Team Sailing a Tactical Maneuver

Unlike other spring sports at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, sailing can’t move indoors in inclement weather.

The team is on the water most afternoons, after catching the bus from school to Sailing Camp Park (parent organization Sail MV provides the facilities and equipment for the team). When it rains, they rig up the boats. When there’s no wind, they go out and practice nonetheless. And if there’s a late-season snow shower, well, the team’s still on the water. About the only thing that can keep them inside is lightning.

A Cronkite Award for Captain Douglas

Robert S. Douglas, captain of the topsail schooner Shenandoah, received the Walter Cronkite award Saturday at the 21st annual Sail Martha’s Vineyard Seafood Buffet and Auction at Tisbury Wharf. The award is bestowed to those who have distinguished themselves above and beyond, following the precepts of Sail Martha’s Vineyard’s own goals, to enrich the lives of others.

Sail MV Gives High School Sailing Team Gift of New Boats

Like so many Vineyarders do, the high school sailing team gathered Monday afternoon at the Steamship Authority docks to wait for a boat.

Or, more specifically, their six boats, which rolled off the Island Home on the back of a trailer to much applause and cheering.

Thanks to gifts from Sail MV benefactors — the program provides equipment and a home base for the team — the team was able to purchase brand new 420s for the fleet. This is the first new fleet in the program’s history; previous boats were always purchased used.

Sail MV Dinner

The second of the Sail Martha’s Vineyard dinner and lecture series at the Black Dog Tavern takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. The speaker is Dan O’Connor from Life Raft and Survival Equipment Co. located in Tiverton, RI. Mr. O’Connor’s talk is titled Safety at Sea. His presentation will focus on what saved the crew members from the s/v Rambler during the 2011 Fastnet Race.