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Sail with Adventure Tomorrow

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If you have ever seen the Schooner Adventure out in the harbor and wished you were aboard, now is your chance. I serve as volunteer crew and I can tell you there is nothing like the feeling when the wind fills the sails and she surges ahead. Sailing aboard Gloucester’s fully restored 122-foot National Landmark is an experience you won’t forget. Every Wednesday Adventure goes out from 4 to 7 with a deck load of her members. You can join for as little as $10 a month (seniors, veterans and students even less). With membership comes two tickets, and any others you’d care to buy are half price. All the details are on the website as well as a list of all the other opportunities to sail this season, or call the office at 978 281 8079.

Tomorrow looks like a good day to sail. Join us at Webster Pier, Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop.


Len Burgess shares the following ~

Big News… the Essex-Built Schooner ADVENTURE has agreed to join the 4th annual Schooner Challenge! Grab up a bunch of your friends and add to the fun and join the crews of the ADVENTURE, the ARDELLE, and the LANNON in the famous Schooner Challenge to help support the preservation of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s Schooner ‘Evelina M. Goulart’. Tickets will go fast! Sign up NOW.  Visit the Museum secure website: or CALL Marcia at 978-375-3337. Details are in the poster.

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Schooner Adventure Gloucester MA -10 c Kim SmithSchooner Adventure Gloucester MA -11 c Kim SmithSaturday was a working day at the Harriet Webster Maritime Gloucester pier where three Essex built schooners, the Adventure, Ardelle, and Roseway were undergoing spring scraping, painting, and overall maintenance.
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The Adventure’s Captain Stefan Edick’s and Lead Shipwright Geoff Deckebach’s crew of volunteers spent the day getting the schooner ship shape for the upcoming sailing season.
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Volunteer workday Saturdays are a recurring event on the Schooner Adventure. Volunteers are needed every Saturday to help with vessel maintenance. I can attest to the fact that this a super fun and hard working group of people. They are ready to take on any task that comes up. No experience necessary; the knowledgeable volunteers and crew will show you the ropes. Join the Adventure crew and volunteers as they work on this tremendous project!Schooner Adventure Gloucester MA -8 c Kim SmithContact Lead Shipwright Geoff Deckebach at or call 978-281-8079 to sign-up or if you have any questions.Schooner Adventure Gloucester MA -9 c Kim SmithSchooner Adventure Gloucester MA -3 c Kim Smith

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The Adventure’s big sister, the Roseway (affectionately called as such because she is 91 years old while the Adventure is 90 years old) arrived early in the afternoon and she is currently berthed next to the Adventure.


Saturday’s Adventure Crew: Geoff Deckebach, Logan Livingston, Maura Hackett, Alex Myers, Shaun Coveney, ChristineMcCormick, Mike Bergmann, Tom Hovey, Stephanie Bean, Jay Boland, Susanne Flynn, Pam Bradbury, Cullen Morawski, Ira Moll, Annika Heinhold, and Willy Leathers


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Adventure Volunteer Workshop

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Introductory Workshop for Adventure Volunteers

Past, current, and prospective volunteers are invited to join us as we prepare for Adventure’s upcoming season. We will be hosting several information/training sessions this spring. Various aspects of volunteering with Adventure will be covered, including:

Adventure’s history and docents

Line Handling and deck safety

Hands-on teaching techniques and activities

We will kick off the season with an introductory session on April 21st. While this session is designed for new volunteers to become familiar with Gloucester Adventure Inc. as an organization, including the highlights and benefits of joining the Adventure volunteer community, everyone is encouraged to attend. If you can’t make it to this session, don’t worry, there will be more opportunities each Thursday evening for the following three weeks to learn about the organization and get involved.

