The Mallory Trophy was originally offered to Lord Horatio Nelson by the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire after the admiral’s victory over Napoleon on the Nile. Now it belongs to two Vineyard sailors after their victory over the field in the U.S. Men’s Sailing National Championship.

After a windy weekend in Sheboygan, Mich., the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club’s Paul Wilson and William Stevens, along with the Naragansett Yachting Association’s John Plominski, won the most prestigious amateur event in sailing in thrilling style.


The Holmes Hole Sailing Association continued its summer season of handicap sailboat racing from Vineyard Haven harbor with a Thursday night race on August 20 and two harbor races on August 23.

Thursday, August 7, was a hot, humid, summer evening with a southwest wind of 5-10 knots. Thirteen boats posted for the start at red nun 6 outside of the Vineyard Haven harbor breakwater. The fleet sailed a triangle from nun 6 to nun 4 at West Chop, then to green can 23A at East Chop and back to the finish at nun 6. The first leg was a run downwind.


The Holmes Hole Sailing Association commenced its summer season of handicap sailboat racing from Vineyard Haven harbor with a tune-up race on June 14. Six boats posted at the start at red nun six outside the breakwater for the noon commencement of the 35th season of the association races. Hugh Swarz, one of the founders, was on the race committee boat.



A Vineyard sailor in one of the smallest boats was among the winners of Saturday’s ’Round the Island Race.

Roger Becker, in a bright red 24-foot sailboat called Gloria, was one of four first-place winners. The race was part of this past weekend’s 85th annual Edgartown Yacht Club Regatta.

Thirty-seven sailboats participated in this year’s ’Round the Island contest. It truly was challenging because of the lack of enough wind.

The third annual Vineyard Cup, one of the Island’s biggest sailing events, will take place this coming weekend.

At last count more than 60 boats have registered to sail in Nantucket Sound over the weekend, but the event begins Thursday morning with windsurfing in Vineyard Haven outer harbor.

The Cup starts with the two-day East Coast Junior Olympic Windsurfing Championships, which begin at 9 a.m. at the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club.



Already this fall one Island angler has won a brand-new pickup truck for a huge striped bass he caught and the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby isn’t over yet.

That’s because he caught it in a different contest.

Morgan Taylor, 24, of Edgartown last week won the Angler of the Year Award in the annual Striper Cup, sponsored and run by the monthly publication On the Water. Mr. Taylor won the award for a 52-pound striped bass he caught from the shore way back in June.