North Sails LOFT NEWS
BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK 2019
North Sails Returns With Expert Coaching, Weather Forecasts & Pop-up Service Loft
North Sails is excited to continue our support of Block Island Race Week. The race, entering its 28th edition in 2019, is one of the Northeast’s most anticipated and attended regattas. The expansion of racing formats is set to attract a wider variety of boats this year, with the regatta estimating over 150 entrants, ranging from grand-prix teams to family-friendly cruisers.
North Sails has a long history with Block Island Race Week, outfitting and supporting a significant number of boats, including many clients with race victories. In the last edition, North clients took the top podium spots in 11 fleets, including first place J/105, Bruce Stone’s Good Trade and first place in ORC, Lincoln Mossop’s The Cat Came Back. Partnership, Seabiscuit, and Ranger took home 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the PHRF 1 division and the One Design fleets saw great success, with north clients claiming 1st – 3rd in the J/109 Corinthian fleet.
The PHRF and the performance cruising fleets will have the chance to take advantage of North Sails expertise on the water. Our coaches will be out to provide guidance, tips, and post racing debriefs, focusing on boat handling and sail trim. Find out more and register for our Three Free program.
Daily Weather Forecasts
Partnering with Gowrie Group, North Sails will be providing complimentary daily weather forecasts, available to all entrants. Register to receive daily weather briefings sent directly to your inbox each morning.
Our Certified Service team will be returning this year with our pop up sail loft, located in the Block Island Maritime Institute, adjacent to Payne’s Dock, from June 22nd – 29th. Open to all boats for overnight sail repair, the North Sails service loft offers every crew the peace of mind when it comes to sail care matched with expert service.
Storm TRYathalon 5K
Switch your sailing shoes for running shoes on the lay day. Part of the Storm TRYathalon, North Sails is hosting the first annual 5K at 8:30am on the designated lay day. No excuses not to take part in this short morning jog OR sprint. Starting at the North Sails pop-up service loft in the Block Island Maritime Institute, the race loops 5K and ends at the regatta tent at the Narragansett Inn. For those with a competitive streak, the winners will be greeted with North gear awards. Register fast as the first 100 entrants will receive a North Sails hat.