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The 91st Annual Around the Island Race

The oldest continuing yacht race on Narragansett Bay


Photo: Kate Wilson/ ​risingT media

100 Boats Lap Jamestown in the 91st Annual Conanicut Yacht Club Around the Island Race

JAMESTOWN, RI (September 3, 2018) - Under sunny skies and a building sea breeze, one hundred yachts ranging from 80 to 22 feet sailed 18 miles around the small island of Conanicut nestled in the middle of Narragansett Bay on Sunday afternoon. One of the oldest continuingly run regattas in North America, the race marks the end of the summer sailing season in the coastal region.
“Some sailors come out for the trophy or just bragging rights, while others are simply on a family picnic sail,” said Race Chair Alan Baines. “The best part about this race that there is something for everyone and it's truly a celebration of another summer coming to end.”

Photo: Cate Brown/​Cate Brown Photography

William Hubbard and his crew onboard ​Siren- rated as the fastest boat in the fleet - was able to make up one-hour handicap placed upon her by taking the line honors with a 2:20 lap time. However, it was Alex Watson and his crew onboard, ​Manic, a 21-foot Shaw 6.5, who took home the overall trophy for a corrected time of 3:16:06 beating Akimitsu Hira, a visiting team from Japan in their brand new J/121 ​Crescent IV,by just 18 seconds. Brad Hastings’ ​Mischieffrom Bristol rounded out the overall podium.

Photo: Cate Brown/​Cate Brown Photography

The triple-digit fleet represented 25% of all race boats registered on Narragansett Bay, making it one of the largest CYC Around the Island Races in recent history. Plagued by Hurricane forecasts the last two years, organizers - who have been planning since January - were very happy both the weather and competitors turned out for the event.
“We want to keep it fun above all else,” said Principal Race Officer Mark Grosby of Jamestown. “Fair racing, a scenic course, and a great party afterward are what keeps everyone coming back year after year.”
Separated into 11 divisions and staggering starts by 6 minutes, the slower boats started at 11:00 am on Sunday in 8 knots from the south. It was around Beavertail Lighthouse on the southern tip on Conanicut that the fleets began to converge as they set their spinnakers for a nine-mile downwind run along the western side of the island.

“Looking back at 90+ boats coming down us was breathtaking,” said Kate Wilson, sailing onboard Lincoln Mossop’s Swan 42 ​The Cat Came Back. “It was one of the moments where you realize we are lucky to live and do what we do.”

Of note, this was Mossop’s 35th year competing in the race and they took home 2nd place in their division and 8th overall. When asked how the racing compared to past years during the after party at Conanicut Yacht Club, Mossop with a thumbs up and big smile said “Absolutely Awesome!”

Photo: Kate Wilson/ ​risingT media

There were plenty of winners amongst the more than 800 sailors (for full results go to​) but the residents of Jamestown also received a special treat watching the spectacular race from the shore. Jane Miner commented on the Race’s Facebook Page: “Loved that I could use KATTACK [tracking website] to see when they would be coming by my house, and then the scratch sheet to know who was who when I saw them with my binoculars from my terrace! So glad the breeze came in, too!!”
Be sure to mark the calendar for September 1st, 2019 for the 92nd Annual CYC Around the Island Race and check out all the photos online.

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Around the Island Race will host 100 boats on Sunday

Jamestown, RI - With the biggest fleet in a decade registered for the 91st Conanicut Yacht Club Around the Island Race, 98 yachts honored another summer gone by with a lap of Conanicut Island.

The sunny skies and light to medium winds from the east-southeast for the racers.  The fleet, ranging from 80 feet down to 22 feet, was split into 12 divisions with separate starts beginning at 11:00 for the classic yachts and smaller boats then ascend every 5-6 minutes to the faster crews.

The boats' finish times were scored on the Narragansett Bay PHRF Time-on-Time Rating against the other boats in their group and there were also overall awards for the monohull with overall fastest elapsed time and fastest corrected time.

"On behalf of the CYC, we want to thank all the competitors for coming out this weekend," said Chair of the ATI Committee Alan Baines. "I also want to thank all the volunteers and staff who worked so hard to provide us all with the best possible event. See you all next year!"


ATI in the Press

Promoting yacht race is in artistic hands
Jamestown Press (July 26, 2018) --

Since 2011, the Conanicut Yacht Club has marketed its flagship regatta by showcasing town landmarks through the eyes of a local graphic designer.

This year’s winner is Conanicut Island Light.

For the posters promoting the 2018 Around the Island Race, which grace restaurant walls and public bulletin boards, Hillary Dutton has depicted the inactive lighthouse that sits at the northern tip of the island. Dutton, 26, chose the home at 64 Bay View Drive North because of its historical significance and distinctive red shingling. For eight consecutive years, she has chosen a landmark that is visible to sailors circumnavigating Conanicut Island during the Labor Day tradition.

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