Category Archives: Schooner

Catch a ride to the Gloucester Schooner Festival on the famous schooner BRILLIANT

Al Bezanson submits-

Hi Joey ____

The upcoming Schooner Festival got some notice at Mystic Seaport last month at the WoodenBoat Show.  Here’s Capt. Nicholas Alley, schooner BRILLIANT, signing up for a return visit this year. 

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BRILLIANT, owned and operated by Mystic Seaport, is one of the world’s most beautiful classic boats.  Keeping her in tip top condition is no small challenge, and the Seaport depends on income from charters to defray expense.  When she visits Gloucester BRILLIANT is forgoing income more easily earned in her home port.  Right now she has six berths available for the trip to Gloucester and eight for the return.  A trip on BRILLIANT with her congenial and capable crew is a truly great experience.   Here’s a link to her website.

http://www.mysticseaport.org/learn/sailing/brilliant-programs/charters/

I got this photo of BRILLIANT heading back to Mystic after last year’s Schooner Festival.   And by the way, Capt. Alley is a previous winner of the Mayor’s Race here when he was in command of VIRGINIA.

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Does it Get Any Better?

I can imagine that it may get old listening to me drone on about how unbelievably awesome it is to live here on Cape Ann, but forgive me, because I’m about to do it again.

Last night, onboard the Lannon, I had the pleasure of meeting some people throughout the evening that I had never met before and whom I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with.  There was the “always trust a Burnham” friend who insisted that my super moon photos are inaccurate (whom I hope to prove wrong with a photo of the moon near the Annisquam Yacht Club that I’ll attach in a minute)…the “excuse me ma’am” friend who, while he made me feel like I was 90 years old, also made me smile each time he walked by…..a possible new dentist….a really nice gentleman and FOB who used to live in the same home on Pebble Beach that my husband grew up in, etc.  I love meeting new people and each of those conversations enhanced an evening that was already pretty phenomenal because of the company of existing friends, a gorgeous evening, and an amazing venue.  Ummm….and a rum drink in a coconut.  Come on, really!  Several people asked me the same question…”What do you write about for GMG?”  I found myself at a loss for a decent answer at first, but at the end of the night, I found myself saying, “I cheerlead for how crazy cool Cape Ann is.”  Seemed like a good enough answer.

So, for kicks, allow me to recap the last seven days….as if anyone really needs me to highlight how crazy awesome this community is.

In 7 days’ time, we have gotten up close and personal with no fewer than 20 humpback whales (both on the Hurricane from Cape Ann Whale Watch and a smallish center console boat courtesy of some very good friends). We spent a super fun evening with those same friends to celebrate my husband’s birthday, took their boat around the backshore (some of the most beautiful coastline in the world if you ask me), had lots of delicious food and drinks at The Studio, stopped at the Mile Marker, and saw an incredible sunset over Thacher’s Island on the way home.  Two days later the kids joined us as we all enjoyed a day that took us out of Rockport Harbor, around the backshore again, into Gloucester Harbor, out to Stellwagen Bank, to the Cape Ann Brewery, down the Annisquam River, for a evening swim at Wingaersheek Beach, a “meet and greet” with Tyler on the Pin Wheel from Wicked Tuna (who came over because he thought we were having boat trouble when he saw the kids waving to him…How nice is that?!), around Halibut Point, and back home into Rockport.  My boys have hauled lobster traps with “Uncle Dave”. We have spent time at what the boys call “our beach” right at the end of our road.  Meeting friends at Old Garden Beach is always one of our favorite types of summer day and never gets old.  To see my boys growing up alongside the children of good friends and playing with them summer after summer…all carefree and sandy is too good for words.  We have gone on the Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle…twice….with two different groups of friends…and the boys were thrilled to help impart a bit of their knowledge of the waterfront.  Both of those harbor tours ended with fun meals and laughs on outdoor decks.  Does it get any better?  We spent an afternoon at Capt. Carlos and another one at the Studio (which will never get old).  We had a play date at Maritime Gloucester for probably the thirtieth time… and loved it as if it was the 1st.  We’ve ordered smoothies and simply driven around town…because, for some reason, that NEVER gets old for the boys.  We’ve watched boats unload and watched fisherman mend gear.  We’ve walked through Rockport, hung out with United States Navy, had a few ice creams along the way, bought cupcakes at Rockin’ Cupcakes on Bearskin Neck for Freddy’s b-day, and sat by our new fire pit at night.  Oh, and of course, took an incredible evening sail on the Thomas Lannon.  For real…quite a week.

