Gloucester Schooner Festival Sailing Opportunities on the Harvey Gamage

 

Lowell’s Boat Shop is pleased to collaborate with Sailing Ships Maine (formerly Tall Ships Portland) and Ocean Passages to offer LBS Members several opportunities to sail aboard the Harvey Gamage during the 2019 Gloucester Schooner Festival! 

The GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL honors the significance of the classic fishing schooner to the history of Gloucester, the oldest fishing port on the East Coast. Lowell’s Boat Shop played an important role in that history, supplying dories that stacked aboard Gloucester fishing schooners bound for the Grand Banks. Join us for this three day celebration as today’s Gloucester fishermen share their home port with the traditional vessels of an earlier era.

Below is the list of sailing possibilities and Festival events on the Harvey Gamage, with pricing; click the link in the description to register for the event you want.
LBS Members receive a 10% discount; use code “LBS”.
Please call if you have questions or concerns (978-834-0050 or 978-810-5892).

 

Portland to Gloucester, Five Day Sail

Wednesday, August 28 – Monday, September 2, 2019

An opportunity to gain some sail training experience and be a part of the crew as you sail from Portland to Gloucester. Enjoy 5 nights on board; includes all meals and participation in all Festival events on the Harvey Gamage. Limited to age 21+ unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Depart Portland on Wednesday, August 28 at 10AM. (100 W. Commercial St., Portland) Disembark Monday, September 2 at 10AM (unless parade and Mayor’s Race are postponed from Sunday to Monday, in which case you will disembark after the race).

$995 for Nonmembers; LBS Members use LBS code to receive discount. **PLEASE NOTE: Deadline for sign up is 5PM on Monday, August 26 as the ship needs to purchase provisions, and med forms must be reviewed. Register Here.

 

Gloucester Three Day Sail 

Friday, August 30 – Monday September 2, 2019

Spend 3 nights on board as a member of the crew while the ship is in Gloucester Harbor. Includes all meals and participation in all Festival events on the Harvey Gamage. Limited to age 21+ unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Board Friday August 30 at 3PM in Gloucester (dock to be determined). 

Disembark Monday, September 2 at 10AM (unless parade and Mayor’s Race are postponed from Sunday to Monday, in which case you will disembark after the race). 


$695 for Nonmembers; LBS Members use LBS code to receive discount. **PLEASE NOTE: Deadline for sign up is 5PM on Monday, August 26 as the ship needs to purchase provisions, and med forms must be reviewed. Register Here.

 

Sunset Sail

Friday, August 30; 5-7PM (BYOB)

$65 for Nonmembers; LBS Members use LBS code to receive discount. Register Here.

 

Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day

Saturday, August 31

Maritime Gloucester, located at 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester, will host its annual Heritage Day celebration from 10AM to 4PM. More than 20 schooners will be on display; the Harvey Gamage (and others) will offer deck tours from 10AM to 4PM.
The event is free to the public.

 

Sunset Sail


Saturday, August 31; 5-7PM  (BYOB)

$65 for Nonmembers; LBS Members use LBS code to receive discount. Register Here.

 

Lobster Dinner, Parade of Lights and Fireworks


Saturday, August 31; 8-10PM (BYOB)

on the decks of Harvey Gamage while dockside.
$75 for Nonmembers; LBS Members use LBS code to receive discount. Register Here.

 

Parade of Sail & Schooner Race


Sunday, September 1; 10AM – 5PM

(lunch platters are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch.)

Join the Harvey Gamage crew for the Festival’s Parade of Sail! Schooners will proceed from Inner Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy Boulevard, to the race start area off Eastern Point. The 35th Annual Mayor’s Cup Race starts at 1PM; be aboard as the Gamage vies for the honors!
$225 for Nonmembers. Register Here.

 

Monday, September 2 Rain Date“Rain Day” for recovery from postponements caused by inclement weather.
ONLY IF REQUIRED.

 

Row & Ramble!

Sunday, August 11 9AM – NOON

 

Join us at Lowell’s Boat Shop for a morning Row & Ramble! We’ll row our fleet of Banks Dorys — and possibly the Surf Dory as well – upriver to Maudslay State Park and anchor near an access to the Merrimack River Trail. We’ll hike along the river, through groves of mountain laurel and over bridges – an easy-paced ramble that allows us to enjoy the beauty of the park. After an hour or so we’ll head back to the boats and return to the Boat Shop. Feel free to pack a picnic and eat lunch on the lawn after our adventure!

Suggested ages 15 & older — we want to be sure everyone is moving at around the same pace so we can go as a group. Space is limited; pre-registration required.

LBS Members: $15

Nonmembers: $18

 

Women on the Water – Full Moon Row

Thursday, August 15

6:00-9:00PM

It’s Ladies Night at Lowell’s! Gather your friends and join us for a row under August’s full Sturgeon Moon! We’ll take the Surf Dory downriver, an easy row with the current, and – conditions permitting – circumnavigate Carr Island before returning to the Boat Shop for refreshments. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. (This is a 21+ event.)

Members: $20

Nonmembers: $25

 

The Great Rowing Adventure - for Adults!

 

8:30AM Thursday, September 12 through (approx.) 8:30PM Friday, September 13

 

Join us for the Great Rowing Adventure – the first collaborative rowing program between Lowell’s Boat Shop and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum!  The program starts on Thursday, September 12, with a tour of Lowell’s Boat Shop, the oldest operating boat shop in America. After the tour we’ll head to the Joppa Flats ramp to board the rowing vessels, a Surf Dory built at Lowell’s and two Sharptown row boats built at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.  From Joppa (near the Northern tip of Plum Island), we’ll wend our way through the marsh and creeks of Plum Island Sound, with a stop for lunch and a swim. We’ll end the first day at Steep Hill Beach on the Crane Estate; a delicious meal will be provided in the Pine Grove, where we’ll camp for the night. 

 

Early the next morning, after breakfast in the Pine Grove, we’ll get back into the boats to begin the magical journey through Fox Creek into Essex Bay, stopping to explore and to eat a picnic lunch along the way. By afternoon we’ll be closing in on the end of our journey as we make our way up the Essex River to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum to learn about the 350 year tradition of shipbuilding in Essex. The finale of the trip is dinner at a local Essex restaurant.

 

Prior rowing and camping experience is not required, our trained staff will show you all you need to know. Our staff is also lifeguard, first aid, CPR, and U.S. Coast Guard certified. 

 

You can be a member of either organization, or even both, receive the member discount!

 

Included in the price: 

  • Guided tours of Lowell’s Boat Shop and Essex Shipbuilding Museum
  • Rowing tour of Plum Island Sound and Essex Bay – two days (life jackets provided, but you are welcome to bring your own)
  • Camp site at the Crane Estate (we can help you find camping equipment)
  • Dinner on the first night;  breakfast, lunch and dinner on the second day (excluding drinks at dinner)
  • Transportation between Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Lowell’s Boat Shop, and Joppa Flats

 

Member (of either organization) price: $450

Nonmember price: $500