The weather was balmy, and cute beribboned kids, surrounded by enthusiastic clutches of cooing, photo-snapping parents and relatives, abounded Sunday morning as trainers readied them for the 2-to-4 and 5-to-7-year-old leadline classes, the first of the weeklong Hampton Classic Horse Show’s competitions in the Grand Prix ring.
Summer is not over yet. In fact, the next few weeks may be among the best of the year for getting out on the water in small paddle craft like canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. But storms and high winds can quickly turn a fun excursion into a dangerous situation, separating paddlers from their craft.
The recent to-do about Cartwright Island raises some interesting questions. We are sometimes prone to think of the present as the past, East Hampton today has always been, Southampton has always been, Lake Montauk has always been the way it is, etc., etc., etc. But in fact things, including our local landmasses and their surrounding waters, are fluxing every minute, during the day when we can see the change and at night when most of us are sleeping. So it is with the contours of the South Fork’s north and south coastlines.
When boating or sailing, there are times as the season moves along that doing the same thing over and over becomes downright boring. The same is true for the pursuit of fish. I simply get burned out when chasing the same species day after day.
Women were prominent in competitions here this past week. Caroline Cashin, for the second year in a row, outdid everyone in the Pump ’N’ Run, her 133 bench press reps sending her off on the 1.7-mile beach run three minutes and nine seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.
The Hampton Classic’s 60-acre Snake Hollow Road showgrounds in Bridgehampton were quiet Friday afternoon, a little more than a week before the weeklong hunter-jumper show, one of the top ones in North America, is to begin with Sunday morning’s leadline classes judged by Joe Fargis, an Olympic gold-medal winner.