TAKE YOUR BOAT FOR A WHIRL
In 1994 a zany group of sailors in Peconic Bay, New York, hatched the idea of a local 32-mile race that would challenge sailors to navigate the tricky currents surrounding Shelter Island – nestled between the North and South Forks of eastern Long Island. The Whitebread Round the Whirl Race was born, its name being a parody of the Whitbread Round the World Race (now known as the Volvo Ocean Race). Sponsored by the Peconic Bay Sailing Association, it draws over a hundred competitors from Florida to Nova Scotia. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the race. Starting from New Suffolk, it guarantees great fall sailing conditions, the very same whirling currents, and its notorious after-race party. The race will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018. For race entry information and registration, visit psba.com.
Eliminating basic functions of NOAA is foolhardy, ignorant, shortsighted and very stupid. It’s akin to removing multiple vital organs from a body and expecting it to remain healthy. — Dr. Jane Lubchenco, a marine scientist at Oregon State University and the former administrator of NOAA, in response to a recent suggestion by NOAA’s acting head to remove the study of “climate” from its official mission statement to better focus the agency’s work on economic goals and “homeland and national security.”