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The 88th Annual Around the Island Race

The oldest continuing yacht race on Narragansett Bay


The Conanicut Yacht Club hosted 96 boats for its 88th edition of the Around the Island Race, which took place this past Sunday, September 6, 2015. This annual event is one of the oldest ongoing sailboat races on Narragansett Bay, featuring a complete circumnavigation of Conanicut Island (for competitors racing mono hull sailboats over 22 feet in length that are rated for PHRF-NB). The race is followed by a dinner celebration at the host club, which was attended by over 250 people this year.

“This event has once again brought the Narragansett Bay sailing community together for a competitive and fun day on the water,” said Organizing Chairman John Mayers, adding that the fleet was comprised of a variety of different boats and competitors of all ages from different clubs and communities around the area. “Every year, our greatest variable is the race day weather and this year it was absolutely perfect; with conditions not only providing great sailing, but also highlighting how beautiful our bay is, especially when it’s filled with a fleet of sailboats.” 

The starting sequences completed on time, and a majority of the fleet finished the race before 3 p.m. From there, Competitors and guests convened for the awards dinner where they recapped the exciting day over refreshments and dinner.
This year, David Schwartz’s (Bristol, RI) Seguin 40 Mischief took home the John C. Quinn Trophy for fastest corrected time around the island (three hours, three minutes and ten second). The perpetual trophy is named after Conanicut Yacht Club's former commodore, an accomplished sailor at all levels of the sport.
The other perpetual fleet award presented was the Commodore Bruce R. Brakenhoff Trophy, which went to Huntington Sheldon’s (Shelburne, VT) Reichel/Pugh Zaraffa, which completed the race with the shortest elapsed time around the island (two hours, 14 minutes and 24 seconds).


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