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]
  • Hinckley to Unveil New Jetboat

    Hinckley to Unveil New Jetboat

    TRENTON — The nation’s banks are holding onto their cash the way barnacles clutch pilings, but The Hinckley Co. is betting that there are still plenty of dollars floating around among the buyers of luxury items, even though those buyers are more focused than ever on substance and cutting back on glitz. Tomorrow, Friday, Oct.

  • Shrimp Season Outlook Grim for Downeast Fishermen

    ELLSWORTH — Fisheries regulators will meet in Portsmouth, N.H., tomorrow (Friday) to set the dates for the upcoming shrimp season and it looks like Downeast fishermen may get the short end of the shrimp net. Last year, the Northern Shrimp Section of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) set a 136-day fishing season beginning

  • Deer Isle Solo Racer Shows Her Seamanship

    Deer Isle Solo Racer Shows Her Seamanship

    ELLSWORTH — Sailing in the most trackless part of the South Atlantic on Tuesday morning, trans-Atlantic solo racer Emma Creighton’s Pocket Rocket was near the back of the La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 prototype class, but the young Maine skipper stood at the head of the fleet in terms of esteem. Sailing in heavy weather halfway

  • Leave for France to Represent United States

    Leave for France to Represent United States

    CASTINE — Maine sailors established their credentials in international yachting circles more than a century ago when Defender, in 1895, and then Columbia, in 1899, swept to American victories over their foreign challengers in the America’s Cup races with crews composed entirely of men from Deer Isle. On Tuesday, eight Maine Maritime Academy students —

  • MMA’s Reputation Grows with Trysail Regatta Win

    CASTINE — It’s always nice to be spoken well of by one’s peers, and lately the Maine Maritime Academy big boat sailing team has been getting strokes from some folks who know what’s what on the intercollegiate sailing front. Last weekend, the Mariners traveled to Larchmont, N.Y., to participate in the Storm Trysail Foundation’s Intercollegiate

  • Blue Hill Harbor Clam Harvest Good for All Concerned

    Blue Hill Harbor Clam Harvest Good for All Concerned

    BLUE HILL — Mild weather and low tides throughout the middle of the day offered perfect conditions for diggers to harvest nearly 300 bushels of clams from flats along the northern shore of Blue Hill Harbor last week. On Wednesday and Thursday about 18 clam diggers gathered at the town dock behind the firehouse and

  • Scallop Advisory Council Grapples With Closures

    Scallop Advisory Council Grapples With Closures

    ELLSWORTH — When the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) decided several years ago to close large areas of the state’s waters to scallop harvesting for three years in an effort to rebuild the troubled resource, fishermen from throughout the state struggled to agree on which areas should be put off limits. Now, with the closures

  • Mariner Sailors Take Third at Navy

    CASTINE — The first weekend in October was a busy one for the Maine Maritime Academy sailing team, and there’s no letup in sight. Mariner sailing coach Tom Brown sent four sailors to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis to match race Colgate 26 sloops in the Intrepid Trophy regatta. After the seven teams completed