With the exception of a stubborn fog that didn’t lift until 10 a.m., the
elimination races to determine who will compete against the Canadians in
two weeks went off at Niles Beach this past Saturday smoothly. Committee
members and rowers alike were patient and rewarded with a beautiful day.
In the junior race, Kyle Edmonds and Joe Ciolino showed poise under
pressure. Their stroke was in perfect sync and their course true.
Unfortunately they faced the older and stronger crew of Randy Parisi and
Kyle Lucido. Randy and Kyle had a near perfect course and beat the
younger crew handily. They will go on to face a pair of youngsters from
Prince Edward Island in the North Channel in two weeks.
In the Women’s race, Katherine Richmond and Laurie King won the right to
represent the U.S. by beating Laurel Tarantino and Renee Ludwick by a
substantial margin. Laurel and Renee rowed extremely well considering it
was there first race as a team, but the training and experience of
Katherine and Laurie was overwhelming.
Mark Duval and Joe Sanfilippo successfully defended their title in the
Masters class. Jim Tarantino and Dave Quinn powered out to an early lead
with Lenny Billante and Jay Prince hot on their heels. Mike Harmon made
an impressive showing, with new-comer Mark Harmon (Mike’s cousin)
working hard to keep the pace of the other more experienced crews. Duval
and Sanfilippo outclassed the field with a superior turn and smooth
stroke to pull away for the win.
The Open class had two winners who will face off tonight at Niles Beach
(6 p.m.) in a final race that has every indication of being a dogfight!
Jerry Ciamarataro and Ray D’Amico showed Championship form, defeating
the strong crews of Chris and Vito Giacalone (brothers) and Nick and Joe
Giacalone (nephew and uncle).
Erik Dombrowski and Glenn Harrington motored out to an early lead and
never looked back, to defeat the powerful tandem of Geoff Thomas and
In the final race of the day, the Mixed Doubles, Laurel Tarantino used a
long power stroke to pull her husband Jim to a narrow victory over the
strong crews of Geoff Thomas and Molly Griffin, and Vito Giacalone and
As usual, the day was ended with friendship and comraderie at a
most-excellent pool party hosted by the Thomas family!
Thanks to all the rowers and members who came and supported them!
All members and friends are invited to the reception for the Canadian
entourage, Thursday, June 19th at the St. Peter’s Club, 6 p.m.
All members and friends are invited to the International Dory Races,
June 21st, 8 a.m. in the North Channel of Gloucester Harbor
House following the International Races.
Skip Levielle, Kenny Joyce, Damon Cummings, Jack Alexander, Hillary
Frye, Marge Robertson, Ralph Martin and crew, Sue and Lisa Thomas
James A. Tarantino, President
International Dory Race Committee
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