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‘Race to Alaska’ – Approach with caution

‘Race to Alaska’ – Approach with caution

August 22, 2022 at 12:00 am

September 2022 By Marilyn Pond Brigham Many of us are familiar with traditional, organized sailboat races – class boats, handicaps, courses set by Committee, rules and trophy cups presented at a classy club. The Race to Alaska (R2AK), which runs annually in June, covers 750 miles of open water fromRead More

Photo by Susan CornellWhat could be a more perfect setting for a family stage than a toy store in an 1801 homestead? Deirdre and Sean Murtha perform at Toys Ahoy!, located  across from the historic Griswold Inn on Main Street in Essex Village.

Connecticut Sea Music Festival a success

July 25, 2022 at 12:00 am

August 2022 By Susan Cornell Hear Ye! The streets and rafters of historic downtown Essex, Connecticut, rang with sea chanteys as the first Connecticut Sea Music Festival presented concerts, workshops, a Symposium on the “Music of the Sea” and demonstrations of sailor skills. But fear not should you suffer from FOMO.Read More

A wrecked boat on the shore next to an old abandoned wharf on a very foggy day. The boat is in very poor shape and is falling apart. Side view at low tide.

‘In the wild, you get one mistake’

July 25, 2022 at 12:00 am

August 2022 By David Roper This is a continuation from the July issue of an excerpt from Dave’s upcoming book “The Ghosts of Gadus Island” August 1985 Fog, Gadus Island After a breakfast of corned beef hash and eggs, Sophie climbed a couple steps on the ladder and poked herRead More

The sea cat Chowder continues her adventures

The sea cat Chowder continues her adventures

June 20, 2022 at 12:00 am

July 2022 By J. Albert Mann Far Away Islands of Paradise As told to the author LeCain W. Smith, by the Sea Cat Chowder, 2022; 176 pp., Windrose Productions. Written from the point of view of a cheerful and chirpy cat, “Far Away Islands” is the second book in aRead More

A shady, but entertaining, bunch of characters

A shady, but entertaining, bunch of characters

January 31, 2022 at 12:00 am

January/February 2022 “Can’t Sail in Jail: A Novel” by Greg Gilmartin Reviewed by J. Albert Mann An obvious truth, perhaps, but a truth nonetheless. You can’t sail in jail, which is unfortunately where most of Gilmartin’s characters belong. We are introduced to this tale’s docket of eccentrics, along with theirRead More

Book review: Farewell Mr. Puffin: A Small Boat Voyage to Iceland

Book review: Farewell Mr. Puffin: A Small Boat Voyage to Iceland

November 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

December 2021 Farewell Mr. Puffin: A Small Boat Voyage to Iceland by Paul Heiney, Adlard Coles, 2021, 256pp, $16.99 Review by Albert J. Mann For Points East Heiney may be on the lookout for Puffins, but to the great joy of readers, he sees so much more. Sailing from hisRead More

Book review: Sharks: At your service

Book review: Sharks: At your service

November 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

December 2021 Review by J. Albert Mann For Points East Sharks: At your service by Mary M. Cerullo, Photographs by Jeffrey L. Rotman, Tumblehome, Inc., 2021, 40pp, $17.95 A trip to the aquarium sparks an instant passion for sharks in Cerullo’s young protagonist Marina catches sight of her first sharkRead More

A cat’s-eye view of the cruising experience

A cat’s-eye view of the cruising experience

July 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

Sailing South ‘til the Butter Melts As told to the author LeCain W. Smith by the Sea Cat Chowder August 2021 Review by J. Albert Mann For Points East Written from the point of view of a large, fluffy cat, Sailing South is the first book in a three-part seriesRead More

The good doctor

The good doctor

May 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

Review by Bob Muggleston “Go By Boat: Stories of a Maine Island Doctor” by Dr. Chuck Radis. Down East Books, 2021. 185 pp. $24.95. In the 1991 movie “Doc Hollywood,” city slicker Ben Stone (played by Michael J. Fox), who has just completed his medical residency, crashes his Porsche tryingRead More

Life’s tangles and bends

Life’s tangles and bends

May 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

Review by Bob Muggleston “Beyond Mermaids: Life’s Tangles, Knots and Bends” by David H. Roper. Points East Publishing, Inc., 2021. 138 pp. $9.99. As the editor of this magazine, reviewing a book that has been written by one of Points East’s columnists might seem a little subjective. But I amRead More