By Nick Curcuru
---- — GLOUCESTER In recent years the dory rowers from Gloucester have been exceptionally difficult to beat on their home turf when it comes to the International Dory Races, the annually competition that pits the best rowers from Gloucester against the best rowers from the Lunenburg Nova Scotia area.
On Saturday, Canada bucked the trend by winning two of the three sanctioned races at Saturday’s 61st Annual International Dory Races at the Jodrey State Fish Pier.
Canada earned wins in the Men’s Division and Women’s Division while USA won the Mixed Doubles Division.
Gloucester’s Mike Frontiera and Elin diAngelo got the home team started on the right foot Saturday winning the opening race in the Mixed Doubles Division.
The Gloucester tandem, which won the Mixed Doubles Division last August in Lunenburg, took the lead after a great start and only extended that lead throughout the half mile race finishing with a time of 6:27 with their Canadian counterparts Kelly George and Robert Fox coming in at 6:35.
“We were strong,” Frontiera said. “The Canadians were a tough team but the conditions were perfect and we had a good stroke.”
Canada picked up its first win of the day in the Women’s Division where veteran tandem Gail Atkinson and Kathryn Moore rowed a great finishing with a time of 6:48 topping Gloucester’s Samantha Rose and Alexandra Pizzimenti, who finished with a time of 7:53.
That set the stage for the tie-breaking race in the Men’s Division and Gloucester’s Tom Jarvis and Jimmy Tarantino along with Canadian Tandem Joel George and Markus Schmidt put on a show.
The Canadians got off to a strong start maintaining a small lead over Jarvis and Tarantino as the teams approached the turning flag, which sits a half mile from the starting line in the Men’s Division.
Jarvis and Tarantino closed the gap with a good approach and turn of the flag and looked to have some momentum heading into the second half of the race. George and Schmidt, however, turned it on opening up a two boat lead shortly after the turn and maintained that lead to the finish line holding off the veteran Gloucester duo.
There were also a pair of exhibition races in the juniors and Master’s Over 40 Divisions on Saturday. Kyle Edmonds and Joey Ciolino did not have a Canadian opponent so they raced, and beat, a tandem from the US Coast Guard. American champs Glenn Harrington and Erik Dombrowski topped Mike Harmon and Jeff Muise in a close race.