Bay Lady II

Schooner Bay Lady II, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Schooner Bay Lady II, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Described as the “hometown schooner” in the 2014 Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta program, Bay Lady II was built in 1984 by Washburn & Doughty Associates in Woolwich, Me. She is 56 feet long, with an overall sparred length of 73 feet, and operates as a chartered passenger vessel. Capt. Robert Burns, the owner, has been a licensed captain for almost 50 years. He started sailing at 16 with Capt. Justin Avellar aboard the schooner Hindu. For 17 years, he owned and sailed the wooden schooner Olad. That is — until he saw Bay Lady II sailing in Frenchman Bay in Maine. “I went up, took one look, and put down a small deposit,” Burns told Mary-Jo Avellar. The captain’s wife, Kathleen (Laffin) Burns, is a former crew member. Their boy Jack is a lobsterman and oysterman in town.


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