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The object of the Association is to foster, promote and encourage the enjoyment, traditions, and preservation of schooners by supporting individuals and organizations that are in sympathy with our object, by maintaining a record of these vessels past and present, and by coordinating a program of racing and cruising.
The American Schooner Association, founded in 1972, is a national organization whose members are owners of schooners, sailors and other individuals and organizations interested in preserving and promoting the virtues of the schooner rig. Membership is granted to all applicants in sympathy with the purposes of the Association. The Association produces a Newsletter titled Wing & Wing for all members and holds its annual meeting at Mystic Seaport, in Mystic, Connecticut, usually around the first week in February. Our membership is actively engaged in building, restoring and sailing these wonderful vessels. We encourage all individuals with similar interests to join us and help us grow (click here to join by mail or use our secure online payment system).
The Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta will kick off with the Gloucester to Provincetown Challenge for the Fishermen's Cup Tuesday morning, Sept. 2. This race is Handicapped and has a cash prize. Wednesday is a restful day either in Provincetown or feel free to offer a charter.
In South Australia on the American River a group of volunteers intends to build a replica of the schooner Independence. The original was built as a support vessel for a Stonington, CT brig on Kangaroo Island in 1803.
From Daisy Nell (chair, Gloucester Schooner Festival, Essex, MA): We've been schooner-less for 8 years, but are now back inthe game, or gam, I should say. We've just bought the brigantine schooner Redbird, at 32' on deck, designed by Bruce Bingham, and built by Norman Bonenberger, in California in 1982. We bought her from his son, Cary, who has a wonderful boatyard in Portsmouth, VA.
Barry O'Brien's video interview with three infamous schooner captains
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