Adventures & Cruises

This is what we were dreaming of, blue skies, turquoise water and white beaches. But electrical problems created some unforseen delays.Photo courtesy Ted Mellors

Short circuit

July 25, 2022 at 11:15 am

A dream cruise from Massachusetts to the Dominican Republic aboard a 30-foot Cape Dory is briefly sidelined when a mysterious and persistent electrical problem arises in the first days of the voyage.

Photo courtesy Nico WalshA week later, I’m still having unsettled dreams, knowing I’m in my bunk below, but not knowing where in hell the yacht is – maybe careening along a skinny, forested canal, trees reaching for the rigging on either side.

Marsh Harbor to Maine

July 25, 2022 at 12:00 am

Deserted Bahamian beaches, gale-force winds, wild and placid rivers, canals, and memorable encounters with engaging fellow cruisers earmarked the homeward leg of this nine-month voyage.

Photo courtesy Capt. Michael L. MartelThe author, 48 years older, with the burgee of the Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May, N.J.

Sailing through boot camp

July 25, 2022 at 12:00 am

The members of the Corinthian Yacht Club made a young Coast Guard recruit feel at home.

A wrecked boat on the shore next to an old abandoned wharf on a very foggy day. The boat is in very poor shape and is falling apart. Side view at low tide.

‘In the wild, you get one mistake’

July 25, 2022 at 12:00 am

August 2022 By David Roper This is a continuation from the July issue of an excerpt from Dave’s upcoming book “The Ghosts of Gadus Island” August 1985 Fog, Gadus Island After a breakfast of corned beef hash and eggs, Sophie climbed a couple steps on the ladder and poked herRead More

Transatlantic Bittersweet

Transatlantic Bittersweet

June 20, 2022 at 12:00 am

Part 2: It was the trip of a lifetime, but as with everything in life, the grim reality of everyday existence imposed some limitations. Quarrels between crew members as well as food issues left a lasting mark on the experience.

Photo courtesy Dennis LeshThe sail pretty much says it all. It worked.

The perfect proposal

June 20, 2022 at 12:00 am

The planning was intense, the execution flawless and the result? Magical.

Photos by Marilyn Pond BrighamAbove, the ancient and aptly named Still Afloat with a rubrail that serves to cushion blows from other boats, and also hides some repair work. At right, Paul helps the couple’s dog into the newer of their dinghies, an inflatable named Quellefois.

A tale of 2 dinghies

June 20, 2022 at 12:00 am

A pair of venerable dinks, with a cumulative age of more than six decades, has for years served the Brighams and their five sailing vessels as tried-and-true tools in their quests for successful cruises.

Photos courtesy Reinhard ZollitschAbove, Fiddler’s Green route plotted betweem Maine and France. At right, crew of Fiddler’s Green. The author is third from the right.

Transatlantic bittersweet

May 23, 2022 at 12:00 am

Part 1: “Want to sail across the Atlantic?” my wife Nancy asked, knowing it was a life dream. “I told them you’d be interested.” I signed on, and the experience proved both pleasant and painful.

Posing at Fort Warren in Boston Harbor. Photo courtesy Roger Karlebach

Our plan C cruise turned out to be just fine

April 18, 2022 at 12:00 am

 Plan A was the Newfoundland south coast, but it had a COVID closure. Plan B was Maine, which endured a moth infestation with toxic by-products. So, Plan C, and a lovely one at that: Massachusetts.

From New Hampshire to New Zealand under sail

From New Hampshire to New Zealand under sail

March 29, 2022 at 9:15 am

Jeff and Molly Bolster discuss their 2018 cruise via Zoom host by the Gundalow Company’s World Ocean Experience series.