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GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL UPDATE 9/2/2017, 12:30pm

GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL UPDATE 9/2/2017, 12:30pm

The Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee, acting upon weather and ocean condition predictions (see report below), has postponed the Schooner Parade of Sail and Schooner Races until Monday, September 4, 2017.

The Festival Schedule has been adjusted as follows:

Monday, September 4, 2017

10:30am – Parade of Sail

11:00am – Shuttle to Eastern Point for Race Start Viewing

1:00pm – Schooner Race Start

All other activities will take place as previously scheduled.  See schedule here.


SUBJECT: CWF2 – Depart: Gloucester – To: Race, 1pm-3pm – (s) Salmagal – Sabre 425
SENT: 02-Sep-17 12:27

MESSAGE:

Local forecast for GloucesterMA, Sun3, 1pm-3pm:

Light rain showers begin after Midnight tonight…but the texture / character changes about 9am Sun3, with stronger & more-convective squalls and maybe a few embedded T-strms…activity ends about 5pm Sun3…when WarmFRONT lifts N thru Gloucester and wind subsequently veers S while moderating (about 5pm).

Unfortunately, 1pm-4pm may be the strongest conditions, with wind in compression N of WarmFRONT 110-140@22-27g35, with squalls to about 40k. There may be some gusts to 45k. Wind-chop builds rapidly from what will seem like 6′ seas at Noon to what will seem like 8-9′ seas by 3pm (actual seas will be smaller but so steep they’ll seem that large).

Sun3 morning would be significantly less windy, with conditions generally 110-140@20-25g30 and maybe a few squalls to 35k thru Noon. After Noon conditions deteriorate rapidly.

Mon4 should be benign, from 1pm-3pm: 250<220@10-15, seas 1-3′.

Chris Parker
Weather Forecasting & Vessel Routing
Weather & Communications – Hardware, Software, Sales, Consulting, Books, Seminars
www.mwxc.com
Marine Weather & Communications LLC (and dba Marine Weather Center)

Gloucester Schooner Festival Celebrates 33rd Anniversary

Thank you John Caggiano of Rockport for allowing the festival to use this year’s beautiful artwork

The Schooners return to Gloucester on September 1, 2, and 3, to celebrate the thirty-third Gloucester Schooner Festival. Maritime Gloucester will welcome twenty-three schooners to its recently rebuilt Harriet Webster Pier.

This year’s fleet includes the beautifully maintained Essex-built schooners Lettie G. Howard, launched in 1893, sailing from South Street Seaport in New York City, Gloucester’s flagship Schooner Adventure, built in 1926, joined by her sister Schooner Roseway, from 1925, owned by World Ocean School. Other large schooners include Rockland, Maine’s Schooner American Eagle, originally a Gloucester dragger, and Liberty Clipper, part of the Liberty fleet from Boston. The Schooner Columbia, a 2014 steel replica of the 1923 Essex Schooner Columbia, and based in Panama City, Florida, will return to Gloucester for a third year. She is a stunning example of the link between the schooners of old and the sustainable design of the iconic fishing schooner rig, the emblem of Gloucester. The original Columbia was a Starling Burgess design, built at the historic A.D. Story shipyard of Essex, Massachusetts in 1923, as a fishing schooner, as well as a swift competitor against Nova Scotia’s Bluenose.

Twenty-three schooners are expected, ranging in size from the Lewis H. Story at 30 feet on deck to the majestic Columbia at 175’ sparred length. Of the seven Essex schooners, three were built before 1927, and four were built by 11th generation shipbuilder Harold Burnham since 1997.

The weekend offers a wide range of sights and sounds. On Saturday, September 2, Maritime Heritage Day takes place from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm on Harbor Loop and under the First Ipswich Tent located in front of Maritime Gloucester, and on down to the waterfront. There will be vendors, food, music, and activities for the entire family. Area environmental groups and maritime heritage organizations will be set up with interactive exhibits alongside of local crafters demonstrating their art. Several of the historic Essex Schooners at the pier will be offering sailing trips, and others may be offering deck tours. Admission to Maritime Gloucester’s galleries and Sea Pocket Aquarium will be free this day. Toe tapping tunes from Old Cold Tater and Down-Home Swing will soar over the scene all afternoon. In the evening folks can enjoy a Lobster Bake at the Gloucester House, a lighted boat parade in the Harbor, and Fireworks over Stage Fort Park to end the day. Sunday morning offers the spectacular Parade of Schooners at Stacy Boulevard, starting at 10:00 AM with small boat demonstrations. The 1 PM race on Sunday features the Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup and the Columbia Trophy, for the large schooners, and the Ned Cameron and Betty Ramsey Trophies for the medium and small schooners.

