Rain squalls, high winds and steep waves can’t deter these speed freaks from racing in the scheduled 10th Annual Vineyard Cup going on this weekend on Martha’s Vineyard. The Vineyard Cup Foiling Kiteboard Championship & Big Air Competition is a fundraising event that benefits Sail Martha’s Vineyard and is based out of Vineyard Haven harbor on Martha’s Vineyard. World class kiteboarders come to compete in this event that has the right breeze, its angle and the texture of the water will provide for incredible racing at the finest kiteboarding venues in the United States, the Vineyard’s own Cow Bay. Race course will be set close to the beach to allow the beach crowd to be part of the excitement. Continue reading →
If you’re heading the to Vineyard this weekend for a perfect almost-fall getaway, you’ll be treated to an awesome sight as our beloved customers, Gannon & Benjamin, host the 28th Annual Pat West Gaff Rig and Schooner Race on Saturday, September 16.
All Gaff Rig boats and schooners are welcome to enter. The race is held each year in memory of Francis (Pat) West Jr, and benefits the non-profit organization, Sail Martha’s Vineyard.
US Sailing is all excited about their new video series called “The Beat.” It’s fun and the host, Katy Nastro is entertaining and has a nice way of making you want to keep watching. There is a large focus on the junior sailing element so far (they are on episode 6 now) and that’s the way it should be for a governing sport body wanting to grow the sport. Start with the kids!
This 5th episode is particularly fun since they head to the amazingly salty and killer island of Martha’s Vineyard, AND they hop on our favorite ride, an O’Pen Bic. In fact, it’s a great look at exactly what the Bics are about and why we have been spouting on about them all spring and summer long – they embrace the FUN factor and focus on the joys of capsizing, doing some crazy freestyle moves and they introduce us to the King of the O’Pen Bic movement, Nevin Sayre.
Nevin has been spreading his stoke about the boats and encouraging an increase in the fun factor of sailing since the boats came on the market. The fleets around the country are growing quickly – so see if you can grab a boat and a few friends who drooled all over yours (or our demos) and start a fleet.
Katy tries her hand at kiteboarding and takes us to the very successful sailing program, Sail Martha’s Vineyard and their “Seahab” program – Reachers. It’s a fun place to sail to, and now I want to move there and enroll in the sailing program. (They also have great beaches, a killer hockey! rink and program and of course it’s beautiful 12 months of the year – albeit ccccold on occasion.)
So check out this episode of The Beat and let us know what you think. Ready for another episode? Check out #6 here!
Martha’s Vineyard is in full swing this time of year and it’s not just the Island that
has been hot. On July 10-12 the waters off Martha’s Vineyard played host to one of the most unique Regatta’s to ever take place. 88 boats ranging in size from 12 feet to 81 feet shared the water with 30 Foiling Kiteboards competing for $10,000 in the cash purse compliments of Lynch and Associates.
Sustainability for the Future
For 2015 the Vineyard Cup is building on its sustainable roots. For the past three years Sail Martha’s Vineyard has been moving up the ranks in the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta initiative but this year decided to go a step further by committing to serve all Local food, which was either grown, raised or landed on Martha’s Vineyard.
This included greens and tomatoes from Island Grown Initiative, Chickens from Morning Glory Farm, Oysters from Honeysuckle Oysters and Pigs from The Good Farm among other Island purveyors.
In addition the event attempted to be a Zero Waste event, meaning that all food would be composted, all containers recycled and anything that can be reused will be reused. In the end we had 1 yard of trash, 90% of which was from the packaging of materials provided to us by outside companies.
Maritime Heritage with a Progressive Thought Process
While Sail Martha’s Vineyard started with simple boat building and learn to sail programs back in 1992 it has grown immensely with classes ranging from Coastal Navigation to High School Vocational to Rowing to Captains License Testing. At the heart the organization still offers Island Children the opportunity to learn the skills of sailing for free. This in itself is a huge undertaking with 400 children taking to the water this summer alone.
Once you’ve recovered from this past weekend’s madness – get ready for more on Martha’s Vineyard where the Vineyard Cup is about to go off. This regatta has it all – from classic yachts to PHRF boat and then add in a dash of foiling Kiteboards! SICK! And the best part of it all is that it’s all to benefit Sail Martha’s Vineyard, an island based non profit whose mission is to get the islanders out sailing. Because NO, not every Martha’s Vineyarder is a trustafarian or hedge funder with a yacht on hand. Many scrape together summer tips to join the sailing programs and so helping the locals is the same out on the fancy island as it is in any other town. MV depends on donations and support from the masses to fund sailboats and sailors.
KiteFoiling/ Sailor Vineyarder and TotalBoat Ambassador, Brock Callen who is helping to rally the foiling side of the event says: “We are trying to create an event that is unlike anything out there. Classic Sailboats alongside Foiling Kiteboards, Fully sustainable with all local food and it is all to benefit a great organization.” Callen, who is an 11th Hour Racing Ambassador for clean water, was also proud to point out that the regatta has been granted Sailors for the Sea Gold Level Sustainability Status. No single use water bottles will be allowed! Water Filling Stations will be set up at both Kite venue and Sailing Venue. There will be all glass at the event tent. No plastic cups. Forks and knives are birch and the plates are compostable. And all the food is local. Pretty cool.
And then there’s the cash….
Here is a great write up from Sailing Anarchythat sums up this part of the event really nicely: … the Vineyard Cup was created 10 years ago and it has existed as a family fun regatta with a great party but for 2015 SailMV wanted to make some changes to the Vineyard Cup and wanted to provide the Island with an event that was not only beneficial to one of the most influential non profits but also to provide something that was exciting to watch. Enter Lynch & Associates and their commitment to donate $10,000 in cold hard cash as the prize money for the first Foiling Kiteboard Vineyard Cup.
Bill Lynch and Lynch & Associates have been the force behind the North American Speed Sailing Championships as well as Rob Douglas and his 2008 assault on the Outright World Speed Sailing Record in Namibia. With the prize money in hand Sail Martha’s Vineyard has opened up registration to 30 Foiling Kiteboards to race July 10-12 right off State Beach which in the summer boasts 7,000+ Sun burnt spectators lounging on the beach. So if you think you can nail a foiling jibe at 30 knots or if you want to support a great organization check out the Website here.