• Community rowing gains momentum

    Community rowing gains momentum

    BLUE HILL — Rowing, in one form or another, has been a part of maritime life for just about as long as human beings have plied the sea. Over centuries, fishermen and other mariners developed countless varieties of oar-driven small craft, each uniquely suited to its particular use and the sea conditions in which it

  • Circumnavigator visits Bar Harbor

    Circumnavigator visits Bar Harbor

    BAR HARBOR — Sitting on a town mooring easy conversing distance from the Shore Path last week was a 42-foot sloop with some stories to tell. Its owner, Eric Forsyth, has sailed around the world twice and received the Blue Water Medal from the Cruising Club of America. At 87 years old, he’s still logging

  • Ocean plastics are talk topic

    Ocean plastics are talk topic

    MOUNT DESERT — The Great Harbor Maritime Museum will host a program highlighting the problem of plastic in the ocean on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 4-5:15 p.m. Carey Donovan, an occasional docent at the museum and an active member of the Zero Waste Group with A Climate to Thrive, will show a couple of short

  • Newman’s legacy, and his boats, will sail on

    Newman’s legacy, and his boats, will sail on

    BAR HARBOR — “No one had a better personality, more energy or a better work ethic than Jarvis Newman,” said Ed Gray, a former business partner of the legendary boatbuilder who died Sept. 1 at the age of 84. He was living at Birch Bay Village in Bar Harbor after spending most of his life

  • Trojans host first fall regatta

    Trojans host first fall regatta

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School sailing team finished third of four teams Sunday in the first regatta of the PenBay League’s fall season. Due to recent cold spring seasons and other factors, the school made the switch this year to hold the official school sailing season in the fall. In recent

  • Oyster scoping session set

    BAR HARBOR — Matt Gerald of Western Bay Oyster Co. will hold a public scoping session Monday, Sept. 16 on a proposed aquaculture lease for suspended or bottom culture of oysters on a 3.36-acre site in Western Bay, off Old House Cove/Spruce Point. The scoping session is set for 6 p.m. in the Bar Harbor

  • Scallop season

    ELLSWORTH — A public hearing on proposed rules for the upcoming 2019-2020 Maine scallop season is set for Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. at Ellsworth City Hall. Under the rule proposal from the Maine Department of Marine Resources, daily possession limits of 15 gallons for Zone 2, which includes the waters around Mount Desert Island,

  • Sailing Leaderboard

    Sailing Leaderboard

    Northeast Harbor Fleet Labor Day Series for the Gray Trophy Aug. 31 – Sept. 1 The Fleet’s Labor Day series marks the end of the summer racing season. With IODs and Luders racing together, 18 boats stormed up Somes Sound Saturday morning in the first race. Wind between the mountains can be flukey, and the

  • Sunday fishing

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Marine Resources is reminding lobstermen that Sunday fishing is allowed beginning Sept. 1 each year, regardless of when the Labor Day holiday falls. Through Sept. 30, raising or hauling traps during the period one half hour after sunset until one half hour before sunrise is prohibited. For the month

  • Lobster industry group lays out objections to whale proposal

    Lobster industry group lays out objections to whale proposal

    KENNEBUNK — It’s not just that proposed federal rules intended to protect endangered right whales from entanglement with fishing gear will be expensive and difficult to implement, industry representatives say. It’s also that they won’t work. That’s the argument Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, made in a letter sent to NOAA