This year the Gloucester Schooner Festival was pleased to award a scholarship of $1000 to Corryn Ulrich, a 2017 Gloucester High School graduate, to assist with her tuition at Mass Maritime Academy. The goal of helping the future leaders of Cape Ann pursue a career in maritime-related endeavors was realized through the generosity of the Gerondelis Foundation, made possible by festival committee member Russ Smith.

The Gloucester Schooner Festival is possible due to the generosity of our sponsors, including our lead sponsors First Ipswich Bank, the City of Gloucester, and Market Basket. For a full list of sponsors, schedule of weekend events, and more, go to www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net or like us on Facebook. The Festival raises much needed funds from the community by offering a Schooner Festival raffle in addition to corporate support. Raffle tickets are available at Maritime Gloucester or from committee members. These funds directly support our efforts to put kids on the water.

About Maritime Gloucester

Maritime Gloucester is a 501(c) (3) non-profit institution whose mission is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences. Its one-acre campus is located on Gloucester Harbor at 23 Harbor Loop, adjacent to the Coast Guard Station. For more information, go to www.maritimegloucester.org or like us on Facebook.

 

Boat Parade of Lights 2017

Saturday, September 2,
7 PM – 9 PM

Please enter your boat and show up at the mouth of Jones Creek on the Annisquam River. The Parade route goes down the River through the Blynman Bridge into Gloucester Harbor. Passes the Judges on a whale watch boat in front of the Man on the Wheel statue of the boulevard. Then proceeds to the inner Gloucester harbor parading in and out of the canals, in front of the waterfront restaurants to finish back in Gloucester Harbor for the Fireworks.

To enter email your email address, your name, boat name, cell number and the theme of your boat to info@capeannmarina.com.

Follow the Boat Parade of Lights page on Facebook for updated information.

Celebrating 33 Years!

Carl Gustin

The Schooners return to Gloucester on September 1, 2, and 3, to celebrate the thirty-third Gloucester Schooner Festival. Maritime Gloucester will welcome about twenty schooners to its recently rebuilt Harriet Webster Pier.

This year’s fleet includes the beautifully maintained Essex-built schooners Lettie G. Howard, launched in 1893, sailing from South Street Seaport in New York City, Gloucester’s flagship Schooner Adventure, built in 1926, joined by her sister Schooner Roseway, from 1925, owned by World Ocean School. Other large schooners include Rockland, Maine’s Schooner American Eagle, originally a Gloucester dragger, and Liberty Clipper, part of the Liberty fleet from Boston. The Schooner Columbia, a 2014 steel replica of the 1923 Essex Schooner Columbia, and based in Panama City, Florida, will return to Gloucester for a third year. She is a stunning example of the link between the schooners of old and the sustainable design of the iconic fishing schooner rig, the emblem of Gloucester. The original Columbia was a Starling Burgess design, built at the historic A.D. Story shipyard of Essex, Massachusetts in 1923, as a fishing schooner, as well as a swift competitor against Nova Scotia’s Bluenose.

Nearly twenty schooners are expected, ranging in size from the Lewis H. Story at 30 feet on deck to the majestic Columbia at 175’ sparred length. Of the seven Essex schooners, three were built before 1927, and four were built by 11th generation shipbuilder Harold Burnham since 1997.

The weekend offers a wide range of sights and sounds. On Saturday, September 2, Maritime Heritage Day takes place from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Harbor Loop and under the First Ipswich Tent located in front of Maritime Gloucester, and on down to the waterfront. There will be vendors, food, music, and activities for the entire family. Area environmental groups and maritime heritage organizations will be set up with interactive exhibits alongside of local crafters demonstrating their art. Several of the historic Essex Schooners at the pier will be offering sailing trips, and others may be offering deck tours. Admission to Maritime Gloucester’s galleries and Sea Pocket Aquarium will be free this day. Toe tapping tunes from Old Cold Tater and Down-Home Swing will soar over the scene all afternoon. In the evening folks can enjoy a Lobster Bake at the Gloucester House, a lighted boat parade in the Harbor, and Fireworks over Stage Fort Park to end the day. Sunday morning offers the spectacular Parade of Schooners at Stacy Boulevard, starting at 10:00 AM with small boat demonstrations. The 1:00PM race on Sunday features the Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup and the Columbia Trophy, for the large schooners, and the Ned Cameron and Betty Ramsey Trophies for the medium and small schooners.

