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August 30, 2013

Record number of schooners in weekend festival

Editor's note: This a corrected version of  this story. The Adventure will be leading the Parade of Sail in this year's festival.

 

For the first time in 20 years, one of Cape Ann’s historic schooners will race under sail in this weekend’s Schooner Festival.

The 122-foot historic wooden dory fishing schooner Adventure will be challenged in the Mayor’s Cup Race by a record number of vessels, including the 80-foot Adirondack III, captained by Timothy Lord.

The spice of the challenge between these two boats may be that the 60-year-old Lord was the last captain to helm the working Adventure, when it was a passenger sailing vessel and education facility for school groups from 1988 to 1994.

“This is a very exciting time for the Adventure and her supporters as she returns to her place among the historic tall ships” says Schooner Adventure Executive Director Joanne Souza. “She will be racing for the Mayor’s Cup on Sunday of Gloucester Schooner Festival, but in the near future, she will be sailing so supporters and visitors will be able to experience the life of a Gloucester fisherman at the beginning of the 21st century.”

The Adventure was built in 1926 in Essex, is a National Historic Landmark, an official project of Save America’s Treasures, and the flagship for the city of Gloucester.

“I spent a portion of my childhood growing up on the schooner and specifically remember one of the best fireworks shows of my life being aboard the Adventure,” said Lord’s daughter, Sarah Lord.

She said her father, a heart attack survivor, works his heart out on the Adirondack III, much as he did on the Adventure.

“I know this weekend will be the icing on the cake, even if he doesn’t win,” she said.

While several schooners have already arrived, the majority of the vessels should arrive today.

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