The Dinghy Race is unlike any other youth sailing event. Throwing out the typical windward leeward playbook, the event aims to be an offshore adventure that presents juniors with new challenges and experiences. Setting out from Niantic Bay Yacht Club on Long Island Sound, a fleet of Club 420s raced several point-to-point legs over a distance of seven miles, eventually ending at Fishers Island. Once on the island, racing was followed by a debrief and kid-friendly regatta party, capped-off by a massive camp out in the island’s high school gymnasium. The next morning, once roused by the regatta organizers, the kids hopped back into their boats and raced back to the mainland. It was great to see the sailors applying the Blockheads tuning scale to their boats and using the tips in the accompanying tuning pamphlet. It’s our goal to return for the 2019 edition and hope everyone considers checking out and sending a team to this super fun, challenging, and unique event.

Learn more about The Dinghy Race.

RECOMMENDED

Inspiration, Invaluable Advice, Rigging, Video

Iceboating: Getting Started

Blockhead Samuel Bartel is brand new to the DN class. He’s a twenty-something university student that got a

Inspiration, Video

A Day in the Life of an 11th Hour Racing Team Intern

Cullen Zelenka joined the 11th Hour Racing Team for eight weeks as an intern from Oakcliff Sailing. Led

Inspiration, Video

Tour an America’s Cup Base

Follow INEOS Team UK Grinder Graeme Spence through the team’s base as they attempt to be the first

Articles, Safety, Video

Rescue at Sea

For any sailor, catastrophic hull failure is bad enough. But when you’re in the middle of the ocean


What exactly is a Blockhead? If you are totally obsessed with how to rig and sail your boat, you might already be one! Join the community of Blockheads to learn more about the sport, engage with others and share sailing experiences. This site serves as the hub for Blockheads globally, where you can discover how to join, media, tips and tricks, contests, and events. This program is all about YOU and we want to hear from everyone! Not seeing something? Your feedback is crucial, feel free to shoot us a comment or message.