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David Cox vs Sports Illustrated

Catherine Ryan Submits-

Hey, Joey,

GMG photographers serve up passion and inspiration daily, so no surprise Joey recognizes local sports and talent on his blog.

Decisive shots by sports photographers freeze and interpret the best of sports moments: elements of beauty, determination, athleticism, emotion. GMG contributor, David Cox, is one hard-working pro photographer, known for just that. FOBs and residents know his shots of local school sports, crowds, events, nature and people.



Both are great photos and deserve high resolution inspection. See the stands in David’s– all the ohs and awes. The second photo is by Damian Strohmeyer on assignment from Sports Illustrated, published in the October 14, 2013 issue, pp 30-31 double page spread. We could do this comparison for the Koji Uehara leap-lift seen round the world, seconds after the Red Sox advanced to the 2013 World Series Game (various angles made it on many “pictures of the year” lists for 2013.) Sports Illustrated, national print media, game on! When Cox has a chance to be in the right seat at the right time, he doesn’t miss.

More David Cox photo examples

Somehow David Cox can shoot a clean background and direct our focus to the main event. Not easy to do. We look exactly where it’s needed, and have the bonus luxury to take our time for any all-over mosaic or atmosphere. 

David Cox, Gloucester’s BBB sports + more photographer. When he’s not crouching and climbing around for careful framing and action shots, he’s a fixture downtown as the proprietor of Main Street Arts and Antiques. You can visit there to see his art while browsing an eclectic mix of consignments. If you know David, his pictures and his store suit him.







Gloucester Schooner Festival 2010

Here are a few shots from the Gloucester Schooner Festival in 2010.

Can’t wait for Summer



VIDEO: Schooner Adventure Sails Again

Cape Ann TV’s Lisa Smith sent this video by Josef Hnulik, filmed aboard Schooner Adventure during this year’s Schooner Festival  featuring Daisy Nell & Captain Stan on the soundtrack.

Come aboard the Schooner Adventure for a sail in Gloucester Schooner Festival’s Mayor’s Race. It is the Adventure’s first race after she underwent a restoration project lasting two decades. The crew is proud of this historic fishing vessel, as they are the ones who restored her to her former grandeur.

Mayor’s Reception at the Schooner Festival

Intershell provided the oysters and clams on the half shell, jumbo shrimp, and tab legs. It was all so awesome, I didn't eat anything else.

Intershell Seafood provided the oysters and clams on the half shell, jumbo shrimp, and crab legs. It was so awesome, I didn’t eat anything else. Very Classy.


USCG Station Gloucester Commander Robert Lepare samples the oysters.

USCG Station Gloucester Commander Robert Lepare samples the oysters.

Nancy Gaines and Mayor Carolyn Kirk at the reception.

Nancy Gaines and Mayor Carolyn Kirk at the reception.

The Mayor's Reception was held at the Gloucester Coast Guard Station. They were extremely hospitable.

The Mayor’s Reception was held at the Gloucester Coast Guard Station. They were extremely hospitable.

Jimmy T. and his wife Laurel row the dory back home to the Fort.

Jimmy T. and his wife Laurel row their dory back home to the Fort.

Schooner Tyrone takes Line Honors and Medium-class category

Kathy Chapman submits-

Schooner Tyrone took Line Honors and placed first in the Medium-class Schooner category on Sunday in the Mayor’s Race. Today Captain Matthew Sutphin (pictured) with Mate Lisa Goodwin and crew will compete in the Fisherman’s Cup race which starts in Gloucester, with the finish line in Provincetown. She races against Schooner Ardelle among others. 


This is the first time Tyrone raced in the Gloucester Schooner Festival thanks to Al Bezanson of Schooner Green Dragon. Tyrone’s home port is Chatham, MA. http://chathamclassicyachtcharters.com/

Online portfolio for more images: 


Photos and video © Kathy Chapman 2013


2013 GMG Community Schooner Fest Photos

FOB Carol McKenna writes-

Who needs to travel anywhere when you live on beautiful Cape Ann ~ Happy Labor Day.


