Gloucester Schooner Festival Fly-By

Quick Details

Duration: 6 hours

Departure Time: 8:30 a.m.

Availability: September 1

About the Gloucester Schooner Festival

The Gloucester Schooner Festival celebrates the contribution of the fishing schooner to the history of New England. The events feature the last remaining of these great old vessels as well as modern representations. Square riggers such as Picton Castle, Gazela, and Friendship have been known to participate, as well as up to two dozen schooners of all shapes and sizes.

On Sunday of Labor Day weekend, schooners form up for a Parade of Sail and then head out to compete in the Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup, a trophy from the first International Fishermen’s Races sailed in 1920. Join us on the schooner Fame as we depart from Salem for a five-hour adventure. We join the other schooners and tall ships off Gloucester and sail out with them before returning to Salem in the afternoon.

On our way toward Gloucester, we cruise along the Gold Coast of Massachusetts and see such highlights as:

  • Baker’s Island
  • The Misery Islands
  • Baker’s Island Lighthouse
  • Eastern Point Lighthouse

What to Bring

  • Lunch is not included. Beer, wine, soft drinks, water, and assorted snacks are for sale on board.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring their own food and drink, but no alcohol can be brought on board due to state regulations.
  • Dress for the weather. It’s cooler on the water.
  • Hats, sunglasses, binoculars, and a camera are all good ideas!