Adventures & Cruises

At left, the research vessel Rachel K. Goodwin. Here, looking astern while at sea.Photo by Mike Martel

Coming full circle

January 30, 2023 at 12:00 am

A week-long gig 100 miles out to sea brings the author back to the early days of his career.

Commercial and recreational craft share dock space in North Head Harbor on Grand Manan Island. Inset: The four happy travelers (left to right: Thom, Kathy, Robin and Tom) pose for a selfie on Barred Island.Photos by Thom Perkins

The fun starts beyond Schoodic

November 21, 2022 at 12:00 am

To cruise from this Maine peninsula to way-Downeast in Passamaquoddy Bay and the Bay of Fundy is to enter a big-tide world with fierce currents, eddies, and the endless joy of being alone.

Photo by Ian MooreLee and Jon show the strain of concentration required when sailing in fog.

Maine: Always different tomorrow

September 26, 2022 at 12:00 am

October/November 2022 By Ian Moore with Jon Kane and Lee Grimes With steady 10 to 15-knot southerlies, sunshine, and record high temperatures, you couldn’t ask for a better forecast for the first sail of 2022. Despite the forecast, I had reminded Jon and Lee several times to bring plenty ofRead More

Alexis on her mooring in Christmas Cove shortly before departing for her delivery journey.Photo courtesy David Sharp

Downeaster Alexis

September 26, 2022 at 12:00 am

With apologies to Billy Joel and his Downeaster Alexa, of ballad fame, the author’s sloop of almost the same name could claim that Maine honorific after a `70s cruise from Christmas Cove to Newport.

Photo courtesy Michael CamarataCaptain Michael Camarata and his wife/co-captain pose for a peaceful moment in their dinghy.

Adventure? No thanks.

September 26, 2022 at 12:00 am

“We are plain, quiet folk and have no use for adventures,” declared Bilbo Baggins. “Nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things. Make you late for dinner.” We don’t like them either, but we sure have them.

Rhumb line Downeast

Rhumb line Downeast

August 22, 2022 at 12:00 am

Every trip can be an ordeal or an adventure – the choice is up to you.

Olivia Lord, R2AK warrior

Olivia Lord, R2AK warrior

August 22, 2022 at 12:00 am

September 2022 By Marilyn Pond Brigham Shortly after I was asked to review the “Race to Alaska” movie for Points East, I came upon a bit of serendipity. My yacht club’s weekly email included a brief note that not only were a couple of members participating in the 635-mile NewportRead More

Photo by Tim PlouffAbove, trails signs on Marshall, including the airstrip. At right, Sand Cove beach, mid-tide, with our inflatables tied up on shore. Insets, Diane and Kathy enjoy the ride out to the island, the two boats anchored offshore.

Marshall Island is tough to top

August 22, 2022 at 12:00 am

When high winds and rough seas kept the 22-foot Sea Ray, Tegoak, off Maine waters until mid-July, Capt. Tim and navigator Kathryn grabbed a weather window and briskly made up for lost time.

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.