Tom Graham sails Swallows and Amazons, a Gannon and Benjamin sloop, in heavy traffic. He finished 8th. Photos by Louisa Gould
A yawl wins the 29th Moffett
Fifty-three boats started the 29th George Moffett race, Saturday, and 53 boats finished the race on a perfectly warm, clear, sunny day with a southwest wind of 10 to 15 knots.
The race committee had designed a course that took the fleet from East Chop to buoy RW NW bell in Nantucket Sound, then to red bell 16 near Falmouth Harbor, then to red bell 2 off Waquoit Bay in Mashpee, then to green can 13 at the east of L'Hommedieu shoal, then to red and green nun at the west end of Squash Meadow, then to green bell 23 at Oak Bluffs, and back to the finish line near East Chop.
The diverse fleet included boats ranging from 20 to 53 feet, and was divided by the race committee into two divisions. The starting gun for the slower Division II boats sounded at 11:30 am. Division I began 15 minutes later.
Starfish, with Brian Roberts at the helm, jibes around red bell 16 off Falmouth Harbor, the second mark.
The Race Committee boat with Honorary Chair Hugh Schwarz, Chairman Harry Duane, Principal Race Officer Brock Callen, Mike Wilson, Marion Hammond, Mary Vivian, and Charley Felder on board was anchored at the starboard end of the starting line, which was roughly perpendicular to the East Chop shore and long enough to accommodate the large fleet
Most of the boats started on a beam reach on the port tack and made for buoy RW NW allowing for the east setting current. After rounding the mark, the fleet hardened up and headed for Falmouth Harbor, continuing to be mindful of the east flow of the Sound. After jibing around red bell 16, the vessels made for Waquoit on a broad reach on the starboard tack. Rounding the Waquoit bell, the fleet headed for green can 13 on a beam reach on the starboard tack, then a close reach on starboard to Squash Meadow and a beat to windward to the finish line.
Line honors, for the second consecutive year, went to Damian McLaughlin in Arion, his custom-built 41-foot fiberglass ketch.
At the awards ceremony at Owen Park, the sailors were treated to clam chowder and other fine foods from Louis Larsen and the Net Result, arranged by Sally Culkin. Honorary Chairman Schwarz remarked that it was a great day for sailing and an affirmation of the fantastic conditions in Vineyard waters, to which all assembled agreed.
Jerry Coe guides Indian Summer around buoy RW NW, the first mark.
First to finish in corrected time was Falcor, a Seabird Yawl sailed by Sandy Alexander and built by his father during the 1930s. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Alexander said he was very happy but he had not intended to win the race, a remark that was received with hearty laughter and a round of applause.
Second was Nancy Woitoski in the McIntosh cutter, Cetus. Third was Maude Chilton in the Sailmaster, Lark.
Dan Culkin was fourth in Magic Time, a Vineyard Vixen and fifth was Peter Strock in Jules, a Vindo 45.
Then came (6) Bruce Courcier in Sea Lord, (7) Tom and Laurie Welch in Eastaway, (8) Tom Graham in Swallows and Amazons, (9) Jim Lobdell in Malabar II. (10) John and Lisa Stout in Isabella, (11) Irving Gates in King Kiwi, and (12) John Amabile in Solitude.
Peter Goodale in Stormalong II and Jerry Goodale in Stormalong III were 13th and 14th, followed by (15) Tony Nevin in Anoa, (16) Jeff Robinson in Phra Luang, (17) Don Rappaport in Juliani, (18) Jeff Craig in Rosa Parks, (19) Ben Hanningan in Summertime, (20) Bruce Slater in Shy, (21) Jim Pringle in Myfanway, (22) Woody Bowman in Julia Lee, (23) Damian McLaughlin in Arion, (24) Jim Pepper in Agave.
Ernie Mendenhall and Kathy Logue sailed Rocinante III to a 25th place finish with (26) Frank Brunelle in Restless
Wind, (27) Ged Delany in Ardent, (28) Bobbie Crosby in Celeste, (29) Phil Hale in Mischief, (30) Doug Heil in Pearly Baker, (31) Robert Robinson in Phalarope, (32) Rob Dole in Hope, (33) Jerry Coe in Indian Summer, (34) Mike Oliveira in Hero, (35) Bob Jewett in Andiamo II, (36) Art and Caroline Spengler in Raven (37) Mike Jacobs in Sakie, (38) John Vose in Limulus, (39) Art Spielvogel in Sea Wolf, (40) Art Whitworth in Fair Dinkum (41) Carl Beverly in Vamoose, (42) Tom Hutchinson in Osprey II (43) Ian Mclogin in Marmalade, (44) Fred Lucas in Pondicherry, (45) Brian Roberts in Starfish, (46) Kevin Nagel in Dawn Treader, (47) Mike Loberg in Masquerade, (48) Roger Becker in Gloria, (49) Martin Loftus in Sunny Side (50) David Orland in Orn, (51) Jack Broadhurst in Neriad, (52) Mal Jones in Sanderling, (53) Christopher Gray in Cricket Holiday.
