- Take a short walk down the street to a just-arrived dragger
- Select a couple large hake from the top of the catch
- Wait a minute for a crewmember to fillet the fish
- Hand over the fillets to Heidi at the Fort Square Café
- Enjoy another cup of Rusty’s coffee as you wait for breakfast
- Note that the spuds are on the side – not in the fishcake
- Enjoy. You won’t be needing lunch after this breakfast
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After a podcast on fishcakes Monday morning with Joey I zoomed over to the Fort Square Café for a late breakfast. Heidi served up this beauty from fresh hake. She makes them only from time to time for her famed Cape Ann Reuben.
Gloucestercast 172 w/ @KimSmithDesigns, @DonnaArd, Al Bezanson and @Joey_C #GloucesterMA Taped 2/22/16
Al forwards this link and writes, “Schooner race from Key West to Cuba is about to start and the boats can be tracked. The link is from Apella who has become a regular in the Gloucester race.” Follow this link.
Message from Dan Hall, Schooner Apella:
SO, if you’ve glanced at either the Conch Republic Cup Kattack tracking site, or my own SPOT tracker page, you’re wondering why we’re back at the dock and not on our way to Cuba. Well. We headed toward the starting line about 1pm. At about 2:30 we got hammered by wind and wave; as high as 40 knots and 8 or 9 foot seas. At 3:30 the race committee called off the race, for the day. We hope to have a clean and safe start mañana, I assume at 5pm. Will keep you posted. Dan Hall in Key West
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HAPPY WARM DAYS OF LATE SUMMER EVERYONE! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
Al Bezanson’s Green Dragon Schooner is in the foreground with the Schooners Mystic and Roseway in the background. Click to view larger. I’ve been too swamped and neglected to post Schooner Fest photos and will try to schedule this weekend although there have been so many gorgeous photos posted, more may be redundant.
JUDGE NULLIFIES FOUR GAME SUSPENSIONS
Len Burgess aboard Al Bezanson’s Green Dragon Schooner submits ~
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Sighted at the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta #PANERAI off of Marblehead August 8th. #FREEBRADY #SCHOONERGREENDRAGON
There were thumbs-ups galore from the participants. Here’s the reaction of Allesandro Pagani and his crew in NINA during a close encounter in the race.
Katherine Richmond gave us a quickie professional lettering job with the house paint at the Gloucester marine Railways an hour before launch last Friday.
The Green Dragon Tavern was the meeting place of the Sons of Liberty. On the night of the Boston Tea Party it was mysteriously empty.
“The truth shall set him free schooner or later!
Al Bezanson submits-
The Gulf of Maine Chapter of the American Schooner Association in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Schooner Association announces a new radio program to be aired jointly on PBS and CBC, “Wicked Cod.” The show will feature a multi-national schooner fleet under sail scouring the Gulf of Maine in search of a codfish. The rules stipulate hook and line fishing only, and if a cod is actually captured it will be measured and released without disclosing its location. The program will be broadcast continually. Further details to follow.
(Painting credit: Cod __ 30 X 15 Acrylic on Masonite __ Phyllis Bezanson 1970)
Joe Virgilio Makes Saint Joseph Rolls is a wonderful addition to Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project. So many thanks to Joe for taking time from his busy work day to allow filming! Highlights include Joe sharing stories about the early days working alongside his grandfather and cousins, when the thousands of rolls needed for Saint Joseph’s Day were made by hand.
Al Bezanson submits-
Glimpses of The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in Portsmouth, VA – Part 2
Mystic Seaport’s BRILLIANT, first in the medium class this year in Gloucester, was among the few that finished early. Most of the fleet was well astern dealing with light air, then heavier headwinds.
WOODWIND runs public sails out of Annapolis and is a consistent winner in this race. She is of lightweight construction, built by John Scarano in Albany in 1993. Every year, after the pig roast, there is a famous rum party aboard for all the crews and volunteers.
APELLA, 2nd in class in Gloucester this year, with PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II. She is a Shearwater 45, designed by Dudley Dix and built in South Africa.
This was the 25th GCBSR and LADY MARYLAND has sailed in most all. She is a pungy, built in 1985 by Living Classrooms in Baltimore and used for hands-on multidisciplinary education for students of all ages.
A J MEERWALD of Bivalve, NJ is the state’s official tall ship. Built in 1928 for oyster dredging, she is fully engaged in educational programs with the Bayshore Discovery Project.
FAREWELL, built in a backyard in Annapolis and launched in 1972, is a scaled down Grand Banks schooner design by Peter Van Dyne. FAREWELL and GREEN DRAGON were rivals in Class C in six of these races between 1997 and 2009.
Brett Ramsey took time out for a high speed drive to VA over the weekend to talk to boat owners and sample the legendary hospitality that is the feature of the GCBSR.
On the inside, TOM BOMBADIL, Pasadena, MD with ISTAR, the 37 ft schooner launched this summer in Provincetown by Stormy Mayo. ISTAR has been a project for nearly forty years, and would have been at the Gloucester race this year had she not been held back by headwinds as she returned from Maine.
Dr. Al Roper, President of the GCBSR Executive Committee, was up all night managing docking and seeing to it that every schooner got a full measure of southern hospitality.
More to come, including the race results in Part 3 of this series.
The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race finished last weekend in Portsmouth, VA and here is a glimpse of goings on there. Brett Ramsey and Al Bezanson from the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee attend on a regular basis.
Night crew tended to the schooner bait, aka slow roasted pork. No need to hurry, for the wind was contrary and most of the boats were a long time getting there.
