Come One Come All to the 65th Annual International Dory Races.  Be part of Gloucester’s heritage and this longstanding tradition of dory racing against our comrades from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  The races will be held at the Jordey State Fish Pier starting at 10 AM.  Come down and help cheer on all the rowers and be a part of the festivities.


Schedule of Events for June Races 2017

Saturday, June 17th, 10 am – International Dory Races

At: Jodrey State Fish Pier



USA – Alex Pizzimenti/John Francis

Canada – Gladys Collicutt/Morgan Smith


USA – Anthony Sanfilippo/Robbie Horne

Canada – John Ernst/Josh Bell


USA – Alexis Novello/Kristen Burnham

Canada – Taylor Dempsey/Danielle Dempsey


USA – Jimmy Tarantino/Rick Miles

Canada – Willy Wells/Walter Nickerson


USA – Marc Giacalone/Nick Giacalone

Canada – Brent Dempsey/Todd Dempsey

Thank You!

Your International Dory Committee’s Board of Directors


8th Annual Gloucester Harbor Race September 17, 2016

Harbor Race

Below is the notice for the annual Harbor Race in Gloucester Harbor.  This race is held by the Gloucester Maritime Museum.  The race is held off of Niles beach on Saturday September 17th.  If you are interested in racing follow the instructions on the notice and notify Erik D, Geno M., Rick M. or Bill E. that you would like to use a dory.  There are currently three dories available for the race.  Thank you .

International Dory Races 2016




Schedule of Events for June Races 2016
Thursday, June 16th, 6:30 pm – Canadian Reception

At: St. Peter’s Club

*All committee members are welcome to attend and greet the Canadian rowers.


Saturday, June 18th, 10 am – International Dory Races

Versus Nova Scotia, Canada

At: Jodrey State Fish Pier

*Open to the public.


Saturday, June 18th, 1 pm – Awards Banquet

At: Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center

*All committee members are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Thank You!

Your International Dory Committee’s Board of Directors

IDRC June Eliminations Final Race Complete June 2016

IDRC June Eliminations

Final Race Complete June 2016

A spectacular race for rowers and fans at Niles Beach, Gloucester

Monday night the open division final race was held.  The race pitted two veteran International champs against to power house brothers.  There was a steady breeze blowing straight into the Niles.  Nick and Vito Giacalone line up in lane one against Jimmy Tarantino and Joe Cominelli in lane three.  The two boats slowly inched up to the starting line even and then it began.  Jimmy and Joe jumped out to a quick half boat lead.  About half way to the flag the Giacalone boys caught up.  From there it was a back and forth battle to the flag.  Jimmy and Joe banged the turn and came out with a slight lead.  But once again the younger brothers made a push and caught the veterans.  Both teams traded the lead all the way home.  About fifty yard from the finish line Jimmy and Joe made a little push and inched ahead over the Giacalone brothers to take the win by a little less than a boat.  It was a tremendous race by both teams.  Now Jimmy and Joe will be back in the boats practicing for the next race on June 18th at the State Fish Pier at 10 AM against the Canadian team.  Congrats go out the all the competitors in the eliminations and best of luck against the Canadians.

International Dory Race Results June 2016

A spectacular day of racing for rowers and fans at Niles Beach, Gloucester

Yesterday morning, rowers of the International Dory Racing Committee took to the water to compete for the right to represent the US in the upcoming International races (June 18th @ Jodrey State Fish Pier Gloucester, MA).  But first they had to wait out the fog that kept rolling in and out off the beach.  The first heat included two new tandems to the Mixed Doubles race in Alex Pizzamenti/John Francis and Rachel Cecilio/Bill Edmonds. While both teams showed fast boat speed to the flags, a bad turn by Cecilio/Edmonds opened the door for Pizzamenti/Francis to take the lead and the victory and will move on to face the Canadians.  In the second race of the day we had new comers Malarie McGilvrey/Jaclyn Innis face off against new pairing of 2015 US Mixed Double champ Lily Jean Sanfilippo and Three time US Women’s champ Amanda Palazzola.  Both teams showed good form and steady boat speed to the flag.  McGilvrey/Innis made it out of the turning flag first and pushed it home to the finish boat for the win and right to face the Canadians.  The last heat of the day in the 1/2 mile course was the Over 50 Division featuring 2015 US Champ Alex Thomas and new comer David McWillim against multi-time US Over 40 champs John Scola/Mike Harmon.  John and Mike out lasted the former champ and partner and will move on to International competition

