Paul Beaudin’s Loulou Takes East Coast Championship at Block Island Race Week

Legendary musician Jimmy Buffett made a surprise appearance at the final awards party for Block Island Race Week, presented by Margaritaville. Buffett took the stage to address the huge gathering of sailors enjoying Margaritaville margaritas and LandShark lager and expressed total enthusiasm for the regatta his lifestyle company sponsored this year. "I think Margaritaville is Block Island right now," said Buffett, who performed an impromptu concert to cap off Margaritaville Race Day. "I always thought it would be kind of cool to have a regatta that was part of Margaritaville. Thank you Block Island for being the very first one." Buffett, performing solo, then launched into renditions of ‘Son of a Sailor’, ‘Margaritaville’ and ‘Five O’Clock Somewhere’ to the delight of the massive crowd jammed into the big top tent. The J/105 fleet, largest of the regatta with 16 boats, came down to the wire with Paul Beaudin steering loulou to a two-point victory over defending champion Good Trade (Bruce Stone/Nicole Breault) for the East Coast Championship. Good Trade got into a duel with Gray Matter in the ninth and final race as those two boats were first and second at the time with 26 and 27 points, respectively. Beaudin and his team on loulou were allowed to sail their own race and placed second, overtaking both Good Trade and Gray Matter. For complete event details, visit www.blockislandraceweek.com.

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