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Bob Muggleston is a resident of Deep River, Conn., where he and his wife are raising two kids. His love of being on the water began in the late ’70s, at Pettipaug Sailing Academy in Essex, Conn. In the late ’80s he was a member of the Providence College sailing team and in summers was bowman aboard the S2 9.1 Pursuit, raced out of Groton Long Point, Conn. In 1990 Bob was a deckhand aboard the Bering Sea longliner Golden Chalice. A veteran of several Marion-Bermuda and Newport-Bermuda races, today he’s mostly a cruiser. When time allows, he enjoys exploring Long Island Sound and its tributaries.
Photo byAli WischAll wrapped up and ready for snow.

Winter warriors

November 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

December 2021 By Ali Wisch For Points East “Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.” – Kin Hubbard In the northeast, we are no strangers to the weather changing, nor are we shy when it comes toRead More

Photo by Ali WischLiveaboard boats secured to each other in their winter slips at Boston Harbor.

Welcoming winter

September 27, 2021 at 12:00 am

October 2021 By Ali Wisch It’s that time of year again in New England when people are taking their final voyages, starting to think about shrink wrap, winterizing, and maybe even buying antifreeze in bulk from Costco. While ignorance can be bliss – it’s hard not to notice the chillRead More

Photo courtesy Ali WischThe winning "Wannabe Pirates" aboard Seabiscuit post-race. L-R - Brittany (holding the team mascot, Rowan), Isaac, Ali, Mike, and Jason.

Never underestimate the underdog

August 23, 2021 at 12:00 am

September 2021 By Ali Wisch When I “entered” the 2021 Flip Flop Regatta, it was more like I invited myself to join my friend Isaac’s boat. Okay – that is, precisely, what it was. We’d sailed together a few times, bringing his Pearson 33, Seabiscuit, back and forth through theRead More

Taking safety seriously with a compassionate heart

Taking safety seriously with a compassionate heart

July 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

August 2021 By Ali Wisch On July 17, eight people boarded a boat in Boston Harbor, and seven people returned. The body that was recovered wasn’t just a body, but an amazing woman with a huge heart and a beautiful soul that we lost way too young. She used toRead More

New beginnings

New beginnings

June 21, 2021 at 12:00 am

July 2021 By Ali Wisch A few years ago, my friends’ boat sank. It was New England, in the middle of winter, and late at night – of course- (in my experience, not all, but most, boating catastrophes happen sometime after dark). Not only did my friends lose everything exceptRead More

Photo courtesy marinas.comA bird's-eye view of Essex Harbor. It's amazing how different a familiar stretch of water looks from the air.

A river runs through it

May 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

June 2021 By Bob Muggleston Last Friday, anticipating the weekend’s Connecticut Spring Boat Show at Essex Island Marina in Essex, Connecticut, a local news station flew a drone over Essex Harbor during their morning broadcast. Now, I’ve seen overhead shots of the area before – check out Jerry Roberts’ fineRead More

Bring back Dodge Morgan!

Bring back Dodge Morgan!

April 19, 2021 at 12:00 am

May 2021 By Bob Muggleston In 2014, and new to the magazine, I was manning the booth at a boat show when a gentleman strolling by with a beer called good-naturedly over his shoulder, “Bring back Dodge Morgan!” He didn’t stop to elaborate. I turned to my coworker. “Who’s DodgeRead More

Photo courtesy Stéphanie Gaspari/Vendée GlobeThe high-flying, Verdier-designed Class40 Maître CoQ IV, which was originally designed for the 2016 Vendée Globe.

RAS – Reluctant Acceptance Syndrome

March 15, 2021 at 12:00 am

March/April 2021 By Bob Muggleston One aspect of getting older, I’ve noticed, is the tendency to downplay or dismiss things that have been touted as “new and improved.” Especially when the thing being “improved” has been just fine for years, possibly even decades. Take the self-checkout zones at supermarkets, forRead More

Photo by Bob MugglestonDavid (right) and me several years ago. David’s monthly column slot will, for the foreseeable future, be inhabited by Christopher Birch.

A scan of the 2021 horizon

February 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

Midwinter 2021 By Bob Muggleston “I can’t wait to go sailing again.” Nim Marsh, Points East’s former editor, recently said this to me, and I couldn’t agree more. The events of the last nine months have been distracting in so many ways, mostly, of course, thanks to COVID-19. Beyond theRead More

Photo by Bob MugglestonEarly morning off the coast of Rhode Island. What an escape being on the water is, especially in tough times.

A moment of clarity

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Bob Muggleston On Halloween, which thankfully this year was on a Saturday, my son and I went tautog fishing with my neighbor Kevin. The idea was born that Friday night, over a few glasses of wine. Kevin always closes out his fishing season by making a pot of blackfishRead More