Monday, September 6, 2010

Sunday’s Schooner Parade of Sails

Jay Albert of Cape Ann Images and I headed out to get some photos of the schooners as they showed their stuff in Gloucester Harbor. What a day! Earl’s influence on the weather was to pull in dry air and kick up a constant stiff breeze. The waves were coming out of the south which means that they come right into the harbor. The constant wind made for some awesome sailing conditions. But for those of us in a small craft, we were pitching and rolling which meant I had to over-shoot the number of pictures I would normally take. Thus I have a daunting editing job ahead of me!
Just to give you a taste of what we saw, here are a few shots. The first is one of my favorite small schooners, the Estrela. She has beautiful lines and cuts through the water like a dolphin.
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The Thomas E. Lannon is a Gloucester icon and always comes out first. The Lannon wasn’t sporting topsails which is a shame because the Parade of Sails is about the only time you will see the Lannon with topsails. Tom Ellis could navigate these waters blindfolded in a blizzard at midnight and was zipping around the harbor like a bee around a rose. His passengers got quite a ride!
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Next is the Liberty Clipper. She’s big beauty. I threw in this picture to show you the size of the swells. Not a major problem for boating, but it made it interesting for shooting! Keeping the camera level and on target was the task. Yes, I got a few frames of half boats sailing downhill and uphill!
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Here is the beautiful USMMA’s yacht SummerWind that I showed you a couple of days ago. She flies!
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Here is another of the smaller Schooners, the Adventurer. I always look forward to seeing her every year.
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Hey, it’s the tall ship Friendship out of Salem coming right at us!
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From the biggest to the smallest, we have another of our local schooners, the Sugar Babe!
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Now for the Pinky Schooner fans out there, and I know that you all are, here is the FAME out of Salem. She got a new paint job this year and looks great. But the best part of this shot is that after all these years, I have a shot her pennant blowing in the right direction!
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And now for the guy who made it possible for me to get the job done. I had a great time going out shooting with Jay. It is always a treat to spend time with other photographers. As we pulled into Saint Peter’s Marina, we agreed that was the easy part. Now comes real work; the editing!
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Stay tuned, there is more to come.


Carol Mattingly said...

Loved FAME because it is so color a schooner. Loved all the photos tough. What a ride you must have had. It had to have been a blast. Carol

Robin said...

Great shots and great boats!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Looks like a great day! Beautiful boats. Wow.

The Early Birder said...

And another year comes around. I very much enjoy this event and maybe one day I'll see it in person. Hopefully more Pinky shots to come. FAB.

Al said...

What beautiful ships. You did a great job with the photos, especially from a moving boat!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful images Steve, this looks like your "Target Rich Environment" all these boats.

Jay Albert said...

Great photos Steve!
Interesting selection, only two were close to what I posted and to think we had the same vantage point! It was the roughest sea conditions ever for the Schooner Festival. Someday we have to go on the boat in calmer seas!

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