FAREWELL SCHOONER ALERT

The beautiful Schooner Alert setting sail and departing Gloucester at first light.

About Schooner Alert

In 1992 Schooner ALERT was launched and christened TALL COTTON, a southern expression that means Finest Kind. She was designed and built by Paul Rollins in York, Maine. Built for a charter business the owner abandoned the idea, no charters we ever done, and the beautiful vessel was abandoned for at least 10 years.

She was purchased by Roger Woodman in 2006. Woodman changed her name to ALERT and started a new life for this fine boat fitting her out for commercial fishing and research. ALERT operated out of Portland, Maine until 2012.

In 2013 ALERT was sold to Captains Perry Davis and Bethany McNelly-Davis. They have been sailing out of Bailey Island, Maine hosting charters on the ketch TEVAKE since 2006. They converted the ALERT from a commercial fishing schooner to a commercial passenger carrying vessel. In September 2013 ALERT was awarded a certificate of inspection by the United States Coast Guard to carry 28 passengers.

Schooner ALERT Windjammer Cruises collaborates with schools to offer a tall ship experience that caters to their curriculum. Island Adventure trips are offered to students and private parties. The Harpswell based Tall Ship aims to serve their community and get the best out of every day we are given.

The Schooner ALERT and Ketch TEVAKE operate out of Garrison Cove on Bailey Island, Maine hosting two, four, and six hour public and private sailing charters.

GloucesterCast 355 with Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Heidi Dallin, Bob Walsh, Brandon Pratt, John D’Agata, Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gorden Farrell and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 9/01/19

GloucesterCast 355 with Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Heidi Dallin, Bob Walsh, Brandon Pratt, John D’Agata, Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gorden Farrell and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 9/01/19

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Topics Include:
Kim and Chris Have Abandoned Us.
The coozies are IN!
Can You Believe It’s September?  Have you ever remembered a summer going by so quickly.  June was horrible weather.  Hoping for a prolonged late summer into October.
Schooner Festival Saturday Was Another One Of Those Magical Gloucester Days.
Gloucester BY Boat- The Launch Service Is A Total No-Brainer.
Pat went on all three of the big Gloucester Schooners- The Ardelle, The Thomas E Lannon, The Adventure
Pat volunteered for Schooner Festival and the Mayor’s Reception

The Lifespan of a Fact at Gloucester Stage With John D’Agata, Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gorden Farrell get your tickets here- https://gloucesterstage.com/lifespan/

 

GloucesterCast 354 with Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Maureen Aylward, Sandra Williams, Susan Lipsett, Michael DeKoster, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/25/19

GloucesterCast 354 with Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Maureen Aylward, Sandra Williams, Susan Lipsett, Michael DeKoster, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/25/19

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Topics Include:
Pre-order the new GMG Coozies at this link The coozies will be arriving Wednesday and immediately shipped out.
Riverfest recap
Dogtown Writers Festival “Finding Words In Place” -Gloucester Writers Center Event  www.gloucesterwriters.org
Yellow Tomato Bloody Marys Yellow Snappers & Jaundiced Marys https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/yellow-tomato-bloody-mary
Pat became an Uber driver for an injured Northern Gannet this week at the request of SeaPort Veterinary Hospital.
Gloucester schooner festival Information Page- https://gloucesterschoonerfestival.net/
Schooner Fest is looking for volunteers! Email Kelly at kopris@maritimegloucester.org
 
Colby Farm Sunflower Field in Newbury now open, though not yet in full color. $10 parking fee. Follow field progress at https://www.colbyfarms.com/
 
Hoping for a Bloody Mary update!!
MBTA Pre-Pay Is A Ripoff.  Downloaded the app, they charged me $11 to pay on my cell phone.  People behind me paid $10 directly and the conductor told them the tickets were good all weekend.  WTF?
Jim shares KUDOS to the DPW for their amazing work keeping up with events, clean up and set up.

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.

 

Fishing Schooner Columbia launch 1923 then and now

Columbia was designed by Starling Burgess. Shown here under construction at the Essex boat yard (Arthur Dana Story ship yard), launched, and sailing to Gloucester 1923. Leslie Jones photographs, from glass negatives Boston Public Library collection. It sank in 1946.

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The new Columbia is participating in the Gloucester Schooner Festival 2018 – download the fantastic program here- handy information about each boat and all the special events

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2018 Gloucester Schooner Festival Parade of Sails – Columbia 

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GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE!

