2020 Thursday Night Sailing series concludes
The following story was submitted by Block Island Community Sailing:
The 2020 Thursday Night Sailing Series, a 10-week long sail racing event, in which the island’s most accomplished sailors face off against each other, in around-the-buoys racing, every Thursday evening, has been concluded. The Series was founded in 1999 by local sailors with a goal to foster sailing yacht racing on Block Island. This event is specifically for keel boats which sail under the Performance Handicap Rating Fleet (PHRF) rules, Now in its 22nd year, the Series is run by Block Island Community Sailing, as an advanced racing clinic, with coaching and a weekly newsletter on the Racing Rules of Sailing, boat speed techniques, and racing tactics.
The racing format is typically a windward/leeward course set in the recreational area in the northern section of the Great Salt Pond. The courses are typically about a mile and a half or twenty minutes long which allows three races to be run each evening. The Race Committee was run by BICS Director Henry duPont, and staffed by BICS members Russ Certo, Sue Pazos, Elizabeth Moss, John Doolittle, and Erin Groll who each assisted in setting the race course, timing the starts and finishes, and recording the scores for each race.
The Thursday Night Sailing Series First Place finish goes to John Seider sailing Fellers, a Colgate 26 with a perfect string of first place finishes, Bob Closter sailing Island Spirit, a J24, sailed to second place, and George Davis sailing Slapshot another Colgate 26 sailed to third place.
Other notable skippers who scored well in the series were Chris Hillios, and Briggs Whiteford, sailing Colgate 26s, and Michael Rock sailing his classic Herreshoff Watch Hill 15, Whisper.
Special thanks to all who worked hard to make this event a success. For more information on Block Island Community Sailing events, such as the Mary D. Fund Benefit Regatta, postponed until this weekend, see out web site at www.sailbi.org