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

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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. 


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.


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.


Gloucester Schooner Festival awarded four scholarships to Cape Ann organizations who foster greater knowledge and appreciation of Cape Ann’s coastal waters

On Tuesday, December 3rd at Maritime Gloucester, the Gloucester Schooner Festival awarded four scholarships to Cape Ann organizations who foster greater knowledge and appreciation of Cape Ann’s coastal waters by providing opportunities for young people to sail, row or otherwise become immersed in our ocean environment. The 2013 Gloucester Schooner Festival Awards were given to adults and student representatives from GHS Sailing, Cape Ann YMCA, the Gloucester Museum School and Sea Scout Ship 5. Checks for $1,000 were presented to each organization. The grants are made available through the generosity of the corporate sponsors of the Schooner Festival, as well as raffle and merchandise sales.

Media Pict1_Schooner Fest Awards

The picture include the following individuals from left to right

Tom Balf, Maritime Gloucester,

Patti Paige, GHS Sailing
Amanda Madeira, North Shore Sea Scouts Ship 5

Jo-Anne Crawford, Gloucester Museum School/Project Adventure

Katy Coffey, YMCA Sailing

Daisy Nell, Gloucester Schooner Festival

2013 Schooner Fest On Twitter

Video: Time Lapse Parade of Sails Through Gloucester Inner Harbor

The taller ships start appearing around 1:50, but I liked seeing all the smaller boats, too. Look for the Stanley Thomas lobster boat closer to the beginning. After the Parade I walked out onto the rocky ledge near the Eastern Point Lighthouse, but as you can see in the second-to-last clip, a thunderstorm was on the way and I had to skedadle.

Beautiful Event to film-to many of us, Gloucester is our “somewhere over the rainbow.”

So much fun at Schooner Festival

Saturday may have been a little cloudy but nothing can take away from the beauty of the schooners and the excitement of this weekend. Rick and I also took a ride on the Ms. Jillian, great way to spend a couple of hours.

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The 2012 Gloucester Schooner Festival “The American Eagle”

The 2012 Gloucester Schooner Festival “The American Eagle”

Another Way To Enjoy Gloucester Schooner Festival- Aboard The King Eider For The Schooner Chase!

Join us on board M/V King Eider for our annual SCHOONER CHASE during the Esperanto Cup Race on September 2nd.
Spectacular, upclose viewing of the participating schooners as they battle it out off Eastern Point.
Enjoy the 2.5 hr trip chasing down the ships. Fabulous photograph opportunities. Limited seating available. Bring your own lunch and beverages. Celebrate the day. Call us and reserve @ 978 283 1979.

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