Date: Thursday, April 21,  5:30 to 8:00, Maritime Gloucester Classroom, 23 Harbor Loop

5:30 to 6:00 Open Ship aboard Adventure, 6:00 to 8:00 Volunteer Workshop

Please contact us with any questions and to RSVP, space is limited

Email: or call 978 281 8079

Upcoming workshops:

April 28 – Education and inquiry based teaching

May 5 – Adventure History and Docents

May 12 – Deck Safety and Line-Handling




Volunteer Opportunities Aboard Adventure


The Gloucester Adventure, Inc. is currently recruiting volunteers for the upcoming 2016 sailing season aboard our schooner Adventure! We are a non-profit maritime historic preservation and educational organization and the stewards of the 1926 dory-fishing Schooner Adventure. Volunteers play an essential role in the mission of Gloucester Adventure, Inc., and we have an active roster of volunteers who over the years have brought many of their talents to our organization. Our programs are designed to engage youth, families, and our local community. We currently have the following areas available for volunteers: Sailing Crew, Administration, Education, Docents, and Shipboard Maintenance.

No experience is necessary to join the crew, just a determined attitude and a willingness to take on the ADVENTURE of a lifetime!

For more information, please contact us at or 978-281-8079.

I’ve been an Adventure board member for a while now and have helped with the restoration by doing the odd bit of woodworking here and there. It has been an honor and a privilege to work on this historic vessel, but now that she’s sailing again, and I get to be a volunteer deckhand, well, it’s been a life changing experience. The people who sail and maintain her are absolutely first class, and I can say that I’ve learned more about sailing in the last three years than in the previous thirty. I have a new appreciation for the life Gloucestermen of old must have led, and just to be aboard as she clears the Dog Bar is an experience I hope more folks will avail themselves of. There is a need for volunteers of all kinds, sailors and non-sailors alike, and training is part of the culture of this ship. Do yourself a favor and come on down to the pier.


@CapeAnnChamber of Commerce and Connections Adventure Travel Planning An Awesome Azores Trip Jean Grobe

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Azores Trip Informational Meeting

Thursday, February 25, 2016 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Azorean Restaurant & Bar
133 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Azores Trip Informational Meeting

Departure September 23, 2016 to October 2, 2016

Price per Person, $2,359.00 USD *based on double occupancy & current rates and availability

  • Round-Trip Airfare from Boston to Ponta Delgada, on SATA/Azores airlines, economy class
  • 8 Night Lodging at Royal Garden Hotel, 4 Star Hotel in Ponta Delgada (or similar) , based on double room with breakfast daily.
  • 13 Total Meals. Includes welcome & farewell dinner, 3 lunches and 7 breakfasts.
  • Tours to Twin Lakes, (Sete Cidades), Furnas with traditional “cozido”, and Nordeste
  • Whale Watching Half Day
  • Transfers, and English speaking local guides on all tours
  • Transfer to /from Ponta Delgada Airport to Royal Garden Hotel
  • Reception with Ponta Delgada Chamber of Commerce
    • Optional Extensions available
    • Single, Triple and other room categories available on request

Adventures In Travel- The Savage Windbreaker Hood Over The Face Move

Last night was the Superbowl.  As I had a bunch of lobster boats fishing I ended up eating two heaping portions of Kate’s fantastic Shepherds Pie for dinner. Didn’t finish up at the dock til 7:45 PM and then headed over to watch the second half of the Superbowl at Sista Felicia’s.   Luckily I got to pound down some of Craig Kimberley’s outstanding smoked ribs and we all drank like fishes. All good or so I thought til this morning when the rumbling started in my tummy.   Some scary burps which almost regurgitated the most unholy mix of spicy hot apparently not wholly digested party grub. Luckily I didn’t puke on the ride into the airport because the smell of that puke would have undoubtedly ruined the car forever.
But about halfway into our ride I felt a real urgency to take a dump and release the kraken that was becoming increasingly uncomfortable in my belly.
We make it to the airport and I get to the bathroom to take care of dump number one for some temporary relief.  The toilet paper in the stall was so thin it may as well have been transparent.  I’ll never understand what the people who are in charge of making the decision as to what toilet paper to purchase are thinking when they purchase such flimsy toilet paper.   Do they think we’re not going to double it over three or four times so we don’t end up wiping our arse and ending up with fingers full of shit?  It’s so beyond stupid because people probably end up using way MORE toilet paper to insure against potential breakage. Isn’t that counterintuitive to saving money for the airport because if you put good quality toilet paper in there you might only double it over twice instead of four times with the flimsy stuff.
Anyway,  I got some temporary relief after dump number one but all through the security check and on our way to the gate I was ripping some serious facts, scared to death there was going to be some semi digested shepherds pie soiling my underwear. Luckily that hasn’t been the case… yet.
So I get situated on the plane.  Middle row.  I never fly middle row,  always aisle.  Always! Except for this flight where were we got the last seats on the plane and The Rabbit,  Enrico Pallazzo and I are all scattered throughout the plane in middle seats.   The stewardess comes by and takes my drink order and wanting to hydrate after last night’s Superbowl drinking fest I order a cranberry juice and a water.
The big ogre of a guy sitting next to me in the precious aisle seat did this move I’d never seen before where he took off his hooded windbreaker and placed it over his face and draped the jacket down over the front of his body.  At first I thought he was just doing this so he could pass the flight looking at porn on his cellular device and was using the jacket to hide beneath so no one would see.  For a brief moment I was horrified that he might actually be jacking off under there but soon realized that he was sound asleep.  At first this made me feel better about the situation until the cranberry juice started gurgling up in my belly and I really needed that second dump. I couldn’t wake up the ogre and I couldn’t hop over him because there wasn’t enough room to pull off that maneuver. So here I sit patiently,  praying the ogre wakes up soon so I can lay a beating on the toilet on this plane.
Seriously,  have you ever seen this move on a plane?


