NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: SYLVINA BEAL SAILS TO MARITIME GLOUCESTER!

And a pretty schooner she is, despite her generally decrepit state. Essex shipwright Harold Burnham, Mary Kay Taylor, and a crew of friends picked up the 1911 schooner in Maine over the weekend. Burnham and Taylor are planning to restore the knockabout to her original splendor and when completed, the Sylvina W. Beal will be the oldest fishing vessel in the harbor.

Stopping by to take a few snapshots of the Sylvina Beal I ran into Maritime Gloucester Education Director Amanda Madeira and Education Coordinator Kelsey Bradford, along with Plum Cove fourth graders at the “crab lab.” Don’t you just love everything about Maritime Gloucester?!? There is always some outstanding maritime-related educational program or event taking place. We are so blessed to have this wonderful resource in our community!

Note- the Sea Pocket Aquarium has reduced hours after October 13th. For more information, visit the Maritime Gloucester website here.

Read more about the Schooner Sylvina W. Beal here.

SCHOONER ARDELLE AT MARITIME GLOUCESTER

Early morning at the dock during Schooner Festival.

The Schooner Ardelle and Schooner Lannon have seats remaining for morning, mid-afternoon, and sunset September sails. Go here to book your tickets! Schooner Ardelle – Schooner Lannon

Item for the Magnolia Pier Restoration

Join us onboard the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon for a fundraiser for the rebuilding of the Magnolia Pier.

$100/person includes a glass of champagne and delicious appetizers while we sail about Gloucester’s historic harbor.

Magnolia Pier Fundraiser Aboard the Thomas E. Lannon

Date and Time

Sun, September 23, 2018

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

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Location

Location

Schooner Thomas E. Lannon

63 Rogers Street

Gloucester, MA 01930

GLOUCESTER’S BEAUTIFUL NEW FLOATING DOCK DESIGNED FOR SCHOONERS

If you had the opportunity to see the schooners docked at Gloucester’s gorgeous new floating dock, located at I4-C2, know that it was constructed by Beacon Marine Basin and installed by Brett Ramsey’s company Ramsey Marine and Dock Construction. The floating dock was created by Gloucester Maritime and the Schooner Festival Committee to provide schooners with a convenient place to moor.

Schooners Bluenose II, Columbia, Tree of Life, Brilliant, and When and If, along with the Tall Ship Lynx

The new dock was well utilized during the three day Schooner Festival event. By late Sunday afternoon, there were a total of five schooners, as well as the Tall Ship Lynx, moored at the floating dock!

The dock will be removed within the next few weeks, to be reinstalled next August for the 35th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival.

Schooners Columbia and Tyrone moored at the floating dock.

 

SNAPSHOTS FROM THE GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL RECEPTION AND AWARDS CEREMONY

With 29 schooners participating and a three day stretch of perfect weather, the 34th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival was a magnificent success. Congratulations to all the schooners, to the captains, crew, festival committee members, and to all the volunteers and organizations who make possible this most stellar of maritime sailing events. 

Captain Amanda Madiera was honored with a trophy to be given annually in her name: The “Amanda Maderia Award for the George Nichols Cup for Women Skippers.”

GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL 2018 RACE RESULTS

Mayor’s Race Large Schooner: Adventure

Columbia Trophy: Columbia

Medium Schooner: Tree of Life

Medium Schooner with a Marconi-rig: Brilliant

Small Schooner: Malibar

Small Schooner with a Marconi-rig: Blackbird

Amanda Maderia Award for the George Nichols Cup for Women Skippers: Hindu

Sunday’s parade of Sails from The Lady Jillian

Thank you to the Schooner Committee for organizing this amazing and fun event.  We watched the Parade of Sails from Lady Jillian, a great way to see all the schooners.

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Schooners on Parade. This is Gloucester.

Yesterday’s Parade of Sails was tremendous.  A bustling harbor was out in full force to admire the schooners, but we were lucky enough to get close to a few of them. Ironically, the wind in their sails was breathtaking.

