We usually begin our sailing season in early 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.
Read on and plan to join us.
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? 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 schedule our sails and take reservations not more than 2 weeks in advance. You can see the upcoming schedule in our Online Ticketing Section. You can either book online or give us a call at 978 281-6634 to make your reservations.
In addition to our two-hour public sails, we also offer several “Feature Sails.” Some are longer and offer dessert or music. Some offer pricing specials. Click on the link to read more:
We always have lots of fun on our Music Cruises and they always sell out, so remember to reserve your spots early! Click here to read more about the varieties of Music Sails we offer throughout the season.
Buy one ticket at the regular price and your second ticket is one-half off. (*You must pay in full for the higher priced ticket). Cannot be combined with any other discount. This Tuesday Special is available in July and August. Click here to learn more.
On our 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. sail on Saturday mornings in July and August, we offer a great deal for families: kids ages 16 and under sail for free. Each kid must be accompanied by an adult. Each adult must pay the full fare of $35 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. Join us, have some family fun and SAVE. Click here to learn more.
We try to schedule a sail to watch the fireworks in Gloucester whenever it’s possible. In 2018, 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, and we serve a delectable variety of finger desserts. Sweet! And, you’re sure to have a great seat onboard for viewing the fireworks over the water! Tickets are $70/person and include a variety of yummy desserts. Call us at (978) 281-6634 to reserve your spots, as these sails always sell out. Click here to learn more.
Every year we race in the Gloucester Schooner Festival Race, held on Labor Day weekend. Upwards of twenty schooners participate every year. The good news is that we take passengers with us in the Race. Plan to join us onboard on Labor Day, Sunday, September 2, 2018 for the 34th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival Race. We guarantee a fabulous day! And there is no better way to see the schooners up close! Click here to learn more.
Want an adventure? Join us for a stargazing sail. We leave Gloucester at 9:00 p.m. and sail out to where the sky is big and dark. We’ll bring a local astronomer with us to help explain what we are seeing in the night sky. Bring a blanket to snuggle in, since you’ll be out til 11:00 p.m. Fabulous!
We try to schedule a sail under the full moon in the summer whenever it’s possible. What could be better than a romantic sail onboard a beautiful schooner under the full moon? Well, how about if we serve dessert as a bonus? Sweet! Call us at (978) 281-6634 to reserve your spots. Click here to learn more.
Are you a Cape Ann local, summer resident, or T.E.L. VIP member, and always been curious to learn more about how we sail the Lannon? These sessions are for you!
This training progression is designed both for participants to begin developing new skills and knowledge, or build upon prior sailing experience. Great for folks with some small boat experience looking to step up to a larger vessel. Or, if you’re brand new to sailing–don’t worry! We’ll help you start from where you’re at to get you going. You can sign up for any one individual class session, or the full 4-class progression.
Primary topics for these sessions will focus on skills used for handling the vessel. Each class will start with an introduction and demonstration of the skills, participants will practice execution with coaching, and receive feedback based on effectiveness and safety.
Each class will build on the previous one, with a review of any important information for those attending just a single class. We will follow the scheduled progression as closely as possible as weather conditions and safety permit. If you’re a beginner considering participating in just one class, we would encourage you to start with the earlier July class on Sail Trim and Line Handling. Please come ready for weather with rain gear, sun protection, and warm layers as necessary. A small waterproof notebook may be useful to take notes, but isn’t required.
July 15 — Introduction to Line Handling and Sail Trim
July 22 — Refined Sail Trim and Maneuvering
August 5 — Coastal Navigation
August 12 — Vessel Handling
Since the Thomas E. Lannon was built in 1997 we’ve been striving to provide the best possible experience for locals and tourists alike to get out on the waters of our homeport in Gloucester.
But for us, the story starts before that.
It starts at places like Conomo or Halibut Point, Walker Creek, or Folly Cove. The Essex or the Annisquam. Before the Lannon, were various other boats and other craft we found to get on the water—Marshall Cats, lobster boats, sailing dingy’s, dories, sea kayaks, surfboards, fish totes (yes, seriously fish totes…)
Before that we learned to swim and explored the rocky shoreline picking mussels, or cruised the mud flats digging clams. We chased crabs and skipped stones, spent entire days poking under seaweed covered rocks, and playing at the beach… We’ve spent virtually our whole lives on the Cape Ann coast pursuing activities in the marine environment, and we love it—it’s who we are, and we’ve learned a lot along the way.
Sailing a vessel like the Thomas E. Lannon has been a rewarding and educational experience for us over the years. It has enriched our lives in ways that are sometimes difficult to describe. It has provided us with a sense of place and history; an opportunity to know Gloucester intimately.
To enroll, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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)||$27.50|
|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.