The Schooner Defender From Al Bezanson
American Eagle with Alabama in pursuit, 2011 Gloucester Schooner Race. Capt. John Foss has held off many newer, faster schooners to win the Mayor’s Cup time and again. American Eagle was the last fishing schooner built in Gloucester (1930). Capt. Foss reconstructed the boat in 1984-86 and has since worked diligently to keep her in tip-top shape. The challengers to American Eagle in the over 80 ft class this year on August 31st are Adventure, Amistad, Liberty Clipper and Roseway.
Sailing in or alongside American Eagle in the Mayor’s Race is an unforgettable experience. One passenger will be making his 16th trip to the GSF on American Eagle this year! For his investment in all those races and weekends aboard in Gloucester he might have purchased just one Super Bowl ticket, to which he could add the cost of transportation and lodging. The commercial boats that participate in the Gloucester Schooner Festival are dependent on paying passengers and there are spaces still available. Information on sailing opportunities is available here http://gloucesterschoonerfestival.net/?p=655
(Photo by Amy Beaudet from Green Dragon)