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Dory Racing Season Begins This Saturday!


Elimination races to qualify to represent the US against Canada in the International Dory Races will take place this Saturday June 8th, 9:00 AM at Niles Beach in East Gloucester.  Racing teams must sign up Friday night 6:00 PM at St. Peter’s Square in Gloucester or email me before the 6:00 PM sign-ups to register (must be a member to compete).  We are hoping many teams will compete for the titles of Junior (men 18 and younger), Mixed Doubles (1 man/1 woman), Women (2 women), Masters (men over 40), and Men Open.  If you have never seen the dory races, please come down and check it out.  The last few years we have had very competitive races and some photo finishes.  If you are a former competitor and not racing, we could use some help timing, starting races and coordinating on the beach so please let me know if you can help out.

Best of luck to all competitors!



Going Strong at 60 By Tim Oakes- International Dory Race Eliminations Round-Up From Timmy Oakes

First Race

The International Dory Racing Committee kicked off its 60th season on Saturday with a loaded field of accomplished and determined veteran rowers looking to represent the city against rowers from Lunenberg, Nova Scotia on June 23rd.

The field of rowers that will represent the City against their Canadian counterparts in the North Channel of the Inner Harbor of the semi-annual international rowing event is almost set.  Representing the City will be Lenny Billante/Jay Prince (Master), Denise Desautels/Edie Wald-Smith (Women), Randy Parisi/LJ Robertson (Junior) and Jimmy and Laurel Tarantino (Mixed).  The winning tandem from Monday night’s Men’s Division final will complete the field.

Counter to recent rends, the Men’s Division kicked off the day’s races with nine crews looking to secure a spot in Monday’s final heat. Each of the three-boat elimination heats were filled with past international dory champions.

While the rowers and the races usually provide the highlights for the day, Mother Nature certainly played a role as the day’s races were made more difficult by strong winds and a running tide.  The conditions tested the skill and technique of all of the rowers that participated in each of the elimination races.

At the conclusion of the Men’s elimination races, the dory tandems of Erik Dombrowski/Glenn Harrington, Mick Cote/John Swift and Ray D’Amico/Joe Cominelli overcame difficult race conditions and strong competition, pulling their way clear of the field and earning a spot in the final heat.

In the first heat, Erik Dombrowski/Glenn Harrington steered clear of a tightly packed, wind blown field on the way out to their half-mile turning buoy and powered through the course in a time of 8 minutes and 56 seconds, outpacing the crews of Steve Goodick/Alan Morrissey (9:14) and Jeff Muise/Len Robertson (9:17).

The second heat of the morning, which was the closest of the Men’s Division races, went to New Jersey rowers Mick Cote/John Swift.  In a high risk, high reward decision, Cote/Swift elected to start the race in the far corner of the start line, a distance from their fellow competitors, hoping to minimize the impact of the strong winds on their course out to the turning buoys.  The strategy paid off as Cote/Swift (8:56) edged out a hard fought victory over Mark Duval/Joe Sanfillipo (9:00) and Chris and Vito Giacalone (9:05).

The final Men’s Division elimination heat of the morning, which not only featured rowers with tons of international racing experience and success, but also the son of one of the first rowers to represent the US in the very first international dory race in 1952.  In worsening conditions, Ray D’Amico/Joe Cominelli (9:11) overcame a nearly disastrous course to the finish line to clip hard charging Jimmy Tarantino/Tom Jarvis (9:12) and Jerry Ciarametaro/Zack Morrissey (9:33). 

It is worth noting that D’Amico is the son of Steven D’Amico, who paired with Jerry Nicastro in the first race against legendary Canadian rowers Lloyd Heisler and Russell Langille in 1952.  D’Amico is looking to represent the US sixty years after his father rowed in the same race. 

The Master’s Division (Over-40) race continued the trend of close finishes.  Lenny Billante/Jay Prince (6:09) earned a measure of revenge over Mike Harmon/John Scola (6:10) when they made one final push and crossed the finish line just ahead of their closest challengers, in the exact same manner they lost to Harmon/Scola in last August’s elimination races.  The tandem of Bill Edmonds/Mike Frontiera (6:26), who lead the race approaching the quarter-mile turning buoys, finished third.

The Junior Division races, which were won handily by Randy Parisi/LJ Robertson (6:06), were marked by the entrance of a new tandem of brothers Ben and Ian Sewell, who hail from Amesbury.  The Sewall’s, who normally row on the Merrimac River, were not accustomed to the nuances of the open water course and were further hampered by the difficult conditions which challenged even the more experienced rowers throughout the day.  Undaunted, the tandem finished the course, picking up valuable race experience.

