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06/05/15 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Peter Reich at home in a garage-like room that is equal parts office, boatyard, maritime museum and man-cave.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Peter Reich at home in a garage-like room that is equal parts office, boatyard, maritime museum and man-cave.

When Peter Reich was 23 years old in 1980, he had an experience that usually lands a person on the morning talk shows.

Sailing his family’s 33-foot yacht Polar Bear, Peter and his friend Andy Reeve ran into a vicious storm. En route to Bermuda, the boat sank 750 miles off Montauk and left the two men floating in a tiny inflated raft for five days with eight slices of cheese, some ginger ale and a few signal flares. (more…)

04/15/14 8:00am
DON BINDLER PHOTO | A snowy owl in flight over Shell Beach last week.

DON BINDLER PHOTO | A snowy owl in flight over Shell Beach last week.

Don Bindler photographed these snowy owls late last week on Shell Beach, writing to us: “The seasons seem to be mixed up. First time I’ve ever shot a snowy owl while wearing a T-shirt. This mature bird is way past its usual time in these parts. Presumably it’s on its way north.” (more…)

03/21/14 10:00am
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO |  Connor Corbett-Rice at the Shelter Island Yacht Club this week. Three years ago he wrote a message and placed it in a wine bottle before it was launched on a remarkable sea voyage.

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO |
Connor Corbett-Rice at the Shelter Island Yacht Club this week. Three years ago he wrote a message and placed it in a wine bottle before it was launched on a remarkable sea voyage.

Walking a private, seldom travelled stretch of sand in Cave Cay in the Bahamas in early February, a couple from Bermuda spied a corked wine bottle washed up on the beach. Going closer, Carol and Andrew Gracie saw a message tucked inside. (more…)