Sailing at Martha’s Vineyard

Posted: September 9, 2008 in boat, boating, boats, sailboats, sailing, yacht, yachts
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Boating at Martha’s Vineyard  – Massachusetts US

Sailing a boat at Marthas Vineyard

Sailing a yacht near Edgartown by asterix611, MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASSACHUSETTS USA

Marthas Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard (nearby the smaller Chappaquiddick Island) is an island off the east coast of the US , to the south of Cape Cod.  It is often called just “the Vineyard”.

Martha’s Vineyard is the 57th largest island in the United States, with a land area of 87.48 square miles.  It is located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, in Dukes County, which also includes Cuttyhunk and the other Elizabeth Islands, as well as the island of Nomans Land).

The island is primarily known as a summer colony, and is accessible only by air or by boat, which makes it a favorite spot for east coast boaters.

VINEYARD HAVEN by asterix611 - Marthas Vineyard

SAILBOATS AT VINEYARD HAVEN by asterix611 - Martha's Vineyard - Massachusetts US

Vineyard Haven in the town of Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States.

Vineyard Haven was first referred to by the colonial settlers as Homes Hole; “Homes” from a Wampanoag term for “old man,” and “Hole” meaning a sheltered inlet. By the 1800s it was more commonly spelled Holmes Hole after the descendants of John Holmes (1730-1812) who had settled in the village during the second half of the eighteenth century. In 1871 the village officially changed its name to Vineyard Haven.

Vineyard Haven is the main port of entry to Martha’s Vineyard, and one of the three main population centers (with Edgartown and Oak Bluffs). The Steamship Authority wharf is located in Vineyard Haven, at which ferries arrive and depart year-round. (A second, seasonal wharf is located in neighboring Oak Bluffs.) Although the year-round population is only about 2,000 people, its population increases tremendously in the summer!

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