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
  • 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

  • Will Welles becomes J/24 North American Champ

    Will Welles becomes J/24 North American Champ

    ELLSWORTH — Time flies when you’re having fun, or even when you’re just thinking about it. Though it’s hard to believe, 26 years have gone by since Will Welles was a star skipper for the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team, racing 420 dinghies against George Stevens Academy in Southwest Harbor or Castine. Though

  • Canadian-U.S. Lobstermen’s Town Meeting: U.S. and Canadian lobstermen have a whale of a problem

    Canadian-U.S. Lobstermen’s Town Meeting: U.S. and Canadian lobstermen have a whale of a problem

    PORTLAND — Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher sure knows how to quiet a room. On April 5, about 100 members of the U.S. and Maine lobster industry — fishermen, dealers, scientists and regulators — gathered for the 15th Canadian-U.S. Lobstermen’s Town Meeting at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel in Portland. There they heard

  • Meetings set to discuss new whale rules

    Meetings set to discuss new whale rules

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) schedules dozens, if not hundreds, of aquaculture scoping sessions, public hearings and informational meetings covering a variety of issues around the state each year, but few of them are important as three community meetings DMR has scheduled for next month. Maine’s $485 million lobster industry is

  • Boatbuilders’ best on display

    Boatbuilders’ best on display

    PORTLAND — It must be spring. The Maine Boatbuilders Show is here. Opening Friday morning at the Portland Sports Complex on Warren Avenue, the 32nd annual event brings together boatbuilders, artisans, suppliers of marine goods and services and a host of organizations dedicated in one way or another to seagoing matters for three days of