Skipper Ken Read, at right, oversees the recovery of the mainsail. Photo by Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG

Newport-based Team Retires from Leg 1 of Volvo Race

11/22/2011 - The ocean racing yacht Mar Mostro, sponsored by PUMA and BERG Propulsion and led by Newport native Ken Read, was dismasted November 21 in the South Atlantic while racing from Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. No one was injured in the incident, but the team has been forced to… SEE MORE
The view under a schooner's bow, as a lobsterboat unloads its traps.

Final November Row of the Season

11/21/2011 - Last week I had the urge to take one final row on my home harbor of Rockport, Maine. The summerlike afternoon, in November, made it hard to resist. Rowing up the placid Goose River at dead low tide felt like floating in the bottom of a granite block-lined crevasse. You… SEE MORE
The "Nantucket Sleighride" across Nantucket Sound is always a wild ride.

A Summer Sleighride to Nantucket Island

11/17/2011 - Nantucket Sound lay between us and Nantucket Island. Not a boring stretch of water in our experience. Cape Cod sailors know their stuff. They deal with tricky, swift currents and incessant winds, five knots more powerful than their actual speed (I swear). Sailing to an island like Nantucket is exciting,… SEE MORE
Flying a hull on San Diego Bay. Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget/Americas Cup World Series

America’s Cup World Series Regatta Begins in San Diego

11/16/2011 - The first America’s Cup event to take place in a U.S. harbor since 1995 kicks off today in San Diego, with nine teams racing 45’ wing-sail catamarans in the third phase of the America’s Cup World Series. The five-day regatta follows similar events in Cascais, Portugal, and Plymouth, England, and… SEE MORE
Schooner in western Thorofare, North Haven, ME

Scenes from the Fox Islands Thorofare, circa 1955

11/15/2011 - The stretch of protected water between North Haven and Vinalhaven islands has always been an ideal spot to anchor for the night or spend a summer relaxing. These classic images, from the Penobscot Marine Museum's collection, prove that the Fox Islands Thorofare has been a wonderful destination for generations past… SEE MORE
Former RCS sailor Dillon Rossiter holding college championship JFK Cup with Naval Academy crew.

Former RCS Sailor Skippers Navy To Championship Win

11/14/2011 - Rockland native Dillon Rossiter, former Rockland Community Sailing student now at the US Naval Academy, led an eight person keel-boat racing team who won the prestigious John F. Kennedy Cup Regatta Nov. 6. It’s the first time since 2007 that Navy captured the JFK Cup, which serves as the Intercollegiate… SEE MORE
Aleria, 1958 Bunker & Ellis 42' cruiser restored by Johanson Boatworks, Rockland, Maine. Photo by Jamie Bloomquist/

Ready When You Are

11/11/2011 - Amid the sea of shrinkwrap that seems to be sweeping the coast at this time of year, it's always refreshing to see someone who looks ready to go. Maybe just one more run on the bay before winter? For more images of Aleria, click here. SEE MORE
RCS sailor Andy Bird, in yellow, on Doug Pope's Walkabout.

RCS Youth Race Keel-Boats in New Scholarship Regatta

11/10/2011 - Ten youth sailors from Rockland Community Sailing enjoyed a fantastic night of racing on Rockland YC boats during the first ever RYC-RCS Youth Keelboat Scholarship Regatta on August 18. Nine boats each with a RCS youth sailor aboard competed in three 'round the buoys' races. All youth sailors skippered the… SEE MORE
The view from the top of Monhegan, with Manana Island in the distance.

In Search of Shelter on Monhegan Island

11/8/2011 - Monhegan Island — tall, prominent, and well out to sea — beckons in the distance. A familiar landfall coming from the south for us, on this late October day it would be our destination sailing out of Penobscot Bay. I had an infallible plan. We’d spend the night in the… SEE MORE