The 2016 Derby Committee
The Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby Committee is comprised entirely of volunteers whose mission is to plan, manage, and operate a successful and enjoyable event that benefits the Island community. These men and women meet throughout the year — as soon as one Derby ends, work begins for the following year’s event. Only because of the energy and efforts of the Derby Committee does the Derby exist as one of the oldest, largest, and most popular saltwater fishing tournaments in the country. A love of the Island, an interest (or obsession) with fishing, and an appreciation for tradition are common threads that bond these individuals in their service on the Committee.
Left to right seated: Amy Coffey, Maryanne Jerome, Debbie Manley Smith, Shirley Craig, Ed Jerome
Left to right standing: David Hearn, Eli Bonnell, Mike Cassidy, Porky Francis, Janet Messineo, Jeff Sayre, David Pothier, Beau Begin, Chris Scott, David Nash, John Custer, Steve Baccelli, Paul Sullivan, Phil Horton
Committee members not pictured: Michael Carroll, Adam Darack, Will Debettencourt, Joe El-Deiry, Alex Friedman, Cooper Gilkes, Wilson Kerr, Bob Lane, Steve Morris, John Piekos, Bill Roman, John Schillinger, Tim Sheran, Greg Skomal, Tom Smith, Paul White