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]
  • Great Harbor Regatta moves to Castine, for now

    Great Harbor Regatta moves to Castine, for now

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — High school sailors looking forward to a trip to Mount Desert Island to race in the sixth annual Great Harbor Regatta this weekend are in for a surprise. This year, they won’t be sailing Turbo 420 dinghies from the MDI Community Sailing Center floats off Clark Point. Instead, they will be back

  • Elver quota almost filled nearly three weeks early

    Elver quota almost filled nearly three weeks early

    Officially, the elver fishing season still has more than two weeks to run, but for most harvesters it’s already time to move on to some other occupation. By state law, Maine’s elver fishing season opens March 22 and ends June 10. By nature’s law, the season effectively closed on May 19, with fishermen having already

  • Lifejackets for Lobstermen headed this way

    Lifejackets for Lobstermen headed this way

    BLUE HILL — No one who lives on the coast of Maine, or reads the newspaper, underestimates the dangers fishermen face every time they go out on their boats. They can get snagged by a winch cable, struck by a piece of heavy rigging or pitched over the side. Few lobstermen who go overboard are

  • Strong showings for locals at Downeast Regatta

    Strong showings for locals at Downeast Regatta

    CASTINE — It was a good weekend for Massachusetts high school sailors at the 21st annual Downeast Invitational Regatta hosted by Maine Maritime Academy in Castine Harbor, but Maine sailors had plenty to cheer about as well. After 18 races sailed over two days, the Belmont Hill School from Belmont, Mass., placed first in the

  • DMR commissioner briefs Legislature on whales and bait

    DMR commissioner briefs Legislature on whales and bait

    AUGUSTA — Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher briefed the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee on the latest news from the lobster bait and whale front and the news was not good. Speaking at a May 7 committee workshop, Keliher said that the state was under severe pressure from NOAA Fisheries to find ways to

  • Downeast Regatta is scheduled for Castine

    Downeast Regatta is scheduled for Castine

    CASTINE — The 21st annual Downeast Fleet Racing Invitational Regatta, sponsored by George Stevens Academy, gets underway this weekend with a forecast of morning showers and brisk winds on Saturday, clouds on Sunday and mild weather throughout. Maine Maritime Academy hosts the event, furnishes the 420 dinghies used for racing and provides staffing and auxiliary

  • Sen. Collins, Navy secretary speak at 76th MMA commencement

    Sen. Collins, Navy secretary speak at 76th MMA commencement

    CASTINE — Commencement ceremonies are always a big deal, but Maine Maritime Academy’s 76th annual commencement last Saturday featured an all-star cast. About 193 students marched at commencement, held in MMA’s Alexander Field House, including candidates for Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. As usual, proud parents, grandparents, spouses and

  • Conservation groups take Ellsworth dam fight to DEP

    Conservation groups take Ellsworth dam fight to DEP

    ELLSWORTH — Two conservation organizations have opened another front in their relicensing battle with the owners of the Ellsworth hydropower dam. At issue is how to protect the Union River ecosystem. Late last month, the Downeast Salmon Federation and the Conservation Law Foundation filed a joint request with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for

  • Classic wooden boat race adds classy element

    Classic wooden boat race adds classy element

    BROOKLIN — Throughout the classic sailboat world, especially in New England, the first Saturday in August is synonymous with the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. Founders Steve White and his Brooklin Boatyard partner Frank Hunt saw the race, first sailed in 1985 with a fleet of just 13 boats, as a chance for wooden boat owners to

  • Some whale protection rules on hold

    Some whale protection rules on hold

    AUGUSTA — Inshore lobstermen will get a break when the federal government adopts new whale protection rules, but it remains to be seen for how long. On Thursday, May 2, Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher announced on the DMR website that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will delay imposing any whale protection