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Patrick O’Halloran (left) and Garrett Moore met for the first time Tuesday evening in the Mitchell Park marina, hours after a joint effort to rescue six boaters and bring an out-of-control cigarette boat to a halt in the waters of Greenport Harbor. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Patrick O’Halloran (left) and Garrett Moore met for the first time Tuesday evening in the Mitchell Park marina, hours after a joint effort to rescue six boaters and bring an out-of-control cigarette boat to a halt in the waters of Greenport Harbor. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

No, a scene from a dramatic action movie wasn’t being filmed in Greenport Harbor on Monday. What happened was this: After six people were flung from a speeding powerboat that had turned sideways, two strangers who live on opposite sides of the bay played integral roles in rescuing the victims and ensuring safety in the harbor by bringing the runaway boat to a halt.  (more…)

09/22/12 5:26pm

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTOS | A performance by a troupe of pirates was one of the highlights of the first day of Greenport’s Maritime Festival.

Hundreds of people flocked to Greenport for the first full day of the annual Maritime Festival. After the kick-off parade and the traditional blessing of the waters, visitors enjoyed tours of the U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle and the privateer Lynx, a display of classic, ice and small boats, a pirate show and children’s activities.

The festival continues on Sunday with a dory race, a snapper fishing contest and the popular chowder contest.

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09/21/12 1:55pm
09/21/2012 1:55 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTOS | The Coast Guard barque Eagle tied up in Greenport.

There may be no shivering of timbers or 16 men on a dead man’s chest, but Greenport will be all about ships and the sea this weekend during the 23rd annual Maritime Festival, which will feature tall ships, antique boats and iceboats.

A flotilla of tall ships sailed past Bug Light in Orient and into Greenport Harbor Thursday aftenoon. Here for the festival are the privateer Lynx, a replica of a historic ship from the War of 1812; the U.S. Coast Guard’s barque Eagle and Zaida, one of the vessels in the Picket Patrol, which kept a lookout for enemy vessels during World War II.

The Maritime Festival is a fundraiser for the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation.

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Lynx was one of six vessels that sailed into Greenport Harbor over Memorial Day weekend in this year’s Tall Ships Challenge. It is also visiting ports along the East Coast to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

The 114-ton Lynx, launched in 2001 in Rockport, Maine, is an interpretation of the original, built in 1812 by Thomas Kemp in Fell’s Point, Md. — the same place the ship that inspired Pride of Baltimore II was launched.

The current Lynx is operated by a not-for-profit educational foundation based in Newport Beach, Calif. It was hired to train the cast and crew for the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

The 122-foot square top-sail schooner will hold daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Monday.

In addition to ship tours, there will be “sailaways” through the harbor will that will allow visitors to experience sailing on a tall ship and help the crew hoist the sails and steer the ship. Sailaways aboard Lynx will take place between 3 and 5 p.m. Friday through Monday.

Tickets for ship tours are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 3 to 12. Sailaway tickets are $65 for adults, $55 for seniors and active military and $35 for children ages 4 to 12.

Sailing tours from Mitchell Park Marina on schooner Samanthe will also be available on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Eagle is a German-made tall ship built in 1936 that was taken as a reparation by the U.S. following World War II. The 295-foot ship then sailed to its current homeport in New London, Conn., where it acts as a training vessel. Russell Drumm, author of “The Barque of Saviors: The History of the Eagle,” will talk about his book and sign copies Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Little Red Schoolhouse on Front Street.

Zaida, which was owned by George Ernest Ratsey, was used during the 1940s in the Picket Patrol — a part of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary made up of motor boats, yachts and other small craft. Mr. Ratsey was the great-grandfather of Greenport residents Jane Ratsey Williams and her brother Colin Ratsey.

Zaida is one of the last remaining yachts from the all-volunteer Picket Patrol — known as the “Hooligan Navy” — that patrolled the waters off of Long Island during the second World War.

