About forty sail boats participated in the Around Aquidneck Island Races last Saturday jointly sponsored by the Tiverton Yacht Club and the Twenty Hundred Club of Rhode Island.

Boats started on Mount Hope Bay proceeded south on Narragansett Bay and offshore the coast of Newport before turning into the Sakonnet River and ending at the TYC. As the wind was light and often shifty the race took between six and eight hours to complete.

Now in its eighth year the idea for the race was from John Brady. As race chair for many years, John wanted this nearly 25 nautical mile race to attract regional sailors and to showcase the Tiverton Yacht Club.  John worked with then Commodore Greg Jones to find a partner to help with the race. They found their partner, the Twenty Hundred Club, and the race has continued to grow during these years.

The Twenty Hundred Club is comprised of sailors from most yacht clubs along Narragansett Bay and the southern coast of Rhode Island.  Their purpose is to promote the sport of sailboat racing in accordance with the best tradition of safety and seamanship. Many of our members are also members of that group.

Under the chair of Greg Jones, the TYC welcomed the visiting sailors as they arrived. Many of the sailboats were rafted four deep on the outside dock. A few snuck into empty spaces on the south float.

Almost all the board members rendered service either in the form of cooking the hamburgers, sausages and hot dogs, preparing the liquid refreshments or welcoming the sailors to our club. A culinary highlight was the creamy clam chowder that came from Blout Seafoods.  Steve Hughes, Greg Jones and Rich Chew were the lead chefs and were assisted by Lori and Joe Boivin, Dirk and Sue Kramers, Marc Pfeiffer and others whose names have slipped my memory!

Guests helped themselves to the Tiki Bar that was set up on the North Lawn before procuring their food inside. Trays of hot foods were carried by Brendan McNally and his helpers from the grills under the tent on the rear lawn. Many sat on the outside picnic tables while some preferred to eat their food in the comfort of the air conditioned second floor.

It was also a chance for TYC members to mix and mingle with over 75 visiting sailors. For many it was the first time that they were here and they were all impressed with our club facilities. Many remarked on the beautiful view that we have from our clubhouse and the number of boats at our dock. 

Before the announcement of class winners, Commodore Phyllis Ibbotson welcomed the guests and expended an invitation to return for next year’s event.

After the announcements guests continued to enjoy the friendly atmosphere of our club. The last person to leave saluted the sun as it set at 8:23 pm.

Just a few quick announcements before I sign off for now. (Sounds like the priest or minister who wants to keep you in church for a few more minutes as you day dream about your breakfast!)

A few members have expressed interest in starting a Sunfish racing series in the Tiverton Basin. Jenn Killenberg would like to know if any would want to race on a weekday night.  It could be a series of races held for a five or six-week period. Please contact Jenn or myself to see if we can get this going asap. 

The all-American BBQ and Tailgate will be the theme of this Thursday’s pot luck social.

And, the Beach Party has been rescheduled to Saturday, July 14.

Thanks to all who made the Aquidneck Island Race a success!

Jim Rogers