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  • Bill Scanlon
    Celebrate Gloucester s maritime heritage! Gloucester Seaport Festival July 29, 2006 Harbor Loop Gloucester 10am-4pm. Held at Harbor Loop, the 2006 Gloucester
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 27, 2006
      Celebrate Gloucester's maritime heritage!

      Gloucester Seaport Festival
      July 29, 2006 Harbor Loop
      Gloucester

      10am-4pm. Held at Harbor Loop, the 2006 Gloucester Seaport Festival will have a variety of hands-on maritime-based learning activities, free children's activities, displays and demonstrations of various marine-based businesses, and all day music. Come see the Snakes of Massachusetts & the World presented by the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team, learn how whales stay warm in the icy waters of the seas with the Whale Center of New England, experiment with the Museum of Science team. Enjoy the ocean breezes while listening to Michael Kouroubaclis, a nine year old musical wonder from Topsfield, local musicians Deb Hardy and the Schooner Adventure chantey singers "Three Sheets to the Wind" This family oriented festival will celebrate the rich heritage of Gloucester and the North Shore. The Seaport Festival will emphasize the history and cultural diversity of Cape Ann, featuring educational programs, traditional music and good old fashioned, family fun. For more information, call 978-281-8079.

      Come to the Schooner Adventure's 2006 Gloucester Seaport Festival at Harbor Loop for some good old-fashioned family fun! The Seaport Festival will have a variety of hands-on maritime learning activities, displays and demonstrations, as well as music all day. Admission is FREE!
      Saturday, August 19th 2006
      Schooner Adventure Gala Auction
      Dinner, Live Auction and Silent Auction
      Annisquam Village Hall, Gloucester, MA

      $25 , $35 at the door (Tickets on sale this summer
      About Gloucester, MassachusettsGloucester, MA, settled in 1623, is America's oldest seaport. Located 35 miles north of Boston, Gloucester is situated at the center of Cape Ann, has one of the finest harbors in Massachusetts and remains one of the busiest fishing ports on the Eastern seaboard.

      Visitors are drawn to Gloucester's rich New England history, natural beauty, extraordinary beaches, fresh seafood and on-water activities -- especially the popular whale watching excursions.

      Gloucester also hosts a sizable artist population, many of whom can be found on Rocky Neck, the oldest working art colony in America.
      Incorporated: 1873
      Total Area: 41.5 square miles
      Population: 28,716
      Gloucester Municipal Website
      Jim Caulkett Harbormaster
      for information contact us at:
        • Address: 19 Harbor Loop
        • Phone: 978-282-3012
      Office Hours: 8:00 A.M. till 4:00 P.M. Monday thru Friday
      For emergency contact local Coast Guard station at 978-283-0704
      The Madfish Grille
      77 Rocky Neck Avenue
      P.O. Box 630
      Gloucester, MA 01930
      978-281-4554

      bbtavern@...
      Blackburn Tavern
      2 Main Street
      Gloucester, MA 01930
      978-282-1919

      AUG 3, 4, AND 5 - GLOUCESTER SIDEWALK BAZAAR
      Main St, Gloucester, MA (
      map)
      978.283.1601
      info@...
      http://www.cape-ann.com/events

      A North Shore retail extravaganza. Sales, food, and entertainment. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Free.
      We  hope you decide to cruise with us !
      I just got off the phone with Brown's Boat Yard and asked they hold their last 3 Inner Harbor moorings for me/WYC.  I put 1 of the 3 in my name and they are holding the other 2 for the first 2 telephone calls from WYC, mention my name too.  The woman asked that the other 2 persons/boats call soon!  The cost is $25 per night/boat.
      Brown's Yacht Yard
                          978.281.3200
                          VHF: 09 & 19
       
      The Harbor Master also has Inner Harbor moorings for the same price.           
        Gloucester Harbormaster
          
