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12/22/18 11:00am

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Commodore Pete Bethge about to start a Sunday race of the Menantic Yacht Club on West Neck Bay.

In October, Menantic Yacht Club (MYC) members Joe Sullivan and Melissa Shepstone both had the great idea to nominate Club Commodore Pete Bethge for the 2018 US Sailing One-Design Leadership Award. (more…)

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07/16/18 4:30pm
CHARLIE MODICA PHOTO A day on the water with Broadway Joe. From left, Mike Stromberg, Pete Bethge, Carolyn Stromberg, Sallie Bethge, Bob Harris, Lissa Modica and Joe Namath.

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A day on the water with Broadway Joe. From left, Mike Stromberg, Pete Bethge, Carolyn Stromberg, Sallie Bethge, Bob Harris, Lissa Modica and Joe Namath.

Never without his cell phone, Charlie Modica received a call just after finishing the third race in last week’s Menantic Yacht Club Sunfish races.

It was from a friend from Jupiter — not the planet — Florida, though one has to wonder at times. The caller wanted to give Charlie advice about racing and to say he was coming to Shelter Island for a couple of days. Charlie mentioned the call to me and thought a sail around Shelter Island on Charm, his 70-foot sailboat, would be nice. (more…)

08/04/17 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Helplessly hoping. The Menantic Yacht Club becalmed before a race on July 29.

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Helplessly hoping. The Menantic Yacht Club becalmed before a race on July 29.

Saturday, July 29 brought small craft warnings with the wind gusting up to 32 knots around Shelter Island.

On Sunday morning the winds were still blowing around 10 knots. At 2 p.m., kickoff time for the fifth series of Sunfish races this year hosted by the Menantic Yacht Club (MYC), the wind was practically nonexistent — zero to 1 knot. Boats were drifting aimlessly, waiting for the Race Committee to make a decision about racing. Fortunately for those sailors who arrived late, the racing did not begin until almost 3 p.m. due to lack of wind. (more…)