Newly Created Rhode Island Offshore Challenge Trophy

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The Bristol Yacht Club and the Ida Lewis Yacht Club have joined forces to create a new Rhode Island Offshore Challenge Trophy, to be crafted and donated by GMT Composites of Bristol, RI. This perpetual trophy will be presented to the boat with the best combined score in the Sid Clark Offshore and Ida Lewis Distance races.


The Sid Clark Offshore Race dates back to 1904, and may well be the oldest distance race in the country. This year’s race, set for July 10, 2015, will feature a variety of courses ranging in length from 75 to 160 miles. The courses starts just outside Bristol Harbor and run south through Narragansett Bay and into the waters around Block Island and the Elizabeth Islands, with the finish just outside Newport Harbor. Participating classes include IRC, PHRF, One Design, multihull, and double-handed boats. Specific courses for each class will be chosen and announced the day of the event based on expected speed of the vessels in the class and wind conditions.

The Ida Lewis Distance Race (scheduled for August 14, 2015) is the perfect overnighter for IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed boats 28’ or longer. It features 4 coastal round-trip race courses of between 104 nm and 177 nm, with course starts and finishes off the historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, and includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower.

GMT Composites of Bristol, RI, will sponsor and build the Rhode Island Offshore Challenge Trophy.


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