Usually we begin our sailing season around Mothers Day weekend in May, offering two-hour public sails on weekends throughout May and June. Starting in late June, we begin to offer daily public sails, sometimes as many as three or four trips a day, throughout July and August.
After Labor Day, we again offer public sails on weekends through mid- October. There may be an occasional exception where we have a midweek sail that we open up to the public. You can check our schedule here.
Please note that we offer private charters and group trips seven days a week throughout our entire season. Got an event coming up? Think you might like to charter the boat for a private sail? Book now to be sure to get your date.
Sit back and relax or help the crew raise the sails as we head out through Gloucester’s working harbor and along her rocky coastline. See lighthouses, castles, scenic beaches, and magnificent waterfront homes. Breathe the clean salt air and feel the wind as it fills the schooner’s sails. Join us on a two-hour public sail and feel your stress disappear.
Since most people enjoy the quiet of sailing, we do not have a narrator onboard. The crew is happy to answer questions you may have, so feel free to ask about anything you see that interests you.
We do have a liquor license and offer beer, wine, rum punch and soft drinks for sale at reasonable prices. Because of our license, carry-on liquor of any type is not allowed. We have a variety of salty crunchy junk food for sale as well.
We always have lots of fun on our Music Cruises and they always sell out, so remember to reserve your spots early! On select Friday and Saturday evenings this summer and fall we will be offering a spectacular ride. Featuring a variety of local talent pickin’ guitars and playin’ bagpipes, mandolins, whistles, fiddles, banjos & even an accordion, our Music Sail is always a night to remember. A variety of Celtic, bluegrass and folk music, a sea chantey or two, sometimes even some classical music will be performed. Always unpredictable, always FUN!
Some of the regulars include: Greg Morrow (bagpipes), Laura Ritchie (accordion), Jim Lounsbury (violin, keyboard), Allen Estes (guitar and harmonica), Chick Marston and Ellen Ford, aka Chick and Ellen (guitars, banjo), Jay and Laurie Keefe and Dana King from Old Cold Tater (fiddle, guitar, bass, mandolin), Tom Eaton from Pick 3 (guitar), Paco Ekstrom (accordion and concertina) and usually a few other surprise performers.
Usually about 8-10 musicians are onboard. Great fun is guaranteed. Join us in 2016 for a fun night.
Put a Lannon Music Sail on your Bucket List for next season and join us. You can see some video clips from our music sails on the Lannon facebook page by clicking here, then scrolling down.
And if Celtic music is your thing, you’ll want to join us for a Celtic Music Sail with Michael O’Leary and Friends, a variety of Celtic musicians and singers. Join us for an afternoon or evening sail of ‘craic’ – that’s Irish for FUN! Totally Celtic, totally enjoyable. This sail that will undoubtedly be a highlight of your season. Tickets for these sails usually sell out, so reserve your spaces early next season.
You can see a few video clips via our facebook page by clicking here.
Buy one ticket at the regular price and your second ticket is one-half price. You must pay in full for the higher priced ticket. This cannot be combined with any other discount. This is a popular day, so we do suggest that you book ahead.
When you buy one ticket at its regular full price, your second ticket is half-price. Applies for everyone in your group.
In July and August we offer a great deal for families: On our Saturday morning sail, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon, kids ages 16 and under sail for free. Each kid must be accompanied by an adult. Each adult must pay the full fare for his or her ticket. No other discounts apply. Sorry, you can’t bring a whole gang of kids, unless you bring a matching gang of adults. It’s a great deal for families. The Captain will let the kids have a turn at the wheel and the crew will teach some fancy knot work. Join us, have some family fun and SAVE.
Gloucester loves fireworks! We schedule a sail to watch the fireworks in Gloucester whenever it’s possible. Fireworks are scheduled on the third of July, and on the Saturday night of Schooner Race weekend (September 1st).
We usually go for a short sail at sunset. Then as we are heading back into the harbor, we serve a variety of delectable finger desserts. Sweet! And, you’re sure to have a great seat onboard for viewing the fireworks over the water! Call us at (978) 281-6634 or book online here to reserve your spots, as these sails always sell out.
Last summer we had an adventure on the Lannon. We headed out to where the sky is big and dark to watch the Perseid meteor showers. There was no moon that night to obscure the stars. A sail on a big schooner out to see the stars, how fun!
