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]
  • High school sailing season nears fever pitch

    High school sailing season nears fever pitch

    PORTLAND — The Maine Maritime Academy commencement scheduled for Saturday morning puts an end to the spring college regatta season, but high school sailing is boiling at full speed. Last weekend, the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team traveled to Portland Saturday morning for the Portland High School team race regatta at SailMaine near

  • Huge fleet registered for small boat regatta

    Huge fleet registered for small boat regatta

    BROOKLIN — Summer may seem a long ways off with brisk winds at the beginning of May making temperatures in the 40s feel even colder than they are, but summer really is just around the corner, even if the street seems long. Last week, the organizers of the annual Small Reach Regatta announced that registration

  • Marine Patrol gets a new Sergeant

    Marine Patrol gets a new Sergeant

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — It’s been a busy spring for the Maine Marine Patrol. Last month, Col. Jay Carroll replaced Col Jon Cornish, who retired after 34 years in the service, as chief of the Marine Patrol. At the end of this week, the patrol’s second in command, Maj. Rene Cloutier, will retire. His replacement has

  • Lobster  union fires co-op CEO

    Lobster union fires co-op CEO

    TRENTON — The Maine Lobster Union, Lobster 207, has fired longtime lobster dealer Warren Pettegrow as chief executive officer of its wholesale lobster co-op. The firing was announced in an April 13 letter from the union’s executive board addressed to union members. The board also called a May 5 membership meeting at the Elks Lodge

  • Proposed aquaculture study gets mixed reviews

    AUGUSTA — The Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee has had a full plate this session. The committee has held hearings on topics ranging from allowing ground-up oyster shells to be deposited on tidal flats to combat ocean acidification and allowing student lobster license holders to fish during school vacations in seasonally closed areas to giving towns

  • Elver landings, prices are going up

    Elver landings, prices are going up

    ELLSWORTH — Four weeks have passed in Maine’s 11-week elver fishing season and with the waters starting to warm up, elver landings are heating up and the average price paid to harvesters is going up. Last week, the Department of Marine Resources reported that, as of April 14, licensed Maine elver dealers reported that the

  • Shellfish farming is likely to expand in Taunton Bay

    HANCOCK — There was a time when the announcement that a shellfish farmer was going to hold a scoping session to talk about expanding operations in Taunton Bay would likely have produced howls of outrage and a large, hostile turnout at the event itself. That time seems to have passed. Last Thursday, the Taunton Bay

  • Look out, Charlie, a new tuna boat is on your trail

    Look out, Charlie, a new tuna boat is on your trail

    MOUNT DESERT — Although Maine’s boatbuilding industry doesn’t slow much during the winter, and a few lobster boats may be launched in the dead of winter, it’s always a good sign when newly built pleasure boats show up on the waterfront. Last week, while spring weather flashed its skirts in Hancock County, SW Boatworks launched

  • Will Welles Wins J/24 North Americans

    Will Welles Wins J/24 North Americans

    ELLSWORTH — Time flies when you’re having fun, or even when you’re just thinking about it. Though it’s hard to believe, 26 years have gone by since Will Welles was a star skipper for the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team, racing 420 dinghies against George Stevens Academy in Southwest Harbor or Castine. Though