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Late afternoon sail

Oil painting by Sergio Roffo

Down a little dirt lane on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, almost hidden from view off the main road, is a boat launch and a stretch of tidal water, a secret spot for small boats and those who love them. It’s a tranquil place, far from the crowds, the noise and the run of modern life. And it’s friendly and familiar to artist Sergio Roffo.

“This is one of my favorite places to paint,” says Roffo, whose 24-by-36-inch oil painting Late Afternoon Sail took shape there. “On this day a catboat came sailing by, and I did a quick study right there.”



The view from here is a bonanza for a boat nut

Peter BassThe perch from which I write in Portsmouth,Virginia, overlooks Mile Zero of the Intracoastal Waterway, the neck of the funnel through which pass the snowbird migrations following the temperate weather south in the fall and north in the spring. Somewhere here, the Chesapeake ends, and the military and industrial complex of the Elizabeth River narrows to the ICW.



Can the blue crab make a comeback?

Describe life on Chesapeake Bay, and it’s hard not to say something about the iconic, ill-tempered blue crab. Whether it’s picking a mess of spicy, steamed crabs or frying up a Maryland-style crab cake for the perfect sandwich, the blue crab has been a reliable source of pleasure for locals and visitors alike, not to mention its economic impact on the region.
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Running to the mark

Oil painting by Richard Loud 

Richard Loud, the son of a shipwright from Quincy Bay, Massachusetts, grew up surrounded by sailing vessels and the men who built them. Exposed early on to both the wonders and the practical aspects of boat design and construction, Loud developed a passionate love for sailing and sailing vessels that helped define his life.



Hope Town Light - Abacos, Bahamas

Photos by Hayden Cochran & Stephen Blakely

Technically, it’s Elbow Reef Lighthouse, which is why it was built: to mark one of the deadliest shallows in the North Atlantic shipping lanes. But it’s better known as Hope Town Light, a red-and-white candy-striped tower in the most beautiful and historic little harbor town in the Bahamas.



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