Local astronomer Virginia Renehan, from the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club, joined us and gave us some tips about what we were seeing. She is an encyclopedia of knowledge about the night sky and she is fabulous about sharing her information.
We all learned a lot and had an amazing nighttime sailing adventure.
We hope to be able to offer a stargazing sail next season. Stay tuned.
We offer these trips just a few select evenings during the summer season when the moon is full. Plan to make reservations for a romantic night out. A sail in the moonlight with your honey…what could be better?
A beautiful night with a big moon and a nice breeze. What fun!
Every year we race in the Gloucester Schooner Festival Race, held on Labor Day weekend. The good news is that we take passengers with us in the Race. Plan to join us onboard on Labor Day weekend for the 34th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival Mayor’s Race. Racing is the best way to see the big schooners up close! No matter if there is a lot of wind or hardly any breeze at all, it is always a fabulous day.
Some years we have had to turn away people who wanted to join us for Race Day, many of whom have sailed with us in previous races. Save yourself some anxiety and sign up early.
Here’s the deal: Passengers will board the Lannon at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning, while Captain Heath and Captain Tom are at the Captains meeting getting the course for the race and any other final details. We leave the dock by 10:00 a.m. The Parade of Sail begins near Cape Pond Ice Co. at 10:30 a.m. All the schooners get their sails up and cruise by Stacy Boulevard for Daisy Nell’s introductions. It is a glorious sight to see.
The Parade then heads out through the outer harbor and past the Breakwater. The starting line is usually located just outside Dogbar Breakwater, off Eastern Point. The jockeying for position and strategizing for the start makes for an interesting time until the race begins, usually at 1:00 p.m. The Large and Medium Classes of Schooners start together (The Lannon is in the Medium Schooner class). The Small Schooners start a short time later.
After the exciting start, the rest of the day is spent trying to win the race. The crew is constantly adjusting sail, trying to tweak just a little more speed from the sail trim. The course might be north toward Rockport and back, or south toward Magnolia and Manchester. Weather conditions are different each year, so there is no way to plan for how things will turn out. But there are always tight turns to be made around the marks and it is always a lot of fun to witness first hand.
The highlight of the 2015 race was the start. We were near the front of the pack crossing the line. Suddenly, like a freight train, the beautiful new Columbia (all 141 feet on deck) came barreling up behind us and overtook us (and the rest of the field) like we were stalled. There were several close passings and lots of fabulous photo ops. A great race. We placed third in our class.
2014 was one of the more exciting races in which we’ve participated. There was a great breeze and lots of opportunities for fabulous pictures as the big schooners sailed about. We nailed the start and were the first schooner around the first mark. The excitement onboard was tangible as the crew strategized about position, wind direction, sail trim etc., constantly tweaking the sails to get a little more speed. The close action around the marks made for a really exciting race. We didn’t win, but we had more fun than anyone else!
If you plan to join us:
Bring your lunch, binoculars, and a bag with layers of clothing. Do not forget your camera! A hat, sunglasses, sunblock, polar fleece and a windbreaker are good to include. Because of our license, no carry-on liquor is allowed. But we do have beer, wine, rum punch and champagne available for sale. Soft drinks, bottled water and snacks are on us. You will be on the boat until the race is over, generally around 4:00-5:00 p.m., depending on the wind, so plan accordingly. If you think you will need an anti-nausea drug, we suggest you take something one-half hour before boarding. Bring a friend or come alone and make some new friends. Each year we welcome new faces and plenty of repeaters. Some are onboard to take pictures of the action, others are onboard to just watch the excitement. Some want to help out, others want to relax and observe. Whichever you prefer, it’s sure to be a great time. We would love to have you join us for 2018′s 34th Annual Schooner Festival. Have your camera ready. You will have lots of opportunities to get great shots. Call us anytime to reserve your spots.
Book your spaces here.
Our schedule sometimes changes, so we strongly suggest that you call ahead for reservations or book online with us.
To view photos of our sails, please see Our Gallery Page
|Kids (infant to 16)||$32.50|
|Kids (infant to 16)||$37.50|
Buy one ticket, get one at half-price.
One kid (infant to 16) per adult paying full fare.
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.