Editor’s Page

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.
A ‘deeply satisfying’ sail

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

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’

‘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

Commander Russ Bowman discusses the finer points of docking aboard Shearwater, a Leadership 44. Photo by Bob Muggleston.

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

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

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