• Everyone wants to know when the golf cart parade starts in town because no one can quite remember from last year. Dale, the harbormaster, always knows.Photo by Chris Birch
    June 22, 2020

    You’re a grand old isle . . .

    And what better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than Cuttyhunk, an old-time, back-to-basics island seven miles off the Massachusetts coast that simply reeks of independence from life’s complexities?

  • Photo by James RudolphWholesaler Ray Trombley (in dark-blue sweatshirt) taking care of business at Casco Bay Shellfish.
    June 22, 2020

    Snapshot of a small Maine business

    In total, Ray Trombley has spent 30 years making his living on the Maine coast. His career has taken him from digging clams to selling them wholesale at the establishment he owns – Casco Bay Shellfish in Brunswick, Maine.

  • Photo by Ben EmoryThe authorÕs Finngulf 391, and attendant paddle boards. Last summer these vessels served a very special purpose.
    June 22, 2020

    Grateful summer: Cruising with cancer

    We always spend as much time as possible on our Finngulf 391 sloop West Wind, a 39’ masterpiece from Finland. Whether we would be aboard this past summer was certainly in doubt.

  • Graduation ceremony, island style
    June 16, 2020

    Graduation ceremony, island style

    The Vinalhaven High School class of 2020, in conjunction with the “traditional” (and extremely limited) graduation ceremony on Saturday,  held a lobster boat ceremony the next day to cap off a weekend of celebrations. Organized by the staff graduation committee, the lobster boat ceremony included a speech by their 8thRead More

  • COVID Warriors Tribute
    June 1, 2020

    COVID Warriors Tribute

    On May 25 the Masthead Cove Yacht Club (www.mastheadcoveyc.org), an informal “paper” club of about 80 families/couples based in Huntington, N.Y., organized a tribute for COVID-19 first-responders. They descended on the western tip of Sand City Island and arranged themselves in the shape of a heart, all flying pink-and-blue streamersRead More

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