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Boat races coming this weekend to Fall River, throughout Rhode Island



Following up from last weekend’s record numbers of people on Rhode Island waters due to Aquapalooza, there is going to be another busy weekend with a lot of activity.

In addition to the Jazz Festival at Fort Adams, the 12 Metre World Championship Race continues this weekend. A total of nine windward-leeward races are scheduled over five days that began on Tuesday. Yachts will sail either on Rhode Island Sound or north of the Pell Bridge on Narragansett Bay. Rendezvous location announced on VHF Radio channel 72 at 9:00 a.m. with the first warning signal at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 5 Rendezvous location announced at 9:00 with first warning signal at 12:00 noon following the boat parade. No race will start after 3:00 on Saturday.

Saturday will be the busiest day. The Twenty Hundred Club Block Island Race kicks off at 10:30 a.m., and the Bristol Foil Racing begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Bristol Yacht Club.

Also, this Saturday is the 17th annual Borden Light Marina’s Tipsy Seagull Poker Run, in which powerboats race in large groups at high speeds through the Bay. The race typically starts at the Braga Bridge in Fall River, then heads to East Providence YC to pick up the first Poker card before heading to Warwick, then Newport, then Bristol, ending in Fall River for the 5th and final card. Festivities begin at the Borden Light Marina at 10:00 a.m. to take your shot at the new dunk tank including Borden Light Marina’s Commodore and Vice Commodore, Jay Hayes and Jay King, Channel 12 News Anchor, Patrick Little, and Eric Tavares from Quality Detailing. $5.00 for three throws and all money will be donated to Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

The Better Bay Alliance is aiming to save lives by promoting safety awareness through its innovative LIVE CHART, an interactive Google Map of RI waters. Boaters can easily access LIVECHART on their phones, and get up-to-date information about all on the water activities including specific locations and time of events. LIVE CHART is free and can be accessed via:

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