Martha’s Vineyard FAQ’s

Where is Martha’s Vineyard and how do I get there?  
Martha’s Vineyard is an island off the coast of Massachusetts.  To get to the Vineyard, you can either travel by Ferry or by Plane.

TRAVEL BY BOAT:  There are 2 main ferry terminals on Martha’s Vineyard – Oak Bluffs (OB) & Vineyard Haven (VH).  You can take ferries to/from EITHER location- they are equal distance from the team house (about 3-4 miles).  3 companies offer ferry services to Martha’s Vineyard from

1) Seastreak – New Bedford, MA to Martha’s Vineyard – Express passenger ferry service from New Bedford to OB or VH.  Reservations recommended (especially for a holiday weekend).  Tickets must be purchased before boarding.  Ferry is approximately 1 hour.  Drive is about 210 miles from NYC (3 hr 30 min).  (less traffic than Woods Hole, eliminates Cape Cod traffic)!

2) Seastreak – New York City to Martha’s Vineyard – Skip the drive and take the express passenger ferry directly from the E. 35th Street ferry terminal in New York City to Martha’s Vineyard.  Reservations are required.  Ferry is approximately 5 hours.  Advanced booking is recommended – this ferry will sell out Memorial Day Weekend!  Limited ferry options are available. Check schedule before booking, as discounts will not be offered for missed days.  Bikes are permitted on the ferry.
3) Vineyard Fast Ferry – Quonset Point, RI to Martha’s Vineyard – Express passenger ferry service from Quonset Point, RI to OB or VH.  Dockside parking. Closest ferry to Providence Airport & Amtrak.  Ferry is about 1.5 hrs.  Drive is approximately 175 miles from NYC (3 hrs).
4) Steamship Authority – Woods Hole, MA to Martha’s Vineyard – Passenger & vehicle ferry service from Woods Hole, MA (Cape Cod) to Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven.  The Lowest Fares to Martha’s Vineyard.  Most frequent departures.  Reservations required to take your vehicle on board.  No reservations are required for passengers.  Longer Drive and greater chance of hitting traffic through NYC, Hartford, Providence, Cape Cod.  Ferry is about 40 minutes.  Ferry is slow (no express service).  Longest but cheapest option.
TRAVEL BY PLANE: 
Cape Air offers flights to Martha’s Vineyard from:
Hyannis, MA (HYA)
Nantucket, MA (ACK)
New Bedford, MA (EWB)
Providence, RI (PVD)
Boston, MA (BOS)
Westchester County, NY (HPN)

Tradewind Aviation offers flights from Teterboro Airport (NJ) and White Plains (NY) direct to Martha’s Vineyard.  The Vineyard Shuttle is Tradewind Aviation’s premium scheduled service departing from the New York Area to Martha’s Vineyard.

Jet Blue offers flights from JFK to MV (sometimes direct but often going through Boston).  Visit JetBlue’s website or a search engine such as Kayak.com for flight options.

Marthas Vineyard Airport (MVY)  (about 4 miles from the team house) There is only 1 airport on the island.
71 Airport Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

What are the team accommodations?
The team house is located on Sengenkontacket Pond in the town of Oak Bluffs (about 3 miles from town center).  The house accommodates 19 people (4 bedrooms, 2 day-beds and a cozy bunk room).  All atheltes staying at the house will have a bed.  If you are willing to bunk with someone and share a bed, please let us know!  It will help us out a lot and enable more athletes to attend!  If you wish to stay at your own accommodation instead of the team house, we will reduce the camp price by $150.

What if I have special dietary requests?
Please let us know of your dietary restrictions and we will ensure that there are options to meet your needs (including vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, gluten free, dairy free, etc.)  It is an island and every product/brand may not be available, so if there are specific food items that you wish to have that may not be available, we encourage you to bring them.

Can I get a discount if I only stay for part of the camp?
The cost is the same for all athletes, whether you plan to start for all or some of the camp.  Athletes are invited to arrive anytime starting Thursday morning and depart anytime up to Monday night.  No discounts if you wish to arrive late or leave early.

Do you offer any discounts?
We offering club members the opportunity to attend this camp for a significantly reduced rate.  With all that’s included, this camp is a steal (the lodging alone would cost well over $650)!  If you are not a club member, you are welcome to join the club and then sign up to get the reduced rate.

Are there any additional costs that are not included in the price?
The price includes training, lodging, food and drinks and access to equipment for leisure activities.  We will also provide transportation to and from the airport or ferry terminal when you arrive & depart.   The trip does not include transportation to and from the ferry terminal, parking, airfare, souvenirs, race entry fee and any additional food or meals that you eat out.
Can I get a refund?
There is a $50 cancellation fee if you sign up and request a refund.  No refunds will be given after May 15th.

What equipment will I need for this trip?
Here’s a suggested packing list of what you may want to bring:

SWIM: 
Wetsuit
swim suit (something you can swim in and/or wear under your wetsuit)
goggles
swim cap
flip flops / water shoes
BIKE
Bike
Helmet
Bike Shoes
socks
Water Bottles (put your initials or name on them!)
Flat repair kit (with a few extra tubes)
2-4 cycling outfits (bike or tri shorts, bike jersey, tri top or comfortable riding shirt)
RUN
Running Shoes
Socks
2-4 running outfits
Empire Tri Club Black Tech T or run singlet (for the Vineyard 5k!)
OTHER
Comfortable, Casual clothes to lounge around in (sweats, shorts, t-shirts, sundress, swimsuit, beach cover up, etc)
Sunscreen
Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, facewash, lotion, etc.
Warm gear for at night (hoodies / sweats / jeans) – Its a little cooler there than in NY!
We recommend putting your initials / name on the tags of any empire gear. We have a washer / dryer and tend to throw a load in together, so if everyone has matching clothes, this way you can identify yours when it’s done!
What you don’t need to bring:
Bug Spray
Shampoo & Conditioner
Towels
Sheets
Pillows, blankets
Bike Pump
Laundry detergent
Dressy clothes, & going out attire
Can I rent equipment up there? 
If you don’t want to bring your bike, you may contact the Edgartown Bike Shop about renting one.  I don’t believe they rent other equipment (such as wetsuits) but you are welcome to inquire.
Is a wetsuit required?  
No, but strongly recommended as it’s early in the season and the water may be cool.

What if it rains?
The camp will go on rain or shine.  We will offer modified activities in the event of inclimate weather, but try and be outside as much as possible.