More Dory Race Eliminations Coverage Coming Monday When The Showdown Between The New Jersey Crew of Mick Cote and John Swift Face Off vsJoe Sanfilippo and Mark Duval For The Right To Represent The US vs The Canadians. Also To Be Featured Monday Night At Niles Beach Will Be The Over 40 Race Between Mike Harmoon and John Scola vs Ray D’Amico and Lenny Billante.
The Breakdown From Jimmy T
Monday night at 6PM Niles Beach will determine the final crews to face the Canadians.
After all the talk this past week of wishing children had an opportunity to get on the water for a sailing program Damon Cummings wrote to tell me that there are already many programs in place to get local youth out on the water-
When you saw the City of Gloucester Youth Sailing Program Boston Whaler and a runabout leave the harbormaster’s pier this morning full of kids, they were on their way out to go sailing on the city owned Rhodes 18s and 19 and the Gloucester High school sailing team 420s. They went by us under sail a few minutes later. They go out every weekday except Friday. The program is run by the YMCA now since the city summer recreational program has been phased out. Here is a link to the program:
That is only one of the sailing and harbor related programs presently under way for kids in Gloucester. During the school year Patti Page runs a High school and Middle School program with the 420s and Rhodes. The students do not pay a cent and we take both beginners and champions. The program has a joint Gloucester and Rockport sailing team that competes against other high schools around the state. Kevin Cook is the coach and some funny old guy runs the races. Moreover the Heritage Center and the Lannon run a massive program for Gloucester students and the Gloucester Museaum school at Ram Island does as well. The International Dory Racing Committee has junior racers (some in Middle School) racing against Canada and the Heritage Center has an off and on youth program in the pilot gigs. It is my understanding that a Community Boating center is in the works and that is something we all have wanted for a long time.
Whatever you may have heard to the contrary, Gloucester offers a wealth of opportunities for youth who are not in private yacht clubs to get out on the water.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Niles Beach – The Elimination Races will be held to determine who will represent the US vs. Canada on June 20th.
If you’ve been watching the GMG coverage of the International Dory Races and the building of the dories at Geno Mondello’s shop, if you want to buy some raffle tickets for the handline dory, if you want to share part in a great Gloucester tradition-
Head on down to Niles beach tomorrow morning for the elimination races.
It’s a great thing to take the family to and you can register to become part of the action, you can buy t shirts, get row hard or row home bumper stickers.
Here’s the scenario- you pack the kids in the car, go to Last Stop Variety, grab a cup of coffee and one of their incredible muffins (blueberry and morning glory are awesome) and then go to Niles to catch the action.
Kim Klopp, Utah skier/snowboarder extraordinaire and real estate guru who lives in Park City painted a picture from one of the pictures posted on this here site.
Kim does a great job with her blog. If you are a skier or like Utah or are interested in Park City Real Estate, she’s the one to call. You could probably just leave her a comment on her blog (bloggers love comments, it lets them know people are listening)
I swear he must be missing the cold gene. This morning he was battling through the ice to get to Zeke’s. Pete Mondello plowed through with his big Novi Boat and cleared a path for him though.
Some people slip into retirement content to sit on a warm couch watching the news in the morning and sipping hot coffee. Not Damon, he would rather row a grand banks dory in 10 degree weather. God bless him.
I’ve noticed that Damon has been really scooting along in his dory lately. I’m wondering if he is in training to beat up on those Canadians next summer, if he knows winter is coming so he wants to shed any unwanted pounds knowing the winter is when most pack it on, or if it’s just so frickin cold that he wants to get his ass over to Zeke’s for breakfast and out of the cold.