Live from the kayak: Dana's Paddle Around Martha's Vineyard

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Dana Gaines: Person of the Week

Dana Gaines will kayak 52 miles around the island on Aug. 9

Dana Gaines will kayak 52 miles around the island on Aug. 9

Dana Gaines, who will kayak the full 52 miles around Martha’s Vineyard tomorrow, Aug. 9, to raise money for the lighthouse relocation, was WMVY Radio’s Person of the Week. Click here to support Dana’s effort.  To hear the interview, click the orange Play button below:

Circumnavigation route by kayak

Circumnavigation route by kayak

 

 

Kayaking for a Cause Helps Raise Money for Lighthouse - MV Gazette

Dana Gaines will kayak around the perimeter of Island for the Gay Head Light.

Dana Gaines will kayak around the perimeter of Island for the Gay Head Light.

Dana Gaines doesn’t just talk the talk, or even walk the walk when he says he wants to save the Gay Head Lighthouse. He heads to the sea.

On August 9 Mr. Gaines plans to kayak around the entirety of the Vineyard, weather permitting, to raise money for the relocation efforts of the lighthouse.

Mr. Gaines has circled the Island once before with two friends. He is also no stranger to kayaking for a cause, having recently raised $18,000 for diabetes research by paddling to Nantucket.

The course Mr. Gaines is taking this time around is shorter, but more difficult. His biggest concern is the wind.

“I’m going to have to paddle into the wind the last third of it at least, when I’m most tired,” he said. “So even though it’s three miles shorter, it’s going to be a harder course.” Still, he plans on trying to beat his last time.

Along with the wind, Mr. Gaines will be battling low blood sugar, as he is a type 1 diabetic. He will carry 180 ounces of a Gatorade-water mix, and will be drinking it every half hour. Grudgingly, he admits he will most likely have to stop on land at some point during the trip in order to stretch, eat solid food and check his insulin levels.

Mr. Gaines is using Indiegogo, an online fundraising website, to reach his goal of $20,000 raised for the lighthouse relocation. He hopes to reach as broad an audience as possible.

– Read more at MV Gazette

Site Chosen For Relocating Gay Head Lighthouse - MV Gazette

The future home of the Gay Head Light in Aquinnah will be about 140 feet inland from the westernmost tip of the Island.

The Gay Head Lighthouse advisory committee has been working since early last year to explore options for relocating and restoring the historic lighthouse, which now stands about 50 feet from the cliff.

Members have spent the last two months studying alternative sites in the general area of the lighthouse. On Tuesday, committee member Len Butler presented the results to the Aquinnah selectmen, who unanimously approved the committee’s recommendation.

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Two of the sites were eliminated early on, since they did not meet the Coast Guard’s requirement that the lighthouse be high enough to serve as a navigational beacon. A site near the shops and restaurants on Aquinnah Circle was also eliminated, since it would not have allowed for a public space surrounding the light.

The chosen site is on property that was purchased by the town this year using Community Preservation Act funds. It is slightly lower in elevation than the current site, but will be raised to accommodate for the difference.

“This maintains the same orientation in terms of the Circle, so that it doesn’t change the perception of the light as you approach it up State Road, or as you come up Moshup Trail, or at any vantage point from the ocean,” Mr. Butler said. “It’s still in the relatively same position.”

Access to the site will also be similar, although a handicapped-accessible pathway and parking lot will be added to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Local Kayaker to Paddle around Martha’s Vineyard to Benefit Gay Head Lighthouse Relocation

Local kayaker Dana Gaines, 56, will be circumnavigating Martha’s Vineyard to benefit the restoration and relocation of the Gay Head Lighthouse. Gaines will be aiding the efforts to relocate the historic lighthouse through the popular fundraising website Indiegogo.com, where contributors can pledge donations to his 52-mile trip to benefit the lighthouse’s move.danaboat3

Gaines became involved with the cause after participating in the Gay Head 10K last October, when his good friend and Gay Head Lighthouse supporter Barry Sullivan complimented Gaines on an article he’d written about kayaking around Martha’s Vineyard. It was then that the efforts to save the lighthouse and Gaines’s kayaking came together, as he intended to circumnavigate the island again with a faster time, and doing so in the lighthouse’s interest seemed like a great idea to him and Sullivan.

“As someone who welcomes any opportunity to spend quality time on the water under self-propulsion, I can’t think of a better cause to dedicate 52 miles to than saving the Gay Head Lighthouse,” said Gaines.

It won’t be the first time Gaines has circumnavigated the island. He set the existing record, 11 hours and four minutes, with two friends in September of 2012. He is aiming to beat that record this time around and is expecting a ballpark finish time of 10 to 11 hours, depending on the wind.

Proposed kayak circumnavigation route

Proposed kayak circumnavigation route

The paddle is scheduled for Saturday, August 9 with a possible rain date of Sunday, August 10. Gaines will also be sharing his training through a blog, where he will be posting frequent training updates in preparation for the 52-mile trip, from paddling to cycling and running.

