Less about the voyage; more about the man

September 25, 2017 at 12:00 am

A Man for All Oceans By Stan Grayson, Tilbury House Publishers and New Bedford Whaling Museum 2017, 399 pp. $29.95. Joshua Slocum was a rock star in – and after – his time. Since 1900, his book has never been out of publication, and there have been at least 25Read More

Humor, beauty, from the keyboard of a friend

August 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

The Sea is Not Full: Ocean Sailing Revelations & Misadventures By Charles J. Doane, Seapoint Books, 2017; 437 pp., $17.62. Reviewed by Bob Muggleston For Points East One of the things I’ve always loved about sailing literature, beyond the purity of escape it so frequently provides, is how often theRead More

It’s not all misery at the Horn; just mostly

July 24, 2017 at 9:04 am

The Cape Horners’ Club By Adrian Flanagan, Adlard Coles Nautical, 2017; 295 pp., $27. Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East When my wife and I acquired our first big sailboat, we always made sure we had a Big Gulp of ice water at the helm when departing or arrivingRead More

Survival book asks much of reader’s honesty

June 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

A Speck in the Sea by John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski; Hachette Book Group, 2017, 247 pp., hardcover $18-20, ebook $14. Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East I wonder what it is about us that makes us ignore internal dialogue, often at our peril. Why do we shush thatRead More

Carter’s Salty Bard pirate poetry project

May 22, 2017 at 12:00 am

The Salty Bard: Up in Smoke By Craig Parmelee Carter, BeachWrites ( 2017, 48 pp., paperback $8.95, Kindle edition $3.99. Reviewed by Nim Marsh For Points East I enjoy poetry of the sea. Within arm’s reach of my desk is a copy of John Masefield’s “Salt Water Poems and Ballads.”Read More

Inspirational boats

April 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

Notable Boats: Small Craft, Many Adventures By Nic Compton, with illustrations by Peter Scott, The Ivy Press Limited 2016, 160 pp., $29.95 (hardcover). Reviewed by Bob Muggleston For Points East From the “Oxford English Reference Dictionary”: notable/ adj. worthy of note; striking, remarkable, eminent. All sailors have a short listRead More

A desperate voyage

April 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

Desperate Voyage: Donald Crowhurst, The London Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, and the Tragedy of the Teignmouth Electron By Edward Renehan, New Street Communications, LLC 2016, 112 pp., $9.95. By Bob Muggleston For Points East In the annals of sailing, there is one story that, as presented by two BritishRead More

Man, octopus are evolutionary control freaks

March 13, 2017 at 12:01 am

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness By Peter Godfrey-Smith. Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2016. 257 pp., $27. Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East Well, calamari’s off the table now. Paella too. And some of that sushi you crave as well. Turns out thatRead More

Horror in a tunnel

November 21, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Here’s a gripping tale that that is unfortunately very true. It’s a story that mixes high drama, tragedy, rotten luck, stupidity, cowardice, litigiosity, incompetence (on a grand scale), hubris, greed, carelessness, and grief with courage, luck, and a ton more grief.

Delight in a cruise south

November 21, 2016 at 2:51 pm

From Sea of Life to Sea of Dreams By Dave Witherill, Maine Authors Publishing 2016, 186 pp., $14.95 paperback). On a lighter note, we have a retired sea captain from Maine who trades about three football fields worth of oceangoing tanker for 34 feet of sailboat, and, with his wife,Read More