YOUR 2019 SCHOONER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS!

Friday, August 30, 2019

All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.

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.  

Saturday, August 31, 2019

All Day
Viewing and Deck Tours at Schooner Docks at I4C2

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.

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).

Sunday, September 1, 2019

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 of Charge, 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).

 

BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL SCHOONER DAYS

With a home full of family and friends over this gorgeous Gloucester Schooner Festival/Labor Day weekend there was not much spare time to upload festival photos. More pictures tomorrow from the Parade of Sail and race. I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend!!!

MONDAY’S SCHOONER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: PARADE OF SAIL AND MAYOR’S CUP RACE

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2017 10:30 am

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

NEW FILM: Scenes and Vignettes from the 32nd Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival

2016 Gloucester Schooner Festival – Dedicated to Kay Ellis

Highlights from Gloucester’s magnificent Schooner Festival, including the schooner welcome, Parade of Sail, the schooner race from a rocky cliff outpost, awards ceremony where Fly Amero and Daisy Nell honor Kay with a song, Daisy tells a funny joke, Adventure Captain Stefan Edick wins a special award, fireworks from Stage Fort Park, and more. The film opens with scenes of Cape Ann schooners, participating schooners, and Gloucester fishing boats, shot all around Gloucester Harbor during the weekend of the festival.

With special thanks to Al Bezanson, Daisy Nell, and Schooner Welcome Committee members Brett Ramsey, Max Ramsey, and Nick Ramsey.

The Gloucester Schooner Festival is held each year over Labor Day weekend and organized by Maritime Gloucester and the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee. The Schooner Festival celebrates the role the fishing schooner has played in the maritime heritage of the east coast, especially Cape Ann.

Race Results

2016 Particpating Schooners and Captains

Adventure – Stefan Edick

Ardelle – Harold Burnham

American Eagle – John Foss

Apella – Dan Hall

Bald Eagle – Paul Cole/Judith Nast

Blackbird – Peter Thompson

Columbia – Karl Joyner

Eileen Marie – Peter Houston

Fame – Mike Rutstein (not raccing)

Green Dragon – Andy Bezanson

Hindu – Josh Rowan

Ishmael – Fred and Sarah Murphy

Istar – Josiah Mayo

Lettie Howard – Colin Graham

Liberty Clipper – Dylan Saltzman

Light Reign – Mike Lawrence

Malabar II – James Lobdell

Narwhal – Bob Bernert

Principles – Derek Durling

Redbird – Daisy Nell/Stan Collinson

Roseway – Tom Ryan

Sugar Babe – Ed Boynton

Thomas Lannon – Heath Ellis

Tree of Life – Paul Morse

Tyrone – Matt Sutphin

THERE’S AL AT THE HELM OF THE GREEN DRAGON SCHOONER!

HAPPY WARM DAYS OF LATE SUMMER EVERYONE! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Schooner Green Dragon Gloucester Schooner Festival Al Bezanson ©Kim Smith 2015Al Bezanson’s Green Dragon Schooner is in the foreground with the Schooners Mystic and Roseway in the background. Click to view larger. I’ve been too swamped and neglected to post Schooner Fest photos and will try to schedule this weekend although there have been so many gorgeous photos posted, more may be redundant.

NEW FILM: PARADE OF SAIL

Gloucester Schooner Festival 2015 Parade of Sail with time lapse ~

A perfect day for the Parade of Sail, the 31st annual Gloucester Schooner Festival was the most highly attended festival to date, with 23 schooners participating and thousands of spectators perched all around the beaches and boulevards surrounding the harbor.

You’ll see parading through the inner harbor the smallest rowboats to the grand three-masted 169-foot Schooner Mystic, with the Roderick McAllister chugging through the scene. Look for Gloucester schooners the Adventure at 2:10, the Thomas E. Lannon hoisting her sails at about 3:10, and the Ardelle at 3:30. GMG FOB Al Bezanson’s Green Dragon is seen at 4:51. Out by the Dogbar breakwater the 610-foot Navy’s USS Fort McHenry was positioned and surrounded by sailboats and schooners, you really get a sense of the size of this ship.

The parade time lapse footage was shot in real time and is one hour and 23 minutes long, compressed into roughly six minutes at 1000 percent.

Schooner identification provided by Green Dragon Captain Al Bezanson. Thank you Al!

1:22 COLUMBIA

2:05 ADVENTURE

2:40 SUGARBABE

3:10 THOMAS E. LANNON

3:31 ARDELLE

3:44 RENEGADE

3:54 LETTIE G HOWARD (w/o sails)

3:54 HINDU (hoisting)

4:51 GREEN DRAGON (into and out of Harbor Cove)

5:11 REDBIRD

5:15 NARWHAL

5:22 ADVENTURER

5:31 LIBERTY CLIPPER (inbound)

5:44 AMERICAN EAGLE

6:22 GREEN DRAGON

6:35 ELLEN MARIE

6:39 LIBERTY CLIPPER

6:55 MYSTIC

6:59 ROSEWAY

Gloucester Parade of Sail 2012 Video from Kenny MacCarthy

Kenny writes-

http://www.capeanninfo.com We took a boat ride out into the middle of Gloucester’s Parade of Sail. The weather was perfect. The tide was right. And the schooners were under sail in our harbor. More good reasons to love living on Cape Ann.

Parade of Sail and tail-end of Mayor’s Race From Rick Isaacs

Not much happening in Gloucester these days is there? 

Nothing to do, ho hum. Smile  Bahahahahahahah!

Hey you, yeah you sitting in that chair wishing you were here in the middle of the action! The fun isn’t over yet!  We still have a Block Party right around the corner and a whole lot more fun stuff coming up.  The fun doesn’t stop just because labor Day is over.  This town has some killer community event every single weekend of the year.  You need help with accommodations or finding out stuff to do?  Check out The Chamber of Commerce Website or Discover Gloucester or GloucesterMa.com to get the latest skinny on what’s happening round town.  Or of course you could check out our little ol blog.

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