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]
  • Warmer Weather Has Eyes Turning to Boat Racing Calendar

    ELLSWORTH — The past week’s weather has persuaded even the most skeptical observer that there may really be a summer this year. Right or wrong, the evidence of the calendar moving forward has many eyes along Downeast waterfronts focusing on a coming season that will be full of boat races. Although it’s pretty much of

  • Wild Weather, Slick Sailing Hand Welles Cup to GSA

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — With the barometer dropping like a stone in a well shaft and a south wind gusting to 30 knots or more, coaches from the George Stevens Academy and Mount Desert Island High School sailing teams scrubbed round two of the Welles Cup Regatta last Wednesday afternoon (June 1). Their decision gave GSA

  • Morgan Bay Shellfish Farm Plan Roils Tempers at Surry Meeting

    Morgan Bay Shellfish Farm Plan Roils Tempers at Surry Meeting

    SURRY — A proposal for an experimental shellfish aquaculture lease near the head of Morgan Bay drew some opposition and considerable skepticism at a Department of Marine Resources (DMR) scoping session at the Surry Elementary School last week. DMR regulations do not require a scoping session for experimental leases, but “we thought it was a

  • MDI Leads Welles Cup at Halfway Mark

    MDI Leads Welles Cup at Halfway Mark

    CASTINE — Halfway through the 16th annual Welles Cup regatta, the George Stevens Academy Eagles hold a 4-1 lead over rival Mount Desert Island High School. The two-leg regatta got under way last Wednesday, May 25 with the Eagles hosting MDI at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. The second round of the Welles Cup was

  • Morris Yachts Delivers Shearwater  To Coast Guard Academy Crew

    Morris Yachts Delivers Shearwater To Coast Guard Academy Crew

    TREMONT — The weather last Wednesday was chilly and wet, but nothing could dampen the enthusiasm as Morris Yachts delivered Shearwater, the first Leadership 44 sailboat, to the U.S. Coast Guard at the company’s Bass Harbor boatyard. Taking delivery of the David Pedrick-designed 44-footer, the vanguard of what will be an eight-boat training fleet for

  • GSA Girls Shine in Herreshoff Regatta

    GSA Girls Shine in Herreshoff Regatta

    BLUE HILL — Before last weekend’s Herreshoff Trophy Regatta, there weren’t many on the New England scholastic sailing scene who knew much, or anything, about George Stevens Academy. That all changed on Sunday when Courtney Koos and Tess Lameyer finished second in a 15-boat fleet at the New England School Sailing Association (NESSA) girls regatta,

  • Elvers Hit $1,000 a Pound

    Elvers Hit $1,000 a Pound

    ELLSWORTH — Country music stars Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings sang, “Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys …. Make ’em be doctors and lawyers and such,” but they were off the mark. If Mama wants her baby to make some real money, she might want to get that child an elver

  • GSA Finishes in Top Half Of Downeast Regatta Fleet

    GSA Finishes in Top Half Of Downeast Regatta Fleet

    CASTINE — George Stevens Academy sailors struggled with the light air that challenged the patience of the fleet during last weekend’s Downeast Championship Invitational regatta, but some strong sailing on Saturday pushed the Eagles to a seventh place finish overall, and fifth place in the annual Maine State high school championship standings. Seventeen public and