19 Ryder Street Extension

19 Ryder Street Extension, Provincetown (2009), by David W. Dunlap.John E. Bennett Memorial Pier

The name of this small pier commemorates Capt. John E. Bennett (1941-2002), the chairman of the town Conservation Commission, owner and skipper of the schooner Hindu and founder of the Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta and Yacht Race. Born in Medford, Bennett was in the first graduating class of the Cape Cod Community College, founded in 1961. Having raced the Hindu in the Gloucester Schooner Festival, Bennett was inspired to organize a like event in Provincetown, where he lived.

Less than three months before the first regatta in 2002, he had a heart attack aboard his boat in Dennis. He died at Cape Cod Hospital. (Sally Rose, “Bennett Dies Aboard Hindu,” The Provincetown Banner, 27 June 2002.) “Although Captain Bennett did not live to see his dream come to fruition … the committee that he had formed hosted the inaugural regatta that September in his honor,” the regatta’s Web site says. “All who participated in this effort were inspired by Captain Bennett’s passion for sailing, his love of historic schooners and his philosophy that good fellowship and good times are an important part of everyone’s life.” • Map ¶ Posted 2013-08-25

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