Schooner Festival Morning From FOB Alice Gardner


Eleanor Lawler Submits-

FOB Charlie Carroll Submits-


I was fortunate and was able to get out to view the Mayors Race today… 

I thought your readers might like to see a few of the shots I was able to get this afternoon.

More will follow on my PhotoSite tomorrow afternoon.



1st Annual Gloucester Schooner Fest Lobster Bake A Smashing Success- Don’t Forget Today Is Race Day!

Well the original idea hatched last year came to fruition under stewardship of Brett Ramsey, Mike Costello, Daisy Nell and the Rest of The Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee. DSC00383

We had to reload them three times with lobster as the line for lobsters at times stretched all the way from Maritime Gloucester to The Building Center.

I knew it could be big but never imagined in the first year out of the box just how big.

Next year Brett promises more cookers, more serving stations and even more fun (if that’s even possible).

Best part of it all and the reason for the idea in the first place was what made me most happy- It got the public down to Maritime Gloucester to check out one of Gloucester’s premier events- The Gloucester Schooner Festival!

Big time thanks to my Schooner Fest promoting partners in crime Al Bezanson and Tracy Arabian.

#Killed it!



More Schooner Fest Info here-

For More Info www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net and to get tix www.maritimegloucester.org/visit/events.php

Sunday, September 1, 2013

8:30 am
Skippers Meeting
This meeting is required for all Schooners sailing in the Mayor’s Race.  Meet at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

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 Party at Beauport/Sleeper McCann HouseEVENT IS SOLD OUT

11:00 am to 1:30 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 CATACharge, courtesy of Cape Ann Transportation Authority.

12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
U.S. Coast Guard Station Open House
Stop by the Station on Harbor Loop to learn all about the Coast Guard and its important role in Gloucester.

1:00 pmRace Info
Start of Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup, Ned Cameron Trophy and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point. Click here for information on reserving your space on one of the schooners during the Mayor’s Race.

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

Fred Bodin adds-

Lobster Delivery Completed!

Lobster Bake at Maritime Gloucester. At $12 for a lobster dinner, we cooked and served over 800 lobsters, all from Captain Joe and Sons. I collected a scary amount of money for them. You gotta’ give back to the community.

Len Burgess submits-

Lobster Bake a giant success!!!


Sharon St Claire submits-

What a fantastic Schooner Festival so far!  We are up from Florida and saw so many GMG folks at the Lobster Bake!  Not only did we see you, but Sista Felicia was serving lobsta plates, Fred Bodin was selling tickets, and photographer Len Burgess was sailing on the Roseway.  Here is a photo of the photographer enjoying the sail (center).  The Festival continues tomorrow!
Cheers, Sharon St Clair


Jane Gibbs catches Ed Eating (What a surprise)


Today’s The Day!!! Call For Volunteers For The 2013 Gloucester Schooner Festival 1st Annual Lobster Bake This Afternoon!!!!

Mike Costello,Brett Ramsey and Daisy Nell Could Use A Hand Putting On A Hell Of A Time At The First Annual Public Lobster Bake At Maritime Gloucester.

If you would like to be part of this inaugural event head on down to Maritime Gloucester and have yourself a ball and 30 years from now you can say- “I was there at the first one!”

Sista Felicia will be there helping out and she will also have copies of her cookbook for sale.

The Details-

For More Info www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net and to get tix www.maritimegloucester.org/visit/events.php


Saturday, August 31, 2013

10:00 am
Working Waterfront Walking Tour
Starting at Fishermen’s Memorial ($5 per person) Sponsored by the Schooner Adventure.

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day
Maritime Gloucester, 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.

12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
U.S. Coast Guard Station Open House
Stop by the Station on Harbor Loop to learn all about the Coast Guard and its important role in Gloucester.

Lobster Bake

Click image to purchase tickets in advance.