Named for a true yachtsman and one of the founders of the Holmes Hole Sailing Association, the George Moffett Race has been sailed every year since 1978.
Information for the article above was provided by John Amabile
Twenty-six-year-old Chris Fischer of Chilmark ran the Vineyard Haven Library 5K best in 19:45. Photos by Ralph Stewart
Fischer is first
Chris Fischer, 26, of Chilmark won the 9th annual 5K run/walk for the Vineyard Haven Public Library, Sunday, in 19:45, the exact same time as last year's winner, (then) 48-year-old Dana Gaines. Chris was closely pursued by fellow Chilmarker Todd Christy, 41, whose time was 19:49.
The first female to finish the course was Pilar Rodriguez, 31, of Boston. She was fifth overall in 20:18. Also among the leaders was 27 year old Bonnie Kingsbury of Vineyard Haven who was eighth at 21:11.
Pilar Rodriguez, 31, of Boston, was the first woman to reach the finish line. She was fifth overall at 20:18.
Others finishing in the top eleven were (3) Garry Metters, 41, Vineyard Haven, 19:54 (4) Chris Waters, 24, East Falmouth, 20:17 (6) Daniel Vaughn, 31, Edgartown, 20:19, (7) Roger Armstrong, 52, Edgartown, 20:51 (9) Steven Katz, 56, West Tisbury, 21:11 (10) Doug Tom, 27, Oak Bluffs, 21:44 and (11) Todd Cleland, 37, Oak Bluffs, 22:20.
The youngest to complete the run was 4-year-old Katie Knipmeyer of Vineyard Haven who ran with her parents, Sharon and Steve.
Last year, six-year-old Devon Metters outran his mother, Maria, by ten seconds. This year Maria arrived at the finish line five minutes and 25 seconds ahead of her seven-year-old son.
Ninety-three runners competed, a 38 percent increase over last year.
In a crowd, Billy Reagan poked he ball into the right side of the net - one of his two goals in the JV's 4-1 defeat of Apponequet. Photos by Ralph Stewart
Soccer teams roll
The MVRHS varsity soccer teams began their scheduled games on the right foot, Wednesday. The girls beat the Whalers on Nantucket, 2-1. The boys won their home game with Nantucket, 3-1.
Antulio Neto started the boys contest six minutes into the contest, unassisted. Davey Campbell converted a penalty kick with nine minutes left in the first half.
A quarter of an hour into the second half, Neto scored his second goal, lifting the Vineyard to a 3-0 lead. The Whalers' top gun, Raio Carreia, found a way past MV goalie Nico Cuba to erase the shutout.
Friday, also on the Vineyard, after a scoreless first 40 minutes, Torbelly Assis converted a right-on pass from Antulio Neto and put the first mark on the scoreboard.
Torbelly Assis iced the cake with the third MV goal late in the second half of the varsity game.
But New Bedford Voke's Jarred Carvalho evened the count with nine minutes left on the clock, for a final 1-1 result.
Monday, the Islanders dominated Apponequet on a wind-swept field, Monday, shutting out the Lakers, 3-0. Torbelly Assis put the Islanders on the board halfway through the first period converting a neat pass from Davey Campbell.
The 1-0 score held up until three minutes were left in the second half when Ben Medeiras scored off a corner kick to make it 2-0 and moments later, Assis added the icer with help from Antulio Neto.
Goalie Nico Cuba was not challenged often, but when he was tested he earned a straight A. The MV varsity is 2-0-1 in the early going.
The MV Jayvees also defeated the visiting Lakers, 4-1 on two goals by Billy Reagan and two more by Rodrigo Barcelos. With a win and a tie, the Jayvees are also undefeated
Girls are 1-1
After their 2-1 win at Nantucket, the MV girls varsity soccer team bowed to Apponequet at Lakeville, Monday, 3-2.
The Islanders lost but demonstrated grit and a no quit spirit coming from behind to tie the game twice before time ran out with Apponequet ahead.
Yesterday was their home opener versus Fairhaven.