Jack Fisher, 90, a resident of Peconic Landing in Greenport and a former member of the Hooligan Navy, has been selected as grand marshal for the festival’s opening parade, which steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday and heads south down Main Street and west on Front Street.

The traditional Land and Sea reception, sponsored by Greenport Harbor Brewery, will open the festival Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the East End Seaport Museum. Tickets are $30 each; $25 for museum members.

The Greenport Classic Yacht Regatta, as part of the Woodenboat Magazine series and sponsored by the not-for-profit group Sail Greenport and S.T. Preston & Son Chandlers, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Gardiners Bay.

On Sunday there will be a dory race, as well as snapper-fishing and chowder contests. The musical group Dunegrass will give a live performance in Mitchell Park from 1 to 3 p.m.

Throughout the two-day festival, 35 classic boats and iceboats — many antique — will be on display in the park. There will also be various street events as well as Captain Kidd’s Craft Alley, Kings of the Coast pirate shows and a Mitchell Park treasure chest.

Cruises to Long Beach Bar “Bug” Lighthouse are scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. each day of the festival. Last year was the first time in about a decade that the lighthouse was open to the public. The structure was built in 1990 to replace the original Bug Light, so named for the insect-like appearance of its spindly steel legs. That building was destroyed by arsonists on July 4, 1963.

The Greenport Maritime Festival will conclude Sunday with raffle drawings in Mitchell Park.

All proceeds from the festival will offset East End Seaport’s costs to maintain the Long Beach Bar Lighthouse.
Additional information is available at eastendseaport.org.

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09/16/12 2:00pm
09/16/2012 2:00 PM

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Crew members on the 125-foot Milk & Honey charter boat said they visited Greenport this month because they’d heard about the village’s quaintness and believed it would be a good place to wind down from the busy season.

This has been the year of big boats in Greenport Harbor. Very big boats.

At the beginning of summer six of the country’s largest sailing vessels tied up for the Tall Ships of America Challenge. Since then, a number of mega-yachts have found berths at Mitchell Park Marina.

Village administrator Dave Abatelli said more boats 90 feet or longer docked in Greenport this season than in previous years. And big boats mean big bucks for the village.

So far, the village has collected nearly $73,000 in docking fees from about 25 different yachts at the municipal pier.

“It has definitely been the best season in recent years,” Mr. Abatelli said. “We even had to turn away some big boats.”

Mr. Abatelli attributes Greenport’s success to marina manager Jeff Goubeaud, who advertised in various boating magazines and spread the word about Mitchell Park Marina while vacationing in Florida earlier this year.

Mr. Abatelli said some of the village’s luck stemmed from the fact that Sag Harbor’s private docks filled up fast this summer. The difference in permit fees between Greenport and Sag Harbor’s docks helped, too, he said.

Sag Harbor charges boaters about $6.50 per foot per night, Mr. Abatelli said, while Greenport charges $3 to $4.50 per foot per night. The village charges more for peak times, such as weekends and holidays.

Some boaters said they chose Greenport over the Hamptons because they wanted some rest and relaxation.

William Yingling, first officer of the 125-foot Milk & Honey charter boat, said his crew decided to visit Greenport this month because they’d heard about the village’s quaintness and believed it would be a good place to wind down from the busy season.

“We wanted to find someplace quiet,” Mr. Yingling said.

Judy Borten, who owns an 83-foot yacht named Jubilee with her husband, Bill, said her family has tied up in Greenport for the past several years.

“We have very dear friends who live here,” Ms. Borten said. “I like how Greenport is the quiet side of the Hamptons.”

Mr. Abatelli believes the Peconic Bay Water Jitney, the Greenport-Sag Harbor passenger ferry now in the final weeks of its first season, also added appeal for yacht owners.

“Most of the boaters have a Sag Harbor connection and like that they can kind of just scoot over there,” he said.

As the season wraps up, Mr. Abatelli said the village is planning to upgrade the marina’s electrical system to better accommodate more yachts next summer.

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