Around Jamestown Record Sailing Race announced

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Manuka Sports Event Management in association with Double Cross Vodka, Café Zelda and Mount Gay Rum are excited to announce The Around Jamestown Record, a perpetual all out record for sailing around Conanicut Island (also known as Jamestown) in lower Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.

Similar to other outright speed records, contenders will decide when they to make a record attempt and also the direction in which they will sail around Jamestown. This means contenders can choose the most advantageous weather conditions and tidal flow in which to attempt the record.

Four categories of sailing boats will be recognized to vie for divisional honors with the overall perpetual trophy going to the boat with the outright fastest time.

The four divisions recognized are:

• Monohull keel boats greater than or equal to 50 feet
• Monohull keel boats less than 50 feet
• Mulithull boats greater than 20 feet
• All other sailing craft

The record will be open during the summer months from Memorial Day, May 28th, 2012 until September 30th, 2012 during the hours of daylight. An Official Prize Giving Party will be held on the weekend immediately following September 30th and will be open to the local community as well as the contenders. Double Cross Vodka and Mount Gay Rum will provide cocktails and prizes. The yacht that wins the outright record will be awarded Mount Gay Rum equal to the Skipper’s weight.

Additionally, a portion of each entry fee will go to benefit the Boomer Esiason Foundation and their fight against Cystic Fibrosis and Newport’s community sailing center, Sail Newport.

Race Director, Hugh Piggin stated, 'Being able to choose your weather window adds an interesting twist to an iconic sailing course here in Narragansett Bay. The Record will be a challenging way for the local boating community to vie for bragging rights and fun prizes while supporting two worthwhile causes.'

Details about the record and the official rules are available online.

Around Jamestown Record website