s J/88 YONDER YCC, skippered by Jack Stancil.  For more Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race sailing information.  Entries/ scores.   Race site. Add to Flipboard Magazine.