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]
  • Abbreviated weekend for MMA sailing team

    Abbreviated weekend for MMA sailing team

    CASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy sailing team was busy last weekend, but not as busy as it hoped. The Mariners traveled to two regattas sailed hundreds of miles apart and both were cut short. Eight big-boat sailors traveled south to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis to race in the McMillan Cup Regatta while

  • Engine shortage slows pace of boatbuilding

    Engine shortage slows pace of boatbuilding

    LAMOINE — Seated behind the desk in his office, boatbuilder Stewart Workman seemed pretty relaxed for a businessman with a big problem that seems to be growing worse. Workman owns SW Boatworks, the builder of some of the most popular boats used in the Maine lobster fleet. The company’s boats, drawn by two iconic Downeast

  • The Grand turns 80 in style and in song

    The Grand turns 80 in style and in song

    ELLSWORTH — Like any dowager turning 80, The Grand is planning to celebrate its birthday in style. On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 14, the Ellsworth performance venue will host a concert by another octogenarian, singer-songwriter Noel Paul Stookey. The concert “was Noel’s idea, I believe, to tie the two 80 years together,” Stookey’s publicist Joyce Hall

  • Busy weekend for MMA sailors

    Busy weekend for MMA sailors

    CASTINE — With a new coach taking the helm this fall, the Maine Maritime Academy sailing team has still managed to maintain a busy schedule. Last weekend, six Mariner sailors traveled to Larchmont, N.Y, to race in the Storm Trysail Foundation’s annual Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. Hosted by the Larchmont Yacht Club, this year’s event drew

  • Seacoast Mission vessel Sunbeam V visits Billings Diesel

    Seacoast Mission vessel Sunbeam V visits Billings Diesel

    STONINGTON — The Maine Seacoast Mission vessel Sunbeam V sailed into Stonington on Thursday, Sept. 13, for the boat’s annual routine maintenance visit to Billings Diesel & Marine. Missing the tide by just 15 minutes, the Sunbeam V waited until the next day to be hauled out of the water at the shipyard located, appropriately,

  • Bagaduce River gets another oyster farm

    Bagaduce River gets another oyster farm

    PENOBSCOT — Some people like their oysters dressed with just a squirt of lemon juice. Some people prefer a mignonette with wine vinegar and shallots. In Penobscot, the choice may well be hot sauce. Late last month, Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher signed off on a 10-year aquaculture lease that will allow the

  • Belfast salmon farm plans move forward

    BELFAST — The mills of the gods are said to grind slow and so, it seems, does the process for establishing a land-based salmon farm. Last week, Nordic Aquafarms, which has plans to build a state-of-the-art land-based salmon farm in Belfast, gave a formal notice that it will file an application for a wastewater discharge

  • Regulators meet to set herring limits

    Regulators meet to set herring limits

    ELLSWORTH — With bait prices on the rise and in short supply, the New England Fishery Management Council met in Plymouth, Mass., on Tuesday to take final action on an amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic herring. It’s a step that some lobstermen fear will prevent them from getting the bait they need