Photo by Meredith J. Rushing Conrad at the helm with Alex fishing on the trip out to Damariscove Island. The beautiful sunshine would soon give way to much rougher weather.

Just plain scared silly

November 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

The weather was prefect for a picnic on Damariscove Island. Until it wasn’t. The trip back was a challenge.

Above: Still in their foul weather gear a year after their ordeal, Peg and Tom  celebrate their official engagement at the Winslow Homer Studio in Prouts Neck, Maine. PegÕs grandfather, Mort Pratt, took the picture.

Let’s talk about your fear

February 1, 2020 at 12:00 am

Fear is part of the boating experience — It’s how you handle it that counts. We asked readers to recount their experiences with fear on the water. These are their stories. “If we get through this, let’s get married” Watery nightmares turn to dream realized A gift of calm inRead More

Tom Myers had spent many years at the helm of Mistral without incident. It wasnÕt over-confidence that caught up with him. Just rotten luck.

The sea is not done with me yet

December 1, 2006 at 12:00 am

The boat is lost. Will the replays ever end?

Roger LongÕs fall delivery trip took him across only a small corner of Casco Bay. But remember, big things can come in small packages.

Beware the last sail

September 1, 2006 at 12:00 am

A fall delivery to the boatyard seemed such a simple thing. It was only a few miles. What could possibly go wrong?

A long day’s journey into fright

A long day’s journey into fright

April 1, 2005 at 12:00 am

April, 2005 By Bob Knecht For Points East Tiger Rag, our Beals Island 22, is one hell of a seaboat for her size. She was born in Calvin Beal’s boat shop and designed for Maine waters, and that’s why I bought her. On this day last summer, my daughter, SamanthaRead More

A close call and a story to tell

A close call and a story to tell

September 1, 2004 at 12:00 am

The tourists cheered. The locals loved it. The tanker crew cursed. And we had a boating story to tell. Big deal.

Caught at Isles of Shoals without an engine? ThatÕs what sailboats are for. Tacking toward the hotel on Star Island.

Shakedown cruise

October 1, 2003 at 12:00 am

Even with everything going wrong, a Downeast shakedown leaves a father and his teen-age daughters with a deeper appreciation for the joys of cruising – and of engines.

Scary stuff

Scary stuff

April 1, 2003 at 12:00 am

Readers write: Scariest moments at sea

Remind me to call those forecasters

February 1, 2000 at 12:00 am

February, 2000 By Carlene M. Grossi For Points East It had been a relatively uneventful August cruise for the two sailboats from Newport, R.I., a Catalina 30 and a Pearson 30. Oh sure, there had been fog, and the broken spreader, and the calls in “sick” to work, and theRead More

A gift of calm in mid-ocean gives cruiser confidence to undertake new ventures

February 1, 2000 at 12:00 am

I was flabbergasted. It was hard to believe this was the ocean I had feared just a few months ago. Here we were 200 miles offshore plopped in a circle of velvet seas.