Articles by: Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]
  • Lobstermen to rally in Stonington Sunday

    Lobstermen to rally in Stonington Sunday

    STONINGTON — It was almost 45 years ago when a fictional news anchor named Howard Beale, played by Peter Finch in the Academy Award-winning film “Network,” shouted out to listeners “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!” Last week, Stonington lobsterman Julie Eaton, speaking for most members of her industry

  • DMR acts to ease lobster bait crisis

    DMR acts to ease lobster bait crisis

    ELLSWORTH — Maine’s lobstermen received some much-needed good news in the last several days about a looming shortage of bait for their traps, though some of the bait they use may seem a bit strange to lobsters from the Gulf of Maine. Late last month, the Department of Marine Resources approved the use of the

  • Blue Hill sailor does it again, this time with help

    Blue Hill sailor does it again, this time with help

    BLUE HILL — Last month, Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club sailor Roger Shepley grabbed the top prize in the single-handed phase of the biennial Bermuda One-Two ocean race, piloting his Omega 42 Seriana to a first in class and first overall finish in the 635-mile rhumb line race between Newport, R.I., and St. Georges. Not satisfied with

  • Steuben boatbuilder calls it a day

    Steuben boatbuilder calls it a day

    STEUBEN — Mike Light stood in the doorway of his boatshop and watched as a truck hauled the spanking new lobster boat Thai Lady off toward the Milbridge town dock one day before its scheduled launching. On the boat’s starboard quarter, tucked up beneath the rail just forward of the transom and above the federal

  • Moosabec Reach lobster boat races draw throngs

    Moosabec Reach lobster boat races draw throngs

    JONESPORT – It’s a bit soon to be sure, but after Saturday’s Moosabec Reach lobster boat races, it looks like there may be a new sheriff in town. Appropriately, the evidence was on displace on Moosabec Reach, home waters for Jeremy Beal’s new 28-footer, Maria’s Nightmare, built in Wayne Beal’s boatshop and home-ported on the

  • Outlier a modern racer drawing on tradition

    Outlier a modern racer drawing on tradition

    BROOKLIN — Nineteenth century newspaper editor Horace Greely is credited with advising young men in search of fame and fortune to “Go West!” Nowadays, the advice to a man who already has the fortune but wants the fame that comes with winning prestigious sailing races would likely be “Go North and go to Brooklin Boat

  • Lobster co-op, lobster town get working waterfront grants

    Lobster co-op, lobster town get working waterfront grants

    STONINGTON — There’s good news from Augusta for two Downeast towns. Last week, the Land for Maine’s Future Board announced funding for six projects that will help protect and sustain the state’s dwindling working waterfront resources. Two of the projects are in eastern Maine. The Stonington Lobster Co-op has received a preliminary allocation of $216,250

  • Herring cuts another headache for lobstermen

    Herring cuts another headache for lobstermen

    ELLSWORTH — Maine lobstermen are catching it coming and going, but the “it” ain’t lobsters. Last month, the lobster industry found itself confronted with a demand from federal fisheries regulators that it reduce the risk it posed to endangered right whales by 60 percent and began the arduous task of figuring out how to remove

  • KYC sailor wins Bermuda One-Two race

    BLUE HILL – Roger Shepley’s Omega 42 sailboat Seriana has been a familiar sight at its summer mooring off Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club in Blue Hill harbor and it is becoming a familiar sight at the top of the biennial Bermuda One-Two ocean race fleet. The race encompasses a singlehanded sail from Newport, R.I. to St.