On the mile course the Men’s Open Division held 7 teams in 2 heats to narrow down the field to Monday night’s final (6 PM at Niles Beach, Gloucester, MA).  The first heat pitted multi-time International champs Jimmy Tarantino/Joe Cominelli and Joe Sanfilippo/Mark Duval facing Mark/Chris Giacalone and youngster Peter Taormina/(two racer) Mike Harmon.  With the teams jockeying at the starting line causing multiple attempts to start the race, finally the horn sounds and the race was on with the veterans Jimmy/Joe getting out to an early lead and held it the whole way to the finish with Joe/Mark and Mark/Chris battling back and forth the whole mile for second and third and with Peter/Mike rounding out the field.  In the second heat, multi-time International champs Glenn Harrington/Erik Dombrowski faced off against former US champ Vito Giacaline with brother Nick Giacalone and youngsters Sam Taormina/Vincent Tarranova.  The wind picked up just in time for the second race to start.  With a quick start Vito/Nick jumped ahead by a couple boats with Glenn/Erik and Sam/Vincent following.  All three boats pushed the pace all the way to the flags but the wind forced all boats a little off course.  Vito/Nick still held their lead at the turn and kept the lead all the way to the finish line and the win with Glenn/Erik and Sam/Vincent battling for second and third the whole way home.  With the win Vito/Nick Giacalone will face off against Jimmy T/Joe Cominelli Monday night @ 6 PM off Niles Beach.  With only seconds between the two races we look forward to a great final elimination race Monday night to crown the US Men’s Open champ.  Overall, it was a great day of racing for participants and the fans crowding the beach to route on the rowers.  Special thanks to committee support staff who make these races possible:  Joe Novello, Geno Mondello, Glenn Harrington, Billy Edmonds, Rick Medico, Janelle Dombrowski, Gus Sanfilippo, Jimmy Tarantino & Alex Thomas along with all of our loyal supporters.


Attention All!

The Gloucester International Dory Racing Committee will be hosting a fundraiser at the St. Peter’s Club Friday, May 20th at 6 pm. All are welcome to attend for a fun night of games, drinks, apps, music, dancing, and lots of cool items for raffles! Proceeds from the event will go towards the expansion of our program and offerings to the community which will allow our members to continue promoting maritime heritage, friendly competition, and fun. Not many people in our community are familiar with the history of Dory’s and how much importance they hold in the start of our fishing industry. Our goal is to educate people more about this cause and possibly even recruit new members to try a sport that represents the meaning of their hometown. So come join us for a fun night and help keep this tradition going strong! Tickets will be sold prior to the event for $10 or can be purchased at the door. For any questions about the fundraiser, to purchase tickets, or if you’d like to make donations for raffles please contact the following members. Hope to see a lot of you there!

Amanda Palazzola
(P): 1-978-423-2736

Lily Jean Sanfilippo
(P): 1-508-284-0230

Dory Membership Meeting

The International Dory Racing Committee will be holding a membership meeting this Wednesday evening, May 4th at 6:30 PM at the Dory Shop on Harbor Loop in Gloucester.  All members who would like to take an active roll in helping this tradition continue are encouraged to attend.  We will be reviewing the progress on task needed to be completed for this years events to take place.  Some of the items that we will be reviewing are Boat Prep and Launch, Fundraising, June Races and International events, computer work, mentoring new rowers, membership recruiting, etc. Even if you have only a little time to give, please join us as many hands make light work.




Hello All Dory Rowers


We will be prepping the race boats and one practice boat to be painted.  We will need help sanding and scraping the boats.  We will meet at Cape Ann Storage on Eastern avenue on April 23rd at 8:00 AM.  We will have all the needed supplies for this.  If anyone has sanders or scrappers feel free to bring them.  I will also be sending out another email to the whole dory membership.  The more the merrier so please invite all to attend.  If you have any questions fee free to contact me at  Thank you

International Dory Race Committee