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Oarmaster’s Cup & dory removal From the International Dory Racing Committee

It’s time to compete for the Oarmaster’s Cup.

This Sunday, October 11th at 10 AM the International Dory Racing Committee will hold the annual Oarmaster’s Cup Race (solo dory race) to crown the best single dory rower  in the land.  All members are welcome to compete, and the public is welcome to attend the races for some exciting waterfront entertainment!

The course will start off the end of the dock at Maritime Gloucester and travel out around Ten Pound Island, then back to the start (approximately 1.75 miles).  The race dories are provided by the IDRC, but unlike the other races, this race allows individual rowers to compete head to head in a time trial with the best time winning rights to the Cup.  Refreshments will follow the races offering a chance for the winner to soak up the admiration of his peers.  Don’t miss this battle of skill and endurance on the water in Gloucester Harbor.
The following weekend, Saturday, October 17th at 9:00 AM, we need members to help out pulling the race dories for the season.  We will meet at Eastern Ave. Self Storage (bring a trailer if available) and we will proceed to the GHS boat ramp to load up the 4 race dories and return to the tent for the winter.  Many hands make light work (especially nesting a couple 800# dories), so please mark your calendars for the 17th.

Len Robertson ’11 & ’13 with Erik Dombrowski ’14 and the coveted Ormaster’s Cup.

Next weekend is Cyclecross weekend

Saturday and Sunday there will be lots of fun going on in Gloucester. The Annual CycleCross Races at Stage Fort Park. Please follow the links below to see more information. 27, 2014 097m-continues-support-as-technical-sponsor

GHS Football Team -Thursday Night Dinner


Gloucester High School Football Team enjoys a Thursday Night Dinner at one of the parents home every week.

This week Gloucester Hosts Beverly High Friday Night





Grand Prix coming to Gloucester

September 27, 2014 what a day for Super CrossFrom FOB Paul Boudreau

Please check out the links below.

If you would like to volunteer please also check out the link below.

Thanks all and see you there.




Recap of August International Dory Races 2015.

Saturday, August 22, 2015, Lunenburg, NS
International Dory Races

It was a great day of racing this past weekend with good match ups in all divisions, that are gaining momentum each year.  US women’s team Amanda Palazzola and Lindsey Rogers in their 2nd year of dory racing competed in a close race to the very end losing out to arguably one of the best Canadian women’s teams of all time (Kath Moore & Gail Atkinson).  The Junior men’s category showed two teams with similar boat speed but the Canadian’s John Ernst & Jack Smith navigated a superior course to a win over Tyler Edmonds and Thomas Beaton.  I believe both of these teams will have 1 final year competing against one another in the Junior category.  The US mixed team’s 18 year old Lily Jean Sanfilippo broke an oar on the start in her very first race.  She was pretty rattled and had to row with unfamiliar gear, but made the US team and her partner Bill Edmonds proud with a valiant effort.  Canada’s newly paired mixed team Danette Eden/Willy Wells looked like they had rowed together for years, and  with superior course navigation and composure, they powered to a victory.  The Over 50 match-up pitted last year’s US contenders Alex Thomas/Donny Favaloro against Canadian living legend Walter Nickerson (with 5 decades of experience and too many wins to keep track of) & 8 year dory mate and equally successful Danny Moody.  There are not too many 50+ or younger who would like to see Walter and Danny line up beside them in a dory.  As expected, Walter & Danny piled up another win for the Canadians despite the heart felt efforts of the Americans.  And, in the final race of the day 3 time International Champs Glenn Harrington/Erik Dombrowski faced off with 5 time consecutive International Champs Joel George/Markus Schmidt.  After a close race to the turning flag, the Canadian team executed a perfect approach and turn gaining a lead and extending it back to the finish line.  Joel and Markus are excellent rowers with an unmatched work ethic in the dory, showing all the teams in the event the passion and dedication it takes to dominate dory racing.

A great day of racing in front of a good sized crowd after a very foggy start on picturesque Lunenburg Harbour was capped off by an afternoon/evening of camaraderie with US and Canadian rowers and friends rekindling long time friendships, swapping rowing stories and challenging each other with future competition to determine who has the world’s best dory rowers.  Don’t miss the 2016 June International Dory Races in Gloucester, MA.

Best wishes and a sincere thank you to CDRA and the Nova Star for making this event possible, pleasurable, and exciting for all participants and fans.  With all of your help, we have continued a 53 year tradition born out of schooner dory fishing heritage and national pride.

Team USA takes some time off from rowing to see the cliffs & caves at the famous Ovens Park.

