Action & Adventure

Come sail…or paddle or fly away
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In the depths of August, we finally adjust to the scorching summer sun and emerge from our air-conditioned cabanas in search of adventure. And few places o er more opportunities for excitement on the open ocean than the East End. Here, six of our favorite wet-and-wild escapes perfect for staving o the deep-summer doldrums with deep-sea excitement:

Yoga. Wine tasting. Sunsets. Private parties. Sounds like a Hamptons checklist, but it’s actually a run-down of the amazing offerings at Adventure Paddleboards. Their floating fleet accommodates paddlers of all skill levels, including yogis who practice right on the boards, foodies who paddle before indulging in a toast with local sparkling wine, couples out in search of that perfect Hamptons sunset, and even groups who want to take to the water as one. (32 Lighthouse Rd., Hampton Bays 631.377.0162)

Looking for a vessel with a bit more power? Look no further than East End Jet Ski, where you can rent your own motorized personal watercraft and zip across Shinnecock Bay in style. Every ‘ski can accommodate one to two riders, and tow ropes for water skiers are also available. This family-owned business has been putting visitors on the water for more than 30 years, and their professional staff is available throughout the day to offer instruction or fit riders for life jackets. They’re also available for private parties, so if a fleet of friends skimming along the water together sounds like your idea of a good time, these are your people. (91 Foster Ave., Hampton Bays. 631.728.8060)

Okay, Marty McFly: now we’re talking hoverboards. Water-powered hoverboards, to be precise, tethered to a 60-foot hose and propelled both above and below the surface of the water in acrobatic twists, spins, arcs, and dives. The pros at Hampton Flyboard are native Long Islanders, meaning that their flyers get some of the most comfortable settings possible for this boundary-pushing sport. Most flyers are up within a matter of minutes – then back down, beneath the water, then back up, twisting into the sky, then diving back down again. (631.604.8867)

If captaining your own vessel isn’t for you, there are still great options. Case in point: Little Dutch Sailing Charters, led by Coast Guard Captain Missy Mellor. While you were learning to dog-paddle, Captain Missy was completing a 28-day Atlantic crossing; now, she hosts day-long and overnight charters designed to introduce even the most devoted landlubber to the joys of the ocean. Her rig sleeps four for overnights and accommodates six for day sails, with two heads (that’s “restrooms,” to you) on board for your comfort. But be assured: you will be asked and encouraged to participate in everything from raising the sails to steering the boat! (, 917.513.5724)

For a luxe charter that’s a little less hands-on, there’s Starlight Sailing. Overnight excursions are available on the Starlight, a 52-foot cutter-rigged sailboat with three staterooms and a large outside seating area; for day sails, Starbright, a 33-foot beauty, is the perfect choice. Both are equipped with floats and other ocean-friendly entertainment options, and Captains Toby Stull and Will Bishop (along with their trusty Boat Dog, Bamboo) spend their winters leading charters in the Virgin Islands, so you know they’re seasoned, salty, and ready to sail. (, 917.399.0686)

In the market for slightly less luxurious – but far more practical – accommodations? “Bring your lunch and catch your dinner” with Captain Mike Vegessi aboard The Lazybones, a party boat that sails twice daily on group sport fishing excursions. From 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., sailors hook local fluke in calm waters, a perfect introduction to Montauk’s famed fishing trade, nicely supported by mates Serena and Becky Vegessi, the captain’s daughters. The area’s best fluking is in August and September, so if you haven’t booked your spot at the rail of The Lazybones yet, there has never been a better time. (474 West Lake Dr., Montauk631.668.5671)