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Kayaks lining Wades Beach before the third annual Great Peconic Race Saturday.
Two years ago, when I turned 60, I decided I would kayak around Shelter Island as a personal challenge. With very little training, I set out one morning in a plastic sit-on-top 12-foot boat I’d bought for my wife. Seven hours later I finished and a bucket list item was checked off.
Later that summer I discovered after the running of the first Great Peconic Race (GPR) in 2014 that circumnavigating the Island in a kayak wasn’t exactly an original idea. When I saw the times posted by paddlers, I realized I had a lot of work to do. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Jay Card III teeing off Monday morning on the 10th hole of the Gardiner’s Bay Country Club.
The 10th hole at Gardiner’s Bay Country Club (GBCC) is a 391 yard dogleg left from the back tees.
I let Jay Card III tee off first on Monday morning and the reigning three-time club champion chose a three iron. He shaped it around the corner and the ball came to rest 108 yards from the pin in the center of the fairway at the bottom of the hill. Perfect.
His wedge to the green came up about 15 feet short of the flag. One putt for birdie.
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO All for one. The Bucks home dugout was a lively place this season.
The Shelter Island Bucks completed the season on a hot streak, winning five of six ballgames and showing character over the final week of Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League play. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO This is what we call a ball. Shelter Island Cricket Club founder David Shillingford explains the finer points of the game to a group of Shelter Island Bucks.
Christian Molfetta of the Shelter Island Bucks stood behind the popping crease and looked across the pitch at the bowler, with a bat in his hand. He wore batting pads, padded gloves and stood in front of the wicket. The bowler bounced one in and Molfetta swung — he may have tipped it — the wicket keeper caught it on a fly and a cry went up: ”Howzat?” (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Ben Schragger pitching against the Westhampton Aviators.
On Monday, July 18 the Shelter Island Bucks resumed a rain-delayed Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League contest from July 7, which had been called in the fourth inning with the Bucks down 5-2 to the Montauk Mustangs at Fiske Field.
Matters did not improve for the home team as the Mustangs sent 16 men to the plate, scoring 11 times on just three hits in the inning. (more…)