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The 92nd Annual Around the Island Race

The oldest continuing yacht race on Narragansett Bay

Photo by Cate Brown

One month until the 92nd Annual CYC Around the Island on Labor Day Weekend

 

(1 Aug 2019) - Jamestown, RHODE ISLAND -  It will be hard to top last year’s 100 boats lapping Conanicut Island once again this Labor Day Weekend. Maybe it was the perfect weather that brought out a quarter of all PHRF boats registered in Narragansett Bay, but the Race Organizers are looking to build upon that success once again this year.

 

"We want to provide an excellent opportunity for all sailors to capitalize on the last moments of summer," said ATI chairman Alan Baines. "Our goal is to couple a great regatta with a fantastic after-party to celebrate the season."

 

The 92nd Annual event will be held on Sunday, September 1st 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.

 

Speaking of the Newport Bridge, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Pell Bridge, local artist Hillary Dutton, featured the Bridge as part of the regatta poster. These works of art have become collector items for the sailors and Jamestowners alike as Dutton has featured a different iconic landmark seen from the racecourse each year since her first design for the 84th CYC ATI nine years ago. 

 

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

 

"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."


Tickets for the after-party are also available to anyone who would like to join, but space is limited, so order your tickets early! As per the last few years, free beer is being provided by our sponsors, Berthon USA Yacht Sales and Latitude Yacht Brokerage.
 




 

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