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09/22/16 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO Prospector, owned and operated by Shelter Island Yacht Club members, competing earlier this month in the waters off Sardinia, Italy during the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, which attracts sailors from all over the world.

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Prospector, owned and operated by Shelter Island Yacht Club members, competing earlier this month in the waters off Sardinia, Italy during the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, which attracts sailors from all over the world.

Maritime history provides several examples of small places that punched above their nautical weight.

Venice, Genoa and Nantucket come to mind. Somehow, the skills and determination of those geographically small maritime powers allowed them to dominate vast oceans and control trade and industries. Their boats sailed far and wide in search of riches and glory.

Following in that tradition — without controlling world trade, yet — sailors from the Shelter Island Yacht Club (SIYC) were recently on the starting lines in places as far flung as Cowes, England, Sardinia, Italy and Newport, Rhode Island. There were no riches to be had — only expenses — but plenty of glory. (more…)

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09/21/16 4:30pm
BOB HARRIS PHOTO A start for the Women’s North American Sunfish Championships held by the Menantic Yacht Club in West Neck Harbor last weekend.

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A start for the Women’s North American Sunfish Championships held by the Menantic Yacht Club in West Neck Harbor last weekend.

The Menantic Yacht Club hosted the largest Women’s North American Sunfish Championship (WNA) in history this past weekend in West Neck Harbor with 39 sailors participating, ranging in age from 12 to 72, and hailing from as far afield as Arizona. (more…)

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09/21/16 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO The undefeated 2016 Shelter Island Varsity girls cross country team. From left, Emma Martinez Majdisova, Emma Gallagher, Abigail Kotula, Justine Karen, Lauren Gurney, Caitlin Binder, Francesca Frasco, Lindsey Gallagher, Lily Garrison and Isabella Sherman.

COURTESY PHOTO The undefeated 2016 Shelter Island Varsity girls cross country team. From left,
Emma Martinez Majdisova, Emma Gallagher, Abigail Kotula, Justine Karen, Lauren Gurney, Caitlin Binder, Francesca Frasco, Lindsey Gallagher, Lily Garrison and Isabella Sherman.

On Tuesday, September 20, the Shelter Island varsity boys and girls cross country teams traveled for a double dual league meet at Sunken Meadow. (more…)

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09/19/16 10:16am
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO Action from Friday's Shelter Island volleyball team's win over Greenport-Southold. Top to bottom, Sarah Lewis, Nicolette Fasco and Julia Labrozzi. In gray shirt, Melissa Frasco

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO Action from Friday’s Shelter Island volleyball team’s win over Greenport-Southold. Top to bottom, Sarah Lewis, Nicolette Frasco and Julia Labrozzi. In gray shirt, Melissa Frasco.

September means a new school year and a brand new sports season. Shelter Island volleyball players have been in the gym since August 22, learning and improving skills and forging a team from individuals.

We have a lot of new players in the gym. Six varsity players graduated with the class of 2016, and unfortunately two seniors have been unable to return due to injury. Isabella Sherman made the switch to cross country, trading with Olivia Yeaman who came to the volleyball team.

With all the changes, we have just one returning varsity player, and of the 17 players currently in the gym, 10 have never played high school volleyball. We’re quite young, but the athletes are steadily making progress. The girls are very supportive of each other and tackle new ideas with enthusiasm. (more…)

09/18/16 11:00am
A double header catch of false albacores by Mike McConnell, left, and our columnist

COURTESY PHOTO A double header catch of false albacores by Mike McConnell, left, and our columnist.

After Hermine finally cleared the area, I got an email from a friend and Montauk fishing guide, Ernie French. He suddenly had cancellations on his calendar from folks who thought the ocean would be too rough to fish for a while. He gave me the available dates, with a parting shot of, “Oh, by the way, the albies are in.” (more…)