I write this not to bore you with a-week-in-the-life-of-the-Schraffts, but rather to demonstrate how a completely normal week can unfold with ease in one of the world’s best communities.

Go get your summer on, peeps.  Embrace this place for all it has to offer!

Maritime Glouceter

The Lannon

Rockin’ Cupcakes

The Studio Restaurant

Gloucester Water Shuttle

Mile Marker

Capt. Carlos

Cape Ann Whale Watch

 

 

 

Terrible Time Aboard The Thomas Lannon For The Paul Giacalone / Ryan and Wood / GMG Cigar and Rum Sail

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It was just terrible.  Hurricane force winds, torrential downpours, lost two or three people overboard, the boat was a filthy mess, the most rude obnoxious people you’d ever wanna meet.

A total disaster evidenced by the pictures.

Better pictures on the way from Kim Smith (I was too busy trying to keep people from abandoning ship to take photos)

Look at the sheer misery on these faces-

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That James Eves, he doesn’t know how to have a good time does he?

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In all seriousness I can’t extend enough thanks to Tom,Kay and Heath Ellis and their crew as well as Bobby and Doug Ryan from Ryan and Wood  our local distillery, and Paul Giacalone for providing excellent excellent smokes.

Check out Ryan and Wood for a tour of their facility, it is amazing http://www.ryanandwood.com/

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and if you haven’t been on a sail aboard the Lannon (the most beautiful boat in Gloucester Harbor by a mile) you really need to, especially if you have guests in from out of town.  It is my number one must do thing I tell people when they ask me what they need to do while in town.   You get to see Gloucester Harbor in all it’s glory on the most beautiful boat in the harbor with the friendliest crew in the harbor.  Total no brainer city easy recommendation for the win.

http://schooner.org/

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Daisy Nell and Schooner Redbird enroute to new home on Cape Ann

About to pass by the Statue of Liberty. Look out Gloucester, here we come in time for the schooner festival_ 30th year this year! Now Stan and I can be in the race again, after selling our old schooner 8 years ago. I’ll still do the commentary on the boulevard for the parade of schooners, while Stan sails Redbird. But I’ll jump aboard for the race. Our size boat competes for the Betty Ramsey trophy, unlike the large schooners racing for the Mayor’s Cup. Stay tuned for more festival details as the summers rolls on toward Labor Day.

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Thank You Pauline Bresnahan From Pauline’s Gifts

For making this special flag for my Beannie’s Birthday sail Smile

Check her out on Facebook – Pauline’s Gifts On Facebook

She does custom mailboxes, flags, you name it.

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and Captain Heath Ellis For hanging it for us.

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Pauline’s Gifts was voted number one gift shop on Cape Ann -

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512 Essex Ave Rt 133

Gloucester, Massachusetts

(978) 281-5558

Today 11:00am – 5:00pm

http://www.paulinesgiftshop.com/

2014 Schooner Challenge Pics

Len Burgess submits-

The 2014 Schooner Challenge was a BIG success!!! Thank you to the 3 captains and crews and all the attendees Monday night for supporting the Essex Shipbuilding Museum in stabilizing the 1927 Schooner Evelina M. Goulart. Special thanks also to GMG for running our ads.

