The Dories Are Out For The Season- Photos From Frank Ciolino

Hi Joey; Here are a few shots from this morning as the last of the dories were taken out for the season. As usual with the fun group they are it makes the hard work of lifting the heavy boats fun. See you later……Frank




Until next year….

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Jimmy T Writes- Bring Your Rain Jacket!

Putting In The Dories Saturday Morning-

Sounds like there is rain in the forecast for Saturday morning when we put the boats in. Please don’t let that dissuade you from helping for an hour or two. We are meeting at the dory storage tent, behind Eastern Ave Self Storage, 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

Some should bring rowing gear to row a boat from E. Gloucester to the Town Landing, anyone who has a trailer would be great, otherwise just bring your smiles and muscles!

There are still boats available for anyone who wants to row the Essex River Race, May 15th.

One more week to top the $2000.00 bid for the handline dory, then it will be sold.

Thank you.


I know your all dying to hear that again!

Well, this Saturday, May 1st, is time again to scrape and paint the dories before we put ’em in. Anyone who can spare the morning, or just an hour or two, we need all the help we can get to make light work of it. Last year we had a bunch of folks turn out and we got out of there by noon! For those of you who didn’t know, we’ve relocated the dory storage tent to down behind the storage units, at Eastern Ave Storage. As a result we need generators for power, so anyone who can bring one it would be a big help. Also any scrapers or power sanders, bring ’em along.

The Essex River Race is May 15th. Preregistration on-line guarantees entry and a t-shirt, but you must register by April 30th. Any members interested in using one of our boats let me know, First Come, First Serve!


I am hoping to have the boats ready to be put in the water by May 8th,  so they have a week to swell up before the ERR, but we’ll need help then too. Anyone who has a trailer we can use, please let me know.


June 10th and 11th the Maritime Heritage Center would like our help again, teaching Rockport grade schoolers how to row. Anyone interested in this valuable experience please let me know.

Pick a day you can give an hour or two and make a commitment to help. The International Dory Race Committee is only as good as we’re all willing to make it. Please help out and make a difference. The recent small success we’ve enjoyed is because of all of you who have pitched in and contributed. Thank you. You know who you are. And you know who you aren’t!

Jimmy T.
As most of you know, thanks to your support, I may be going away on a long vacation soon! Please help the Board of Governors keep things running smoothly in my absence (they do all the REAL work anyway!).

Jimmy T and Joey Ciolino Take The Race Dories Across The Harbor To Take them Out For The Winter

Every year the race dories get taken out of the water and stored in a tent up on Pond Road.  They need to be rowed across from Saint Peter’s Park, put on trailers, and then brought up to Pond Road where they will be pressure washed and put away til the spring.

Here are a couple of videos that FOB Frank Ciolino took of the day-

Listen for Frank’s Evil Laugh. Mwah Ha Ha!

Gussy Sanfilippo and Billy Edmonds Rowing Gloucester Harbor

Yesterday Gussy Sanfilippo and Billy Edmonds swung by the dock along with Billy’s son Kyle and FOB (friend of the blog) Frank Ciolino’s son Joey.

We took a row around the South Channel, had a quick race on the dories and talked to Gus about predictions for fish prices with the June 1st fishing grounds area opening.  The first part of the videos will air this morning at 8AM

International Dory Race Committee Update From Jimmy T

Grand Banks Dory
Grand Banks Dory

This coming Saturday from 10 am ’til around 3 pm the IDRC will set up
our booth at the Heritage Center for “Schoonerfest 2008”. As well as
having an exhibition race between the “Bluenose” crew and the local
Coast Guard  we’ll be raising awareness, distributing joy and selling
t-shirts. Feel free to stop by and support the cause.

September 13th is the International races in Canada and plans are now
being made for that trip. Anyone interested can contact me for further

There are still tickets available for the fundraising sail aboard the
schooner “Thomas E. Lannon” on September 21st. This is going to be a
great afternoon sail and we strongly recommend all members try and make
it. The money raised for this event will make the first payment on the
new boats.

September 27th we’ll be participating in the “Trails and Sails” event
with the Heritage Center, bringing people out in dories and showing them
how to row.

Volunteers are needed, and greatly appreciated, for all above events.
I’d love to see some of you pitch in hour or two and help support dory

Peace, out.

James A. Tarantino, President
International Dory Race Committee