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]
  • 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.

  • Lobster boat racing is underway

    Lobster boat racing is underway

    ELLSWORTH — Summer is still a few days away, but last weekend the sights and sounds of summer roiled the waters of Boothbay Harbor and Rockland as Maine’s summer lobster boat racing season got underway. Boothbay Harbor is the traditional opening venue and by Friday night more than two dozen boats from along the Maine

  • Oyster farm withdraws  from Bagaduce lease

    Oyster farm withdraws from Bagaduce lease

    PENOBSCOT — The contentious, drawn-out battle over an aquaculture lease in the Bagaduce River came to an apparent end Monday afternoon when Taunton Bay Oyster Co. President Michael Briggs emailed the Department of Marine Resources and asked the agency to “terminate the entire lease immediately.” The reason Briggs offered in his two-line email directed “to

  • Salt Pond oyster lease scoping session set

    Salt Pond oyster lease scoping session set

    BLUE HILL — A longtime oyster farmer wants to expand his operations in the Salt Pond by nearly 50 percent and has filed an application with the Department of Marine Resources for a 20-year standard aquaculture lease covering 7.25 acres divided between two tracts near Carlton Island. DMR has scheduled a scoping session on the

  • Brooklin students launch skiff after winter of labor

    Brooklin students launch skiff after winter of labor

    BROOKLIN — Driving into this tiny town at the eastern corner of the Blue Hill Peninsula, a roadside sign welcomes visitors to “the boatbuilding capital of the world,” and with good reason. In addition to its several world-class boatbuilders, the community has adopted a commitment to maintaining its traditional connection to the sea. For the

  • Lobster boat racing season is here

    Lobster boat racing season is here

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine lobster boat racing season gets underway this weekend, but however the season goes, it just won’t be the same. Racing begins Saturday, June 15, in Boothbay Harbor and moves up to Penobscot Bay on Sunday, June 16, but two of the most iconic figures in Maine lobster boat racing — Galen

  • Lobstermen to discuss  whale protection rule

    Lobstermen to discuss whale protection rule

    ELLSWORTH — In March, NOAA Fisheries announced that the number of vertical lines connecting surface buoys to, primarily, lobster traps would have to be reduced by as much as 60 percent off the New England coast and in the Gulf of Maine to protect endangered right whales from entanglement in fishing gear. More recently, the

  • Status of intertidal lands occupies Legislature

    Status of intertidal lands occupies Legislature

    ELLSWORTH — Who owns Maine’s tidal flats, who can use them and how? Two of Maine’s legislative committees have struggled with those questions over the past few months and a bit of clarity has begun to emerge this month. On May 10, the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry killed LD 1316, a bill offered

  • New look for CruiseMaine and Maine cruises

    New look for CruiseMaine and Maine cruises

    PORTLAND — CruiseMaine, a section of the Maine Office of Tourism, has launched a new website designed to inform visitors, the travel industry and the Maine public about the state’s offerings as a cruise ship destination. “Maine has a lot to offer as a cruise destination, and we are working to make sure the travel