• When things go bad
    October 23, 2020

    When things go bad

    We know that tales of disasters, mishaps and general screw ups are a part of being on the water. While we don’t celebrate them, we acknowledge a powerful interest in these stories and recognize their educational value. With that in mind, as well as the nearness of Halloween, we offer you some of our favorite tales of woe from years gone by.

  • The Gulf, golf and the kid
    October 13, 2020

    The Gulf, golf and the kid

    How do you get a teen-age boy to go cruising in Maine with his father (no, this is not the lead to a new joke), to share in the joy of quiet nights under a blanket of stars, to be away from his friends, from the activity and noise of youth…from chicken fingers…from girls?

  • Ardelle pays a visit to the Thorofare
    October 6, 2020

    Ardelle pays a visit to the Thorofare

    As the season winds down for the schooner trade with only two Maine windjammers sailing, it’s particularly fun to see the pinky schooner, Ardelle in Penobscot Bay. Ardelle’s day charters finished in Gloucester, MA, boatbuilder Harold Burnham and his wife appear to be enjoying the fall foliage and anchorages ofRead More

  • Photo by Jack FarrellWhite Island, much like lonely Duck Island to the east, has limited protection from the swell and no good landing options.
    September 28, 2020

    Thoughts from a part-time curmudgeon

    By Jack Farrell For Points East Magazine The regular visitor to this space may recall a story from a few years back when I was given permission by a wise octogenarian (and frequently cantankerous) Star Island guest to be a curmudgeon once in a while. He declared that those ofRead More

  • Points East file photo courtesy Joel GleasonA very smart-looking Muscobe and her master. While the author loves Maine, this year circumstances dictated otherwise.
    September 28, 2020

    Muscobe to Menemsha

    When my son and shipmate Randy, and his family, rented a cottage in Chilmark, on Martha’s Vineyard, I decided to solo my 33-foot Young Brothers Jonesport-type lobsterboat south for a visit.

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