Schedule of Events for the 34th Annual Gloucester Labor Day Schooner Festival 

Friday, August 31, 2018

All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cape Ann Museum open to the public– free of charge.

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Mayor’s Reception for invited guests (ticketed event)

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Gloucester Block Party on Main Street in downtown.Welcome Columbia and Bluenose II sail aboard the Schooner Thomas Lannon on Friday at 10am. Purchase tickets here.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day
Maritime Gloucester, located at 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester, will host its annual Heritage Day celebration from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event is free to the public.

11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Heritage Day at the White-Ellery House
The 1710 White-Ellery House (245 Washington Street, Gloucester) will have a slide show of schooners and have other fishing & racing related activities. The event is free to the public.

4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Lobster Bake at The Gloucester House
Music, food and a whole lot of fun. The cost is only $17
for Lobster, Corn and Cornbread.

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Concert on Stacy Boulevard
Enjoy a community concert on The Boulevard before and after the Parade of Lights and Fireworks.

7:00 pm
Boat Parade of Lights
The annual Boat Parade of Lights begins at dusk at Jones Creek on the Annisquam River, travels down the river, through the drawbridge and into Gloucester Harbor, ending in the Smith’s Cove area of the harbor.

9:15 pm
Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following Parade of Lights, time approximate)
(The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is in need of more donations for the Labor Day weekend fireworks. Donations may be made to The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please notate “fireworks” on your donation.)

 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

8:30 am
Skippers Meeting
This meeting is required for all Schooners sailing in the Mayor’s Race.  Meet at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Parade of Sail as Schooners proceed from Inner Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point.

11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light, from Eastern Point Gate (Eastern Point Boulevard at Farrington Avenue) to watch the start of the Mayor’s Race. Free ofCharge, courtesy of Cape Ann Transportation Authority.

1:00 pm
Start of Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup, Columbia Trophy, Ned Cameron Trophy; and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Reception and Awards Ceremony
for captains, crews and invited guests (ticketed event)

Monday, September 3, 2018

“Rain Day” for recovery from postponements caused by inclement weather. ONLY IF REQUIRED.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THE GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL WEBSITE HERE.

 

SUPER EXCITING NEWS: BEAUPORT HOSPITALITY GROUP MAJOR NEW SPONSOR OF THE 2018 GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL!

Gloucester Schooners – The Adventure, Thomas Lannon, and Ardelle

2018 Gloucester Schooner Festival Friday August 31st to Monday September 3rd

Beauport Hospitality Group Major New Sponsor of the 2018 Gloucester Schooner Festival

