Guest Columnists

Photo by Tim PlouffThe mail boat dock in Duck Harbor, Acadia National Park, Isle au Haut. There's a trailhead further up the cove.

Isle au Haut: Acadia’s offshore island

April 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Tim Plouff Mariners plying the Gulf of Maine in the vicinity of central Penobscot Bay and Blue Hill Bay are all too familiar with the landmark “mountains” of Isle au Haut. So named by Samuel de Champlain in 1604, Isle au Haut – “High Island” – has three, distinct,Read More

The misadventures of Capt. Bumblebee

April 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Ralph Pears Whenever sailors get together and have a few drinks, their talk invariably turns to the adventures they’ve had aboard boats. Sometimes these stories involve dangerous conditions and overcoming difficult situations. Other times they focus on the reminiscences of beautiful journeys, or the camaraderie that develops between sailorsRead More

The advantage of being petite

The advantage of being petite

March 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Marilyn Pond Brigham I’ve always considered myself fortunate to be small. That is, as a short person, I’ve always felt – contrary to the tongue-in-cheek sentiments of that famous song from the ’70s – like I’ve had many great reasons to live! Have there been rough spots along theRead More

Photo courtesy Michael LongThe wine bottle and duct tape "fix," partial contents of the bottle displayed on the hull to leeward.

The libation of salvation

March 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Michael Long What good is a 1,000-mile delivery run without a bit of melodrama? Creature comforts and picturesque anchorages are in short supply when you leapfrog down the coast from Portland, Maine, to Jacksonville, Fla., in October. So some compensatory excitement is a welcome prospect. That was my attitudeRead More

Moxie

Moxie

January 28, 2019 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Christopher Birch My adventures in yachting got off to a rich start. A “SAIL” magazine subscription card, with a questionnaire at the bottom, was my launch ramp. I checked the box indicating my net worth exceeded $10 million (I felt like $10 million just checking that box). I alsoRead More

Bill Cheney's Penelope, the catboat/muse responsible for this article.  Photo courtesy Bill Cheney

Curmudgeon seeks catboat for company and the occasional adventure

January 28, 2019 at 12:00 am

Guest Perspective/Peter M. Winter Because no one apart from me turns up on time these days I spend a lot of time waiting on my lonesome in bars looking at my phone while pretending to be someone with a lot of friends and an important life; and that’s how IRead More

Thank you, Heidi Marie

November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Michael H. Sherwood Editor’s note: the following is excerpted from the preface of Michael H. Sherwood’s recipe book, “Seafood is Supreme,” which outlines the best way to buy and prepare seafood. It’s a touching dedication to the men and women who, mostly anonymously, and sometimes under extreme conditions, toilRead More

Photo courtesy inahalfshell.comThe oyster boat Catherine Wedmore off Guilford, Conn., hauling a load of shells. The oyster industry in Conn. goes back 100 years.

From Budapest with love (and oysters)

November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Ed Jankovic A few years after the Cold War ended I was in Budapest, Hungary, and it being around Thanksgiving, I hoped I could locate a restaurant in the city that might remind me of home. An old place on Csanyi Street, just around the corner from Andrassy Street,Read More

Boats were pulled out of the mangroves, but not the accompanying debris; that's where we came in. Photo by Mike Camarata

Marathon and Irma: A snowbird’s view

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Michael Camarata The 2017 hurricane season was notorious for the hardship it caused across the Caribbean and in many places in the United States and its territories. Recovery from the devastation has fallen out of the headlines, but is still ongoing. Out of sight, out of mind, seems toRead More

Larry (far left) and his fellow "yachting associates" re-stocked and enjoying a beach on the Cape in 1959. Photo courtesy Larry Wardwell

Banned from Brewster

September 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective/Larry Wardwell The following is an excerpt from the book “Confessions of a Closet Yogi” by Larry Wardwell. In this true account, which took place in 1959, 18-year-old Larry is on leave from the Air Force, hanging out in his hometown of Natick, Mass., when he and some friendsRead More