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.
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