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
  • Great Harbor Regatta moves to Castine, temporarily

    Great Harbor Regatta moves to Castine, temporarily

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — High school sailors looking forward to a trip to Mount Desert Island to race in the sixth annual Great Harbor Regatta this weekend are in for a surprise. This year, they won’t be sailing Turbo 420 dinghies from the MDI Community Sailing Center floats off Clark Point. Instead, they will be back

  • Elver quota almost filled Price down 11%

    Elver quota almost filled Price down 11%

    ELLSWORTH — Officially, the elver fishing season still has more than two weeks to run, but for most harvesters it’s already time to move on to some other occupation. By state law, Maine’s elver fishing season opens March 22 and ends June 10. By nature’s law, the season effectively closed on May 19, with fishermen

  • Sen. Collins, Navy secretary speak at 76th MMA commencement

    Sen. Collins, Navy secretary speak at 76th MMA commencement

    CASTINE — Commencement ceremonies are always a big deal, but Maine Maritime Academy’s 76th annual commencement last Saturday featured an all-star cast. About 193 students marched at commencement, held in MMA’s Alexander Field House, including candidates for Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. As usual, proud parents, grandparents, spouses and

  • Trojans challenge Portland in high-wind team racing

    Trojans challenge Portland in high-wind team racing

    PORTLAND — The Mount Desert Island High School sailing team traveled to Portland Saturday morning for the Portland High School team race regatta at SailMaine near the former international ferry terminal. According to MDIHS coach John Macauley, the Trojans did well, considering the conditions. “It wasn’t raining or snowing,” Macauley said in an email early

  • Whale team agrees: reduce vertical lines

    Whale team agrees: reduce vertical lines

    ELLSWORTH — Maine lobstermen were expecting that bad news would come out of last week’s meeting of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team (TRT) and their expectations were met. At the end of a four-day meeting in Providence, R.I., on Friday, the TRT reached a “consensus” recommendation to NOAA Fisheries that the number of

  • 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

  • Whale protection team to start work on new rules

    Whale protection team to start work on new rules

    ELLSWORTH — It’s still too early in the year for lobster fishing to be in full swing, so it was quiet enough on the water this week to hear the distant sound of dropping shoes from a meeting of the NOAA Fisheries Large Whale Take Reduction Team meeting that began Tuesday morning in Providence, R.I.

  • New patrol boat honors fisherman who had it built

    New patrol boat honors fisherman who had it built

    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