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The 91st Annual Around the Island Race

The oldest continuing yacht race on Narragansett Bay

PRESS RELEASE -- 91st Annual CYC Around the Island Planned for Labor Day Weekend


(16 July 2018) - Jamestown, RHODE ISLAND -  While dreams of an endless summer linger in the minds of many due to this perpetual beautiful weather, Labor Day Weekend remains the milestone for many New Englanders to celebrate a summer gone-by and prepare for the hustle and bustle brought by Fall. Therefore, to seize every opportunity of the precious sailing season the 91st Annual Conanicut Yacht Club Around the Island Race on Sunday, September 2nd must be on every sailor's calendar.


"Stretching out every minute of summer is important to every local sailor," said ATI chairman Alan Baines. "Which is why we want to continue to put on a great regatta and after-party to celebrate the season."

Todd Stuart’s White Rhino 2 in 2016 CYC ATI. Photo: Cate Brown / Conanicut Yacht Club


The event will be held on Sunday, September 2nd and take the competitors on an 18-mile course around Conanicut Island followed by awards and dinner at Conanicut Yacht Club. The race begins at 1100 just in front of the yacht club at the foot of the Newport Bridge on Narragansett Bay.


"The event is not just for sailors either," said  Tor Holtan, CYC’s ATI media and marketing committee member."We encourage friends, family, and the public to come out and watch these one hundred beautiful boats sail by iconic landmarks like Beavertail Lighthouse, Fort Wetherill, Fort Getty, and under the Jamestown and Newport Bridges."


Depending on the wind speed, direction, and forecast, the Race Committee, led for the second year by Mark Grosby, will either run clockwise or counterclockwise. Shorter and longer courses are also available to accommodate bigger and smaller boats.

Dennis Nixon’s Lynx in 2017 CYC ATI. Photo: Cate Brown / Conanicut Yacht Club


"We are hoping the weather will cooperate with us this year," said Grosby. "This time of year can be tricky - as  last two years have proven with impending tropical storms - resulting in a shorter inshore course for the smaller boats, but we know how beloved this regatta is among the sailors so we want to make sure it's both competitive and fun."


In 2017 and 2016, 98 boats and 95 registered respectively for the event but after high winds in the 25+ knot range both years, some boats decided not to race.   Those that did enjoyed some great sailing conditions, and fast circumnavigations. .


"No matter the weather, the after party is always a great time to celebrate a summer coming to an end," said Commodore of CYC Jeff Cook. "We are happy to open to the club to sailors, friends, and families for one last summer toast."

Registration, the Notice of Race, and further information [are linked in the column on the right].

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