08.01.11

The culture of surfing in Vineyard waters has gained momentum in recent years with advances in weather-tracking technology. The Island’s south-shore swells are inconsistent, but occasionally they can be epic. The waves can also get crowded, and many surfers are protective of their turf.

Mike Seccombe

10.01.10

On Tuesday, after reeling in my first fish ever, I lifted up the big bluefish and turned around to see my friends Tom and Mike with their iPhone cameras perched over wide smiles. They were as exhilarated as I was. Perhaps this is what happens when you combine two guys who have a bunch of Derby pins and plaques with their pitiful friend who’s fished the Derby the last three years without a single catch.

Nicki Miller

08.01.09

Something remarkable happens when you kayak on Martha’s Vineyard. Moments after the first strokes, you change. The random chatter inside your head – the cares, preoccupations, calculations, and mental projections of the day – fades away, replaced by stillness. The naked moment reveals itself.

Julian Wise

07.01.09

On a breezy July day, a fleet of a hundred sailboats of many shapes and sizes gathers in Vineyard Haven, united by a love of sailing and racing. The harbor bustles with its usual mid-summer activity, and the diverse fleet dodges the Island Home and other vessels on their way to and fro. Out on the course, the skies are hazy as boats round a bell buoy serving as a mark, some with barking of orders and frantic cranking of winches, while others have sailors with glasses of wine in hand.

Jim Miller

07.01.08

Whether you live on-Island year-round or seasonally or simply think the Vineyard is a great place to visit, it’s easy to get stuck in a routine. That may mean you don’t really know all that much about what’s more than a mile from your bed or beach. You may not realize, for instance, that you can rent a small sailboat for the week your family comes to visit, or a Boston Whaler for some time during the Derby.

Carolyn O'Daly

05.01.08

On June 24, 2007, a group of twenty-three ten- and eleven-year-olds, fresh out of the Oak Bluffs School for the summer, gathered with their families along the Black Dog Wharf in Vineyard Haven. Accompanied by six chaperones, these students were about to cast off their normal summer luxuries – television, video games, indoor plumbing, families – to set sail on the Black Dog’s tall ship Shenandoah, owned by Captain Robert Douglas and his family.

Meredith Downing

08.01.06

Lobsterville Beach after dark in summer months is particularly alluring to Vineyard fishermen. And to young children, the adventure of fishing Lobsterville at night is about as good as it gets. We were introduced to Lobsterville by my friend Bob, who was a master of the tides at Lobsterville.

Joe Tate

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