2005 J/109 East Coast Champs – Block Island

To: Block Island J/109 Racers
Fr: Kendra Muenter/Jeff Johnstone, J Boats, Inc

From early indications, it appears that we may have a record size J/109 fleet in store for Block Island this year! We know of at least 4 boats coming in from outside of New England. In an effort to help with your planning, please find below the essential info regarding Block Island Race Week.

The Storm Trysail Club has posted the NOR and Entry forms here (click on Regatta Documents):

If you plan to have a car at Block Island, then one of your first calls should be for a ferry reservation: contact: FERRY to Old Harbor or HIGH SPEED FERRY to New Harbor

Dockage is best at Block Island Boat Basin (401-466-2631) or Champlains (1 800-762-4541). You can also try Paynes Dock (401-466-5572) which is where the high-speed ferry comes in. Moorings are available on a first come basis when you arrive in Great Salt Pond, and anchoring in the outer anchorage (at no charge) is also an option.

For house rentals contact Ballard Hall (401) 466-8883 or Sullivan Real Estate (401) 466-5521. Other hotel and housing can be found at Chamber of Commerce.

General Info on Block Island: http://blockislandinfo.com/


The J/109s will be sailing under Class Rules as posted at www.J/109.org with the following exceptions:
1) Crew Limit/Weight û in lieu of weighing crew, the crew limit will be skipper plus 6 persons. To encourage family sailing, any child aged 12 and under will only count as ╜ towards the total crew number. This would allow, for example, an owner to sail with skipper plus 5 crew plus two kids; or if very brave – skipper plus 4 crew plus 4 kids.
2) Equipment û the removable transom locker and the V-berth cushions are not required to be aboard.
3) The float line rule #6.3 and headstay length #6.4 will not be in effect for this event, but modification to the factory provided headstay (i.e. adding non-std toggles) is prohibited.
4) Each owner will be asked to sign a Class Declaration form at registration.

Remember that the sail inventory under Class Rules is limited to one mainsail, one jib of max LP of 105%, and two spinnakers not to exceed 108sq meters, so no need to pack any of those extra PHRF sails!

We will be on site during the event, and look forward to organizing a J/109 get-together. Please let us know if youÆd be interested in providing the ôhost siteö for an owner party.


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