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In a week typified by the wide range of conditions found at this classic sailing venue, Andy Beeler and his Navy Offshore Sailing Team’s TP52 Corsair (ex-Interlodge) won the HPR Class at the 25th biennial Block Island Race Week. The team amassed an impressive score line of 2-1-1-1-1-1-3 to defeat runner-up Spookie owned by Steve and Heidi Benjamin by 6 points, who in turn bested sistership Decision owned by Stephen Murray by another 5 points in the no-discard 7-race series.

Navy coach Jahn Tihansky expressed his enthusiasm for the week: “On behalf of Navy Sailing, a huge thank you for spearheading the effort to get an HPR class going at BIRW. Looks like the current iteration is kind to our vintage of TP52. 

“I'd also like to thank everyone in the class for the opportunity to have my team compete with you there, and find it difficult to put into words the magnificent experience the crew of Corsair enjoyed in sailing against you. Thanks also for talking with us on the dock and sharing your feedback after racing each day.”

The majority of races were conducted on windward-leeward courses, with Race 3 featuring the traditional Round the Island Race, completed in about three hours elapsed time.

Podium finishers received custom crystal trophies created especially for HPR.

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Final results in the HPR division:

1. Corsair            Andy Beeler/US Naval Academy         Judel/Vrolijk TP52

2. Spookie           Steve & Heidi Benjamin                        HPR Carkeek 40

3. Decision          Stephen Murray                                     HPR Carkeek 40

4. Grundoom       Jim Grundy                                             Farr 400

5. Catapult           Marc Glimcher                                       Ker 40

6. High Noon       Dennis Collins                                       Tripp 41 Modified

Photos are courtesy Ron Weiss and Photoboat.com.

Event website is at www.blockislandraceweek.com, and detailed results can be found at www.yachtscoring.com.

BIRW start lo res

Decision spin drop

Spookie BIRW