Quarantine Logs

These are extraordinary times and here at Points East we are making an effort to document how our audience, our readers and advertisers, are coping with the situation. Below you’ll find some short posts (We’re just getting started, so check back frequently).

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The stern of the author's boat is seen reflected in the waters of Port Jefferson Harbor. Photo by Pam Humbert

“Plenty in ’20” and Plan D

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Pam Humbert For Points East The new year was still young and unsullied back in mid-January when our club met to unveil their summer cruising plans. The room was abuzz with dreams and the anticipation of a fresh new year and a season yet to unfold. Wearing a genuineRead More

Reflections on the season that nearly wasn’t

Reflections on the season that nearly wasn’t

November 18, 2020 at 12:48 pm

By Randy Randall Here we are in October already during the last boating weekend of the summer that nearly wasn’t. Our marina season has been dominated by sunny weather, good fishing and COVID-19. As the old saying goes, “It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.” Who knew marinasRead More

Corona cruising

Corona cruising

August 11, 2020 at 4:10 pm

North on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from Jacksonville Beach, Florida to Norfolk, Virginia in March & April 2020.

Documentary that provides an escape

Documentary that provides an escape

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World” Written and directed by Nico Edwards. Perf. Clemens Gabriel, Ayack Wanderer, David Bowie. Splendid Entertainment, 2017. 77 mins. Currently available on Amazon. Review by Bob Muggleston What an escape it was to watch this documentary, especially with so much going on. TheRead More

COVID Warriors Tribute

COVID Warriors Tribute

June 1, 2020 at 11:22 am

On May 25 the Masthead Cove Yacht Club (www.mastheadcoveyc.org), an informal “paper” club of about 80 families/couples based in Huntington, N.Y., organized a tribute for COVID-19 first-responders. They descended on the western tip of Sand City Island and arranged themselves in the shape of a heart, all flying pink-and-blue streamersRead More

Photo courtesy Shannonfreix/WikipediaSerenity on the Continental Divide Trail. Outdoor activities have been especially popular during the lockdown.

The curious effect of COVID-19

May 18, 2020 at 12:00 am

In the 2015 film “The Martian,” Matt Damon is an astronaut who’s unwittingly left behind on Mars, and realizes that if he’s to be rescued – most likely in four years, when another ship will be close enough to do so – he’s got to survive on a planet thatRead More

No excuses: Boatbuilding under quarantine

No excuses: Boatbuilding under quarantine

May 7, 2020 at 12:42 pm

In keeping with the saying “when life gives you lemons . . . ,” we need to make the best of the forced COVID-19 quarantine. Besides, boating is all about switching to plan B or C, isn’t it? For those of us lucky enough to be both economically and physicallyRead More

Getting a lot of cleaning done while waiting

Getting a lot of cleaning done while waiting

May 7, 2020 at 12:36 pm

I have been sailing and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay from the Annapolis area for over 38 years. Initially I raced and cruised a S2 7.9 sailboat and when the season opens I will be fishing and cruising my Albemarle 26.8 sport fisherman. Needless to say, after looking at theRead More

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Thoughts on quarantine, and being at sea

April 29, 2020 at 12:52 pm

As a young man dreaming of the sea, I read all the great authors, from Nordhoff and Hall to Defoe and Melville, but the writer who ultimately fascinated me the most became Captain Joshua Slocum. Some passage in an excerpt piqued my interest; it was a passage wherein he describedRead More

Hallett Sails shifts to mask making

Hallett Sails shifts to mask making

April 29, 2020 at 6:32 am

While this is a challenging time for all businesses, the folks at Hallett Sails haven’t allowed that fact to get them down. They’ve pivoted from their usual production to making masks for the community. This has allowed them to continue paying their employees and even add some furloughed family membersRead More