This year the Gloucester Schooner Festival was pleased to award a scholarship of $1,000 to Corryn Ulrich, a 2017 Gloucester High School graduate, to assist with her tuition at Mass Maritime Academy. The goal of helping the future leaders of Cape Ann pursue a career in maritime-related endeavors was realized through the generosity of the Gerondelis Foundation, made possible by festival committee member Russ Smith.

Lead sponsors of the Festival include: First Ipswich Bank, the City of Gloucester, and Market Basket. (full list of sponsors). The Festival raises much needed funds from the community by offering a Schooner Festival raffle in addition to corporate support. Raffle tickets are available at Maritime Gloucester or from committee members. These funds directly support our efforts to put kids on the water.

Maritime Gloucester is a 501(c) (3) non-profit institution whose mission is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences. Its one-acre campus is located on Gloucester Harbor at 23 Harbor Loop, adjacent to the Coast Guard Station. For more information go to www.maritimegloucester.org or like us on Facebook.

Gloucester Schooner Festival Prepares for Another Great Weekend

Schooner Bald Eagle from Gloucester

Schooner Bald Eagle from Gloucester

There are three key story lines for this year’s 32nd annual Gloucester Schooner Festival, which runs from September 2 to September 4, 2016.

First, the Schooner Columbia, last year’s winner, returns to the Festival to defend its title. The original Columbia was a 141’ classic Gloucester Fishing Schooner built at the historic A.D. Story shipyard of Essex, Massachusetts in 1923. The replica Columbia was built by Brian D’Isernia at his boat yard, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, in Panama City, Florida. “It is great to have her here in Gloucester,” says Schooner Committee Chair Daisy Nell, “and her captain Karl Joyner raced her to victory. What a tribute to the old Essex schooners to have this modern recreation join us.”

Second, Gloucester’s flagship schooner Adventure celebrates its 90th birthday this year. Built in Essex at the Story Shipyard in 1926, she is celebrating with a busy summer including welcoming thousands across her deck during the Festival weekend.

Third, this year’s Festival is dedicated to a great friend of the festival and to Cape Ann, Kay Ellis, who passed away earlier this year. Kay, with her husband Tom built the Schooner Thomas A. Lannon in Essex in 1997, and brought her to Gloucester Harbor to offer public sails and charters. Kay’s warm personality, business acumen, and commitment to promoting maritime heritage on Cape Ann are sorely missed. Their son Capt. Heath Ellis continues to operate the Lannon and will, once again, participate in this year’s races.

Despite the changes on the waterfront this year – Maritime Gloucester’s docks are being torn down in August  — nearly twenty schooners have signaled their interest in returning to Gloucester to participate in the weekend.  Maritime Heritage Day takes place Saturday, September 3rd from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. This year Heritage Day will take place on Harbor Loop and under the First Ipswich Tent located in front of Maritime Gloucester. Maritime heritage organizations and area environmental groups and will be set up with interactive exhibits along with local crafters demonstrating their art. Music will be provided during the afternoon and lunch will be available on the pier. This is a great and fun event for families and visitors to Gloucester Schooner Festival weekend. Admission to the Museum will be free this day, and deck tours will be available on some boats, such as the Schooner Adventure, which will be berthed at the State Fish Pier.  The event is followed by a Lobster Bake at the Gloucester House and Fireworks over Gloucester.

The race on Sunday includes the Esperanto Cup, the Mayor’s Award, Ned Cameron Trophy and the Betty Ramsey Trophy.

Lead sponsors of the Festival include: First Ipswich Bank, the City of Gloucester, Market Basket and Institution for Savings. For a full list of sponsors, go to the website. The Festival raises much needed funds from the community by offering Schooner Festival raffle in addition to corporate support. Please purchase raffle tickets (available at Maritime Gloucester) or during Maritime Heritage Day. These funds directly support our efforts to put kids on the water.

