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August 18 - 24, 2005 Edition
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Exhibition a Hit
Former tour pro Mel Purcell steps into a forehand during Saturday’s exhibition match at the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club.
by Susan Safford
Yacht Club assistant pro Michael Halisky.
The Vineyard Voyagers will enter a woman’s boat in Sunday’s Minor Light Roundabout at Cohasset Maritime Institute. The four-and-a-half-mile open water race is open to all oar and paddle craft. Tracey Jones, coxswain in the Cornish pilot gig, will direct the efforts of Vineyarders Tamar Russell, Amanda Dickinson, Annie Parsons, Dawn Bellante, Amanda White, and Simone DeSorcy.
HHSA hoists sails
Eleven boats reported for the Holmes Hole Sailing Assn’s harbor race last Thursday. WSW winds 10 to 20 knots powered the fleet over a triangular course from red nun 6 outside Vineyard Haven harbor to red nun 4 at West Chop, then to green can 23A at East Chop and back to the finish line.
Finishing first in corrected time was Dan Culkin in Magic Time. Second, in Isabella, were John and Lisa Stout. Then came Frank Satula, Phil Hale, Gerry Goodale, Mike Oliviera, Woody Bowman, Tim Chilton, Dan Cohan with Polly Brown and Hugh Swartz, Tom Graham and Joe Vera.
The Sunday Sound race was an 11.5-mile course taking the fleet to the west end of Hedge Fence, then to the west end of L’Homme Dieu Shoal, then to Waquoit Bay and return in reverse around the same buoys.
In the A division, Jerry Coe was first in the New York 40, Indian Summer. Second was Phil Zell in Lapwing followed by (3) Phil Hale in Mischief, (4) John Amabile in Solitude, (5) Irving Gates in King Kiwi, and (6) Roger Becker in Gloria.
B division winner was Dan Culkin in Magic Time. Art and Caroline Spengler were second in Raven, a Nonesuch. Jim Pringle was third in Myfawnwy and fourth was Woody Bowman in the catboat, Julia Lee.
The HHSA sails a harbor race tonight at 6 pm. Sunday is the annual Chappaquiddick Rendezvous Race beginning at 10 am.
New members and guests are encouraged and welcome. Call Anne Good at 693-6429 to learn more.
Rhodie team takes the Madeiras
The final game of last weekend’s annual Richie Madeiras memorial tournament was the best of the bunch as the Viking Stone of Rhode Island squeezed by in the MV Hurricanes in the last inning, 8-7.
Impresario Ray Tattersall reported that the tourney netted $4,200 for the Madeiras Children’s Fund.
Joan and Bill Green were best at north/south at the Bridge Club of MV tables, Saturday. Jean and Lionel McMurren were second and the Rosemary Taylor/Eleanor Hughes team was third.
At east/west, Charity Randolph and Geraldine Jones were tops with Barbara Donald and Clara Hargrave, Barbara Besse and George Willoughby filling the two and three spots.
Seven and a half tables were in play.
MVRHS girls interested in cheerleading during the fall season should attend a meeting in room 511 at the high school on August 27 at 5:30 pm.
Coach of the fall cheerleaders this year is Becky Stevens.
Soccer season closers
In the Vineyard Football League second season, the Atlantic Football Club defeated both Broadway and Sports Haven, earning the right to face W.H. Russell Painting, victors over Coop deVille and MV Lath & Plaster, tonight.
The team that wins will be the champions of the VFL second season and will go against Coop de-Ville, winners of the first season. The winner takes all the marbles.
In second-season consolation games, Broadway and Lath & Plaster played Tuesday, Sports Haven and Coop deVille went at it last night.
Sport workshops at MVRHS
Noted author and educator, Dr. Greg Dale of Duke Univ., will conduct a workshop, “The Sport Parent,” for parents of student athletes at MVRHS, Monday, Aug. 22, in the MVRHS Performing Arts Center from 7 to 8 pm.
Dr. Dale will conduct a workshop for student athletes of all sports, “Maximizing Your Potential: A Model for Performance Excellence” from 4 to 5 pm also at the Performing Arts Center.
From 5:30 to 6:30 pm it is Meet the Coaches Night, an opportunity for all MVRHS student athletes and their parents to meet with all the MVRHS coaches and an opportunity to sign up for fall sports.
On Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 9 am to Noon, Dr. Dale will meet with MVRHS coaches presenting “Developing the Credible Coach: A Model for Success.” The workshop will be held in the school library.
Hospice a net benefit
The first All Island Tennis Championship, open to all tennis players, will be played Friday to Sunday at the Island Country Club and other venues.
There will be competition in men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles, and mixed doubles. Players will be divided into two divisions — Rough, open to all levels and Smooth, for players with NTPR rank of 3.5 or lower.
