|photo courtesy of Dinnie Aldridge
Tuning up the dinghy for the crew's race the evening before the Great Schooner Race
The American Eagle may not be the oldest working schooner in the Maine fleet, but we have the oldest sailing dinghy. The first one of the class was built in 1887. Cappy, named for the man who rebuilt her forty years ago, will be defending an undefeated record in the warmup competition as the fleet gather for the Great Schooner Race the week of July 3rd. The one in Penobscot Bay takes all day, engages more schooners than you'll see anywhere else, and wraps up with a party ashore complete with awards and insults.
One cook and three captains, Gloucester July, 1986. left to right: Gus, John, John, and Joe
The Gloucester Race takes only a few intense hours,
"Virginia chasing the real deal"
and just about catching us at the next buoy
bookended by exciting sails along the Gulf of Maine coming down and going home.
Whalewatching on the way to Cape Ann, 1998.
The American Eagle has been in both races for thirty years and we wouldn't miss either of them for anything.
SailBoston 2017 scheduled for June, part of celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation. We'll probably offer a ten day cruise round trip from Rockland with approximate dates June 14-23. Details to follow in fall, 2016!