Greenwich sailors star in top race

This past Memorial Day weekend was a very successful one for some local sailors at the annual Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race.

And perhaps no team was more pleased with how their holiday sailing went than Larry Dickie’s of Greenwich, aboard the Kerr 43 Ptarmigan, which won its class and took overall honors in IRC after making the traditional 186 nautical mile voyage from Stamford, where the host Stamford Yacht Club is located, to Block Island Sound, around Block Island, and back.

A total of 84 boats participated, with nine classes, seven IRC and two PHRF, sailing the traditional long course while a third PHRF class tried out this year’s new “all inside” Plum Island Course 126 nautical mile option.

“The first two-thirds of the race was medium air so it provided good fair sailing for everyone,” Mr. Dickie said, adding that his team’s big break came on the way back into Long Island Sound when they began to match race two Ker 50s. “We had sent a guy up the mast looking for wind bands. We saw the Ker 50s near shore and figured since they were in our class we needed to at least go cover them. Little did we know they were leading at the time. Even though we are a newer design, they are faster in a lot of conditions, so we had to make up our difference with smart sailing.”

The Block Island Race was first held in 1946 and is a qualifier for the North Ocean Racing Trophy, the Double Handed Ocean Racing Trophy, the New England Lighthouse Series and the Gulf Stream Series. The Block Island Race is also a qualifier for the Caper, Sagola, and Windigo trophies awarded by the YRA of Long Island Sound and the ‘Tuna” Trophy for the best combined IRC scores in the Edlu and the Block Island Race.

Other top local finishers were Chris Clark of Greenwich and Paul Dunay of Cos Cob.

For more information on the Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race or the Plum Island Course visit Stormtrysail.org or contact The Storm Trysail Club 914-834-8857.

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