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25 days to the Beam Reach From Al Bezanson

Joey…  more photos from GREEN DRAGON and another reminder…

The Gloucester Schooner Race takes place September 2nd.  Nowadays the race is set up as a beam reach, usually three times around a pair of buoys set a couple miles apart.    Schooners are at their best reaching, with the wind on the beam, and if there is a good breeze their big mainsails provide all the  power they can use.  Reaching is also the most comfortable point of sail – no rock and roll.  There is still space available for paying passengers on the larger boats, and the cost is usually less than the price of a ticket to a major league sporting event.

So, spectators, get off the boulevard and get on a boat for an up close and personal experience! 

Al Bezanson

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