 

PARTY SNAPSHOTS FROM MAYOR SEFATIA’S FABULOUS SCHOONER FESTIVAL WELCOME RECEPTION

The Mayor’s Schooner Festival Welcoming Reception was a fantastic success and wonderful fun. Maritime Gloucester’s dock was overflowing with Schooner Fest friends, well-wishers, and organizers. I think it was the most well attended ever and speaks to the growing success of Gloucester’s Schooner Festival (and to our Mayor’s charisma!).Mayor Sefatia welcomed Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Karen Polito, Schooner Bluenose II Captain Phil Watson and both Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante and State Senator Bruce Tarr were in attendance.

Schooner Bluenose II Captain Watson and Captain Mark Ring of the FV Stanley Thomas

The Schooner Festival Committee is simply amazing. Below are listed the members of the committee. When you see any one of these super heroic volunteers around town, tell them thank you for the tremendous job they are doing in producing annually Gloucester’s uniquely beautiful and spectacular Schooner Festival.

Peter Bent, Daisy Nell, and Captain Stan

Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee:

Daisy Nell, Chair, Tracy Arabian, Peter Bent, Alan Bezanson, Ed Boynton, John Borzerelli, Harold Burnham, Jim Caulkett, Elizabeth Carey, TJ Ciarametaro, Charlie Clark, Stan Collinson, Michael Costello, Jo-Anne Crawford,  Lee Cunningham, Michaell De Koster, Carol Decker, Stefan Edick, Heath Ellis, Tom Ellis, Chad Johnson, Michael Lipton, James Lowell, Laura Lowell, Amanda Madeira, Allie McCarthy, John McCarthy, Judith Nast, Barry Pett, Christopher Ramsden, Brett Ramsey, Courtney Richardson, Ken Riehl, Suzanne Silveira , Russ Smith, Chris Stepler, Mary Kay Taylor, Brenda Treuhaft.

The Gloucester Schooner Festival committee thanks the following organizations for their tremendous support.

Art Harbor, b*true promotions,  Beauport Hospitality Group, Brown’s Yacht YardCape Ann Brewing CompanyCape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Cape Ann Museum,  Cape Ann Transportation AuthorityCape Ann YMCAThe Causeway RestaurantCity of Gloucester, MAThe Cricket PressCruiseport GloucesterEastern Point Yacht ClubEssex Radio & TV , Essex Shipbuilding MuseumFirst Ipswich Bank, Gaybrook Garage, The Gerondelis Foundation, Gloucester DPW,  The Gloucester Fund, Gloucester Harbormaster, Gloucester Police Department, Gloucester Rental CenterGood Morning GloucesterGorton’s of Gloucester , Intershell, Jodrey State Fish Pier, Maritime Gloucester, Market Basket , Mortillaro Lobster,  Donald Mosher GalleryNorth SailsThe Pewter ShopRose’s Marine , Russell OrchardsRyan & Wood Distilleries,  Schooner Adventure ,  Schooner Ardelle , Schooner Thomas E. LannonSea Scouts North Shore Ship 5,  Seafood Display Auction, Seaside GraphicsThe ShedTD BankTurtle Alley, USCG Cutter Grand Isle, USCG Sector Boston, and USCG Station Gloucester.

Visit the Gloucester Schooner Festival website here.

To donate, click here.

 

 

WELCOME SCHOONERS!

These beautiful baskets are donated by the Schooner Festival Committee and include not only fresh fruit, but freshly baked bread from Virgilios and handmade chocolates from Turtle Alley. The Ramsey’s deliver each basket, via boat, to every participating schooner on Friday afternoon. It’s no wonder schooners from around the globe love to come to Gloucester.

Brett Ramsey readying to deliver schooner welcome baskets (Ellen Ramsey adds this is a 1967 Chevy truck, in case any one was wondering). 

Brett Ramsey Photo