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Photo, Print, Drawing Mayor's Cup Sailboat Race, Lowell, Massachusetts

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  • Mayor's Cup Sailboat Race, Lowell, Massachusetts


  • Taylor, David Alan, 1951- (Photographer)

Created / Published

  • September 19, 1987


  • -  Folklore--Massachusetts
  • -  Photographs
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Documentary photographs
  • -  United States -- Massachusetts -- Lowell


  • Photographs
  • Ethnography
  • Documentary photographs


  • -  Index data: All of these photographs depict activities related to the Mayor's Cup Sailboat Races sponsored by the Regatta Foundation and held on the Merrimack River -it Lowell, Massachusetts. (See LFP-DT-0919.A for related fieldnotes.) 1-2 Sign inside Regatta Foundation boathouse (also known as the Bellegarde Boathouse). It reads: "The Greater Lowell Regatta Festival Charitable Foundation was founded in May of 1974. In 1977, the Regatta boating program was established as a result of a bicentennial grant and local business support in order to provide recreational sailing, rowing, and canoeing for all residents of greater Lowell. The program was built through volunteer help and funds raised by the Foundation, past and continuing support of such organizations as Carpenters Local #49 Apprentice Training Program, The American Red Cross, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Heritage State Park, and the University of Lowell have brought this from a small program operating out of a floating office to entering its tenth year headquartered at the Bellegarde Boathouse." 3-5, Regatta Festival Committee official Xenophon "Zenny" Speronis (left), Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Coughlin (center), and Lowell Mayor Robert M. Kennedy prepare to present award to Ed McMahon; 6-8, Ed McMahon (right) is made honorary commodore of the Regatta by Speronis, Coughlin, and Kennedy; 9, Ray Freiwirth of Wang Labs (back to camera) and crewmate Tim Lowney receive trophy for finishing third in the Business Class race. Zenny Speronis is at left, Kevin Coughlin is in front of Freiwirth; 10-12, Ray Freiwirth and Tim Lowney receive Business Class third place trophy. Left-right: Zenny Speronis, Kevin Coughlin, Freiwirth, Lowney, Robert Kennedy; 13-15, Donald Pare of St. John's Hospital and David McCartney receive Business Class second place trophy. Left-right: Zenny Speronis, Kevin Coughlin, Pare, McCartney, Robert Kennedy; 16-18, Walter Luikey and Scotty Noyes of Holes Inc. receive Business Class first place trophy. Left-right: Zenny Speronis, Noyes, Kevin Coughlin, Luikey, Robert Kennedy; 19-20, Donald Pare and David McCartney hold Business Class second place trophy; 21, Donald Pare holds trophy as friends look on; 22, boats and spectators at the dock; 23, sign above entrance to dock area. It reads: "Greater Lowell Regatta Boating Program. Sponsored by the Regatta Festival Committee."; 24, Ray Freiwirth holds Business Class third place trophy; 25-26, Tim Lowney (left) and Ray Freiwirth with Business Class third place trophy; 27-28, Tim Lowney (left), Ray Freiwirth, and Ed Pignone with Business class third place trophy. (Pignone is one of Freiwirth's Wang Labs colleagues.); 29-33, spectators look at boats at the docks; 34, boats at the docks; 35, Donald Pare (left) and Ray Freiwirth with their trophies from the Business Class race; 36, boats at the docks.


  • 35 mm black-and-white film negatives

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Call number: AFC 1987/042: LFP-DT-233

Source Collection

  • Lowell Folklife Project collection (AFC 1987/042)


  • American Folklife Center

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Taylor, David Alan. Mayor's Cup Sailboat Race, Lowell, Massachusetts. Massachusetts United States Lowell, 1987. Photograph.

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Taylor, D. A. (1987) Mayor's Cup Sailboat Race, Lowell, Massachusetts. Massachusetts United States Lowell, 1987. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Taylor, David Alan. Mayor's Cup Sailboat Race, Lowell, Massachusetts. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.