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Glimpses of The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in Portsmouth, VA – Part 2

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Glimpses of The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in Portsmouth, VA – Part 2

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Mystic Seaport’s BRILLIANT, first in the medium class this year in Gloucester, was among the few that finished early.  Most of the fleet was well astern dealing with light air, then heavier headwinds.

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WOODWIND runs public sails out of Annapolis and is a consistent winner in this race. She is of lightweight construction, built by John Scarano in Albany in 1993.  Every year, after the pig roast, there is a famous rum party aboard for all the crews and volunteers.

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APELLA, 2nd in class in Gloucester this year, with PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II.  She is a Shearwater 45, designed by Dudley Dix and built in South Africa.

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This was the 25th GCBSR and LADY MARYLAND has sailed in most all.  She is a pungy, built in 1985 by Living Classrooms in Baltimore and used for hands-on multidisciplinary education for students of all ages.

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A J MEERWALD of Bivalve, NJ is the state’s official tall ship.  Built in 1928 for oyster dredging, she is fully engaged in educational programs with the Bayshore Discovery Project.

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FAREWELL, built in a backyard in Annapolis and launched in 1972, is a scaled down Grand Banks schooner design by Peter Van Dyne.  FAREWELL and GREEN DRAGON were rivals in Class C in six of these races between 1997 and 2009.

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Brett Ramsey took time out for a high speed drive to VA over the weekend to talk to boat owners and sample the legendary hospitality that is the feature of the GCBSR.

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On  the inside, TOM BOMBADIL, Pasadena, MD with ISTAR, the 37 ft schooner launched this summer in Provincetown by Stormy Mayo.  ISTAR has been a project for nearly forty years, and would have been at the Gloucester race this year had she not been held back by headwinds as she returned from Maine.

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Dr. Al Roper, President of the GCBSR Executive Committee, was up all night managing docking and seeing to it that every schooner got a full measure of southern hospitality.

More to come, including the race results in Part 3 of this series.

Al Bezanson

2014 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race Recap From Al Bezanson

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race finished last weekend in Portsmouth, VA and here is a glimpse of goings on there.  Brett Ramsey and Al Bezanson from the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee attend on a regular basis.

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Night crew tended to the schooner bait, aka slow roasted pork.  No need to hurry, for the wind was contrary and most of the boats were a long time getting there.

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In due time it was roasted to perfection

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Transportation to Norfolk was compromised for a worthy cause

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The Dockmaster’s Command Center was set up while the Schooner Liaison Crews kept the coffee flowing.  It was going to be a very long wait for the arrival of most of the boats.

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The race this year was hosted by four boat/yacht clubs, and the Portsmouth Boat Club stood by the docking area.

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Early arrivals were BRILLIANT, LIGHT REIGN AND WOODWIND.  They are docked at the North Landing, adjacent to the Renaissance Hotel and Portsmouth Visitor Center.

More to come, including the race results, in Part 2 of this report.

Al Bezanson

Want to go watch meteor showers Aboard The Most Beautiful Boat in Gloucester Harbor?

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Hi Joe,

Monday night is the night. We are leaving on the Lannon at midnight to head out to where the sky is big and dark to watch the Orionid Meteor Showers. We have invited a local astronomer from the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club to join us. Virginia Renehan is very knowledgeable and happy to share her knowledge of the nighttime sky with our passengers. Take a nap if you have to, but join us for one of the final sails of the season.

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Track the 2014 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

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Local schooner fans might enjoy tracking the boats in the 127 mile Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race starting today at 1330 off Annapolis.   Entries in this year’s race include these schooners who have raced in Gloucester:  Adventurer 65, Apella, Brilliant, Hindu, Liberty Clipper, Light Reign, Lynx, and Pride of Baltimore II.  Istar, stormy Mayo’s new schooner from Provincerown is also racing.  The tracking link is   http://www.baltimoremarinecenters.com/About-BMC/Schooner-Race-Tracking.aspx

Here’s the forecast at the start.  Not a friendly one for schooners.

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-76.41278&lat=38.92823

The actual wind near the start is displayed here

http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=tplm2

There is a half day oyster and pig roast at the finish in Portsmouth, VA.  When you’ve spent up to forty hours rockin’ and rollin’ your way down the bay dodging shipping traffic it’s the light at the end of the tunnel.

Al Bezanson

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Martin Del Vecchio’s Thomas Lannon Drone Video

For the past 15 years, every 5th-grader in the Gloucester Public Schools district has sailed Gloucester Harbor with captain Tom Ellis in his schooner the Thomas E. Lannon.

