The Block Island Race is a spring classic, this 186 nautical mile race from Stamford, CT down Long Island Sound, around Block Island, RI and back to Stamford is an annual rite of passage for many racing yachts.
The Block Island Race was first held in 1946 and is a qualifier for the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy (IRC), the Double Handed Ocean Racing Trophy (IRC), the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF), and the Gulf Stream Series (IRC). The Block Island Race is also a qualifier for the Caper, Sagola, and Windigo trophies awared by the YRA of Long Island Sound and the 'Tuna' Trophy for the best combined IRC scores in the Edlu (40%) and the Block Island Race (60%).
Call SailAhead at (631) 831-8763 for more information on past and future events.
To find out more about this race please visit Block Island Race Week
SailAhead will be on Hussar (pictured above) a Frers 55 owned by Army Major Jason M. - Thank you Jason and family!The who's who of our Off-Shore Racing Program:
Owner and Skipper of Hussar (Frers 55 - US32880)
Jason developed a passion for sailing while stationed in Guam with the USAF over twenty years ago. While there, he raced Lasers internationally out of the Marianas Yacht Club and got his first taste of offshore racing. Back on the East Coast, Jason could be found racing on the Long Island Sound and around Rhode Island on his Hobie 33.
Today Jason supports SailAhead’s commitment to Veterans by generously volunteering Hussar and his time.
Outside of sailing, Jason is an IT Security Executive at a foreign exchange bank in Manhattan. Jason is a Veteran of both the Persian Gulf and Iraq Wars.
He continues to serve today as a Combat Engineer Officer in the NJ Army National Guard.
Advisor and SailAhead Race Director
Fran grew up off the shores of Massachusetts and Rhode Island in a family of avid sailors and boaters. He has experience racing sailboats of all classes and sizes from Sunfish and Lasers to offshore vessels. Fran graduated from Boston University in 2003 and subsequently served over 12 years in the United States Army as a Green Beret and Ranger in the Special Forces. He spent extensive time throughout Africa, The Middle East, and Europe serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and multiple overseas contingency operations. He now lives in Manhattan, works in Wealth Management and Financial Services, while earning an MBA from NYU Stern.
"Sailing is one of the few events in life in which all your worries and fears are left on shore allowing one to focus on sailing fast!"
SailAhead Race Co-Director
Sailing became a lifelong passion for Matt while at University of Rhode Island. While at URI, he sailed everything from Lasers to J24s. Unwilling to go back to New Jersey without a boat, Matt restored a dis-masted Catalina while in college. More recently, he has spent the last few years racing aboard various boats throughout the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. When not out racing, Matt can usually be found fixing and cruising his C&C. He is eager to share his passion for sailing with a great cause.
Outside of sailing, Matt is coastal engineer.