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Prince Henry AMENDED SI Posted 19 August

An amended SI was posted for this year’s Prince Henry race.  It may be viewed/downloaded at this link.

Changes from last year are highlighted in yellow.  The most significant among those is the creation of 200 foot “arrival circle” around each mark.  You may of course round your selected mark as in a typical race, but new this year is the option to pass the mark without regard to the next leg so long as you are within 200′ of the mark.  Members had noted that several of our marks are adjacent to shoal water and thought it prudent to provide a safe option and as well we had noted that some Prince Henry mark-pair roundings are ambiguous when one considers the traditional “pull the string” concept in a traditional race.  Creating a 200′ circle around each mark which constitutes “arrival” eliminated those issues.  Should you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me or any member of the board.

Lastly, it isn’t too late to register for this unique race.  We will close entries on Wednesday at the end of the day.  A scratch sheet will be provided Thursday.

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Block Island Results Posted

Race results are (at last!) posted for Block Island 2017.  View/download them at this link.

A sincere thank you to all participants for a fun and enjoyable weekend.  The BBQ was record attendance from recent memory and the racing was good.  Next race is the Prince Henry in just a couple of weeks!

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Final Scratch Sheet Posted

The final scratch sheet for BI is now posted and available at this link.

Please note there were several changes from the “Preliminary” scratch sheet, including some adjustments between Spin A and Spin B.  Competitors are cautioned not to use the Preliminary scratch sheet for reference.

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Preliminary Block Island Scratch Sheet Is Posted

The BI preliminary scratch sheet is now posted here at this link.

A final will be issues Friday afternoon.

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Cuttyhunk Results Are Now Posted

Full Cuttyhunk results are available here at this link.

Block Island is next: August 5-7.  28 boats already registered! Tell your friends!

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Final Scratch Sheet For Cuttyhunk Now Posted

The final scratch sheet for Cuttyhunk is now posted in the Race section and available here at this link.

Please also note there is an amended SI.  It is available here at this link.

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Cuttyhunk Amended SI and Preliminary Scratch Sheet Now Posted

Due to the high number of entrants in this year’s Cuttyhunk race we are amending the SI to accommodate more than a single start.  In fact, we will run separate starts for Cruising I and II and Spinnaker A and B and have a multihull start!  Provisions for a start run without an RC were removed as David Lodge is again supporting our starts.  As well, he may be on station for the finish and this was accounted for in the SI.  Please also note a preliminary scratch sheet is posted.  Advise the RC ( with any corrections.

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Around Aquidneck Results Posted

Final results from Saturday’s race may be found here at this link.

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Around Aquidneck Final Scratch Sheet Now Posted

The final scratch sheet for Around Aquidneck is now posted and may be downloaded here at this link.

Please note there were several changes including an adjustment to the split between Cruising I and Cruising II.  Ensure you are using the “FINAL” version.

Competitors are also encouraged to bring an appetizer to the BBQ at TYC.  There’s ample dock space for a visit — stay and have a burger before you depart for home!

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Around Aquidneck in nine days, Quantum Sails sponsorship and other news

Hello everyone,

A few updates here:

1)  Around Aquidneck is just a little over a week away.  We have 20 boats registered as of this writing, split between 11 in spinnaker and 9 in cruising.  Now is the time to register as we will close sign-ups on Tuesday.  We’ll post a scratch sheet and penalties shortly thereafter.

2)  Related to our racing, all of the NORs and SIs are now posted.  I really want to stress that virtually every race has had some changes to course or execution, mostly due to the decommissioning of various buoys around the bay and sound.  Bottom line is carefully read all documents.  Also, please recall that this year we are modifying the penalty system to reflect only the previous year’s performance.  Podium finishes from prior years no longer influence your penalty.

3)  Also related to our racing, I am extremely happy to announce we have gained a sponsor in Quantum Sails.  And even more exciting is that their sponsorship extends beyond just traditional monetary support, although there is some of that.  There is also a significant donation in Quantum merchandise (to be given away after our races), social hosting at TYC after the Around Aquidneck and at the Block Island BBQ, Twenty Hundred Club race marketing and visibility via Quantum’s local media presence and social media, two tailored webinars for our members on topics relevant to our racing and a “Meet Your Sailmaker” night at the Quantum loft in Newport!  Pretty great!  Quantum “gets” our type of racing and looks forward to connecting in a way that I think should be beneficial in both directions.

4)  Lastly, I am pleased to report the Vice Commodore position is not vacant.  Marcus had what must have been an epic race to Bermuda in the One-Two.  If you followed the reporting you know one boat was abandoned and several suffered damage from high winds and seas.  Full details here at this link.  Nonetheless, the 21′ Pocket Rocket came through it all and finished third in the Mini class.  Today marked the start of the return home (the “Two” part of Bermuda One-Two) and I know we all wish Marcus a safe and fast race home.

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