Sailing a lap around the Inner Harbor — pat morss

A pleasant afternoon sail, well up into the Inner Harbor with views from water level.

Downtown’s Harbor Cove
Schooners Arbella and Adventure docked at Maritime Gloucester
A “working waterfront” enterprise
Beauport Princess at Cruiseport Gloucester
Majesty up on the ways at Rose’s Marine
Fishing boats in front of Gloucester Marine Gemomics Institute (GMGI)
Challenger at the State Fish Pier
Ocean Alliance (whale research and conservation) in the old Paint Factory, Rocky Neck
Cabaret V headed home, rounding Ten Pound Island light
Thomas E Lannon hoisting sail for an afternoon cruise
Yankee Patriot waiting for some loving care

We Meet Polly 5 Toes

We recently took a sail on the Lannon (highly recommended especially on a brutally humid afternoon) and were visited by Capt Heath’s gull-friend Polly 5 Toes. As depicted in a recent children’s book by Sy Montgomery, Polly 5 Toes visits the Lannon seeking oyster crackers from the obliging captain. She came to the schooner twice on our sail that day and performed as anyone might hope. Polly has been visiting the Lannon for 8 years, Capt Heath reports. Thanks for stopping by Polly.

Gloucester Schooner Festival Schedule of Events

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Sunday, Sept 4

  • Parade of Sail – 10:00am to 12:00pm – Gloucester Harbor, Stacey Boulevard and Eastern Point viewing

The entire fleet of schooners joins together for a Parade of Sail not to be missed!  Whether you get aboard a schooner or watch from the shore, this is a memorable experience for all. Prime viewing areas are Stacy Boulevard, Stage Fort Park, and Eastern Point.  On the Boulevard, our Festival Chair Daisy Nell Collinson, Michael Costello, and Maritime Gloucester Historian Justin Demetri will provide live commentary. Schooners proceed from the Inner Harbor, past the Fisherman’s Memorial on Stacy Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point. 

  • 11:00 am to 1:30pm – Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light

Catch the CATA shuttle from Eastern Point Gate (Eastern Point Boulevard at Farrington Ave) to watch the start of the Mayor’s Race. Free of charge, courtesy of Cape Ann Transportation Authority

  • Mayor’s Cup Race – 1:00pm to 4:00pm – Massachusetts Bay off Gloucester

The Premier Event – The Mayor’s Races!  This year’s schooners match up in small, medium, and large categories for a reach-reach competition viewing for the Esperanto Cup, The Ned Cameron Trophy, and The Betty Ramsey Award. 

Monday, Sept 5 – Labor Day

Rain Date for Heritage Day or Race. Maritime Gloucester open from 10 to 4pm