2017-07-13 / Upcoming Events

Registration open for Labor Day circumnavigation

Adam Marks helms Double Black across the finish line during the 2016 Around the Island Race, a Labor Day tradition hosted by Conanicut Yacht Club. He finished 49th of 66 boats. PHOTO BY CATE BROWN Adam Marks helms Double Black across the finish line during the 2016 Around the Island Race, a Labor Day tradition hosted by Conanicut Yacht Club. He finished 49th of 66 boats. PHOTO BY CATE BROWN Registration is open for sailors who want to compete in the oldest continuing yacht race on Narragansett Bay, the Around the Island Race hosted by the Conanicut Yacht Club.

The 90th annual circumnavigation of Jamestown is scheduled for Labor Day weekend. Traditionally the culmination of Rhode Island’s sailing season, the 18-mile race is open to mono-hulls over 22 feet in length that are rated PHRF on Narragansett Bay. Multi-hull one-design classes are permitted by special request.

While sailors are competitive by nature, the Around the Island Race is about camaraderie. Some skippers leave their regular crewmates on land in lieu of less-polished family and friends because the race doesn’t count against a boat’s fleet competition.

Nearly 100 teams registered for the 2016 edition, but 29 boats did not start the race because of Hermine, the looming tropical storm that caused choppy seas and 25- knot winds. Organizers hope the hurricanes stay at bay during the September classic. Jamestowners skippered eight winners in the 10 classes last year.

Teams can register at U.S. Sailing’s Regatta Network website. Click calendar and scroll to Sept. 3. The cost is $85.

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