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. srappaport@ellsworthamerican.com
  • Rally over whale rules planned

    STONINGTON — It was almost 45 years ago when a fictional news anchor named Howard Beale, played by Peter Finch in the film “Network,” shouted out to listeners “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!” Last week, Stonington lobsterman Julie Eaton, speaking for most members of her industry said just

  • Hospice regatta, sloop race fill Great Harbor

    Hospice regatta, sloop race fill Great Harbor

    MOUNT DESERT — For sailors not engaged in the pursuit of victory or the pleasure of doing good while having a good time last weekend, Mount Desert Island’s Great Harbor must have seemed as busy as Interstate 295 during Portland’s rush hour. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday three different fleets — Luders 16s, International One-Designs

  • Downturn in lobster numbers could be coming

    Downturn in lobster numbers could be coming

    WALPOLE — If Maine lobstermen aren’t facing enough uncertainty, what with the late wet spring that delayed the start of the fishery, the likely scarcity and high price of bait and coming federal whale protection rules that could force radical changes in the way that they set their gear, a recent report on where juvenile

  • Outlier a modern racer drawing on tradition

    Outlier a modern racer drawing on tradition

    BROOKLIN — Nineteenth century newspaper editor Horace Greely is credited with advising young men in search of fame and fortune to “Go West!” Nowadays, the advice to a man who already has the fortune but wants the fame that comes with winning prestigious sailing races would likely be “Go North and go to Brooklin Boat

  • Herring cuts are another headache for lobstermen

    Herring cuts are another headache for lobstermen

    ELLSWORTH — Maine lobstermen are catching it coming and going, but the “it” ain’t lobsters. Last month, the lobster industry found itself confronted with a demand from federal fisheries regulators that it reduce the risk it posed to endangered right whales by 60 percent and began the arduous task of figuring out how to remove

  • Lobster co-op, lobster town get working waterfront grants

    Lobster co-op, lobster town get working waterfront grants

    STONINGTON — There’s good news from Augusta for two Downeast towns. Last week, the Land for Maine’s Future Board announced funding for six projects that will help protect and sustain the state’s dwindling working waterfront resources. Two of the projects are in eastern Maine. The Stonington Lobster Co-op has received a preliminary allocation of $216,250

  • Brooklin students launch skiff

    Brooklin students launch skiff

    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

  • Intertidal zone status debated by lawmakers

    Intertidal zone status debated by lawmakers

    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. On May 10, the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry killed LD 1316, a bill offered by Rep.

  • Fishermen offer whale rule feedback

    Fishermen offer whale rule feedback

    DEER ISLE — For Maine lobstermen, the summer of 2019 is likely to be a challenging one. Fuel prices are high. Cuts in herring fishing quotas — with further cuts likely — mean that bait is likely to be extremely scarce, and whatever’s available extremely expensive as the season develops. And that’s the good news.