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On The Bay: July 18, 2013

Block Island race week is over and what a week it was! Because it was the 25th anniversary of the event, Storm Trysail Club, the organizing authority, prepared for two years to make this edition the best one ever. And, after speaking to skippers and teams at the post-race party each night in the tent, everyone was in agreement that the week was spectacular. Over 1500 sailors, 182 teams, and everyone was a happy camper, even if they didn’t place in the money.

Nick Langone, Commodore of the Storm Trysail Club had this to say: “The 2013, 25th anniversary of Block Island Race Week was a huge success due to so many factors. This year the success was based on not only dedicated committee work, but also with the strength of the 180 registrations signed up to sail, and race in some of the best sailing conditions in the world.” There was not only a healthy quantity of sailors, but most definitely, a high quality of sailor that we haven’t seen in years. If you asked any sailor on the Island that week, they would agree.

If there were such a things as rock stars, it was the three committee members who led the way with their terrific work ethic, their keen ideas, and their dedication to the Storm Trysail Club. Vice Commodore & Event Chair, Lee Reichart, Past Commodore, & the On the Water Co-Chair, Dick Neville, and the current Storm Trysail Treasurer, Rick Lyall. Lyall had the daunting responsibility to make sure the goal for the number of entries was achieved, with several classes racing in a championship series. I cannot say enough about these three, in addition to the other 103 other volunteers who worked tireless, day-in, day-out to make it all work. There were times that we never thought we’d be able to pull off such a regatta, but somehow, it all came together, and the end result was terrific sailing, with great camaraderie and finally with outstanding competition that will last in their memories until 2015.

Final results showed that the Manhasset Bay area teams did quite well. In the J/111 class, Paul Strauch, Andiamo, Manhasset Bay YC, took top honors in his one-design division. Craig Albrecht, Avalanche, Port Washington YC, came in 2nd in IRC 3, Gary Panariello, Courageous, North Shore YC, was 3rd in the J/80 class. Arthur Buhr, Leverage, Port Washington YC and Chris Brady, Speedway Boogie, a Colgate 26 faced some challenges in their very competitive divisions. And Bob Schwartz, Nordyls, Manhasset Bay YC, came in mid-fleet in the J.109 fleet, which was the largest division for boats over 30 feet. Rick Lyall, Storm, Cedar Point YC, ended up winning the division with commanding performance (1,1,1,1,1,5) followed by a tight race for 2nd and 3rd place. This is one competitive fleet! Congratulations to all the teams that participated in BIRWXXV. What a great way to begin the summer racing season!