           978.282.3012  
           VHF: 16

      http://cruisingguide.bostonsailingcenter.com/harbors/gloucester/introduction.html
      Introduction
      Gloucester's magnificent natural harbor is easy to enter in any weather. European fishermen recognized its appeal in the early 1600s, and the evolution of the fishing industry has shaped the town over four centuries.
      Since the mid 1800s, artists too have found inspiration along Gloucester's shores. Harborscapes by Fitz Hugh Lane and Winslow Homer are among the most important American marine paintings, and an active group of Cape Ann artists continue to paint in their wake.
      Gloucester today has a vibrant shoreside community whose cultural origins span the maritime world. It's a particular favorite of ours when the weather turns dismal.
      Approaches
      Our first visit to Gloucester is still the most memorable. Chased in by a rising southeasterly and surfing the six foot waves that had turned us back from Provincetown, we arrived after dark. But the powerful light on Eastern Point is visible a long way off, an Isophase 4 second red clearly marks the end of the breakwater at the Dog Bar, and the entrance is otherwise free of obstructions. Once inside, the seas diminish steadily as the harbor narrows towards town. There are several good options for spending the night.
      Anchorages
      Lighthouse Cove, inside the breakwater and just north of the mooring field, offers decent holding and protection from 3 sides. The considerable fetch to the west does mean that it's often rolly. Its chief advantage is convenience for a late arrival and an early departure. Southeast Harbor is a bit further in, slightly further indented, and shoals a little more gradually. It offers similar protection.
      Within the inner harbor is a trapezoidal Anchorage Area defined by nuns "2N" & 4 and by can "3". Depths are around 15 feet at low, and the bottom is mud. The channels on either side will be busy with fishing boats, but they usually go slowly enough that their wakes are only a minor nuisance. If you can accept a little commotion, anchoring here gets you the closest to the center of town.
      Moorings
      Just inside the breakwater, Eastern Point Yacht Club maintains an extensive mooring field with 9 transient moorings. The moorings are first come, first served, but we've always found one open. The club offers launch service and facilities for visitors, but it is over two miles to town. The atmosphere tends to be quiet, although you may feel a little exposed. Call on 71 when you enter the harbor.
      As you proceed up the harbor there are moorings, with increasing degrees of protection, behind Ten Pound Island, beyond the Anchorage Area, and in Smith Cove. About 30 of these are city moorings, and may be reserved by calling the Harbormaster. Brown's Yacht Yard has a few transient moorings in the Inner Harbor. All the moorings get busy during Gloucester's several festival weekends.
      Slips
      Brown's also has slips available, off of the south channel of the Inner Harbor.
      The most protected water, if not the quietest night, is found in Smith Cove, where the Madfish Bar and Grille and The Studio both offer dock space along with dining. A little further in, low-profile Bickfords Marina at the head of Smith Cove may have slips open.
      Fitting Out
      Brown's, on the south channel of the inner harbor, is the most convenient place to get diesel, water and ice for a sailboat
      With much of Gloucester's commercial activity concentrated near the waterfront, you'll find most supplies you need a quick walk away from any of the downtown landings. Two small markets, Tedeschi and Truppiano, are at the west edge of town, just past the Blackburn Tavern. There's a Super Stop and Shop at the east end, a half mile or so from the harbor on the road to Rockport.
      A large home center just east of the Fitz Hugh Lane house and a nearby auto parts store have helped solve our mechanical problems on several visits.
      ·       Gloucester Harbormaster
      o       978.282.3012  
      o       VHF: 16
      ·       Eastern Point Yacht Club
      o       978.283.3520
      o       VHF: 71
      o       www.epyc.net
      ·       Brown's Yacht Yard                  
      o       978.281.3200
      o       VHF: 09 & 19
      o       www.brownsyy.com
      ·       Bickford Marina
      o       978.283.0404
      ·       Madfish
      o       978.283.4123
      ·       The Studio
      o       978.283.4123









      Bill Scanlon
      USCG Master 50 GT Inland Waters
      Towing & Sailing Endorsements
      Lic. # 1092926
      1984 Catalina 30
      "Ruby"
      Std. Rig  Hull#  3688
      Winthrop (Mass.) Yacht Club
       
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