Sports Highlights


The eleventh Arnold Brown Regatta

Sail Martha’s Vineyard and the MV Regional High School hosted nine teams last weekend for the 11th annual Arnold Brown Trophy, a qualifier for the Great Oaks in New Orleans. Competition was shuttled to the sailing site on the Lagoon with the generous support of Vineyard parents. (The Bishop Stang team opted for the ocean route from Marion.)

Dense fog and a lack of wind dampened spirits temporarily. But a southeast breeze lifted the fog and intensified to 12-18 knots from the southwest.

Sailing for the Vineyard were Raz Sayre, Megan Mendenhall, Tyler Shapiro, Sans VanRooyen, Jake Sudarsky, Charlie Morano, Jesse Thomas, Riley Donegan, and Anna Flaherty.

All sailed well. Good sportsmanship prevailed and there were no protests, all in the spirit of Arnold Brown for whom the regatta was named.

Duxbury and North Kingstown, R.I. tied for first place. The tie-breaker gave the nod to the Rhodies.

Congratulations to North Kingstown for winning the Arnold Brown Trophy again.

Holmes Holers Post Season Sail

With thanks to David Lott

Calm seas and a tepid north wind gave the Holmes Hole sailors a delightful post-season race Sunday. Taking on four other boats, season winner Andy Berry in Isobar, continued his dominance by winning the race, which sent the fleet twice around the familiar route from the Harbor buoy to West Chop, to East Chop, and back.

The fleet beat to West Chop with Isobar quickly in the lead followed by Silhouette, skippered by Rebecca Colson and Roger Becker in Gloria. Magic Time and David Lott’s Avanti, battled it out for the final two positions.

Avanti passed Magic Time going downwind at the last mark at East Chop after being behind earlier by as much as 200 yards. From there, it is was a match race to the finish line, with Magic Time bearing down on the beat to buoy 6 and nipping Avanti by less than a boat length. While Magic Time enjoyed the rush of coming from behind to cross the line first, Avanti came out ahead on corrected time.

Final standings: 1 Andy Berry in Isobar, 2. Rebeca Colson in Silhouette; 3. Roger Becker in Gloria. 4. David Lott in Avanti and 5. Dan Culkin in Magic Time.

Vineyarders sink Warriors

The Vineyard high school golf team won its seventh match of the season besting Coyle Cassidy at the Lebaron Country Club’s par 36 course, Tuesday, 255 – 266.

Mike deBettencourt had the medalist round of 40 and Kat deBettencourt was right behind at 41. Justin Smith carded 42.

Chris Morris and Brendan Maseda came in at 43.

Jacob Gomes led the Warriors with a round of 42.

MV is 7-5 on the year.

Brokers and Bankers win

The winning teams at last week’s MV Savings Bank Classic VNA benefit tourney at the Vineyard Golf Club were the XS Brokers team (Low Gross) of Adam Devine, Fielding Moore, Jason Michaud, and Mike McKinley.

The Low Net winners were the MV Savings Bank team of Richard Leonard, Chuck Tidman, Eric Tidman, and Chris Wells.

The Visiting Nursing Association reaped the benefits of the action.


Inexcusably, Richard Stone’s name was omitted from the winning team of the 23rd annual Howard Leonard Golf Tournament at Mink Meadows last week. Sorry, Richard, and congratulations.

MV boys place in Bay State Invite

At the Bay State Cross Country Invitational at Wrentham, Saturday, the boys varsity finished second in Division 2 with 110 points. Cooper Chapman led the Vineyarders and finished 22nd in 18:07. Jeremy Alley-Tarter was right behind in the 23rd spot followed by Kyle Joba-Woodruff who was 24th and Michael Schroeder, 27th. Sam Oslyn finished 46th.

Hopedale had the winning score, 39. After MV came 3 Hingham, 4 Hamilton-Wenham, and 5 Hopkinton.

In the girl’s varsity race, Hannah Moore led Islanders finishing 26th at 21:39.

James Roddy was 13th in the boys JV race at 19:25. Andrew Wiley finished 28th in 11:54 and Julia Neville showed great promise by finishing fifth in 13:01 in the freshman race.

The Harriers were at Coyle Cassidy yesterday.

Over The Hill for another win

The Vineyard Football Club travelled to Franklin on Sunday and returned with a 4-3 win under their collective belts. Two Vineyard goals were scored by Rodolfo “Rudy” Fernandez. Skip Dostal and Ricardo “Café” Andrade also found the back of the net. The VFC is now in third place in the Over The Hill Soccer League.

The VFC visits Needham this Sunday.

Vineyarders fall prey to Falcons

The Vineyard girls varsity soccer team traveled to Mashpee, Monday, and came up short in a 2-0 loss to the Falcons.

The girls look for their first win of the season in an Eastern Athletic Conference match against Coyle and Cassidy, today in Taunton.


Last Thursday, winners at the Island Bridge Club tables were Sandy Lindheimer and Barbara Besse at North-South, and Duncan Walton and Foster Greene at East-West. Second place honors were won by Carol Whitmarsh and David Donald, Richard Williams and Bob Iadicicco. Third were Lou Winkelman and Charlie Harff, Rich and Pamela Pela.

Seven tables were in play at the Howes House.

Pistol tournament

The Martha’s Vineyard Rod & Gun Club Pistol Championship shootout will be Saturday, Oct. 8, beginning at 10 am at the club firing range off Third Street in Edgartown. To participate, call pistol chairman Jon Cristea at 508-627-0686. The public is invited to watch.

Flag Football games postponed

Saturday’s Flag Football games were postponed due to the Saturday morning rain. This Saturday, the Anglers tackle the Rock at 8 am, the Blue Claws attack the Islanders at 9 am, and the Sharks and Volunteers go at it at 10 am, all at Nunes Field, Edgartown.

A bikers benefit

Rain was predicted, but it turned out to be a beautiful day for a bike ride, Saturday, and the Rotary Club’s Cycle Martha’s Vineyard event was a delight for some 100 cyclists.

The Pig Roast at the P-A Club was a solid hit and the Ballyhoo band set toes a-tapping. Bill Brown and his committee are to be congratulated.

The annual event was a benefit for Windemere at the MV Hospital in memory of Lucinda Chandler.

Rob Douglas is nominated

Islander Rob Douglas is one of ten persons nominated for the title of International Sailing Federation Rolex World Sailor of the Year. Nominees, both men and women, are from England (3), USA (2), Spain (2), Aruba, Italy, and Australia. Four are women.

Rob’s claim to the title is justified by the fact that he set a new sailing speed record at Luberitz, Namibia, October 28, 2010. Rob’s new speed record is 55.65 knots or 103.1 kilometers per hour.