Maritime Gloucester is proud to announce an exciting one-year sponsorship deal with Beauport Hospitality Group in support of its annual Gloucester Schooner Festival. This establishes Beauport Hospitality Group as the premier corporate sponsor for the event. The partnership between Maritime Gloucester and Beauport Hospitality Group will have far-reaching implications for community access at the Festival. Now in its 34th year, the Festival seeks to expand its public engagement through additional public dockside access to visiting Schooners. This significant support from The Beauport Hospitality Group will help to underwrite Maritime Gloucester’s plans to construct sets of temporary dock space for the duration of the festival. These floats are expected to provide dock space again next year and for many years to come.
The Gloucester Schooner Festival is an annual event scheduled each Labor Day Weekend. This year’s dates are Friday, August 31 to Monday, September 3, 2018. Once again, this year’s Schooner Festival will be an historic event for the Cape Ann Community, with the arrival of Nova Scotia’s recently restored Schooner Bluenose II and the breathtaking replica of the 1923 Essex-built Schooner Columbia. Along with 26 other schooners coming from Maine to Maryland, the Festival hosts tens of thousands of people for a unique and inspiring four-day event.
Whether through the award-winning marine science initiatives offered at Maritime Gloucester or the Schooner Festival’s Youth Scholarship program, the Schooner Festival’s impact is felt beyond its four-day span. A true city-wide celebration of Gloucester’s maritime heritage, the festival captivates the imagination and provides opportunity for community engagement. The Beauport Hospitality Group’s Sheree Zizik expressed particular interest in this impact on the Cape Ann Community beyond just the event. “Beauport Hospitality Group has grown on a foundation of community involvement. We cherish the City of Gloucester, her history and her devotion to the education of her children. We are proud to be a part of the Cape Ann Community, who holds on to her heritage so dearly and yet is moving forward into the future with ever-changing maritime innovation. We are proud to contribute to the Gloucester Schooner Festival and be a part of its continued growth, and to see the educational and scholarship programs develop even more.”
Being part of the community and celebrating the people of Gloucester has been the bedrock of this Festival from the start. Each year, since 1985, the Mayor of the City of Gloucester has welcomed the arrival of the schooners, a magnificent link to the story of Gloucester and the community and vessels that fueled the economy of a growing country. This year Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken will again officially welcome the schooners on Friday evening, then present the Esperanto Cup for the winner of the Mayor’s Race onSunday, Sept. 2.
 “As the mayor of America’s Oldest Seaport, I take pride in honoring our rich maritime history. It is an honor to serve such a proud and vibrant community, especially when unique collaborations bring people together. The Gloucester Schooner Festival celebrates our cultural and maritime heritage; it honors our fishermen and the sacrifices they and their families have made. The historic schooners in Gloucester Harbor for our festival will provide cultural enrichment for citizens and visitors to our wonderful city.”
The Festival is coordinated by a committee of volunteers plus the staff of Maritime Gloucester. Michael Costello, former Executive Director of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, served as the original coordinator of the festival, now chaired by local author and folklorist Daisy Nell. Finding a partner who sees the value in not only the event, but also the community engagement around the event, is a key component for Chairwoman Nell. “I am so grateful for this gift of support from the Beauport Hospitality Group. This will allow us to offer more opportunities for people to experience, up-close, a variety of schooners. They can see why these authentic vessels still matter in today’s world. We want to show our young people that we have a meaningful touchstone to history, in a way that is thrilling and engaging.”
Michael DeKoster, Executive Director at Maritime Gloucester agrees. “The love of our collective maritime heritage and the sense of place that we celebrate resonates through the spirit of this festival. I have been an avid attendee for years, along with thousands of other locals and visitors from far and wide. A signature weekend in America’s Oldest Seaport, this is a must-see event for all. With the excellent and generous backing of our local partners, and now The Beauport Hospitality Group, festival-goers will be able to see more, do more, and engage more than ever before. It is a real pleasure to be working with partners who share our community goals.”
The City of Gloucester and many local banks, businesses, and individuals, make annual gifts of support and services, without which this festival could not take place. The Gloucester Schooner Festival wholeheartedly thanks each of its sponsors, and warmly welcomes the Beauport Hospitality Group as this year’s primary sponsor. For more information on the 2018 Gloucester Schooner Festival, please visit www.maritimegloucester.org or www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net
               Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930
                  Friday, August 31, 2018 to Monday, September 3, 2018
Maritime Gloucester
A 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, Maritime Gloucester’s mission is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences. Its one-acre campus is located on Gloucester Harbor at 23 Harbor Loop, adjacent to the Coast Guard Station.
About Beauport Hotel Gloucester
Situated on the Gloucester waterfront, with sweeping views of Gloucester Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean, Beauport Hotel Gloucester is the quintessential New England seaside getaway. With uncompromising service, beachfront location and world-class amenities, the 94-room Beauport Hotel Gloucester is the perfect setting for guests to escape the everyday and experience a unique, authentic perspective of the North Shore and Coastal Cape Ann. Luxury features include a seasonal rooftop swimming pool overlooking Gloucester Harbor, award-winning waterfront restaurant and bar with al-fresco dining, business center and fitness facility, oceanfront event spaces featuring floor to ceiling glass walls and decks with spectacular vistas of the harbor and more. Beauport Hotel Gloucester is located at 55 Commercial Street, Gloucester MA 01930. For more information, please call (978) 282-0008 or visit www.beauporthotel.com.

SCHOONER RACE PHOTOS FROM PETER VAN DEMARK

Peter’s photos of the Gloucester Schooner Festival were taken from aboard the Schooner Adventure.

Schooner Adventure: Peter Bent, helmsman, and Willy Leatherswith Columbia closing fast
Race Course: American Eagle and Istar after rounding windward mark
Schooner Adventure: Five “crew” t-shirts in a row hauling on mainsheet
Gloucester: Maritime Heritage Center: Schooners Adventure and Columbia masts against sun

WANTED: 2017 Parade of Lights photos

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FROM THE PARADE OF LIGHTS FACEBOOK PAGE

Official Results of 2017 Boat Parade of Lights

First Pirate Ship Tobin Dominick
Second Deep Blue Sea (string of boats) Glenn Towne
Third Jelly Fish Bloom Bill & Leslie Lahey
Tied Fourth Superman Josef Boreland
Under the Sea Adam & Elizabeth Mara
Please Share these results to other pages, friends and Cape Ann folks.

