Sports highlights

Matt Thomas (front) of Zenith Helmets and Sam Fedele of Butler Sports Goods of Hyannis were assisting with the fitting of new helmets at MVRHS last Wednesday. — Photo by Dick Pratt

Vineyard Warrior Triathlon

The second annual Vineyard Warrior Triathlon gets underway at 7 am on Sunday from the Inkwell Beach in Oak Bluffs.

The event combines the individual legs of a one-mile swim, a 24.7-mile bike race, and a 6.2-mile run into one race spanning the towns of Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury, and Edgartown.

The 2012 Warrior will also feature a sprint distance and a relay division.

Last-minute registration (through September 8) for the three-person olympic relay is $239.

Last-minute registration for the sprint event is $169.

Entrants must be 16 years old or older on December 31, 2012, for both events.

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 concluded its Thursday Evening series of handicap racing from Vineyard Haven Harbor with a 6 pm race on August 30. It was a beautiful evening with a fresh west-southwest wind of about 15 knots. Seventeen boats posted at the start at red nun 6 outside of the Vineyard Haven breakwater. 1. Frank Satula, Soma Holiday; 2. Bob Jewett, Andiamo II; 3. Jerry Goodale, Stormalong; 4. Stephen Besse, Apres; 5. Beck Colson, Silhouette. The regular season concluded with two Harbor Races on September 2.

The 10 am race saw 15 boats at the line on a beautiful morning with a light east wind of 5 knots, sailing the triangle twice around.

A Division: 1. Phil Hale, Wicked; 2. Roger Becker, Gloria; 3. Stephen Besse, Apres; 4. Jerry Goodale, Stormalong; 5. Andy Berry, Isobar.

B Division: 1. Beck Colson, Silhouette; 2. Bow Van Riper, Tyche; 3. Dan Culkin, Magic Time; 4. John and Lisa Stout, Isabella; 5. Jim Pringle, Myfanwy.

In the afternoon race, due to light winds, the course was shortened to once around the triangle. No B Division boat was able to make it around within the three-hour time limit.

A Division: 1. Stephen Besse, Apres; 2. Phil Hale, Wicked; 3. Peter Goodale, Stormalong II; 4. Mike Loberg, Masquerade.

VHPL Run to the Chop

Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library will hold the 15th annual 5K Run/Walk to the Chop and Fun Run for Kids on Sunday, September 16. The race benefits the Vineyard Haven Public Library.

The race is sanctioned by the US Track and Field Association. Registration begins at 8:30 am. The fun run starts at 9:45 am and the Run to the Chop starts at 10 am.

MV Rotarians provide new helmets

Wednesday, August 29, at MVRHS, members of the Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard provided the Island’s junior high football program with new helmets.

The gift is courtesy of the club’s long-standing Charity Committee, which deals with Island needs.

For the past 15 years, aspiring football players aged 11 to 14 years old have played in a program endorsed by The Touchdown Club of Martha’s Vineyard.

The team plays an eight-game season which started with an away game on Wednesday and ends on November 17 at home versus the Nantucket Whalers.