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
1st Annual Public Lobster Bake
Enjoy freshly steamed lobster, corn on the cob, and a Virgilio’s roll– all for $12 per person. Relax with your dinner on the slopes of the Fitz Henry Lane lawn while listening to Old Cold Tater & Friends. Also available for sale: hot dogs, hamburgers, veggies burgers, cold sodas & spring water, beer & wine.Tickets available in advance from Maritime Gloucester or at the event.

7:00 pm
Fireworks Party at Beauport/Sleeper McCann House (ticketed event, reservations required)
Watch the lighted boat parade & fireworks display from the terrace and lawn of Beauport and enjoy an abridged evening tour as the house transforms at night. Bring blankets, chairs, picnics, and mosquito spray. Candles are prohibited. Adults and children over twelve only, please. Registration is required. 978-283-0800 for more information.

7:00 pm
Concert on the Boulevard
Featuring the band “Full Circle”

7:30 pm
Boat “Parade of Lights”
Boat owners interested in participating in the Parade of Lights can register online athttp://www.capeannmarina.com/Forms/BoatParadeSignUp.pdf. For additional information, contact Tobin at 978-283-3293 or tobin@capeannmarina.com.

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.)

2013 Gloucester Schooner Fest Info! Get Down There- You’ll Be Glad You Did!

This Year Schooner Festival is Gonna Be Huge, Just Huge!

The First Annual Lobster Bake, the Races, The Activities, the Photo Taking Opportunities, the Weather, The Facilities, It’s A Total No-Brainer!

I have tickets to the $12 1st Annual Public Lobster Bake Saturday August 31st here at the dock or you can go to www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net for more info on that


Curtis Sarkin From Maritime Gloucester Forwards This Info-


Thanks so much for all the Gloucester Schooner Festival posts!  Maritime Gloucester can’t wait to host this weekend!  

The festival was highlighted in Boston Globe Magazine on Sunday!  
The Gloucester Schooner Festival was named best Festival/Fair of 2013 by Northshore Magazine! Be sure to visit this weekend and see over twenty schooners in Gloucester Harbor.  Northshore Magazine writes, “Given the long history of commercial and recreational boating in North Shore waters, it makes sense to recognize Gloucester’s Schooner Festival as the ultimate celebration of our maritime ties (in its 29th year, its glory is undeniable). With the goal of involving young people and supporting programs that get them on the water, all manner of vessels — new and old, large and small — take to the waters with sails flying high.”
Sail on a visiting schooner this weekend during the Gloucester Schooner Festival! Schooner Roseway, Schooner Virginia, and Schooner Tyrone will all be offering special sails out of Maritime Gloucester. You can also sail Schooner Ardelle, the flagship of Maritime Gloucester, for a great view of visiting schooners. Tickets are selling fast, so reserve a spot today!
Friday tickets: https://maritimegloucester.org/orders/orders1.php?date=30.8.2013
Saturday tickets: https://maritimegloucester.org/orders/orders1.php?date=31.8.2013
Sunday tickets: https://maritimegloucester.org/orders/orders1.php?date=1.9.2013
Be sure to like Maritime Gloucester and the Gloucester Schooner Festival on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Curtis Sarkin
Marine Science Educator
Maritime Gloucester



Mystic Seaport’s BRILLIANT will be berthed at Maritime Gloucester during the Schooner Festival.  This beautiful schooner is now skippered by Capt. Nicholas Alley, who took first place in a previous Gloucester Race while in command of VIRGINIA.  There are some great opportunities to sail on BRILLIANT with her very congenial crew.  At the moment there is space for a Gloucester-Boston sail after the Schooner Festival.  Check it out here


I got this photo at Mystic Seaport during the WoodenBoat Show this summer.

Al Bezanson

Admiring Brilliant

Aboard Schooner Adventure; Sea Trial August 24, 2013

Thanks to a kind invitation by FOB Greg Bover and the good folks at Gloucester Adventure, I had the opportunity to film Adventure’s second sea trial prior to her participation in the Schooner Festival on Labor Day weekend.