“Thank you to all the Judges that were on the Cape Ann Watch Watch – Hurricane. Thank you to the Gloucester Police Boat crew and Harbormaster. Thank you Mt. Gay Rum for the great Hawaiian shirts for all the participants, and maybe some more from Mt. Gay at the Awards party at Mile Marker One…so stay tuned on a date, coming soon.

Still on the hunt for more photos of each boat, so please post or FB message @boatparadeoflights or email.

Thank you to all participants it was a great parade and always so fun to be in it!”

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Joseph Prezioso action photos for the Boston Herald | Captain Harold Burnham, Schooner Ardelle, Stage Fort Park spectators

ed. note: Another try. I am re-posting as I had some technical difficulties uploading content and scheduling remotely from Boston yesterday. 

On assignment “Gloucester Glows for Parade of Sail”: photographer Joseph Prezioso captivating coverage of the 2017 Gloucester Schooner Festival heralded a full color spread in the Boston Herald newspaper yesterday. Prezioso anchored his point of view from the Schooner Ardelle, embedded in the Parade of Sails action.

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These photos are crisp and clear in the digital publication and there are more photographs of Captain Harold Burnham, the crew, Schooner Ardelle, Schooner American Eagle, Schooner Fame, Schooner Thomas E Lannon, and Stage Fort Park spectators.

 

GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL SHOUT OUT TO THE COMMITTEE, RACE RESULTS, AND PHOTOS FROM THE PARADE OF SAIL

Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee Chair Daisy Nell and Stan Collinson’s Schooner Redbird

Fair winds and a joyous tribute to Helen and Joe Garland made for a spectacularly beautiful 33rd Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival. We wish to extend a most sincere and heartfelt thanks to the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee members for an outstanding Schooner Festival. I imagine it is a year round job planning this magnificent event for which the entire community enjoys. Thank you for all that you do to make these beautiful and treasured schooner days possible.  

The Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee Members, from the festival’s website:

Daisy Nell: Chair, Amanda Apicelli, Tracy Arabian, Tom Balf, Peter Bent, Alan Bezanson, Ed Boynton, Steve Brown,  Liza Browning, Harold Burnham, Jim Caulkett, Charlie Clark, Michael Costello, Jo-Anne Crawford, Tom Daniel, Carol Decker, Nancy Dudley, Stefan Edick, Tom Ellis, Robert Lepere, James Lowell, Laura Lowell, Amanda Madeira, John McCarthy, Jay McLauchlan, Patti Page, Barry Pett, Brett Ramsey, Suzanne Silveira, Devan Smith, Russ Smith, Mary Kay Taylor, Carol Thistle, Brenda Treuhaft, and Peter Webber. 

Members of the Festival Committee and Chair Daisy Nell at Maritime Heritage Day

FIREWORKS AND BOAT PARADE SCHEDULE FOR TONIGHT

7:00 pm
Boat Parade of Lights
The annual Boat Parade of Lights begins at dusk at Jones Creek on the Annisquam River, travels down the river, through the drawbridge and into Gloucester Harbor, ending in the Smith’s Cove area of the harbor.Click here for information on joining the Lighted Boat Parade.

9:15 pm
Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following Parade of Lights, time approximate)
(The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is in need of more donations for the Labor Day weekend fireworks. Donations may be made to The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please notate “fireworks” on your donation.)

Mayor’s Reception at Maritime Gloucester and Block Party

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It was a really pretty night for last evening’s special events: the Schooner Festival Mayor’s Reception hosted at Maritime Gloucester and the Main Street Block Party.

 

Mayor Romeo Theken with Daisy Nell. Mayor Theken holds a new original Sam Parisi painted oar that would be auctioned off later for the Schooner Festival. I heard Senator Tarr but did not hear the results!

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The connecting dock between Maritime Gloucester and Solomon Jacobs Park is awesome!

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BLOCK PARTY

Stores on Main Street had the Schooner Festival spirit and even some special schooner “sales”.

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And there was business at on trend Cape Ann Slime

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Pop Gallery

Main Street Art and Antiques 124 Main St, Phone(978) 281-1531

Cape Ann Auction 

I was most delighted to see two Davids

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BREAKING NEWS: SCHOONER FESTIVAL RACE AND PARADE OF SAIL POSTPONED UNTIL MONDAY!!! (UPDATED)

DUE TO STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN PREDICTED ON SUNDAY, PARADE OF SAIL AND MAYOR’S RACE ARE RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH.

