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.