In the opinion of all on board, she is a sound vessel with an outstanding captain and crew. All Gloucester should be proud of Adventure as she embarks upon her career as our flagship and latest (and oldest) member of the growing Gloucester schooner fleet.

Did You Know The Yankee Fleet Will Be Having A Mayor’s Race Viewing Cruise Sunday, September 1st?

Tremendous opportunity to view the Schooner Race on the very comfortable Yankee Fleet vessel. 


Teresa from the Yankee Fleet writes-

29th Annual Schooner Festival

Mayor’s Race Viewing Cruise

Sunday, September 1st
10am – After the start of the race
$20 per adult
$18 per child

Departing from:
East Gloucester Marina
121 East Main St.

For reservations call
855-546-3474 or 978-283-0313


Yankee Fleet will be offering a viewing cruise aboard our 100′ Yankee Freedom on Sunday, September 1st.  This trip is fully narrated by a local historian and sailing enthusiast for over 30 years, Gardner Winchester.  We will view these magnificent schooners as they make their way out of Gloucester Harbor to begin their race.  Viewing of the race will also take place.

This trip is an amazing trip to be able to see these vessels up close!

Tickets are available and can be reserved ahead of time by calling us at 855-546-3474.


You Do Realize YOU Can Participate In The Schooner Race Right? Get Your Ticket To Race On A Schooner

The Gloucester Schooner Festival is almost upon us.  There is still time to book a ticket to ride on a schooner in the race September 1st.    The course is a beam reach, three times around, affording close-up views of the participants coming and going.  A splendid way to spend a day you will long remember.  Twenty-three schooners have registered.

This is ROSEWAY in the 2006 race.  She was built in Essex in 1925, and is doing important work today with young people at sea.  Space on ROSEWAY and other schooners listed here can be arranged through Maritime Gloucester_______


Al Bezanson

Roseway at GSF 06-2

20 days to the Schooner Festival … Sign up for the race!

Here we Go- Al Bezanson and I Am Going To Beat You Into Submission Until You Signn Up And Take Part Of The 2013 Gloucester Schooner Festival!

Al Submits-

20 days to the Schooner Festival … Sign up for the race!

Sunday, September 1st is the date for the 29th Annual Gloucester Schooner Race.  There is plenty of space remaining for passengers in the race.  Maritime Gloucester will link you to a schooner or arrange for a ticket. 


This photo of AMERICAN EAGLE leading ALABAMA in the 2011 race came from Amy Beaudet on GREEN DRAGON.  The race course is set for beam reaching – optimum sailing for schooners.  About 20 schooners have signed up and as the race progresses you can expect to be in traffic the entire time with photo opportunities like this.

Al Bezanson

American Eagle and Alabama

29th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival Labor Day Weekend– August 30 to September 1, 2013

Chickity Check It- the Gloucester Schooner Festival’s Dandy New Blog!

Complete with printable schedules and everything.

It seems that this year they’re taking the promotion of the Schooner Fest seriously and we may get people to step up and take notice of what is one of the greatest events locally in  G-Town.

You don’t suppose it had anything to do with the prodding of our month long Pre-Schooner Festival promotion last year do you?

Kudos to The People That Put It On To Be Getting Out Early and Often and With the Great New Website!

Hey Al Bezanson, I think they got the memo! Smile

Check It!- 29th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival Website


GloucesterCast With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Donna Ardizzoni

GloucesterCast With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Donna Ardizzoni Taped April 29th 2013

Click to listen- With Host Joey C and Donna Ardizzoni

Topics Include: Kim Smith, Moving To Gloucester, Good Harbor vs Wingaersheek, One Hour at a Time Gang, Best Outside Deck To Dine, Favorite Community Events, Block Parties, Celebrate Gloucester, Schooner Festival, Ravenswood vs Halibut Point Park, Kayaking Gloucester, Staying Positive


Schooner Festival A Look Back. 2008

Schooner Festival A Look Back. 2008

Can’t wait for this years Schooner Festival.


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