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Dory Raffle Last Night At The Heritage Center

Last night the Dory Raffle was held at The Maritime Heritage Center.  The International Dory Rowers Organization is full of very committed and friendly people who volunteer time and energy to continuing this great Gloucester tradition.

One of the best things about this group is their commitment to bringing regular folks who might otherwise not have any real connection or financial way to get out on Gloucester Harbor a way to really feel connected to it.

I know I’ve said it a million times but for a measly $50 you get to use the boats all year long.  It’s the best bang for your buck in the the whole city.

Katherine Richmond conceived the idea to have an authentic handline dory built and to sell raffle tickets which would help pay for some of the costs to keep this tradition alive.  Geno Mondello donated his time to build the dory.

A FOB, Brian the creator of the Brooklyn Blog A Movable Bridge drove all the way from Brooklyn yesterday to be on hand for the raffle in which he was sure he was going to win.

Great Gloucester People Doing Great Gloucester Things.

I have about four clips from last night which I’m in the process of uploading.

For now you can check out this video which was taken this past winter of Geno building the dory-

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Here is the completed Dory-


Katherine Richmond Painting The Handline Dory For The Raffle

The Handline Dory That The International Dory Racing will be raffling off is being painted here by Katherine Richmond. Of course the dory is being painted Dory Buff, the traditional dory color.  If you don’t have your raffle tickets yet click this text to find out where how to win Tickets are only $5

Geno Mondello’s Dory Shop Whirlygigs

Geno sells these for $55.  A bargain for something hand crafted, painted, and local.  It’s even painted the official colors of the Lunenberg/Gloucester Dorys. There was one left last week so hurry down and get it!  Look for the last part of the Geno Mondello interviews coming tonight.

Geno Mondello’s Dory Shop-The Knees Of The Dory

Inside the dory the knees are placed as a frame.  It is interesting to note as Geno told me in the first part of our video interview that the knees are made from the tree trunk.  The tree trunk has a natural bend when it enters the earth which lends strength to where the curve is going to be on the inside of the boat.

Geno Mondello’s Dory Shop, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Geno Mondello’s Dory Shop

I stopped by Geno’s Dory Shop at The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center yesterday.  Geno is currently working on a 17 foot hand line dory which will be auctioned off to benefit the Gloucester International Dory Race Organization.  The money raised through the raffle will be used to build more dorys.  Last year there were four dories and by the end of this year there will be eight.  The sport is just taking off thanks to the likes of Jimmy Tarantino, Glen Harrington, Katherine Richmond, Skip Levielle, and Kirk Dombrowski along with many other volunteers..

Look for my three part video series with Geno starting tomorrow which talks about the origins of dory racing, different types of dorys and how they are built and other surprises.

Geno Mondello’s Dory Shop, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Lazy Daizy Restoration Project Update 10/9/08

Well folks, it’s been a long while since we’ve updated you on the Lazy Daizy Restoration Project.  It looks like things have gone from bad to worse as now the wheelhouse is off and she is completely exposed to the elements.

What a disaster.

Let this be a lesson for you folks.  Don’t do what this guy did.  Buy something that can either be easily maintained, or a boat that has already been restored to a reasonable condition.

Later in the day- The Lazy Daizy Restoration Project Slide Show.

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