Gloucester takes three of four International Dory Races

Jaime Campos/Staff PhotoAlex Novello (left) and Kristen Burnham took home their first International Dory Races win on Saturday at the Jodrey State Fish Pier.

 For the second year in a row, Gloucester's best dory rowers have ruled on their home course in the 67th Annual International Dory Races, held on Saturday at the Jodrey State Fish Pier.

Rowers in the Men's, Women's, Masters Over 50 and Mixed Doubles Division competed in Gloucester's Inner Harbor, representing the United States against rowers from the Lunenburg, Nova Scotia area, representing Canada. Gloucester's rowers reigned supreme, taking three of the four contested races in Gloucester for the second year in a row.

Every race was closely contested on Saturday, and it was Gloucester's Nick and Marc Giacalone that took home the win in the main event, the Men's Division race, which is the only race contested on the one-mile race course, the others compete on a half mile course.

In the end, the Giacalone brothers crossed the finish line by about three boat lengths to earn their third straight International Dory Race win in Gloucester.

In the Women's Division, Gloucester's Alexis Novello and Kristen Burnham have been knocking on the door for a while, representing the locals for a third straight year. This year, the tandem took home their first win in International competition in a tight race against their Canadian counterparts.

Erik Dombrowski and Joe Sanfilippo, both multiple time International champs, used a strong push to the finish line to take down Canada's Walter Nickerson and Willie Wells.

Canada's win came in the Mixed Doubles Division as Lisa Tanner and Robert Fox won their second straight International championship going back to last August in Lunenburg, edging out Gloucester's Jimmy Tarantino and Stephanie O'Neil.

This was only leg one of the International Dory Races as Gloucester and Lunenburg will meet again in August, this time in Nova Scotia.


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