Maritime Gloucester is a 501(c) (3) non-profit institution whose mission is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences. Its one-acre campus is located on Gloucester Harbor at 23 Harbor Loop, adjacent to the Coast Guard Station. For more information go to www.maritimegloucester.org or like us on Facebook.

Fairwell to Kay Ellis

Kay Ellis, Gloucester, MA

Kay Ellis, Gloucester, MA

Kay (Bonaventura) Ellis, 65, of Gloucester passed away at home on March 2, 2016 after a yearlong battle with ovarian cancer. Kay was the loving wife of Tom Ellis whom she shared 37 years of marriage.

Kay was born in Beverly, MA on October 22, 1950 to the late Louis and Margaret (Larkin) Bonaventura.

Kay grew up in Beverly and graduated from Beverly High School in 1968. She studied at UMass Amherst and graduated in 1972 with a BA in Sociology. Kay spent most of her life in Gloucester.

Kay’s husband Tom always dreamed of building a schooner to help bring history alive and introduce tourist and locals alike to the amazing wonders of Gloucester. Tom was the dreamer, but Kay made it happen. In 1997, Kay and Tom sold their other businesses, borrowed every nickel they could, and built the Schooner Thomas E Lannon. For the last 17 years, every 5th grader in the City of Gloucester has come for a sail welcomed by Kay and Tom. She and Tom played host to many of the best parties in town.

Before owning the Schooner Lannon, Kay also co-owned Essex River Basin Adventures in Essex. Kay had previously been a reading teacher, Realtor, and worked for the Beverly Housing Authority.

Kay served the City of Gloucester and the Cape Ann community in many ways. She served on the West Parish and O’Maley School PTOs, the School Connection, the North of Boston CVB, and helped start the Discover Gloucester DMO.

Kay loved life. She and Tom often told their friends and sons that their goal was to have all the fun of retirement early. And so for the last 8 winters, they would drive a few thousand miles from Gloucester, MA to Driggs, ID. There, they would ski 80+ days every winter at Grand Targhee in Wyoming. Kay was always first on the chairlift in the morning for fresh powder. She would ski hard all day and then go cross-country skiing with her dog, Lucy in the afternoon while Tom read cowboy and pirate books. One of Kay’s favorite memories was taking her granddaughter Sydney skiing for the first time. She loved travel, skiing, horseback riding (she grew up riding at Pine Tree Equestrian Center in Beverly Farms), and most of all adventure.

Kay is survived by two sons, Heath J. and his wife Yvonne G. Ellis of Gloucester and Brian T. and his wife Malisa K. Ellis of Arlington. Kay is also survived by her grandchildren, Sydney K. Ellis and Eliza G. Ellis. Kay was the sister to the late Paul Bonaventura. Kay is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Kay’s celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Gloucester House 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, 6:00 pm. Relatives and close friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be in Dolliver’s Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kay’s honor to “Turning the Tide Ovarian Retreat” which was a great encouragement to Kay in her last year. They should be sent to the

Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
Michael Reisman, Director
PO BOX 322
Elsworth, Maine 04605
Please put IN HONOR OF KAY ELLIS in the memo line on the check.

(written by Kay’s son Brian Ellis)

Maritime Heritage Day — Update

As part of the Gloucester Schooner Festival line-up, Maritime Gloucester will host its annual Heritage Day celebration from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event is free to the public. Over 30 artisans, food vendors and community organizations will be set up on Schooner Way and down Webster Pier with maritime art, handmade wares, demonstrations. family activities & more! Visit the schooners tied up at the pier, including the long-awaited Columbia!

Performances by Daisy Nell reading her new childrens book, Tilly & the Pirates & performing songs from the accompanying CD and Country Blues & Swingin’ Folk artists, Chick & Ellen & Friends performing Dory Shop deck.  “How to Really Eat a Lobster” Demo, Knot Tying and Block Printing Activities.  Lunch & refreshments available onsite. To celebrate Schooner Festival, Maritime Gloucester’s exhibits and aquarium will be open throughout the day for half-price admission!

We’ll be selling all the Gloucester Schooner Festival gear as well as raffle tickets for the beautiful painting for John Caggiano. Great, fun event for families and visitors to Gloucester for Schooner Festival weekend. For a complete Heritage Day schedule, visit www.maritimegloucester.org/maritime-heritage-day.