UPDATED JUST NOW:

SKIPPER’S MEETING IS STILL ON SUNDAY MORNING AT 8:30am.

RECEPTION AND DINNER IS STILL ON SUNDAY AT 6pm.

THE MAYOR’S RACE IS AT 1pm ON MONDAY.

 

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD! THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Sunday and Monday schedule are as follows:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2017

8:30 am
Skippers Meeting
This meeting is required for all Schooners sailing in the Mayor’s Race.  Meet at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Reception and Awards Ceremony
for captains, crews and invited guests (ticketed event).
 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2017 10:30 am

Parade of Sail Viewing Party at Beauport, the Sleeper McCann House.
Visit Beauport for some of the best views of the annual Gloucester Schooner Festival’s Parade of Sail. Watch schooners sail to the Eastern Point Light breakwater to begin the Mayor’s race for the Esperanto Cup. Coffee and light breakfast refreshments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring blankets and/or chairs and other refreshments if preferred. The house is not available for tours during this event. $10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers. Registration is required. 978-283-0800

10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Parade of Sail as Schooners proceed from Inner Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point.

11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light, from Eastern Point Gate (Eastern Point Boulevard at Farrington Avenue) to watch the start of the Mayor’s Race. Free ofCharge, courtesy of Cape Ann Transportation Authority.

1:00pm
Start of Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup, Columbia Trophy, Ned Cameron Trophy; and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point.

Monday evening is an impromptu gathering, but not official as of yet.

 

Schooner Festival Committee making today’s decision to postpone Sunday’s events including Mayor’s Race and Parade of Sail

GOOD MORNING GLOUCESTER BROUGHT TO YOU BY MARITIME GLOUCESTER AND SATURDAY’S SCHOONER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS!

A glorious Gloucester good morning, brought to you by scenes from Maritime Gloucester. Looking forward to a great time tomorrow at Maritime Heritage Day and the fireworks over beautiful Gloucester Harbor!!! And the clambake, and the carillon concert! It’s going to be a super Gloucester day in every way! Here is Saturday’s schedule of events:

Saturday, September 2, 2017

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day
Maritime Gloucester, located at 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester, will host its annual Heritage Day celebration from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event is free to the public.

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Gloucester House Public Clambake
Music, food and a whole lot of fun. The cost is only $16 for Lobster, Corn and Cornbread.

5:15 pm to 5:45 pm
Carillon Concert at Our Lady of Good Voyage, final concert of the summer series can be heard throughout the downtown Gloucester area.

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Concert on Stacy Boulevard
Live music and light effects on Stacy Boulevard with a break during the fireworks.

7:00 pm
Fireworks Viewing Party at Beauport, the Sleeper McCann House.
Watch Gloucester’s annual Schooner Festival fireworks display from the terrace and lawn of Beauport. Treat yourself to an abridged evening tour as the house transforms at night. Bring blankets, chairs, picnics, and mosquito spray. Candles are prohibited. Adults and children over twelve only, please. $12 Historic New England members, $20 nonmembers. Registration is required. 978-283-0800

7:00 pm
Boat Parade of Lights
The annual Boat Parade of Lights begins at dusk at Jones Creek on the Annisquam River, travels down the river, through the drawbridge and into Gloucester Harbor, ending in the Smith’s Cove area of the harbor.Click here for information on joining the Lighted Boat Parade.

9:15 pm
Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following Parade of Lights, time approximate)
(The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is in need of more donations for the Labor Day weekend fireworks. Donations may be made to The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please notate “fireworks” on your donation.)

Check here for the 2017 Schooner Festival complete schedule of events.

