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Each Wednesday night during the summer, dozens of sailboats dot the horizon along the New Suffolk waterfront.

The races around Robins Island, which are organized by the Peconic Bay Sailing Association, have been singled out for the striking visuals they create.

While many visitors to the North Fork have witnessed the

colorful sails on the water, not everyone knows what exactly it is.

It’s actually rather informal, with sailors leaving New Suffolk at about 5:30 p.m. and the race getting underway at 6 p.m. each week. They last about 90 min- utes each Wednesday and the season for many of the sailors culminates with the annual weekend Whitebread Race in October.

So for two whole hours any- one on a bay beach from New Suffolk to Greenport and Shelter Island will have a chance to see all the boats together in the water. A well-timed North Ferry ride can get you particularly close to the action.

For the best view, we’d recom- mend taking a ride out to the New Suffolk waterfront before 6 p.m. on a Wednesday Then you can spill into Legends or Case’s Place for dinner and a drink.

It really is a sight to see and something so very North Fork.