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]
  • Grant to help  find new markets  for Maine lobster

    Grant to help find new markets for Maine lobster

    ELLSWORTH — Trade wars can make for strange bedfellows, but few pairings would seem stranger than Maine’s lobster industry and Food Export USA-Northeast, a nonprofit group that works with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and nine other state agriculture departments throughout the Northeast to promote the export of “food and agricultural products”

  • MMA sailors have tough weekend in Maine and Cambridge

    MMA sailors have tough weekend in Maine and Cambridge

    CASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy sailing team sent squads to regattas hosted by Bowdoin College and MIT last weekend and fared poorly at both of them. Racing on Harpswell Sound at Bowdoin’s two-day Nicholas Barnett Trophy event, MMA finished 14th in a 16-team fleet. The best takeaway from the regatta was, perhaps, that MMA

  • Right whales and lobsters: what to do?

    Right whales and lobsters: what to do?

    ELLSWORTH — When the Maine Lobstermen’s Association informed the National Marine Fisheries Service at the end of August that it was withdrawing its support for the agency’s proposed whale protection rules, it also offered a list of 10 “actions” NMFS should take. The proposed rules could force lobstermen to remove half their vertical buoy lines

  • BU big winner in Harman Trophy, PenBay regattas

    BU big winner in Harman Trophy, PenBay regattas

    CASTINE – Hurricane Dorian, which devastated parts of the Bahamas and did serious damage along the Carolina coastal plain and in Nova Scotia, largely spared Maine, but its fringe effects were enough to delay the starts of two weekend regattas hosted by Maine Maritime Academy. The Harman Trophy, sailed in Colgate 26 sloops, and the

  • Collaboration of three boat builders results in Alchemy

    Collaboration of three boat builders results in Alchemy

    BROOKLIN — When elements combine with seemingly magical results, the process is often described as “alchemy.” And when noted yacht designer Bill Tripp got together with three Maine boatyards — The Hinckley Co. in Trenton, the Brooklin Boat Yard and the Front Street Shipyard in Belfast — the result was literally Alchemy, a modern, Bill

  • Young sailors learn about safety at sea

    Young sailors learn about safety at sea

    CASTINE — It isn’t often that a bunch of teenage river sailors gets a chance to learn what big-boat sailing is all about, but last Wednesday 11 youthful sailors from the Lawrence Community Boating Program in Massachusetts spent a day learning the ropes aboard three serious cruising sailboats on Penobscot Bay. The occasion was the