• Photo courtesy Tom DudleyA hand on the tiller, a hand on the sheet: A young Tom Dudley engaged in one of his favorite pastimes, sailing.
    April 19, 2021

    Dudley and sailing evermore

    From an early age, the author was drawn to the mystical act of propelling a sailing vessel by harnessing the wind; and his wife, Dudley, also felt the magic. But it wasn’t all “tailwinds and flat seas.”

  • Photo by Ron WeissExploded views (top and bottom) of last year’s most difficult conquest, the sea chest. Sometimes looks are deceiving.
    April 19, 2021

    The refit imperative

    For mariners, the saying, “It’s the journey, not the destination,” is not the whole story. Complex drudgery may be needed before a season can even start– and sometimes you just have to laugh.

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    April 19, 2021

    Raw, baked or fried, they’re delicious

    However you prepare them, oysters will delight you.

  • Scenes from downtown Newburyport, clockwise from above: Flower's on a lamp with a built-in hanger; the Maritime Museum; the Brass Lyon gift shop; a place to sit in the shade, or shop; and the iconic Fowle's Soda and Cigars sign on State Street.
    April 19, 2021

    The river turns the wheel

    And, in Newburyport, Mass., it always has, literally and figuratively, as the mighty Merrimack River has powered a shipbuilding industry, a rich international trade, mill wheels, and, today, a waterborne tourism.

  • Dodge Morgan
    April 17, 2021

    Dodge Morgan

    Dodge Morgan was a columnist and long-time friend of Points East magazine, as well as being an accomplished business leader and sailor. His columns appeared in every issue of the magazine from its inception in 1998 until Morgan’s death in 2010.