25th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival Next Weekend!

25th Annual
Gloucester Schooner Festival

September 4 – 7, 2009

The Festival is sponsored by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
(Schedule will be updated as events are confirmed. Last update: 8/17/2009.)

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Friday, September 4, 2009

All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cape Ann Museum visiting hours.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Essex Shipbuilding Museum visiting hours.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center visiting hours.

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Mayor’s Reception for invited guests.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

10:00 a.m.
Skippers Meeting for all Traditional Small Craft, at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Deck Tours aboard the Adventure and Children’s Activities dockside at Cruiseport Gloucester.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bluenose II Open House at Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Day at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center on Harbor Loop. Free to all.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cape Ann Museum visiting hours.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Essex Shipbuilding Museum visiting hours.

12:00 noon – 4:30 p.m.
Open House at US Coast Guard Station, Harbor Loop.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Start of Sailing Races for Traditional Small Craft, off Eastern Point Light.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Search & Rescue Demonstration by the U.S. Coast Guard
off Harbor Loop.

6:00 p.m.
Festival Crew Party for invited guests. Gloucester House Restaurant.

7:30 p.m.
Boat “Parade of Lights”.

9:15 p.m.
Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following Parade of Lights, time approximate)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

8:00 a.m.
Skippers Meeting for all Schooners sailing in Mayor’s Race at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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.

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
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.

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Deck Tours aboard the Adventure and Children’s Activities dockside at Cruiseport Gloucester.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Essex Shipbuilding Museum visiting hours.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center visiting hours.

11:00 a.m.
Start of Mayor’s Race for Esperanto Cup, Ned Cameron Trophy and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cape Ann Museum visiting hours.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Reception and Awards Ceremony for contestants and invited guests at the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

Monday, September 7, 2009

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

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center visiting hours.

For more info, click here.

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