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Vineyard football pioneer dead at 93

John (“Jack”) Kelley, the inaugural head coach of Martha’s Vineyard high school football and a famed hockey coach with Boston University and the New England/Hartford Whalers, died on Tuesday at the age of 93. In...

Penelope wins the Moffett

On Saturday, Sept. 12, Mo Flam took first place out of 29 contenders in the 43rd annual Moffett Race. The win, aboard his Alerion 28, Penelope, capped off a great season for the commodore...

Holmes Hole’s final week

It was another week of contrasts to finish up the official season for the Holmes Hole Sailing Association. Thursday’s race was eventually canceled due to lack of wind, but not before many hardy souls...

Fall sports still a question for Island schools

Schools on-Island are still considering how to have sports this year while being safe and following health guidelines. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) have...

Holmes Hole Sailing weekly update: A variety pack

On Thursday evening, August 13th, there wasn’t a breath of air, and with rain predicted even the most unremittingly enthusiastic sailors had to admit it wasn’t worth raising a sail, and so the race...

Sailors face the doldrums

The word “doldrums” seems to have first appeared around 1802 to describe melancholy, sadness, ennui, or the blues. By 1824 it was transferred to marine terminology to describe being becalmed or making no headway....

Kerry sails to victory 

On Saturday, former Secretary of State John Kerry won the highly competitive Venona Trophy at Edgartown Race Weekend’s 82nd ’Round-the-Island Race, after a noteworthy comeback. Kerry, a seasonal Chilmark resident, sailed with his team of...

Competition heats up along with weather

A contentious, confusing, and competitive start on Thursday evening miraculously avoided any collisions. A strong west-southwest wind gusting up to 20 mph called for quick thinking and strategic maneuvering for the first windward leg....

Trinity wins Chappy race

David McDonough sailed his C&C 37, Trinity, to victory on Sunday in the Holmes Hole Sailing Association race to Chappaquiddick. Under cloudless skies, on a calm sea, with a good 10- to 15-knot southwest...

Herreshoff debut at Holmes Hole

Thursday evening saw the first appearance of the Herreshoff 12½ fleet for an inaugural race around Vineyard Haven Harbor. The three 12½s started 15 minutes ahead of the 14 Holmes Hole sailors, and sailed...

Winning week for Holmes Hole

Another perfect Thursday evening race and a spanking Sunday breeze gave Holmes Hole sailors two more memorable outings. Fourteen sailors turned out on Thursday, along with a serviceable wind that brought everyone around the...

Complications at sea

The perfect summer evening on July 2 presented 13 sailors with a steady, light breeze, a rising tide, and a clear sky. Unfortunately, the race itself held enough confusion to remove it from the...

Edgartown Race Weekend will set sail in August

The Edgartown Yacht Club will host the 82nd  signature ’Round-the-Island (’RTI) race on August 1, in addition to the newer ’Round-the-Sound (’RTS) event the same day, according to a press release. Even though the yacht...

Former Sharks player drafted by Cleveland Indians

Mason Hickman, a 21-year-old pitcher who played with the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks baseball team in 2017, has been drafted by the Cleveland Indians. Hickman played with the Sharks when he was 18 years old, after...

Shark Tank will be empty this year

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks baseball team won’t be playing at the Shark Tank this summer. On Friday night, after a meeting of league officials, the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) pulled the plug on...

Fly rod tournament is canceled

The good news is that fishing is one of the activities you can still do while social distancing. The bad news is that tournaments aren’t something that can continue at this time. On Friday, the...

Vineyard winter athletes get all-scholastic honors

Several Vineyard winter athletes received all-scholastic nods from Boston Globe Sunday.  The Globe saluted Vineyard stars in indoor track, swimming, hockey, and basketball. Vineyard swimmers Gabby Carr and Olympia Hall, for girls, and Ruairi Mullin, for...

Connie McHugh earns pro coach certification in pickleball

Connie McHugh of Airport Fitness received her Professional Pickleball Registry Coach Certification after attending teacher training in Hilton Head, S.C. Fifty professionals from around the world with backgrounds in racquet sports participated in the...

Home Workout

Wondering how to work out now that all the Island gyms have closed to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus? Want to stay swole but also practice social distancing? Here’s a quick...

In search of sports

The cupboard is bare. No sports in the paper, no sports on TV, no sports in the gyms and stadiums. No sports arguments, no sports drama, no sports angst. No throwing objects at the...