• A winter delivery becomes a solistice sleighride
    September 26, 2016

    A winter delivery becomes a solistice sleighride

    Our mission was to deliver a 38-foot Young Brothers gillnetter from Islip, Long Island, to Portland, Maine, the week before Christmas. The pennants on her gillnet buoys snapped ominously like prayer flags.

  • Live aboard? Why not?
    August 17, 2016

    Live aboard? Why not?

    The timing was right for the semi-retired couple and although there have been some challenges, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Cruising the Kite Loop
    July 20, 2016

    Cruising the Kite Loop

    Part 1: What do you do when you want to attempt the Great Loop, or the Down East Loop, but don’t have the time? You invent a new, shorter circle and name it after its fanciful shape.

  • Cruising in Buckman’s Wake
    June 22, 2016

    Cruising in Buckman’s Wake

    In the spirit of minimalist David Buckman, the author embarked upon his “Epic Voyage Writ Small” in a 20-foot daysailer. But did David ever sail with two 10-year-olds as crew?

  • Special Delivery
    June 15, 2016

    Special Delivery

    Ensign Hull No. 1337 has been in the author’s family for five decades, and five generations of Coppas have sailed her off the same Wickford, R.I., mooring since the late 1960s.

The glow of slow

The glow of slow

October 1, 2016

Moores Head, the spruce-crowned jolt of Isle au Haut, was doubled on the water as the Leight’s bow cleaved satin seas, a faint chuckle coming from under the bow. We’d waited out three days of easterly weather in Seal Trap and were itching to sail, but only a few errantRead More

A toast to Shoals people, stories and boats

October 1, 2016

Fall arrived at the Isles of Shoals one Sunday afternoon in mid-September, on the back of a blustery northwest wind that turned the misty air clear, and the water from gray/green to blue, in the matter of an hour. Weekend visitors that had arrived the previous day to escape theRead More

Bucket-list Adventure: Points way west

Bucket-list Adventure: Points way west

October 1, 2016

“This is not only a gripping story, but also one of the most dramatic and detailed sailing adventures of all time,” said none other than Walter Cronkite on the dust jacket of Ferenc Máté’s novel, “Ghost Sea.” Nearly a century ago, on the wild British Columbia coast, a Kwakiutl warriorRead More

The meaning of ‘Fathom’

The meaning of ‘Fathom’

October 1, 2016

What an incredible week my husband Bob and I had aboard the 700-passenger m/v Adonia, the sole ship in Carnival Corp’s brand-new Fathom line.

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