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]
  • Film festival to feature gray zone, lobster war

    Film festival to feature gray zone, lobster war

    BUCKSPORT — The 3rd annual International Maritime Film Festival gets under way Friday at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport with several remarkable films on the program. The festival is a juried event with entries from around the world in several film categories. In the feature-length division, “Captain of Utopia,” by French filmmaker Sarah Del Ben,

  • Boatbuilder wins award for something old, something new

    Boatbuilder wins award for something old, something new

    LAMOINE — The Newport International Boat Show has long been considered one of the most prestigious of the annual yachting expositions held up and down the Atlantic Coast as the New England boating season nears its end. The annual event draws exhibitors, and visitors, from all over the United States and around the world. Last

  • Schooners call it a season at annual Sail-in

    Schooners call it a season at annual Sail-in

    BROOKLIN — With September well under way, captains in Maine’s schooner fleet must start thinking about the long winter ahead with no passengers to entertain and some time to enjoy the woodstove. Before they can turn their attention to the endless list of chores that comes with maintaining big, old wooden sailboats, the skippers have

  • MMA hires sailing coach

    MMA hires sailing coach

    CASTINE — After a long search, Maritime Academy Marine has hired a sailing coach. MMA Operations Manager Dana Willis recently announced that Taylor Martin has been named as the school’s new sailing coach and sail program coordinator. He succeeds Caroline Councell, who coached the team for two years, from November 2015 to November 2017. Martin

  • Downeast biotoxin closure extended

    LAMOINE — Last week, the Department of Marine Resources closed a stretch of the Downeast coast to the harvesting of clams, mussels, oysters and carnivorous snails. The closure was a precaution because of concerns about the presence of high levels of the marine organisms that produce domoic acid, the biotoxin that can cause ASP, amnesic

  • It’s too darn hot in the North Atlantic

    It’s too darn hot in the North Atlantic

    ELLSWORTH — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a report last week confirming that unusually high ocean surface temperatures aren’t confined to the Gulf of Maine. According to NOAA, for several weeks, sea surface temperatures in the western North Atlantic Ocean have been running significantly above normal. Data from the agency’s polar-orbiting satellites show