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Reaching 'round the Island. (See story below.) — File photo by Louisa Gould

‘Round the Island Race

The centerpiece of the Edgartown Yacht Club’s Edgartown Race Weekend is the popular 54.7-nautical mile ‘Round the Island Race, set for Saturday, July 20. Originally inspired by the Race Around the Isle of Wight, the event has attracted name sailors annually since 1938. The deadline for the ‘Round the Island Race is July 19.

The race weekend also includes the Big Boat Buoy Races on Thursday and Friday. Added as a one-day event last year, the event has been expanded to two days for 2013.

For more information on the ‘Round the Island Race, visit rtirace.org.

Rolex Farr 40

The Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship, the fifth and final event on the 2013 U.S. Circuit Championship is scheduled from July 24-27 off Martha’s Vineyard. The pinnacle event will determine U.S. Circuit honors.

The four days of racing will be co-hosted by the Farr 40 Class and Edgartown Yacht Club and contested by an international fleet of 11 Farr 40s, representing six countries.

Daily race reports and photos will be available online at www.farr40.org.

Windsurfing championships in V.H.

The Vineyard Haven Yacht Club is hosting the National Championships for junior windsurfing in Vineyard Haven harbor this weekend, along with the North American Championships in the Kona One Class (open to all ages), and East Coast Championships in the Olympic RS:X class.

More than 50 competitors are expected from the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. The junior sailors will be competing in four age groups from 11 to 19 years old, and several of the top ranked sailors will be traveling on to the World Championships in Sopot, Poland starting next week.

The Vineyard will be represented by several sailors including 2016 Olympic hopeful, Solvig Sayre of Vineyard Haven.

For more information, contact Nevin Sayre at nsayre@aol.com or 617 584-5874; or theVineyard Haven Yacht Club at 508 693-3080.

Roll Tide! Ryler DeHeart at VYT

Vineyard Youth Tennis will host a professional tennis exhibition on Thursday, July 25, at 5:30 pm. Ryler DeHeart, the current assistant tennis coach at the University of Alabama and former top 120 in the world will be the featured player.

Mr. DeHeart will play with Michael Halisky, VYT Head pro and former number one in New England in the 35 and over division. They will play Matt Browne from Furman University (Greenville, S.C.), a member of the All Southern Conference Freshmen Team and Tyler Owens, who teaches at Farm Neck and is an instructor at a country club in Florida during the winter. Matt’s mother and father are teaching professionals at the Boathouse Club in Katama.

Girls high school summer hockey

Girls high school summer hockey is back at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena on Sundays, 5–6 pm, from July 21 until August 25. Seventh and eighth graders are also welcome. Cost is $15 per session and $12 each if all sessions are paid up front. For more information, contact Andre Bonnell at 508-939-0788 or bonnellmv@comcast.net

Men’s softball

The Brewhas rallied for another dramatic victory Monday night at Veterans Park. Tisbury School principal John Custer, one of two original Brewhas (Kevin Hatt is the other), launched a three-run walk-off homer deep to left to beat the expansion team Gustav, 16-15.

Prior to Mr. Custer’s heroics, the Brewhas led 13-8 entering the seventh inning, but the league newbies scored seven runs to take a 15-13 lead. Following a Monte Bizarro ground out leading off the bottom of the seventh, Dan Sharkovitz singled and John Van Putten walked to put the tying runs on base.

In other action Monday night at Veterans Park, the Blazers edged the Treds 15-13, while the first place Hurricanes blasted the Sons of Pitchers, 22-3. Joel Rebello and Billy Jackson homered for the ‘Canes. Also Monday, at Manter’s Field in West Tisbury, the Highlanders tamed the Wildcats 24-7 in a make-up game.

Women’s softball

The defending champion Honeys improved to 6-1 with a come-from-behind 15-6 win over the Shady Ladies Tuesday night at Veterans Park. The Shadies led 6-0 after five innings before the Honeys erupted with six runs in the sixth and nine more in the seventh.

The league’s new entry, Mama’s Girls, are a half-game back at 5-1 after a 21-11 win over the Snaps. Team Green fought out of an early 14-1 hole with seven unanswered runs, but the Mama’s restored the big lead in the fifth and sixth innings to seal the win.

In the final game of the evening, the Rug Sox put up five runs in the first inning en route to a 10-7 win over the Creamers. Birthday girl, catcher Emily Billing, snagged two fly outs for the Sox. Julie Perry tripled for the Creamers and Alleyne Hughes snared two line drives.

Little League

The Martha’s Vineyard 11-year-old Little League All-Stars swept visiting Bourne 3-1 and 7-0 on Saturday at Veira Park in Oak Bluffs. Ten of eleven Vineyard players contributed on the mound, while nine players had at least one hit during the two games.

Jake Howell got the hosts off to a good start in the opener with a homer in the first inning. Owen Bresnick and Miles Sidoti each hit RBI doubles in the fourth. Vineyard pitchers Harold Lawry, Mike O’Brien, Ryan Scanlon, Bresnick, and Howell limited Bourne to three hits while striking out 12.

The Vineyard All-Stars clinched the sweep thanks to a seven-run second inning on six consecutive hits. Jared and Jeremy Regan keyed the offense with two hits each, while pitchers Colby Balboni, Jared Regan, Miles Sidoti, Summer Cardoza and Peter Burke fanned nine, while allowing three hits. Sidoti ended the game with an unassisted double play at second base.

VFA soccer

Island Copper picked up its first Vineyard Football Association win of the season Tuesday night at Veterans Park with a 1-0 victory over Atlantic Football Club. Vander “Buick” de Oliveira scored for I.C.

In the second match, Wesley DeOliveira scored to lift Sand Bar and Grill over Island Star, 1-0.