The 39th running of the Magnolia Road Race Is Next week!


Hi Joey,

We are pleased to announce the 39th running of the Magnolia Road Race to benefit the Magnolia Library Center next Saturday morning. This year, the great Joe Nadeau Band featuring Sandy Peek will perform right on Lexington Ave at the finish line.

The traditional kid’s 1K Fun Run will begin at 8:30AM followed by the USATF approved 5K Road Race at 9:15 AM.  The 1K Fun Run route will follow Norman Ave. to Shore Road to Hesperus Ave. to Lexington Ave. and finishing at the Library. The 5K road race map below outlines the route and streets that could be affected between 8:30AM and 10:15AM.  Senator Bruce Tarr will officially start the 5K while Cape Ann Savings Bank EVP and Team Gloucester running legend Bob Gillis will kick off the 1K.

Still Time to Register To Run: It is easy to register any of the following ways:

· On-line at  ($25 or $20 for Magnolia Residents; $5 for the kids fun run)

· If you choose to register on race day, please be certain to show up well before race time. ($30 race day)

We hope you can run our classic 5K (3.1 miles) race or come out to cheer on the runners! Race day registration is in the Library. The starting line is at 1 Lexington and Norman in front of the Library Center.

All are welcome to join in the Library’s pancake breakfast and Gloucester Police touch a truck!  Kids get free pancakes and entry to the Library’s Bouncy House as part of their 1K entry fee.

Sponsors:  The race committee could not be more pleased by the generosity  of our sponsors this year.  Led as always by the Cape Ann Savings Bank, we are so grateful to the following companies:

Cape Ann Savings Bank, Machine Tech., Inc., Extreme Truck & Auto, O’Hara Industrial Service

Manchester Athletic Club, Bass Rocks Golf Club, Shannah Montessori School, Jennifer’s Hair Studio and Spa, LUX Realty Group

Magnolia’s, Building Center, Rooter Man, Freedom Fitness, Hiltz Disposal, Lee Pasture Farms, The Joe Nadeau Band

Daymark Solutions, Cape Ann Auction, Magnolia 525 Tavern, Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shoppe, JPL Landscaping

Good Morning Gloucester, Jungle Stuff, Palazola’s Sporting Goods

For Safety the Following Roads will be Closed During the Event:

Norman Avenue, from Ocean Ave to Dalton Ave ( 8:25AM-8:35AM; 9:10AM-9:20AM)

Lexington Avenue, from Hesperus Ave. to Norman Ave. (8AM to 10:45AM)

Magnolia Avenue from Magnolia Square to Western Ave. (approx. 9:25AM to 10:10AM)


PS: We are still looking for race volunteers.  If interested, please reach out to


Blackburn Challenge Outrigger Canoe Video

Hi Joey,
My lovely wife, Mary Kay, Cindy Perry and Scott Tyrrell paddled a 4-person outrigger canoe in last week’s Blackburn Challenge. We belong to Boston Outrigger Racing Association and our club was well represented in this year’s event. The 4-person outrigger is called “The Duke” and had a couple of GoPro’s running. As you know, the seas were big and there was plenty of adventure! Our “ama” or outrigger filled up with water and we had to drain it on the beach in Gap’s Cove. We had a terrific race and hope Good Morning Gloucester enjoys our video!

Pre-Blackburn Challenge Outrigger Canoe Video From Scott Ide

Hi Joey,
Yesterday, my wife, Mary Kay, Cindy Perry, Scott Tyrrell and I paddled an outrigger canoe from Salem, MA to Corliss Landing on the Annisquam to get a 15+ mile practice in before next week’s Blackburn Challenge.  We made this a one-way journey from where our club Boston Outrigger Racing Association keeps our canoes in Salem so that we can have the boat near Blackburn Challenge’s race start.  Here’s a short video clip of the adventurous sea conditions somewhere past Kettle Island.

International Dory Races Schedule of Events for June Races 2015


Pick up your 2015 dory rowing shirts Race side at the Jodrey State Fish Pier this Saturday at 10 AM!

Schedule of Events for June Races 2015

Thursday, June 18th, 6:30 pm – Canadian Reception

       At: St. Peter’s Club

*All committee members are welcome to attend and greet the Canadian rowers.

Saturday, June 20th, 10 am – International Dory Races

       Versus Nova Scotia, Canada

       At: Jodrey State Fish Pier

*Open to the public.

Saturday, June 20th, 12 noon – Awards Banquet

       At: Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center

*All committee members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Thank You!