Who does that? And how does he even breathe? Pray for me. Middle seat on the plane is the WORST when you’ve trapped.


Pawtuckaway State Park ©Alex Hauck copyFundy Cove at Pawtuckaway Lake – Alex Hauck Photo

Only about an hour and half northwest of Cape Ann, Liv, Matt and Alex had a great time hiking at Pawtuckaway State Park yesterday. Located in southeastern New Hampshire, the park is named for Pawtuckaway Lake and Pawtuckaway Mountains, which are a circular rocky range that form the outline of an ancient volcanic ring dike dating from the Cretaceaous era.


Volcanic Ring Dike

There are a number of trails in varying in length. They opted for the 11 mile route which included several summits.549NOTICEMAP

Pawtuckaway State Park lies within the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion that also includes Cape Ann.




Northeastern Coastal Forests Ecoregion

Ron Gilson Tells Fish Tales Aboard Adventure

Dear Joey,

Here’s a link to a video shot by Henry Ferrini at the most recent Fish Tales, the Gloucester Writers’ Center story telling event. Our pal Ron Gilson, the last living person to have fished aboard Adventure, told his story to about a hundred listeners on deck and on Webster Pier at Maritime Gloucester. We had nine other story tellers and their stories will be available at


Greg Bover


And what a great bunch of fish tale story tellers! You may recall Greg Bover’s invitation from last week where the Gloucester Writer’s Center, Schooner Adventure, and Maritime Gloucester joined forces to bring us Gloucester’s Fish Tales held not at the writing center but from Webster Pier, on board the beautiful and welcoming Schooner Adventure. Maureen Aylward organized a fantastic line up of story tellers. I unfortunately was only able to stay for the first several story tellers but had the pleasure of listening to GMG FOB Ron Gilson, Bing McGilvray, Jim Masciarelli, and Jimmy Tarantino. I believe Henry Ferrini was filming the event so hopefully it will be available to see soon.

Ron Gilson Schooner Adventure Gloucester MA ©Kim Smith 2015Ron Gilson holding a photo taken in 1951 when he was a young man aboard the Adventure during the time when it was still a working dory fishing schooner. 

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Fish Tales Schhoner Adventure ©Kim Smith 2015Jim Masciarelli

Fish Tales at Schooner Adventure

Dear Joey,

You know that one of my personal efforts is to encourage non-profits in the city to work together and help each other grow. Here’s a good example of how that can happen. The poster attached is for Fish Tales, the popular live story telling program that is a part of the Gloucester Writers’ Center. This month it is being held on the deck of Adventure, and will feature former fishing crew member Ron Gilson, as well as several other well-known local raconteurs, telling true stories on the theme “Home.” Adventure is of course tied up at Webster Pier, part of Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop. Three great local organizations working together; everybody wins.

Thank you for your help getting the word out on GMG.