The last races of the day featured three tandems in the mixed doubles division.  The rowers did not disappoint as the race, like all of the other heats, was not decided until the crews were on their way back to the finish line.  The husband and wife tandem of Jimmy and Laurel Tarantino (6:24) defeated Tom Jarvis/Denise Desautels (6:33) and Jeff Muise/Edie Wald-Smith (6:42).

There were no Women’s Division elimination races.  The tandem of Denise Desautels/Edie Wald-Smith were unopposed and elected not to row the course. Desautels and Wald-Smith will automatically advance to the international races on the 23rd.


June 2012 International Dory Race Eliminations Results and Mixed Doubles Photos From Len Burgess


Elimination Races Niles Beach, Saturday June 9th, last race of the day. Mixed doubles battling a stiff wind.

–Len Burgess

International Dory Race Eliminations Are 3 Weeks Away



There is still time to represent!

Eliminations are 3 weeks away on August 13th off of Niles Beach .  If you have been rowing or would like to try racing, your time is here.  Grab a partner and get some rows in over the next few weeks and you could represent the US in Nova Scotia , Canada August 27th for the International title.  We need teams in all categories:  Juniors (men 18 & under), Women, Mixed Doubles, Over 40 men, and Open men.  Winners of eliminations receive an “expense paid” trip to Lunenburg to take on the Canadians.  If you have always wanted to try racing and don’t have a partner, let us know and we will try to “hook you up”.

In other news, congratulations to all our members who took on the Blackburn Challenge this past weekend.  A grueling 20+ mile course around Cape Ann in an 800 lb. dory is truly a feat that few can accomplish.  I am proud to say the IDRC was well represented with Christina Carpenter completing the race as the first woman ever to finish solo in a banks dory, Jimmy T receiving a “hall of fame” award for so many (and the fasted time ever) solo in a banks dory, and Jeff Muise/Joe Sanfillippo who broke 4 hours in a “real” banks dory (our unofficial best time ever!).  And, not to forget the return of Geoff Thomas/Tim Oakes who finished a respectable 3rd in the banks dory division after only a few weeks back in the boat.

Lastly, we are looking for volunteers to help get the practice boats back in service Monday, August 1st 6pm at Pavilion Beach .  Mike Harmon has volunteered to tow the boats off mooring and over to the beach where we will scrub them down and row them back to the town landing.  Please let us know if you can give us an hour or so that evening.

Happy Rowing,

IDRC Board of Directors


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International Dory Race Eliminations This Saturday At Niles Beach

What is always fun to watch and a great way to spend a morning this Saturday The International Dory Races will hold elimination races starting at 8:30AM at Niles Beach. Don’t worry if you don’t show up right at 8:30 there will be a decent amount of the morning to catch the exciting action from the beach. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- here is the recipe for a fantastic morning.

Grab the kids- stop by Last Stop Variety- grab a coffee and chocolate chip/blueberry muffin and head down to Niles for the races. It’s a true Gloucester tradition and a fun way to spend time with the family. You can join in the fun for only $50 a year and use the dories which are tied up at St Peter’s Marina in Harbor Cove.

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Click here for pictures of what you can expect to see including Jimmy T proclaiming himself the Worlds Greatest Grand Banks Dory Rower

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From Jimmy T-
Dory rowers wanted. The more the merrier. Compete in the elimination races to determine who will represent the U.S. vs. Canada in the International Dory Races on June 19th, 2010.

If you don’t have a dorymate come anyway and possibly hook-up with another rower for the races. You could end up winning…stranger things have happened. We particularly need women rowers but are looking for rowers for all Divisions.

Friday night, June 4th, 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Square.


Thole or Tholepin
one of a pair of wooden pins set upright in the gunwale on either side of a rowing boat to serve as a fulcrum in rowing [Old English tholl]


Tholepin rhythm up the sound,
Leathern fingers grip eight foot oars,
Keen eyes watch along the shores
For bobbing bottles and wooden buoys
Carved with a name and a number that
Holds a tarred warp to a bedroom trap.
Drop and swish, then up the sound,
By noon to row the string around
Tholepin rhythm up the sound.
-Richard O. Bickford of Winter Harbor, Maine

International Dory Races Eliminations 8/23/08

Here Damon continues to search for the flags where the crews will turn around and head back to the beach while the junior crews prepare to race and Geoff Thomas looks on.