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Maine Island Cruising
Join Ben Ellison, Senior Editor of Panbo and Charles Doane, Cruising Editor of SAIL magazine for a conversation about cruising on the coast of Maine. Ben and Charles will talk about their relationship with the coast and their favorite islands to explore while cruising, followed by a Q&A session.

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May 26, 2021 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Charles J. Doane
Cruising Editor @SAIL Magazine
Charlie Doane has worked as a yachting journalist since 1986, including stints on staff at New England Offshore, Cruising World, and SAIL, where he now serves as Cruising Editor. His freelance work has appeared in The New York Times and other top international sailing magazines. He is the author of two books: a reference work, The Modern Cruising Sailboat (McGraw Hill/International Marine, 2010), and an ocean-sailing memoir, The Sea Is Not Full (Seapoint Books, 2017). Charlie first learned to sail during summers spent as a boy on an island in the mouth of Kennebec River and has cruised the Maine coast in various vessels since that time. In January 2014 he was involved in a dramatic U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue 300 miles off Cape Hatteras. Overall he has logged nearly 100,000 miles sailing offshore, including seven transatlantic passages and a number of singlehanded passages between the West Indies and New England. Sailing on his own boats he has cruised extensively on the U.S.
Ben Ellison
Senior Editor @Panbo
In 1971, Ben Ellison moved to Camden with several friends and pets intending to live aboard a somewhat derelict 40-foot wooden sloop, fix her up, and sail around the world. The circumnavigation never happened, but he has played many roles in the marine world since, and still lives in Camden. The jobs included professional captain, delivery skipper, fisherman, navigation and seamanship instructor, WoodenBoat School director, nautical almanac editor, and journalist. Almost all of which involved boating on the coast of Maine, especially a long run of cruising columns for Maine Boats and Harbors magazine. These days he's senior editor at Panbo.com, a website devoted to marine electronics, and owner/operator of the Duffy 37 lobster yacht Gizmo. After a decade he's as fond of his powerboat as he became of the old sloop but one unattainable goal remains the same: Visit every possible Maine island at least once (with the current MITA guide always on board).