Ship’s Bell Schooner Adventure

 Schooner Ardelle and Dory

GloucesterCast 239 With Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/27/17

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GloucesterCast 239 With Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/27/17

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Speculation about the two big yachts in the harbor all week-
Squeezing the last bit out of summer- Beaches will have minimum 75% less people the first weekend in September then the last weekend in August despite whatever the weather is.
EIGHT YEARS AFTER F/V TUNA HUNTER TAGGED AND RELEASED THIS TUNA IT WAS RECAUGHT
Captain Gary Connell and crew, F/V Tuna Hunter, & angler George Horensky, for this exciting Tag a Tiny recovery, after 8 years (2,976 days) at liberty! F/V Tuna Hunter released this 55″ bluefin tuna off Stellwagen Bank on 8/17/2008. At recapture it was 91 ” (471 lbs), in 52 deg F, by Japanese longline vessel F/V Chokyu 1, Captain Shuji Shibata, on 10/10/2016
Flooding in Texas from hurricane Harvey -Prayers Go Out
Local peach trees Are Ready To pick and Early apples Are Ready
Cafe Brew and Spirits Opened In Former Space Of Cafe Dolce In the West End 3 Main St
Toad Hall is closing- very sad
Amazon Buying Whole Foods

BREAKING NEWS: SCHOONER FESTIVAL RACE AND PARADE OF SAIL POSTPONED UNTIL MONDAY!!! (UPDATED)

DUE TO STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN PREDICTED ON SUNDAY, PARADE OF SAIL AND MAYOR’S RACE ARE RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH.

UPDATED JUST NOW:

SKIPPER’S MEETING IS STILL ON SUNDAY MORNING AT 8:30am.

RECEPTION AND DINNER IS STILL ON SUNDAY AT 6pm.

THE MAYOR’S RACE IS AT 1pm ON MONDAY.

 

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD! THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Sunday and Monday schedule are as follows:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2017

8:30 am
Skippers Meeting
This meeting is required for all Schooners sailing in the Mayor’s Race.  Meet at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Reception and Awards Ceremony
for captains, crews and invited guests (ticketed event).
 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2017 10:30 am

Parade of Sail Viewing Party at Beauport, the Sleeper McCann House.
Visit Beauport for some of the best views of the annual Gloucester Schooner Festival’s Parade of Sail. Watch schooners sail to the Eastern Point Light breakwater to begin the Mayor’s race for the Esperanto Cup. Coffee and light breakfast refreshments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring blankets and/or chairs and other refreshments if preferred. The house is not available for tours during this event. $10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers. Registration is required. 978-283-0800

10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Parade of Sail as Schooners proceed from Inner Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point.

11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light, from Eastern Point Gate (Eastern Point Boulevard at Farrington Avenue) to watch the start of the Mayor’s Race. Free ofCharge, courtesy of Cape Ann Transportation Authority.

1:00pm
Start of Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup, Columbia Trophy, Ned Cameron Trophy; and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point.

Monday evening is an impromptu gathering, but not official as of yet.

 

Here you go–the list of 26 schooners participating in the Gloucester 2017 Schooner Festival! Thank you to Len Burgess for sharing, and it is also Len’s beautiful photo in the poster.
Please check gloucesterschoonerfestival.net for updated info and schedule.

Full sail save the dates #SailBoston #schoonerfestival #sailghs

Gloucester 33rd Annual Labor Day Schooner Festival Sept 1 – 3 2017

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June 17 – June 22, 2017 – SailBoston17 Participating Ships

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SailGHS race schedule from Hilary Frye

April 12 Swampscott at Gloucester
April 13 Beverly at Gloucester
April 25 Winthrop at Gloucester
April 27 Landmark at Gloucester
May 5 Concord at Gloucester
May 10 Pingree at Gloucester

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TALL SHIP LYNX GETS AN ADORABLE FIRST MATE

Now she’s living a life of adventure and love as the cutest little first mate, on the Tall Ship Lynx.

Alex Peacock, who’s been around boats his whole life, became the Lynx’s permanent captain this past winter.

Most days aboard this replica of a privateer used in the War of 1812 are spent voyaging — from its summer base in Nantucket, Massachusetts, to its winter home in St. Petersburg, Florida, to far-flung destinations including Hawaii, Mexico and other beautiful places — with the crew talking to history lovers, or engaged in some other kind of interesting and challenging pursuit.

Shortly after landing the choice gig, Peacock decided to head to a local animal shelter to fulfill what the 28-year-old says is a tall ship tradition.

“It seemed like the right time to get a buddy,” he told TODAY while sitting on the floor and feeding Leeloo some of her favorite treats (Greenies, for those who like such details).

Peacock and a few crew members headed over to Friends of Strays, a nonprofit shelter in St. Petersburg. That’s where they met Leeloo.

Leeloo was at the shelter, waiting to be adopted, because she’d had the good fortune to be found wandering loose in the vicinity of Friends of Strays community relations manager Clair Wray.

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