Articles by: John Gold

Tom Snyder

Tom Snyder

November 24, 2020 at 4:41 pm

Tom Snyder is a friend of Points East Magazine and wrote a funny and very popular column for us from the magazine’s inception in 1998 until 2007. We’ve archived his columns below.

Dodge Morgan

Dodge Morgan

November 24, 2020 at 3:06 pm

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. In 1986 he became the first American to sailRead More

Photo courtesy Jack FarrellThe view from the helm. While the author has made hundreds of trips from Portsmouth Harbor to the Isles of Shoals, none ever scared him like this one.

All’s well that ends well

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

While I have made many hundreds of trips from Portsmouth Harbor to the Isles of Shoals across the full range of weather and seasons (wind, rain, fog, snow and freezing spray) I had never been thoroughly scared until one afternoon a few weeks ago.

The Hinckley Pilot 35 came with a lofty pedigree, but her master -- at the beginning, anyway -- was a classic greenhorn.

Baptism by fire, Part II

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

Part 2: Some hairy autumn sea miles remained between Sea-Finn and her Midcoast Maine destination, including a forecast of 17- to 20-foot waves, 65-mph winds – and infamous Kennedy Rock.

Wooden ships, iron men

Wooden ships, iron men

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Sea of the Bear: Journal of a voyage to Alaska and the Artic, 1921” by M. A. Ransom, U.S. Naval Institute, 1964; 119 pp. $35; Free on Google Books. By Sandy Marsters Stuck inside? Stuffing disinfectant-soaked towels under the door to keep out cold and COVID-19? Need an escape? Well,Read More

The stern of the author's boat is seen reflected in the waters of Port Jefferson Harbor. Photo by Pam Humbert

“Plenty in ’20” and Plan D

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Pam Humbert For Points East The new year was still young and unsullied back in mid-January when our club met to unveil their summer cruising plans. The room was abuzz with dreams and the anticipation of a fresh new year and a season yet to unfold. Wearing a genuineRead More

The author and his wife Marty aboard Rocinante, their Little Harbor 46.Photo courtesy Ron Weiss

Fishers Finally!

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

The fates conspired against me in my attempts to visit Fishers Island, as though an invisible force was blocking my access to it. Last summer, I broke through, with an emotional epiphany.

Traveling with family

Traveling with family

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Letters from the Sea, 1882 – 1901: Joanna and Lincoln Colcord’s Seafaring Childhood” by Parker Bishop Albee, Jr. Tilbury House Publishers, 2000; 192 pp. $29. By Sandy Marsters I also recommend “Letters from Sea,” by Parker Bishop Albee, Jr., and published by Tilbury House and the Penobscot Marine Museum inRead More

The plywood dinghy lived twice as long as it was supposed to. Her departure was sad, but not unexpected.s

If one is going to sink . . .

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

A 21-year-long relationship meets a soggy, although predictable, ending

Photo by Tim PlouffThe beach that stretches for over a mile on Roque. The white sand there looks like it's imported from the Bahamas.

Revisiting Roque and Mistake Islands

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Tim Plouff For Points East It was to be a glorious summer day in Maine, and the promise of making new discoveries – as always, to us – was as exciting as the forecast. Our boating friends Allison and Andy Moorwood had proposed a trip Downeast to Jonesport, Maine,Read More