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As a kid, Bob Muggleston took sailing lessons at Pettipaug Sailing Academy, in Essex, Conn., and that was it — he was done for. All the racing, cruising and power boating he’s done since are because of those lessons. His  inability to turn down a boat that’s free? That might be fodder for a therapy session. However, he takes comfort in knowing he’s not alone.

Staying local

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

For the last three summers, since buying my latest “big” boat, I’ve had the same three goals: 1) Hunt down Points East columnist David Buckman while he’s cruising in Maine. Me aboard my Good Buddy and David aboard his Leight, we’d go find a few of those eel ruts he’sRead More

A ‘deeply satisfying’ sail

August 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

If you’re a sailor, chances are you’ve thought about what it would be like to circumnavigate. The idea of a continuous voyage that lasts years, and involves exotic destinations – it’s heady stuff for the coaster, and there’s no shortage of literature on the topic, which makes for especially greatRead More

The return is always worse

July 30, 2018 at 12:00 am

In the early 2000s I was lucky enough to race to Bermuda not once, but twice, with Jim Mertz, the “Iron Man of the Onion Patch,” who participated in 30 Newport Bermuda Races between 1936 and 2004 – a record that probably won’t be topped anytime soon. Jim is goneRead More

‘Welcome to our world’

June 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

The first personal account of a trip on the Maine Island Trail I ever read was Steve Callahan’s 2002 article “Reflections at the Water’s Edge,” which documented a trip he and his wife Kathy did on a section of the trail in the pages of “Cruising World” magazine. Callahan andRead More

Passing the CG torch, one boat at a time

May 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

For cadets between their second and third years at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, June is a special month. Classes are over, the grass on their hillside campus overlooking the Thames River is green again, and afternoon southwesterlies – warm, and full of promise – haveRead More

Iceland in the house

April 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

If an award existed for the greatest distance traveled to exhibit at this year’s Maine Boat Builders Show in Portland, Maine (March 23-25), it would have gone to Iceland’s Björn Jónsson, who travelled over 2,300 miles. Remarkably, this was only 400 miles farther than an exhibitor from Houston, Texas, traveled.Read More

Our friend Nim

March 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

I hope you’ll indulge me. In the last issue of this magazine, long-time editor Nim Marsh announced that, effective immediately, he was stepping down. He did so halfway through one of his finest editorials, and no doubt some of you choked on your coffee and re-read the sentence several timesRead More