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Island triathletes Andrew and Isobel Flake of Vineyard Haven qualified for Team USA in 2013 and will compete in the World Championships in London next year. — Photo courtesy of June Flake

Rotary bike fundraiser circles MV

Scenic routes are the courses for the Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard’s 3rd annual fundraising bicycle ride, Cycle Martha’s Vineyard (CMV). The ride will be Sunday, October 14. It is a recreational ride, not a race, according to a CMV press release. The proceeds will benefit Windemere Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and other Rotary charities. This year’s CMV event is in memory of Lucinda Chandler, a frequent volunteer at Windemere before she died in 2010.

Riders can choose from two routes. Both begin and end at the PA Club in Oak Bluffs. The 100-kilometer (62-mile) route circuits the Island, to Aquinnah returning through Katama and Edgartown. The 50k (31m) hits the State forest bike path, through Katama, Edgartown and back to the PA Club. All roads in the ride are paved.

There is a $100 registration fee and an early registration discounted fee of $90 before September 3. Although additional donations are appreciated, no additional fundraising is required to participate in the ride. The registration fee entitles each rider to aid stations and assistance along the course, a t-shirt, and the post-ride barbecue. Registration closes the day before the ride October 13.

Cycle Martha’s Vineyard (CMV), October 14. For more information or to register visit www.cyclemarthasvineyard.org or cyclemarthasvineyard@gmail.com

Dogfish début

The Vineyard Dogfish, an expansion franchise in the Baseball Clubs of Cape Cod 35+ league, opened their 2012 campaign with a doubleheader split against the Buzzards Bay Raiders on Saturday at Vineyard Baseball Park.

The Dogfish dropped the opener 12-8, but took advantage of a depleted Raider pitching staff to take the nightcap 22-1.

Adam Bresnick and Andrew Aliberti each had 6 RBI on the day, and Zeke Vought went 6 for 6. Pitcher Jay Chalifoux tripled twice and also earned the first victory in Dogfish history.

Comprised of MV Little League coaches and MV Sharks management, the Dogfish face the Raiders again on Saturday, September 8, at 12:30 and 3:30 at Vineyard Baseball Park.

Island triathletes qualify for Team USA

Andrew and Isobel Flake of Vineyard Haven qualified for the 2013 Team USA triathlon team at the 2012 USA Triathlon National Championship, held in Burlington, Vt., on August 18 and 19.

Andrew placed 7th in the 65 to 69 age group, and daughter Isobel placed 12th in the 25 to 29 age group in the Olympic Distance and the Sprint Distance categories.

The race is the sole qualifier for Team USA and for the ITU (International Triathlon Union) World Championships to be held in London on the Olympic course in 2013 under the auspices of the ITU and the International Olympic Committee.

Holmes Hole sailing

The Holmes Hole Sailing Association continued its Thursday Evening series of handicap sailboat racing from Vineyard Haven Harbor with a 6:00 p.m. race on August 23.

Twenty one boats posted at the start at red nun 6 outside of the Vineyard Haven breakwater, making three Thursday nights in a row with twenty or more starters. 1. Phil Hale, Wicked; 2. Roger Becker, Gloria; 3. Stephen Besse, Apres; 4. Woody Bowman, Julia Lee; 5. Ed Cerullo, Undine.

The season continued with the Robinson’s Hole Rendezvous on August 26. Fourteen boats posted for the 10 am start at nun 6.

The fleet beat out of the harbor, and made for Robinson’s Hole, the passage from Vineyard Sound to Buzzards Bay at the West end of Naushon Island, sailing a broad reach on the port tack.

A Division: 1. Roger Becker, Gloria; 2. Jerry Goodale, Stormalong; 3. Irving Gates, King Kiwi; 4. Ed Cerullo, Undine.

B Division: 1. Woody Bowman, Julia Lee; 2. Stuart Halpert, Providence; 3. John and Lisa Stout, Isabella; 4. Dan Culkin, Magic Time. The summer series continues with a night race at 6 pm on Thursday, August 30, and concludes with two Harbor races on Sunday, September 2, at 10 am and 2 pm.

New members are actively encouraged, as are guest boats. Join on the web at HolmesHole.org or Contact Kathy Logue at 693-7074.

Two days left for Moffett Race

Sailors have until August 31 to register for the 35th Annual Moffett Race, named after longtime Vineyard sailor George Moffett.

To register for the race on Saturday, September 8, go to HolmesHole.org, click on the Moffett Race icon, then click “2012 Enter Online,” and follow the directions. Make your payment online with Paypal. Entries close August 31.

VFA soccer playoffs

In semifinal play Tuesday at Veterans Park, Group A runner-up Coop de Ville knocked off group B winner Sports Haven, 3-0 and advanced to the second round final Wdenesday night against Group A winner Monto Orthopedics.

Coop must win to force a second winner-take-all Gilbert-Hammond Cup match against Monto on Thursday night. The Monto’s only need to win once to clinch a league and cup double, as both regular season champs and playoff winners.