Click here for photos of the fun night

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Carl Gustin submits-

Joey,

Light wind and a beautiful night to watch the three Harold Burnham-built schooners Ardelle, Fame and Lannon participate in the the Gloucester Schooner Challenge to benefit Essex Shipbuilding Museum.​

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Essex Shipbuilding Museum Sail 6/16/2014 photos from Anthony Marks

Video:2014 Schooner Challenge, Aboard the Thomas E Lannon

Despite a snagged anchor and a misplaced cannon fuse,the Schooner Thomas E Lannon was first across the finish line in last night’s Schooner Challenge in Gloucester harbor, beating out Ardelle and Fame. See the drama here! As for the song writing and marlinspike seamanship competitions, you be the judge.

 

Video by Marty Luster

Music by Matt Sowell

Adventure and Maritime Gloucester re-unite

Hi Joey,

Wednesday was a busy day for the Adventure.   Her crew finished repairing the stem and getting her ready to move.   She was re-launched at the evening high tide, and left GMR for her new at Gloucester Maritime on the Harbor Loop.   We had some friends and family come by to see us off.   Graham Makay once again captained the Adventure for her short ride across the harbor.   We were welcomed by our newly expanded family from Gloucester Maritime, with board members, family and friends from both organizations joining in a champagne toast.   A row crew also came out to give us an all oar salute.  Despite a bit of rain, the mood at the wharf was quite festive.   The Adventure’s Sarah Tuvim recognized that between the 2 organizations, we made a wonderful rainbow of raincoats to brighten our evening.

Mary Barker

GMR and Schooner Adventure happenings

Hi Joey,

The Gloucester Marine Railway is a busy place these days.  Everyone is busy getting their boats ready now that 

we have some warm weather.   The tug Towline is being painted.   The Ardelle came out on Monday and was 

powerwashed, Harold Burnham expects her to go back in Wed morning at high tide, about 5 a.m.   The Adventure’s crew are

very busy painting, caulking, and replacing the outer section of the stem.   Geoff Deckenbach expects her to go 

back in on Wed evenings high tide, about 5 p.m.  The Adventure will motor over to the Harbor Loop which she will make

her new home by the Maritime Museum.  Meanwhile, the Phyllis A’s team is raring to go with her restoration, we are awaiting 

word on when she can come up into dry dock.    Workers pictured include Geoff, Manny from GMR, John Miles, Tony Finnociarro, 

Sarah Tuvim, Katherine Richmond of KR Painting all on the Adventure,  and Doug Parson’s with the Phyllis A.   Michael Bergman

stopped by.   He is very anxious to get back onboard to continue working on making the rat’s rails (ladder like structure up to the 

top of the masts).

Mary Barker

Getting My Happy on at The Studio

Ok, friends, summer can start.  We’ve finally hit the deck at the Studio.  And…it did not disappoint.

I went to one of the “soft openings” at the Studio back in the fall and have been eagerly anticipating clocking some hours there ever since.  Being the long weekend…and Thatcher’s birthday to boot…Saturday was the day.

We went by boat.  Out of Rockport Harbor, around Halibut Point, down the Annisquam River, under the A. Piatt Andrew, and on into Gloucester Harbor….where we were greeted by the Thomas E. Lannon (a sight that never gets old).

We ate some manchego cheese in olive oil (which I could eat every day for the rest of my life), tuna maki rolls, the red dragon roll (maybe one of my favorite sushi rolls of all time), fish and chips, and some pork ribs.  Everything was delicious….as was my cocktail (a muddled grapefruit something or other) and the decadent dessert that was brought over by our waiter (equally as decadent…kidding..kind of) for Thatcher’s birthday.

We went inside briefly to visit with some friends and it was hopping!  It was crowded in that “everyone is giddy that summer is here and they’re enjoying awesome food and cocktails with friends” kind of jovial way.  My favorite kind of way.

I can’t get back there soon enough and highly recommend that you do the same!

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