Articles by: PointsEastAdmin

Why we make lists

November 20, 2017 at 12:00 am

Guest perspectve/Marilyn Brigham I make lists – shopping lists, birthday lists, Christmas lists, to-do lists. They keep me organized and focused, and I enjoy a feeling of some accomplishment when the task has been completed and all the items have been crossed off. But, early-on in our cruising, I’d drawnRead More

How I met E.B. White

November 20, 2017 at 12:00 am

Guest perspectve/Charles Sutton My roommate at Cornell University for two years, starting back in 1948, was Joel White (1930-1997), son of E. B. White, most famous for his books “Charlotte’s Web” and “Stuart Little,” humorous articles in “The New Yorker” magazine, and for his wife, Katharine White, the magazine’s seniorRead More

‘Another crazy scheme’

November 20, 2017 at 12:00 am

Part 1: A 75-year-old circumnavigator, I hoped to visit Roque Island, Downeast, from southern Maine, in an 80-year-old canvas-covered, square-stern canoe. My learning curve was steep.

Boating’s back-room boogie? A cautionary tale

November 20, 2017 at 12:00 am

Last August, we met a woman who owns a boat, who was kicked off her mooring – for which she paid more than $2,000 in advance, has anchored her boat nearby since May, and has accrued tens of thousands of dollars in fines while doing nothing wrong. As if thisRead More

‘Boat Talk’ with Clevis and Pinhead, the Shackle Bros.

November 20, 2017 at 12:00 am

Well, you are about to embark on another enlightening, informative, instructive, illuminating, enthralling and clarifying episode of “Boat Talk,” hosted by The Shackle Brothers. As a bonus, we’ll also have a new round of The Puzzler, designed to stump all of you; or at least those of you with veryRead More

Fundy dream. Getting pushed. Mini epic

November 20, 2017 at 12:00 am

Cruise of the Leight, Part eight: 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 lieRead More

As the season ends, memories proliferate

November 20, 2017 at 12:00 am

We hauled Star Island’s harbor launch for the season this November morning, in a gray mist. I’m always just a little anxious at haul-outs, especially when the season is late and the river is mostly deserted. It doesn’t help that the landing is called “Dead Duck” (the public landing rampRead More

December: Guess the harbor, win a hat!

November 19, 2017 at 7:27 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

Points East’s Yachtsman of the Year: Peter McCrea

October 25, 2017 at 9:16 am

This has been a very competitive year for this award, with 9 people nominated, all of them strong candidates. The winner, selected by the previous recipients of this award, is certainly a standout sailor. He is both a racer and a cruiser, and he’s been at it for over 30Read More

Corwith Cramer heads to sea

October 17, 2017 at 10:09 am

It was fun to watch the progress of Sea Education Association’s vessel, Corwith Cramer as she progressed from the Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, where she underwent extensive work, to Woods Hole, where she’ll pick up students. You can use this Marine Traffic link to follow her as sheRead More