Blackburn Challenge Race Finish
Saturday, July 21 at 10:30am
Join us as we greet the Blackburn Challenge rowers as they approach the finish line in Gloucester Harbor!
Named for Gloucester legend, Howard Blackburn, the Blackburn Challenge is a twenty mile rowing race that circumnavigates Cape Ann. Cheer on the rowers as they enter the final stretch! This sail provides a great opportunity to photograph the race finish from the water while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Gloucester Harbor.
Gloucester Harbor History with Local Historian Justin Demetri
Wednesdays, July 25, August 15 & 29 at 6pm
Join us for an evening of sea stories and relaxation as we explore the history of Gloucester's working waterfront with local historian and author Justin Demetri.
Growing up "Down the Fort" in one of the many families that comprised Gloucester's Italian fishing fleet, Justin spent his childhood among the fishermen, the boats and the wharves. Justin's friendship with author and historian Joseph E. Garland sparked his love of writing, and appreciation for the special place he still calls home.
Justin holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts/Boston and is the Director of Visitor Services for the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.
Music Sails with Down Home Swing
Thursdays, August 2 & 30 at 6:00 pm
DOWN HOME SWING delivers the finest in jazz, blues, country, and so much more, in a heartfelt and rousing way. Their act features traditional and contemporary tunes, thrilling harmonies, and expert picking, delivered with flair and enthusiasm. DOWN HOME SWING is Jay & Laurie and Chick & Ellen - two married couples, four professional musicians, friends for many years. When they began performing together as a quartet, their sound came together quickly, fed by their abiding friendship and stellar musicianship.
Cape Ann Circumnavigation Sails
Wednesdays, August 15 & September 12, 8am-3pm
These full day sails are perfect for those who would like to spend the day sharing sea stories, viewing the diverse land and seascapes of Cape Ann, seeing lighthouses, or just relaxing out on the water. If time allows we will stop in at Rockport for some time ashore or sail into the hole-in the wall at Lane’s Cove. Circumnavigation trips depart from Maritime Gloucester at 8am and return at 3pm (plus or minus) and offer those who come along a chance to really enjoy the Ardelle on an extended trip.
If the weather allows we will circumnavigate Cape, if not, we will head down to some other coastal community or off shore for a whale watch. Bring a picnic lunch and we will provide coffee and donuts and a lot of fun! Adults (16+) only. Tickets are $100.
Music Sail with Daisy Nell & Captain Stan & the Crabgrass Band
with Surprise Guests
Thursday, August 23 at 6:00pm
Daisy Nell & Captain Stan & the Crabgrass band specialize in traditional and contemporary songs of the sea and shore, with local Cape Ann flavor and lore.
Daisy Nell, native of Essex, MA, mainstay of the shipbuilding industry for over 300 years, brings alive New England's maritime history through traditional songs of the sea. A familiar voice on the North Shore music scene, she is known for her broad repertoire of traditional folk, chanteys, and contemporary songs. Her husband, Capt. Stan, adds his guitar and dobro to Daisy's banjo and guitar. Together they cover a lot of territory, from the focsle to the farm!
Welcome Bluenose II & Columbia
Friday, August 31, 11am - 2pm
Join us as we welcome the Schooners Bluenose II & Columbia to Gloucester Harbor for the 2018 Gloucester Schooner Festival! This will be the first time these two remarkable schooners have sailed in Gloucester together!
Both schooners are beautiful reproducitions of the original Columbia & Bluenose, who raced in the 1923 International Fishermen’s Cup Races in Halifax.
Tickets are $70.
Gloucester Schooner Festival Fireworks Sail
Saturday, September 1 at 8:15 pm
Enjoy the spectacular Gloucester Schooner Festival Fireworks from a front row seat aboard the Schooner Ardelle!
Tickets are $55.
Gloucester Schooner Festival Parade of Sails
Sunday, Septemeber 2 at 9:45 am
Join us as we participate with over 30 Schooners in the Gloucester Schooner Festival Parade of Sail! A great opportunity to see the schooners up colse and photograph this spectacular event!
Sail is 2 hours and does not include the Schooner Race. Tickets are $75.
Seamanship Sunday Mornings
Next Session TBD
Through these 3-hour training sessions participants (18+) will have the opportunity to learn, practice and fine-tune a variety of seamanship skills. Each session will begin with a mug-up and introduction to the day's skill and weather. The vessel will then get underway, complete and log a safety drill and then participants will take turns practicing the skills of the day.
Please see the complete course description here. Each session is $80 or sign up for all 4 for $60/session!
Mother's Day Sails
2019 Sails TBD
Happy Mother's Day! Mothers sail free when accompanied by the purchaser of one full priced ticket. Limit one mom per full priced ticket purchase. Cannot be combined with other offers/discounts.
3rd of July Fireworks Cruise
Enjoy the spectacular Gloucester Fireworks from a front row seat aboard the Schooner Ardelle!
Tickets are $55.