Thursday, July 28, 2016

2016 CYC Around the Island Race Details

Labor Day Weekend is around the corner and many Rhode Island sailors will be celebrating it on Narragansett Bay for the 89th Conanicut Yacht Club Around the Island Race. Scheduled for September 4, 2016, the annual event is one of the oldest ongoing sailboat races on Narragansett Bay, featuring a complete circumnavigation of Conanicut (Jamestown) Island.

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Click here for downloadable photo gallery from the 2015 Around the Island Race (Photo Credit: Cate Brown Photography)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Local Coverage Clippings

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Monday, September 7, 2015

2015 Event Result Press Release


Wraps Up 2015 Narragansett Bay Sailing Calendar

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (September 7, 2015) -- 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. The 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.

The fleet heading downwind toward the finish on the west side of Conanicut Island
(Photo Credit: Cate Brown Photography)  
“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.”

White Rhino 2 and Reef Points at the start; the team’s took second and third place, respectively, in Division K.
(Photo Credit: Cate Brown Photography)  
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, R.I.) 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 the 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, V.T.) Reichel/Pugh Zaraffa, which completed the race with the shortest elapsed time around the island (two hours, 14 minutes and 24 seconds).

Conanicut Yacht Club 88th Around the Island Race
(Top Three Results Follow: Boat Name, Captain, Hometown)
(based upon elapsed time corrected with a PHRF-NB rating)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

88th Around the Island Race Kicks Off Tomorrow!

Racing for the 88th edition of the CYC Around the Island Race kicks off tomorrow and 96 teams are registered to attend! We will be live tweeting from the water and posting updates regularly to Facebook and Instagram. A full recap will follow after racing with photos and results.

2014 Competitors (Photo Credit: Hillary Dutton)
To all our competitors and spectators, make sure to share all of your photos of racing by tagging us on social media and using the hashtag #CYCATI - we will be featuring some of the best shots on our pages!

The first class is expected to start racing tomorrow at 11 a.m. and clear skies with a southerly seabreeze building throughout the afternoon is forecasted. We will keep you apprised of any updates.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Race Veteran Brooke Mastrorio Takes to the Water Again this Sunday!

Brooke Mastrorio is one of only two women skippers signed up (to-date) for the 88th edition of the CYC Around the Island Race, taking place this Sunday, September 6 in Narragansett Bay. This year will mark her fifth time racing in the annual event.
URSA at the 2014 event (Photo Credit Hillary Dutton)
“This island (Conanicut) is so beautiful to sail around,” said Mastrorio who will be racing with her team on the J/109 URSA. “When you round Beavertail and pop the kite, the view of 70+ boats with their spinnakers flying is so impressive.”

When asked if she hopes to empower more women to take the helm, Mastrorio said “Yes! The helm is a crew position that requires more mental skills than physical. Focus is the key element. I have met plenty of women that can do this! It just takes time and a supportive crew to get there. Building your confidence level to be on the starting line with 20 other boats is one of my biggest challenges. By the way, there are plenty of men that find a crowded starting line intimidating too.”

URSA during the 2015 Ida Lewis Distance Race (Photo Credit Robbie Benjamin)
“We are still a building team and have moved up the ranks significantly in many races, but no firsts…yet. The biggest compliment we received this year was at the IRC East Coast Championships. We were nicknamed ‘that pesky J/109’. We had the top three boats in our fleet a little concerned for the first time ever. Maybe next year they will know us by the boat name ‘URSA’ instead of ‘that J/109’. We keep learning and certainly have great enthusiasm.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Jamestown Press Race Preview

Three days to go until the 88th edition of the CYC Around the Island Race kicks off! Check out the front page of this week’s Jamestown Press for a preview on the annual event at