Articles by: John Gold

Labor Day excursion

Labor Day excursion

September 8, 2020 at 7:42 am

I shot these photos this morning from the Green Street Bridge over the Ipswich (Mass.) River. The couple in the boat are our friends and neighbors, Jon & Gabrielle on their way to Crane Beach. Dan Raycroft

Schooner Ladona in Fox Island Thorofare

Schooner Ladona in Fox Island Thorofare

August 29, 2020 at 3:39 pm

Schooner Ladona came in close to the porch this afternoon (Friday, Aug. 28) with Terry Sue Philbrick calling hello. Terry and her husband, Capt. Gib Philbrick operated the schooner under its previous name, Nathaniel Bowditch for decades. Ladona is one of only two of the windjammer fleet to be sailingRead More

Mystery Harbor for September: Guess the Harbor, Win a Hat

Mystery Harbor for September: Guess the Harbor, Win a Hat

August 24, 2020 at 8:20 am

If you can correctly identify this harbor, you’ll be on your way to winning a fine Points East designer cap. To qualify, identify the harbor AND tell us something about the harbor, such as how you recognized it and some reasons you like to hang out there. We’ll pick aRead More

Mystery Harbor answer at last: Ragged Island

Mystery Harbor answer at last: Ragged Island

August 24, 2020 at 8:16 am

Editor’s Note: Wow, did I manage to bungle this one! After no one identified the photo to the right when it first ran in the July issue, I took the initiative to provide clues – both on our Facebook page and in the August issue of the magazine – thatRead More

Photo by Diana DonahueThe author at Mojo's helm. The boat's small diesel was a welcome change from the outboard on his last boat.

Mojo bound for Maine

August 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

Mark and the indomitable Diana set sail from Buzzards Bay’s Red Brook Harbor aboard the J/30 Mojo, destination Mount Desert in Downeast Maine. The first leg, to Gloucester, was almost flawless.

Photo by Kevin AdamczykStorm damage at my buddy's marina. What a fight the boat and dock must have had.

In the wake of Isaias

August 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

The surreal aspect of Aug. 4 didn’t begin until 3 p.m. This was the Tuesday that Tropical Storm Isaias rolled through New England, and I was listening to the radio, one eye on my computer screen and the other on the wildly cavorting trees outside my window. Suddenly, this interruptionRead More

The author likes his new trailer (above left; old one in facing photo) because it's lighter and more versatile.

New ride for an old boat

August 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Tim Plouff Without a doubt, trailer-boating has proven to be a fast and efficient way for my wife and me to move up and down the coast of Maine, thus exploring the countless islands and various points of interest so close to shore. All boaters – both power andRead More

A love letter

A love letter

August 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Voyaging with Marionette” by Ron Breault. Whaler Books, 2020; 305 pp. $39.95. Review by Bob Muggleston The reader’s forbearance is requested. This story is best told over a couple of beers – the downstairs pub at the Brooklin Inn, in Maine, comes immediately to mind – but there are manyRead More

Photo courtesy David RoperThese red circles denote the shell piles -- or middens -- left behind by an ancient people on Snow Island.

In search of the Red Paint People

August 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

By David Roper This year’s cruise to Maine was supposed to be a quiet, reflective time spent mostly anchored alone in a bay I’ve always loved. For the first time in many years, my wife would sail with me on the Downeast leg from our homeport of Marblehead, Mass. IRead More

Photo by Julie FarrellThe author at the helm of Aloft. After years in which she was on the hard, ship and master are reunited and cruising again.

A reunion with Aloft, and scanning for sharks

August 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Jack Farrell I’m sitting in the deep cockpit of our sailboat Aloft on a mooring off Peaks Island, Maine, in the shadow of the landing craft Lionel Plante that plays such a big role in construction at the Isles of Shoals. I’m fortunate to have friends on the coastRead More