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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.

http://www.schooneramericaneagle.com/about/history.htm

http://www.theblackdogtallships.com/

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

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
(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.