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Al and I Are Determined To Get You Down To Gloucester Maritime For The Gloucester Schooner Races This Year- August 31st to September 2nd

You Better Recognize!!!!

Mark your calendars, make your hotel ressies this is an awesome event.  What you may not realize is there are a ton of opportunities to sail aboard these boats for the races, and even if you can’t sail aboard them just going down to visit is worth it to see these beautiful vessels.

You don’t have to be a schoonerhead or loud-ass sea shanty crazy to enjoy the majesty of these boats and the friendly crews aboard them. 

Al writes-

Hi Joey…. This photo is from the 2011 Schooner Race, taken by Amy Beaudet aboard GREEN DRAGON.  The race last year was a beam reach with six legs, which is to say we made five 180 degree turns.  Thus we  were treated repeatedly to breathtaking close up views of every schooner.

This is AMERICAN EAGLE, the last fishing schooner built in Gloucester (1930) with ALABAMA (1926) close astern.  These schooners are not replicas.  They have been kept alive by passionate owners and countless dedicated and talented people.



Al Bezanson

American Eagle with Alabama astern

Twenty-Eighth Annual

Gloucester Schooner Festival™

August 31 – September 2, 2012

The Festival is sponsored by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

(subject to change)

Friday, August 31, 2012

All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm            
Cape Ann Museum
visiting hours.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm            
Essex Shipbuilding Museum visiting hours.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm              
Maritime Gloucester visiting hours.

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Mayor’s Reception for invited guests. Sponsored by the Schooner Adventure.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day Maritime Gloucester (formerly the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center), located at 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester, will host its annual Heritage Day celebration from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Center’s exhibits and aquarium will be open free of charge throughout the day. Free to all.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm            
Cape Ann Museum visiting hours.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm            
Essex Shipbuilding Museum visiting hours.

7:30 pm
Boat "Parade of Lights".

9:15 pm
Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following Parade of Lights, time approximate)
(The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is in need of more donations for the Labor Day weekend fireworks. Donations may be made to The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please notate "fireworks" on your donation.)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

8:30 am
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.

11:00 am to1:30 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.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm            
Essex Shipbuilding Museum visiting hours.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm            
Maritime Gloucester visiting hours.

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.

10:30 am
Parade of Sail Breakfast at Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House. Come for the best view of the parade of sail. Coffee and light breakfast will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. $3 Historic New England members, $5 non-members. Reservations required. Call 978-283-0800.

1:00 pm
Start of Mayor’s Race for Esperanto Cup, Ned Cameron Trophy and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point.

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm            
Cape Ann Museum visiting hours.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Reception and Awards Ceremony for contestants and invited guests.

Monday, September 3, 2012

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

10:00 am to 5:00 pm            
Maritime Gloucester visiting hours.

Congratulations To Gloucester Maritime For Naming Good Egg Tom Balf As Managing Director!


Maritime Gloucester, the region’s leader in hand’s-on marine science education and a prominent attraction for visitors seeking to discover Gloucester’s rich maritime heritage, has announced that Thomas Balf will become executive director effective December 1. Balf succeeds Harriet Webster who passed away in June 2011.

An experienced environmental executive, entrepreneur, consultant and educator, Balf has spent his career building successful partnerships with public and private sector organizations. For the last decade, he has led a consortium of national colleges and universities committed to greening campus operations and improving environmental performance. He is a Gloucester resident who grew up in Rockport.

Balf said, "I am honored to lead this outstanding organization and I look forward to working with the staff and board, as well as with the broader community, to fulfill its mission and promise. Maritime Gloucester highlights and celebrates Gloucester’s maritime history, but its real value lies in creating connections between the past maritime industry and the future. Its educational programs and visitor attractions are important engines contributing to Gloucester’s and the region’s economic development, social well-being, and stewardship of marine resources."

Geoffrey Richon, Maritime Gloucester’s, founder and board member, said "Tom Balf brings to the organization the skills that will help us continue the outstanding progress in our development made under our founding executive director Harriet Webster who passed away this summer.   Our education programs now reach more than 3,500 students and we have more than 30,000 visitors a year to our site. Under Tom Balf as executive director, we expect to double those numbers in five years."

Balf most recently served as executive director of the Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (C2E2). In that capacity he helped prominent colleges and universities, including Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, Yale, MIT and the University of Massachusetts, improve their environmental performance. A frequent college and university lecturer, Balf is an adjunct professor at Stonehill College teaching a course on sustainability.

Maritime Gloucester Board Chairman David Warner called Balf’s appointment "a significant milestone for Maritime Gloucester. Tom’s experience, his enthusiasm for the mission, and his leadership will enhance Maritime Gloucester’s position as a sustainable organization and leader in hands-on marine science education, while also enhancing Maritime Gloucester as a destination for visitors to Cape Ann." Maritime Gloucester’s story is told in a recent video on YouTube — www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS7qNQDlWtQ

Balf’s distinguished career includes positions as director of environmental affairs for Aveda Corporation, one of the nation’s leading companies known for environmental stewardship, and co-founder and principal of Nexus Environmental Partners, a firm that works at the intersection of business, government and academia to bring parties together to find innovative solutions to common environmental problems.

Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk said, "Tom Balf has been a leader in the City as a member of the Clean Energy Commission–helping the City achieve Green Community status and win a $200,000 grant.  I can’t think of anyone better suited to bring Maritime Gloucester forward into the future."

As an environmental and communications consultant, Balf has more than 25 years of expertise in environmental and regulatory management, and in communicating information. For example, he developed in the early 80′s the Household Hazardous Waste Wheel® which described disposal management options for homeowners. More recently, he was the author of a highly acclaimed higher education booklet entitled "Environmental Roles and Responsibilities in a Climate of Change: Campus Environmental, Health and Safety at a Crossroads."

Balf graduated from Tufts University with a BS in biology and psychology and holds an MS in limnology/zoology from the University of New Hampshire. A Rockport native, he and his wife Donna and their two children reside in Gloucester.

Tiny Tugs At The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center Photos From Cliff McCarthy

Hi Joey,

I don’t know what this was all about, stumbled upon it at the GMHC this afternoon.

There was a British film crew there filming from a tow boat.


  Cliff McCarthy

Cliff, they were shooting an episode of the BBC hit show Three Men In A Boat.