• 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.

  • Photo by Nim MarshThe author's Bristol 27 Breakaway feels her way up Milltail Creek, which for all the world seems like a bootleggerÕs lair.
    September 28, 2020

    But we must be in North Carolina!

    By Nim Marsh For Points East Magazine November 12 breaks in high overcast, 52°, wind southwest, 10. At mid-day the air is still raw, but the compass reads 180° – due south – and all is right with the world. At roughly Mile 34 on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) justRead More

  • Mojo: Maine or bust
    September 28, 2020

    Mojo: Maine or bust

    Part 2: Contending with windless seas, tipsy restaurant diners, and the threat of leisurely breakfasts and shopping sprees, the J/30 Mojo finds herself near the doorstep of the Maine coast.

  • Photo by John QuirkThe author in a rare selfie. An ill-advised trip? Perhaps. But the experience gained will serve him well in the future.
    September 28, 2020

    Baptism by fire

    Part 1: With crew unavailable, the author, a relative cruising greenhorn, chose to singlehand to Downeast Maine from New York. He reached Kennebunkport, learned a lot, and nobody got hurt.

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