We have hosted lots of groups on the Schooner Lannon. We find that Seniors, students, and non-sailors alike love their time on the Lannon. Conveniently berthed at the Gloucester House Restaurant, the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon offers a safe, relaxing and fun way to spend some time on the beautiful waters of Cape Ann. A sail on the Lannon is not a “stand and stare” experience…help the crew raise the sails, take a turn at the wheel…this is hands-on and FUN!
We have been members of the American Bus Association and we love group travel! We were featured on the Travel Channel’s program “Fall Foliage in New England” as a fun activity when you’re in New England looking at the leaves.
Combine your sail with a visit to the Cape Ann Museum (three blocks away), the Essex Shipbuilding Museum (in neighboring Essex), or Maritime Gloucester (two blocks away), to extend the maritime theme of your sail on the Lannon. There is also great boutique shopping on Main Street (one block from us) offering no malls, no outlets…just an eclectic variety of interesting shops, galleries and eateries. Have you seen the Fisherman at the Wheel statue and the cenotaph listing the names of the men who failed to return from their fishing trips? How about the Fisherman’s Wife statue, to commemorate the other side of the story? Both are located along Stacy Boulevard, overlooking Gloucester Harbor. (Free). How about a tour of Beauport (the Sleeper-McCann House) or of Hammond Castle (home of inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr.)? We’re the locals. We are happy to help you put together a day in Gloucester that will make your group smile. Just ask.
We offer a special in fall for our foliage groups: Why not add a day in Gloucester to your New England foliage experience? Monday-Friday, from mid-Sept. to mid–Oct., we offer one-and-a-half-hour sails at a discounted rate for groups of 30 or more. Call us and we’ll work out a convenient time for your sail.
What’s the difference between a private charter and a group rate?
The main difference is this. If you opt for the group rate (30 or more people) and your group size is less than 49 (the capacity of the boat), we may sell additional tickets to other people for that sail. So, there may be people sailing with your group that you don’t know. There is no food on our public group sails. Group rates are usually, although not always, used by groups traveling by motorcoach.
If you charter the boat, your group will have the boat to yourselves. We can help you with catering, you can bring your own food, or we can serve you a lobsterbake with all the fixings. Since we charter by the hour, the number of guests you bring is up to you. We have actually chartered the boat to as few as 2 people, and to as many as 49. A private charter is a little bit more special. If you are trying to put on a party that is more of an event, a private charter is definitely the way to go.
Monday through Friday
Midweek Sunset Sail
Monday through Thursday
No group rates Friday through Sunday
Group rates are available on public sails, which range from one and a half-hours to two-hours.
Group rates are available with a minimum of 30 paid passengers. Maximum group size is 49 passengers. If your group size is less than 49, there may be other passengers onboard in addition to your group. Final head count must be received at least one week before your sail. A $100.00 deposit is required when your reservation is made. A 30-day cancellation notice is required for deposit refunds. Final payment is due on or before the day of your sail. Payment for the group must be made by one person.
We have multiple restaurants that work with bus groups, just ask for our list.
We have a liquor license, so you cannot bring your own alcohol onboard. We offer water, soft drinks, beer, ale, wine, prosecco, sparkling rosé, rum punch, and a selection of salty & crunchy snacks for sale onboard.