Your International Dory Committee’s Board of Directors

MAGNOLIA ROAD RACE – June Registration Special

MAGNOLIA ROAD RACE – June Registration Special

Magnolia Road Race Committee is pleased to announce our 39th annual 5K and 1K Fun Run will be held on Saturday August 29.

Good Morning!

The Race Committee is pleased to announce our 39th annual 5K and 1K Fun Run will be held on Saturday August 29. 

We hope you will join us again this year and bring the entire family to Lexington Avenue for a morning of fun and competition.  As an early enticement, we are offering a third off the 5K race day fee if you sign up before the end of June.  You will find the registration link with more information at

The 1K kids Fun Run is still $5.00 and includes entry to the pancake breakfast.  All kids get a medal for participating.

There are cash prizes for the 5K and its first 100 entries will get a free running shirt.  These are always long gone by race day, so please register early. 

The Gloucester Police Department is again planning to have a touch-a-truck after the race.  The bouncy house was a huge hit last year and will be back. 

The Joe Nadeau Band will be performing live at the start and finish lines.  The band was killer last year and shouldn’t be missed whether you are running or not

Best Wishes

Randy O’Neil

Magnolia Road Race Committee

PS  Please let me know if you might be interested having your business help sponsor the race. We have been blessed by the support of the business community, and definitely promote our partners on the shirts and race day banner. 

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International Dory Races Saturday, June 20th 10 AM – Noon at Jodrey State Fish Pier

International Dory Races

Saturday, June 20th 10 AM – Noon at Jodrey State Fish Pier

Don’t miss your US Dory teams competing against Nova Scotia, Canada for the International Dory Championships next Saturday in historic Gloucester Harbor.  For over 60 years these famous fishing ports have been slugging it out behind the oars to determine the finest dory rowers now in 5 divisions: Men’s Open, Junior Men, Women, Master’s (Over 50) & Mixed Doubles.  This year’s US teams feature locals Dylan & Clayton Morrissey, Tyler Edmonds/Thomas Beaton, Lindsey Rogers/Amanda Pallazola, Mark Harmon/John Scola, and Lily Jean Sanfilippo/Bill Edmonds.  Enjoy a couple hours of family entertainment on the waterfront where past and present will converge in a battle of strength, skill and seamanship.

See you there!

Travel aboard the Nova Star, the official travel sponsor of the IDRC & CDRA to Nova Scotia with team USA in August (10th – 31st) and receive a 10% discount when mentioning promo code “Dory” when booking your trip.

Sport the latest IDRC gear for sale at the races or on-line at Thank you Cape Ann Savings Bank our Team US race shirt sponsor!

Meg Colby, 7th grader At O’Maley Earns 3 Gold Medals At The Special Olympics!

Joey, hope all is well.   Would you post this about one of our Special Olympics Athletes:

Meg Colby, 7th grader from the O’Maley School. Has been swimming for the New England Aquatics Special Olympics earning 3 gold medals in qualifiers, 100m freestyle, 50m back stroke and the anchor leg for the 4×4 deadly relay team. Her older sister Marybeth a student at GHS has been a coach for 3 years dedicated to younger swimmers and Dad Brian coaches a mens swim team.   

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Here is a picture of Meg in action – Backstroke

Submitted by Thom Falzarano

Lennie Merullo finds David Cox


Lennie recently passed away at the age of 98 (May 5, 1917 – May 30, 2015), during his 50 years of scouting for the MLB, he found David Cox, see Newspaper clipping from Gloucester Times, stating that while scouting in the New England area. He had come to watch Gloucester’s Frankie Destino and Lynn English’s Johnny Hyde, but found in the midst David Cox.

“This Cox boy is a smooth operator, and looks like he can hit” said Lennie. “He’s a senior, you say? Looks like a good collge prospect to me. Has the arm, the speed and the power. One of the best boys I’ve seen this season”.



David continues to show his passion for sports through his photography of local Gloucester High School Sports, and published here on GoodMorningGloucester. David’s GMG Posts


Dory elimination final results, Monday evening June 1, 2015

Damon Cummings submits-

Open division finals, one mile course off Niles beach at 6 pm Monday June 1, 2015
Dylan and Clayton Morrissey 9:57
Jimmy Tarantino and Joe Comminelli 10:08
Vito Giacalone and Mike Mitchell 10:10
There was a strong NE breeze and intermittent rain and fog but they raced in the lee of Eastern Point so waves and wind were not bad until way out.
The race was close as you can see from the times and the lead changed several times. The Morrisseys will be going to Canada in the end though.

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