The students travel a century back in time to learn how Gloucestermen sailed, navigated, fished, and sang sea chanteys to entertain each other in the age of sail.

On September 18, 2014, the East Gloucester School 5th-graders had their turn to learn about their history.

You can learn more at www.schooner.org

The Roseway Was Relaunched At The Gloucester Marine Railway on Tuesday Evening.

Hi Joey,

Tuesday evening just before high tide the Roseway was launched at the Gloucester Marine Railway.   The Roseway will stay docked at GMR through Tuesday, then cross the harbor to Maritime Gloucester where she will pick up some students then head out to sea.   She is a beauty!   Here are some photos of the launch.

Mary Barker

Community Photos 9/9/14

Peter Tysver at Beacon Marine Basin From Eric Schwartz

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Taken 9/1/2014 at Beacon Marine Basin. The painter is Peter Tysver.


Spars, Stars, and Stripes Forever From D or R Teele

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Gloucester Schooner Festival 2014 From Antony Marks

German film ‘Ways of Love’ filming on Atlantic Rd. From Bernie

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Hi Joey,

Anyone figure out what happened to the family of swans we saw on Henry’s Pond this spring? They had 4 little ones.

Nat

(or maybe I don’t really want to  know)?

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Joey
Thought you might like to share this. I was expecting a Pot O’Gold when I reached my place but no such luck.
Bing McGilvray

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Thought this was a different shot of the Eagle, climbing the rigging before parade of sail.
Thanks,
Vicki Gamage

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Hi Joey,
Thought your readers might enjoy this photo taken out our window from our home on eden road in Rockport last night.
Sandy Simon

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Studio Restaurant on Rocky Neck around 6 p.m.

Trish Castraberti

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Partners Reunited

Roseway, hauled, with Highlander Sea (ex-Pilot), both built in the 20’s in Essex.  Fifty years ago they were working together for the Boston Pilots from Long Wharf.  One or the other was usually seen off Nahant jogging under trysail, year ‘round. 

Al Bezanson

Roseway and Pilot

Green Dragon and Skipper Al Bezanson Winners!

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Schooner Green Dragon placed first in the Small Schooner Class in the 2014 Schooner Races, winning the Betty Ramsay Plate. Al Bezanson, who’s the owner of Green Dragon and is on the Schooner Race committee, sits in the cockpit of his schooner. Photo  by Kathy Chapman.

Photo © Kathy Chapman 2013-14

 

Community Photos Tuesday After Schooner Festival weekend Edition 9/2/14

Plenty of close-up action at the Gloucester Schooner Festival Race this year. -Len Burgess

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Annisquam Sunset, photos from Anthony Marks

The Adventure (plus the diminutive Lannon) in Gloucester Harbor From Nancy LeGendre

Some firework images from Saturday night including my traditional photo montage to mark the event. 

Cheers and Happy Labor Day, Judith


Thought you might enjoy these photos I took yesterday during the
schooner races at Eastern Point,  came up from Salem for the festival
and races and had a great time.
Rick Matthias


Homie Picture From Susan LaRosa

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Hi Joey,

The Parade of Sails and Schooner Race were magnificent as viewed from the Schooner Adventure.   We had a couple of Sea Scouts aboard helping with the lines and a great variety of past and present Adventure supporters.   Capt. Stefan Edick and crew did a magnificent job and were delighted with the 2nd place finish in such an esteemed field.   Here are a few of photos of our day.

Mary Barker


Yacht Sea Farer, photo from Anthony Marks

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Joey,

Good seeing you quickly today. If you would like feel free to use attached on Good Morning Gloucester. Attached pics taken 9/1/2014.

Eric Schwartz

Schooner Festival Up Close on the King Eider and Lady Jillian

Capt Steve and Capt Pete gave everyone an up close view of the schooners in the parade of Sails, and their trip to the starting Line. Photographers, Parents and children were thrilled to see the schooners in full sail up close. King Eider and Lady Jillian are operated by Cape Ann Harbor Tours.  See Slide Show below of all the happy faces.

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Oh what a weekend

The Schooner Festival is definitely my favorite.  From starting on Friday on The Lannon and ending on the Lady Jillian for the parade of sail.  Just terrific.

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Another Schooner Festival is in the Books

So much beauty in one harbor.  It almost doesn’t seem fair….almost.

The day began a bit dreary, but grey skies couldn’t detract from the gorgeousness of the schooners as they paraded throughout our harbor.

Lucky, lucky us.  Thanks to everyone who played a part in another successful Schooner Festival.

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