In due time it was roasted to perfection
Transportation to Norfolk was compromised for a worthy cause
The Dockmaster’s Command Center was set up while the Schooner Liaison Crews kept the coffee flowing. It was going to be a very long wait for the arrival of most of the boats.
The race this year was hosted by four boat/yacht clubs, and the Portsmouth Boat Club stood by the docking area.
Early arrivals were BRILLIANT, LIGHT REIGN AND WOODWIND. They are docked at the North Landing, adjacent to the Renaissance Hotel and Portsmouth Visitor Center.
More to come, including the race results, in Part 2 of this report.
Local schooner fans might enjoy tracking the boats in the 127 mile Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race starting today at 1330 off Annapolis. Entries in this year’s race include these schooners who have raced in Gloucester: Adventurer 65, Apella, Brilliant, Hindu, Liberty Clipper, Light Reign, Lynx, and Pride of Baltimore II. Istar, stormy Mayo’s new schooner from Provincerown is also racing. The tracking link is http://www.baltimoremarinecenters.com/About-BMC/Schooner-Race-Tracking.aspx
Here’s the forecast at the start. Not a friendly one for schooners.
The actual wind near the start is displayed here
There is a half day oyster and pig roast at the finish in Portsmouth, VA. When you’ve spent up to forty hours rockin’ and rollin’ your way down the bay dodging shipping traffic it’s the light at the end of the tunnel.
Schooner Green Dragon placed first in the Small Schooner Class in the 2014 Schooner Races, winning the Betty Ramsay Plate. Al Bezanson, who’s the owner of Green Dragon and is on the Schooner Race committee, sits in the cockpit of his schooner. Photo by Kathy Chapman.
This past spring while working on Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph film project, I filmed Joe Virgilio making Virgilio’s Saint Joseph rolls and wrote a post for GMG about Virgilios. At that time, Al Bezanson, owner of the Green Dragon Schooner, shared that during Schooner Festival, Joe Virgilio welcomes the schooners with warm loaves of freshly baked bread as they sail into Gloucester Harbor.
Al provides more details:
Virgilio’s started donating bread to the visiting schooners two years ago, and it now threatens to become a popular new tradition. The first year Brett and Max Ramsey, in Brett’s high speed inflatable, met up with schooners as they entered the harbor and presented them with a loaf or two along with a pineapple. In some cases the bread was still warm from the oven. When that happened with Adventurer, out came the butter, and the bread was enjoyed in a flash. Last year Max and Dom Nesta made the deliveries, and more of the Sea Scouts may be handling it this year.”
In the photos Al provided, Green Dragon had just received a delivery in the outer harbor as she entered from Manchester.
I was so struck by the Virgilio’s generous, welcoming gesture and thought what better time to pass along Al’s story than the night before the Schooners begin to arrive. As Al points out, “When you get around schooner people you may hear them talking about the need to have extra butter aboard in Gloucester. This is a very big deal in fending off other ports that are vying for schooners that same weekend. Thanks Joe and the high speed Ramsey/Nesta delivery guys!”
There’s a little event you may have heard about that’s going down this weekend-
THE THIRTIETH ANNUAL GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL!!!!!!
Check Out The Gloucester Schooner Festival Web Page For All The Info About The Schooner Race, The LobsterFest and The Parade Of Sails!!!!
Al Bezanson submits-
There are three size classes in the Gloucester Schooner Race and here are some entries this year in the Small (under 45 ft class). Sub-category “TOOGAG” meaning Traditional Out Of Gloucester And Green.
Bald Eagle, launched 1955, designed by Sam Crocker, built by Bud McIntosh in Dover, NH, owned by Judy Nast & Paul Cole
Green Dragon, started 1939, launched 1951, designed by Scotty Gannett, built by Chester Spear in Scituate, MA, owned by Al Bezanson
Sugarbabe, launched 1975, designed by Tom Colvin, built by Alan Vaites in Mattapoisett, MA, owned by Ed Boynton
(All photos by Al Bezanson)
For The Who When What Where Check Out The Schooner Festival Website Here
Al Bezanson submits-
Effie, the pup at the helm of Ernestina, (ex Effie M Morrissey) will be greeting visitors at the SEMA table from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM Saturday at Maritime Gloucester. This Effie is a Newfoundland, no longer a pup, and there’s no missing her. The Schooner Ernestina Morrissey Association (SEMA) has important news to share on a restoration schedule and subsequent plans to put her back to work. Now owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and operated by the Schooner Ernestina Commission, she was launched as Effie M Morrissey in Essex 120 years ago to fish out of Smith Cove for the J F Wonson Fish Company. We are very interested in talking to anyone with information on her early years working out of Gloucester.
We hope to see you at MG on Saturday!
(Mary Ann McQuillan photo, 2003)
In checking the Schooner Festival schedule for friends who are visiting during that time, I realized the event will be here very soon. Sponsored by Maritime Gloucester, tickets aboard Gloucester’s gorgeous hometown schooners for the Parade of Sails can be purchased by clicking these links: Schooner Thomas E. Lannon and Schooners Ardelle and Roseway. Click here for special viewing opportunities at the Beauport Sleeper McCann Museum.
Al Bezanson provided the names of the schooners, in order of appearance:
Thomas E Lannon
Lewis H Story
Hi Joey ___
REDBIRD’s long migration from San Francisco via Portsmouth, VA is now complete. She is now a year-round resident of Cape Ann. This beautiful schooner had been kept in the builder’s family until Daisy Nell and Captain Stan brought her to town for the first time last Saturday.