Well known to the world as Gloucester’s major maritime and sailing event, the 31st annual Gloucester Schooner Festival is organized by the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee and Maritime Gloucester.
Taking place in the harbor and nearby waters of America’s oldest seaport, the Gloucester Schooner Festival honors the major role the fishing schooner has played in the heritage of Gloucester and the eastern seaboard.
Old and new, large and small– a variety of schooners will visit Gloucester Harbor and delight all comers.
Gloucester’s beautiful harbor, acclaimed by explorer Champlain as “Le Beauport”, is the backdrop for a unique mix of the old and new, as modern day trawlers share their home port with traditional vessels from the age of sail.
A spectacular highlight of the Gloucester Schooner Festival is the Parade of Sail on Sunday morning, as the participating schooners make their way through the harbor and out past the breakwater, to the Mayor’s Race starting area off Eastern Point. (Click here for a complete list of activities throughout the weekend.)
With an eye toward the future, as well as the past, the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee has always embraced the goal of involving young sailors in the event. In 2012, the Committee chose to broaden this effort and to institutionalize the educational component of the Festival by providing further opportunities for kids to sail on the schooners and giving financial support to local programs that put Cape Ann kids on the water. We look forward to continuing this efforts on the behalf of Cape Ann’s youth.
Cape Ann’s Schooners
Adventure, Flagship of the City of Gloucester and leading the Parade of Sail,
Thomas E. Lannon, honoring her namesake– a fisherman from 1901-1943,
and Ardelle flagship for Maritime Gloucester.
The Bald Eagle and Sugar Babe from Gloucester, Redbird & Lewis H. Story from Essex,
and Green Dragon from Manchester.
(Video credits: Martin Del Vecchio)