• Masterson, Stanley to talk lobster

    Masterson, Stanley to talk lobster

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Holly Masterson and John Stanley will give a talk about the Maine lobster industry Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. at the Manset Meeting House. The free public talk is organized by the Southwest Harbor Historical Society. Both Masterson and Stanley are Southwest Harbor-based lobstermen. Masterson also crews on a scallop dragger.

  • Boating under the influence

    Boating under the influence

    BOSTON — Operation Dry Water, the national campaign to prevent boating under the influence, will begin July 4, and law enforcement crews will be patrolling to ensure boaters are safe on the water. Alcohol use is the leading known factor in fatal boating accidents. The Coast Guard will be partnering with local law enforcement agencies

  • Sailing Leaderboard

    Sailing Leaderboard

    Southwest Harbor Fleet June Luders Series On Sunday, June 22, the sun was trying hard to dry out all the sogginess but as the atmosphere heated up, the thunderstorms started to blossom. A rather large event passed just to the east a little before scheduled start time and whisked away most of the northwest breeze

  • Coast Guard helps spouses

    Coast Guard helps spouses

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Coast Guard Tuesday announced it will begin reimbursing spouses of Coast Guard service members for qualified relicensing costs incurred by them due to the transfer of an active duty service member to another state or territory. The Coast Guard has roughly 2,500 working spouses of service members, 10 to 20

  • Johnston wins Hospice nationals

    Johnston wins Hospice nationals

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — The winner of the annual Hospice Regatta of Maine, hosted every year by the Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County and held in the Great Harbor of Mount Desert Island, qualifies to compete in the Hospice Regattas National Championship. Ned Johnston currently holds that title of Maine champion, at least until the next

  • Lasting Friendships

    Lasting Friendships

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Friendship sloops from along the Maine coast will converge on Southwest Harbor for the annual Southwest Harbor Rendezvous on July 13. The friendly race will be easily viewed from the shore. The distinctive gaff-rigged sloop design, originally used for lobstering, is named for the town of Friendship where the first of the

  • Racing begins

    Racing begins

    MOUNT DESERT — Summer fleet racing activities at the Northeast Harbor Fleet get underway this week; launch service began June 22. The Southwest Harbor Fleet began first, a June Saturday series for the Luders class was set for June 22 and 29. Sunday, June 30 is the first race in the cruising class MDI Series

  • Training the trainers

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center hosted a four-day intensive sailing instructor training last week. Twelve student sailors from all over Maine participated in the US Sailing Level One Instructor course, which qualifies them to work as sailing instructors at camps, yacht clubs and other organizations. Trainer Stephen Gay led the

  • 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