H.A. Burnham Boatbuilding, Essex, MA
 

Historical Essex

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum tells the story of a small New England village that built more two-masted wooden fishing schooners than any other place in the world.

Preserving the history of the wooden shipbuilding industry, an integral part of the economy and culture in New England and the United States since the 1630s, the Museum maintains one of the best maritime collections in the region.

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The Essex River Race is a 5.5+ mile open water event from the Essex River at Route 133 in Essex, MA out behind the barrier beaches of Ipswich and back.

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2009 Essex River Race

The popular Essex River race attracted a field ranging from paddleboards all the way up to six-person gigs. Over 129 craft and close to 200 racers competed. Race conditions were ideal - partly cloudy, temps in the 60s, and a nice southerly breeze to cool racers on the return leg.

The scenic race course follows the winding river out to Essex Bay and along the way passes saltwater farms, cottages, and fish shacks. The bay is dotted with forested islands and in the distance lie the white sand dunes of Cranes Beach.

JGTSCA entered two Avery Point dories in the race, one rowed by Sean Bercaw, and Phil Behney and John Hacunda rowed a second.

After the race, we enjoyed chowder and gumbo and shared the experience of a nice day on the water with fellow racers.

Movie Essex River Race Slideshow (10 Mb - click link to view)

Launching boats at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Launching boats at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Sean Bercaw waits at the start

Sean Bercaw waits at the start

Multi fixed seat boats start race

Phil Behney rows on the course

Phil Behney rows on the course

Boats race in Essex Bay

Boats race in Essex Bay

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