Articles by: John Gold

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

You’re a grand old isle . . .

June 22, 2020 at 12:10 am

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?

Ponham Rocks Light, in the Providence River. Photo courtesy Roger Kalenbach

The mouse that roars

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

Let’s join this peripatetic cruiser aboard his Saga 43 ILENE, around the cabin table, for a breezy account of a monthlong cruise along tiny Rhode Island’s extensive and varied shores.

Photo by David BuckmanThe silence of places like The Basin, on Vinalhaven Island, runs deep.

Into the quiet

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

Cruising under sail is one of the few places in life in which we can escape a world certain it has a right to be in our faces 24/7, to always be badgering us to buy stuff, act now, shape and share our views, to know our exact location, whoRead More

Taking cover

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

It was a pleasant enough day when a friend and I took a new-to-me 14’ runabout down the Providence River from the neighborhood of Riverside in East Providence. At 16 years old we were venturing into the “vast open water” of Narragansett Bay south of Conimicut Light headed for PatienceRead More

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

Snapshot of a small Maine business

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

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.

Grateful summer: Cruising with cancer

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

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.

Mystery Harbor: Guess the harbor, win a hat!

Mystery Harbor: Guess the harbor, win a hat!

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 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

Photo by Bryan BurnsThe author in a contemplative moment. Last, big voyage? We all think about where and when that might be.

Sailing way into the past

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

“We’re getting to be antiques,” I whispered to Elsa, as I collapsed into the cockpit after dropping the old Herreshoff anchor 50 yards off a nearly abandoned fisherman’s wharf. It was the end of a brisk fall solo sail, a late cruise, as I was reluctant to let go ofRead More

The sinking of El Faro

The sinking of El Faro

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro” by Rachel Slade. Ecco Press, 2018; 416 pp. $12.29. Review by Bob Muggleston In October of 2015 reports emerged that a 790-foot container ship named El Faro had gone missing somewhere off the Bahamas. She’d beenRead More

A boy, a boat and a dream

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Jim McGuire For Points East As a child with a wagon, I played boat in the puddles in the schoolyard across the street from our house in the Lippitt Hill section of Providence. I also used the wagon to go around my neighborhood collecting wood. I would go knockingRead More