Articles by: PointsEastAdmin

Midwinter Mystery Harbor clue

February 16, 2018 at 11:07 am

Are you stumped by our Mystery Harbor photo this month? Check out this clue and then enter to win a Points East cap!

Happy Valentine’s Day from your boat to you!

February 14, 2018 at 9:14 am

Once again Birch Marine in Boston, Mass. is partnering with us to present the very best in vessel-related Valentine’s Day poetry.

Mike Plant movie doesn’t tell whole story

January 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

Reviewed by Molly Mulhern For Points East Coyote: The Mike Plant Story Sparkplug Films LLC 2017, director Thomas M. Simmons, runtime 105 minutes. Stars, among others, Mike Plant (archival footage), Philippe Jeantot (French solo sailor), Ken Read (president of North Sails), Herb McCormick (executive editor of “Cruising World”), Billy Black (marine photographer), Mary Plant (Mike’s mother), Rodger Martin (Coyote’s designer), and Helen Davis (Mike’s fiancée). I am blessed to live in a small coastal Maine town with a tight little harbor and a vibrant community of sailors. Many of us settled here for the easy access to cruising grounds, a watery world at our door that never ceases to satisfy our sailorly souls. In summers, we exchange pleasantries on theRead More

‘Starkly, harshly, terrifyingly beautiful’

January 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

Returning home to a flash-frozen New England following a family Christmas in a much warmer place, I picked up a copy of “Whale Warriors” at the airport bookstore. No matter where you fall on the radical politics of the Sea Shepherd Society, this chronicle of a 2006 voyage to the Antarctic, in the self-acclaimed pirate ship Farley Mowat, is a great read for those who love maritime adventures. It is the tale of a half-crazed captain and his pickup crew in a tired old North Sea trawler, traversing the polar coast with the goal of disrupting the grim work of the Japanese whaling fleet. It all seemed appealing from the warmth and relative comfort of my Jet Blue extra legroomRead More

Restless night. Honest work. Rafts of auks.

January 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

Cruise of the Leight, Part nine: I had imagined my summer of cruising as a “sailabout” of sorts, sharing qualities of the aboriginal Australians’ walkabouts. I was seeking the peace of wild places, mysteries of nature, depths of solitude, and the incomprehensible energy of the sea. I wanted to lie in the sun, drink wine, read, write, muse on things – and do nothing at all. There are nights in the life of a singlehander when sleep is elusive and dreams vivid. Anchored near the head of navigation at Cutler, I’d woken several times at o-dark-thirty to see what the weather was up to, for morning would find me knocking on the door of the Bay of Fundy. As manyRead More

A tale of 9 nine dinghies

January 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

Can you cruise without a dinghy? After a long, checkered history with nine of them – hard and inflatable – on five different boats, we now happily make coastal passages without one.

And finally to Roque

January 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

Part 2: In the December issue, this 75-year-old circumnavigator was motoring toward the legendary Downeast island from southern Maine in an 80-year-old square-stern canoe when his cruise went figuratively south. Here’s how he reached his hallowed destination.

What ever happened to Roger Long?

January 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Roger Long A few Points East readers from the single-digit years of this century may remember accounts of cruising in my 32-foot Endeavour, Strider. I once had the honor of being on the masthead of this magazine as a contributor, but slipped quietly from that pinnacle of my literary fame and disappeared. What happened? I’m sure at least one of you is wondering. The mood so well described by Melville in the opening paragraphs of “Moby Dick” seized me in 2011. This and a desire to taste at least a token of my youthful dreams compelled me to sell my business and sail away. My plan was to live and travel on Strider until I got old enough forRead More

In the wakes of mariners past

January 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

How can one be excited about the future without first thrilling to the past? I can’t. I really can’t. This personal eccentricity began with my discovery of a barely legible 2½- by 4 ½-inch embossing – blue set into blue – on the cover of Carl D. Lane’s “Boatowner’s Sheet Anchor” (Funk & Wagnalls, New York, 1969). Carl Lane’s line art depicts what appears to be an 18th-century brigantine, a 16th-century caraval, and a 19th-century coasting schooner – all flying serpentine streamers – fading from view, and in memory, into a tropical haze. In their wakes, a small 20th-century, marconi-rigged, Atkin-type cutter, flying a yacht club burgee, follows, toward that same old horizon, her skipper imagining in his mind’s eyeRead More

‘Constant vigilance!’

January 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Ben Emory Navigating along the Maine coast has always been a welcome challenge of summertime, especially to the east of Schoodic. “. . . conditions change rapidly after passing [Mount Desert Island] bound east. There is more fog . . . The currents are stronger everywhere . . . and there is more tide,” says “A Cruising Guide to the New England Coast.” I had this hammered home in 1974, before I had electronic navigation aids on a sailboat. We left Cutler on a windy, rough morning thick of fog, with a fair current pushing us rapidly to the westward out of Grand Manan Channel. We watched for the eastern cliffs of Cross Island, about five miles on ourRead More