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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.”

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