The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee will also be holding a party the day of Gaines’s paddle at the Aquinnah Shop on the cliff where attendees will be able to watch Gaines cross the finish line and take in the views of the lighthouse. More information about the party will be announced in July.

Donations can be made to Gaines’s paddle to benefit the lighthouse relocation here.

Background

The Gay Head Lighthouse, a Martha’s Vineyard treasure and one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places of 2013, currently sits 46 feet (Aug 2013) from an eroding cliff and geological experts recommend it should be moved in the next year or so or the area around it may not be stable enough to safely do so. The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee is working to save this iconic structure, and working navigational beacon, which has stood at the picturesque cliffs of the western most tip of the island since 1799 and was replaced with the current brick lighthouse in 1854. The committee’s objective is to move and restore the Gay Head Lighthouse to a location which will sustain it for many generations. The fundraising goal to cover these costs is $3 million. For more information or to make a donation, visit http://gayheadlight.org/.

Rosanne Cash Talks to WMVY Radio

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, who will perform a benefit concert to help save the Gay Head Lighthouse on July 1 at Flatbread Co., recently talked with WMVY Radio’s Barbara Dacey. Click the link below to hear about her new album, “The River and the Thread”, her songwriting influences, and the upcoming concert:
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Rosanne Cash Concert to Benefit Gay Head Light

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May 7, 2014 – Aquinnah, Mass. – The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee today announced that country music legend Rosanne Cash will appear in concert on the Vineyard on Tuesday, July 1 at a benefit for the relocation and restoration of Gay Head Light.  The daughter of music icon Johnny Cash and a Grammy winner in her own right, Cash has recorded 13 albums and is currently on tour promoting her latest, “The River & The Thread.”

The Flatbread Company has donated the venue for the benefit.  In addition, Vineyard resident and well-known stage and screen star Tony Shalhoub will auction off a series of fabulous items during the evening.

Doors open at 8 p.m.  Tickets will be $200 in advance and $250 at the door and are currently available online at TicketsMV.com. Beginning on May 15, tickets will also be available for purchase at the following on-island locations:  Alley’s General Store, the Aquinnah Town Hall, and Midnight Farm.

Background

The Gay Head Lighthouse, a Martha’s Vineyard treasure and one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places of 2013, currently sits 46 feet (Aug 2013) from an eroding cliff and geological experts recommend it should be moved in the next year or so or the area around it may not be stable enough to safely do so. The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee is working to save this iconic structure, and working navigational beacon, which has stood at the picturesque cliffs of the western most tip of the island since 1799 and was replaced with the current brick lighthouse in 1854. The committee’s objective is to move and restore the Gay Head Lighthouse to a location which will sustain it for many generations. The fundraising goal to cover these costs is $3 million. For more information or to make a donation, visit http://gayheadlight.org/.

 

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Protect Gay Head Light as It Protects Us

Gay Head Cliffs and Lighthouse (photography: Timothy Johnson)

Gay Head Cliffs and Lighthouse (photography: Timothy Johnson)

At annual town meetings across the Island, Community Preservation Committees will be asking voters to follow their recommendations and support Aquinnah’s application for Community Preservation Act historic preservation funds to save the Gay Head Lighthouse.

The current Gay Head Lighthouse has been standing sentinel on the clay cliffs of Aquinnah since 1856. It is now in danger and it desperately needs the entire Island community to help save it. If we don’t, the stately brick structure, which remains an active aid to navigation, an icon of Martha’s Vineyard and an important living piece of our nautical heritage and history, will soon be replaced by the United States Coast Guard with a metal tower and LED light. To imagine Martha’s Vineyard without this icon is unthinkable on so many levels and we simply cannot let that happen.

When last measured, the lighthouse sat a mere 46 feet from the edge of the cliffs and engineers require at least 30 feet, preferably 40 feet, in order to get equipment in to move it. The erosion has been monitored for the last 23 years but lately the pace has picked up, perhaps due to more frequent heavy rains. Last year 4.5 feet were lost in one section, luckily not a section closest to the lighthouse but the indications are clear — move it or the Coast Guard will disassemble it before it tumbles into the sea.  Continue reading….

 

Town Submits Application for Ownership of Gay Head Light

The town of Aquinnah moved one step closer to owning the Gay Head Light this week when it submitted a comprehensive application to the federal government for ownership.

The application follows months of preparation including geological surveys, historic research and site evaluations.

“It’s finished,” town administrator Adam Wilson, who spearheaded the effort, announced at the selectmen’s meeting Tuesday. “I’m happy to report that I’m heading over to UPS with all the various binders and handing over the package. It’s been a long process but it’s been a good one, and there’s been a lot of support from the Gay Head Light committee,” Mr. Wilson said.

The town began planning for the acquisition project a year and a half ago. The 1856 lighthouse now stands 46 feet from the edge of a rapidly eroding cliff and must be moved sometime in the next year. Continue reading….