Entry fee is $50 per player per event. All proceeds go to Hospice of MV. T-shirts and courtside refreshments will be offered to all players.
For more information and/or application forms, call 508-693-6574 or 508-717-4515.
Annual Sullivan 5K
The 17th annual Sullivan 5K Run-Walk for Health and Fitness jumps off at 10 am, Saturday, August 27. Last year 225 runners and walkers helped to raise $15,500 for the hospital…..The 8th annual 5K run/walk for the (Vineyard Haven) Library begins at 9 am, Sunday, Sept. 11. Entry fee is $15. Larry Gomez is the race coordinator.
High school football players should report to practice Monday, August 22, at 4 pm in the Performing Arts Center. Pracitice starts afterwards at 5:30 pm.
Junior high football players start practice at 5 pm, Monday, Aug. 29, at the high school. All players must have physical exams before beginning practice. Other paperwork will be distributed at practice. Call Coach Kevin Pigott with questions at 508-693-2987.
Edgartown’s 4th annual swim competition for children 10-14 jumps off at noon tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 19, at the Bend-in-the-Road Beach.
Swimmers should arrive and check in by 11:30 am.
Races will be freestyle and breast stroke. Swimmers from all towns are invited to compete.
The 18tth MV Challenge, a benefit for MV Community Services, welcomes any and all wind powered craft to the race from Menemsha Beach to Eastville Beach, Saturday, September 17.
Wind conditions may reverse the course or postpone the race one day.
Formerly the Challenge was for windsurfers only and featured a 55 mile round-the-Island course, the longest windsurf race in the world.
But Challenge founder Nevin Sayer changed the race in 2003. “Let’s face it,” he said, there are only so many crazies who are up to a 55 mile marathon on a windsurfer, It’s time to let more people join the fun.We encourage any able bodied seaman with a sunfish, schooner, kite or sail of any kind to join the windsurfers for a great ride.”
Thus far the Challenge has raised more than $160,000 for MVCS.
The Challenge registration fee is $100 and may be made on line at www.challenge.com or by calling Mary Jean Connelly at MVCS, 508-693-7900.
Scott’s Tennis Tip
A common flaw in many club players backhand volleys is their tendency to chop down on the ball, allowing the racquet head to drop below wrist level. Usually the result is a volley hit off-balance with so little pace and control that it catches the net. To hit a more effective backhand volley, keep your wrist firm and, instead of chopping down on the ball, flatten out your volleying motion. Think of yourself as a baseball umpire giving a safe signal when you hit the ball. As you punch forward your volley, your free arm should extend away from your body simultaneously in the opposite direction to help you maintain your balance and keep your volleying motion crisp and compact. By hitting “safe” and sure backhand volleys, you’ll find yourself scoring more often at the net.
Scott Smith Is a USPTA certified tennis professional and is the director of tennis at the VH Yacht Club.
Sail Martha’s Vineyard sailing master Doug Heil suggests that persons planning to sail the Opera House Cup race on Nantucket should sail the 11th annual Hurricane Fodder Feeder Race from Vineyard Haven to Nantucket, Saturday.
The warning gun will sound at 9:55 am. The race starts five minutes later.
Observe “C5” Norton Shoal to starboard. Finish at RW NB in Nantucket.
There is no fee for the Feeder Race. All participating boats will enjoy a discounted Opera House registration fee of $125 with half of it going to Sail Martha’s Vineyard.
Race instructions may be picked up at Sail MV boathouse at Sailing Camp Park, 177 Barnes Road, OB. Or call Doug Heil at 508-693-4297 or hail on VHF channel 72 on Saturday.
The Feeder Race is hosted by Sail Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Community Sailing.
The deadline for entry in the 28th annual George Moffett Race is Friday, September 2. Late entries will not be accepted. The race will be held September 10
Women’s softball playoffs
Playoff first round games were played at Veterans Park, Tisbury, Tuesday evening.
In the early game the Snaps defeated the improving Vixens, 8-2.
In the second game, the Shady Ladies romped over the Hazards in a mercy rule shortened game, 22-6.
Next Tuesday, in the semi final round, the Creamers will go against the Snaps and the Shady Ladies will tackle the Honeys.
Winners will play for the league championship under the lights the same evening.
An east-west all-star game is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30. Each of the league’s six teams will elect four of its players for membership on the all-star team plus two alternates. The game will be the occasion for a cook out to which the public is invited.
Seasonal Islanders reach finals
Eleven year old Nick Laub and his father, George, of New Canaan, Conn., have qualified for the father/child under 11 Pilot Pen Family Classic Regional finals to be played August 25 at the Yale University tennis complex.
The Laubs survived four rounds of play and two match points to advance to the finals where they will face Charlie and Tyler Adams of Buxton, Maine. Nick is the grandson of Gail Farrish of Edgartown, and has been playing with the Edgartown Tennis Club team this summer.
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