Adventure’s Freight Hauling Voyage from Greg Bover

Gloucester’s recently restored 1926 Schooner Adventure was hired by a group of Maine farmers, the Greenhorns, and an outfit called Maine Sail Freight, to carry goods from Portland to Boston for sale in the Boston Public Market, the first such delivery under sail since before WWII. Their idea was to show that there are alternative ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint. I shipped aboard as a volunteer deckhand. It was a privilege to be part of such a fine crew (most of whom are half my age or less).

We left Gloucester at 2300 on Wednesday after our regular member sail and arrived in Portland to load the next morning. There were plenty of volunteers to help get the goods on the ship. We left Portland at 0600 on Friday morning, sailed south all day and through the night tacking against the prevailing southwesterlies. I stood lookout and did my turns at the helm from 0400 to 0800 so I saw moonset and sunrise with my two watch mates while everyone else was asleep. It was an amazing experience to be sailing such a powerful ship twenty miles off the coast in darkness and almost total silence. Whales, porpoises, gannets, and shearwaters came by to check us out. There was some time to catch up on sleep and eat the great food coming from the galley before going back on watch from 1600 to 2000, and sailing into Boston Harbor. We unloaded early Sunday morning so the goods could be sold at the Boston Public Market and entertained visitors on deck during an Open Ship before sailing back to Gloucester and anchoring in the outer harbor allowing Columbia, in town for the Schooner Festival, to stay at our usual spot on Maritime Gloucester’s Webster Pier until the next morning. As the official schooner of the City of Gloucester, part of Adventure’s mission is to represent the city in places beyond Cape Ann, I think we did so ably. Our upcoming trips to Provincetown and New Bedford will continue that ambassadorial role.

A link to the NPR story:

My crewmate Lukas Baumgaertel sent these pictures. <<…>> <<…>> <<…>> <<…>>

Gregory R Bover

V.P. Operations, Project Manager

C. B. Fisk, Inc.

Cowboying the ForesailCraig and Natalie in the holddeck panoramaoff watch

Schoner Adventure Concert Under Sail With Marina Evans and Bernardo Baglioni

11845101_10153220549729585_1111632168866124104_oJoin us Sunday afternoon, August 23, at 3:00pm for an afternoon of acoustic folk under sail aboard the historic Schooner Adventure, with a pair of Cape Ann’s most acclaimed young musicians. Tickets are $60 General Admission, and $45 for members! For more information and to make your reservation, call our office at 978-281-8079. For more information about Marina and Bernardo, visit, or her FB page: See you there!


LOVE this cool view of the Schooner Adventure shot by crew member Michael Bergmann outside the breakwater on Wednesday’s member sail. Mike has worked on the Adventure since he was 14 years old, more than half his life!

Become a member of team Schooner Adventure; included in your membership you will get two tickets to sail. Book your first sail today–the next member sail is Wednesday, August 19th, from 3pm to 7pm. For more information on the Schooner Adventure, a National Historic Landmark, visit the Adventure’s website here.

Schooner Adventure Mike Bergman ©Kim Smith 2015Mike Bergmann (foreground) and crew hoisting the fenders.

Captain Stefan Edick Mike Bergman Schooner Adventure ©Kim Smith 2015JPGCaptain Stefan Edick, left, and Mike Bergmann, right.

Gloucester Harbor View ©Kim Smith 2015Gloucester Harbor view from the bow of the Adventure

Schooner AdventureAdventure photo taken by Mark Krasnow at the Panerai Corinthian Classic in Marblehead.

Schooner Adventure Mast Hoops Made in Gloucester by Geoff Deckebach, Greg Bover, and Bill Holmes

Schooner Adventure Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015The perfectly formed mast hoops on the Schooner Adventure were custom made at Gloucester’s own C.B. Fisk organ building company. The Newbury company Pert Lowell makes mast hoops however the largest they have to offer is only a foot in diameter. See the video of Greg, Geoff, and Bill making the hoops, from shaping the strips of steamed ash around the form to finished fastening. Geoff Deckebach is the lead shipwright and restoration project coordinator for the Adventure. Greg Bover shares that Geoff made the ingenious circular jig. The ash for the hoops was donated by Jim Knott, who also donated the ship’s engine.

The next member sail is this coming Wednesday, August 12th at 3pm. Take advantage of this fabulous offer! For more information about becoming a member and sailing benefits visit the Adventure website here.

See previous GMG post here.

Video by Joanne Main.

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