Some wondeful photgraphs by Ed Collard, of the 2012 Gloucester Schooner Festival.
The picture reafirms Ed Boyntons commitment to get Sugar Babe to the fesival.
Minus a lower leg and a wheelchair user since a spinal trauma, Ed Boynton is not disabled, dismayed or discouraged.
The welder and former commercial fisherman with a caustic wit and indomitable spirit has been busy this week at Rose’s shipyard painting his two masted schooner Sugar Babe so the vessel will look the part of a respectable entrant to Gloucester’s Schooner Festival at the end of the month.
Sailor Boynton acquired his Babe in 2006 and sailed her in that year’s festival, but in April 2007, he suffered a catastrophic injury to his spine. He fell backwards about five feet one day, and when he hit, his spine took the brunt of the impact, compressing thorasic vertebrae 8, 9, 10, in the middle of the back.