Caught in Irons, by Michael Wayne Santos

This 2002 book about the fishermen's races is written from the perspective of a history scholar with working class roots in New Bedford. The book came about from research work Dr. Santos did in 1993, on sabbatical at Mystic. It is a little hard to find; I discovered it at the Cape Ann Historical Museum in Gloucester, and this lead to inviting Dr. Santos to be the featured speaker at our Annual Meeting in Mystic February 4th.

Gulf of Maine Chapter

An ASA Gulf of Maine Chapter is in the process of being formed. If you are interested in joining the chapter please contact me at
Peter Thompson

Schooner Race Rant

I was thinking of the Gloucester race. I know this might not be everyone's opinion, but as someone with a slower boat ----- 36' in a 45' class, I figure I don't have a chance in hell in a reach/reach race with no handicap. That is all about the start and boat speed with a mark rounding or two. I personally wouldn't mind having a short windward part of the course, since outfoxing someone is the only way I could win.

In the news: Ernestina

The attached article concerning the future of the schooner Ernestina appeared in the Standard-Times on Wed., Jan. 11.

Cruise Report: Nathaniel Bowditch

My daughter Lauren is 1st Mate on Nataniel Bowditch. This article recently appeared in Orlando Sentinel.



I've been thinking about adding blogging functionality to this site, and have a test version up and running (for myself only at this point). For the benefit of those who are not familiar with blogging: a blog is an online journal, a place for a user to post about topics of particular interest to him- or herself.

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