Monday, July 10, 2023
On Saturday. July 8 competitors from sister cities Gloucester, Massachusetts and Lunenburg, Nova Scotia boarded dories and raced on a course in Gloucester Harbor as they have for 71 years. This friendly competition, rooted in the proud fishing legacy of both ports, features strength, athleticism, strategy, and teamwork. Most importantly, it showcases the enduring international bond between these two communities that has grown stronger over the years and continues to bring people from many generations together as a shining example of the type of friendship and partnership our world needs. Thanks to the Gloucester International Dory Racing Committee and the Lunenburg Canadian Dory Racing Association for the dedication and hard work it takes to keep this tradition alive. I was happy to join with the committee members, rowers, families and friends for the Welcoming Reception at the St. Peter's Club on Thursday night. and again on the docks of Maritime Gloucester to watch the races on Saturday morning. A special thanks to US Coast Guard Station Gloucester for opening up the station property for spectators on Saturday, and to Leo Francis for his work as the announcer for the races. The competition next moves to Lunenburg Harbor on August 26. You can learn more about this incredible tradition at Gloucester International Dory Racing – Gloucester International Dory Racing (internationaldories.com). Below are some photos from the reception and the races.