They haven’t been officially commissioned yet, but the first of the Canadian Dory Racing Association’s new dories were launched earlier this week in preparation for Saturday’s elimination races.
While the original plan was to wait until all five of the new boats were ready, there’s been so much interest from teams wanting to compete for the right to represent Canada at Gloucester next week that race organizers needed the extra boats now.
“It’s a great problem to have!,” joked CDRA president Kelly George, during a benefit Open House and barbecue held here at The Dory Shop last weekend.
Teams competing in the eliminations must be on the wharf at 8 a.m. to sign waivers and draw for rowing lanes. The races will get underway at 9 a.m. with rowers in junior, senior, mixed, women, and over 40 categories. Winners from each of these contests will then travel to Gloucester for the first set of International Dory Races the following Saturday, June 21.
Meanwhile, race dory 4 of 5 is well underway in the shop and the association still plans to hold an official commissioning ceremony for the new boats in July. Watch Facebook for the date and details!
So come out and cheer on the teams this Saturday, and see those spanky new dories out on the water. And remember, the CDRA is still actively fundraising as part of the New Dories for Canada campaign. At this point, 90% of funds are committed but they still need a few $1000 more. Please support this fine Maritime tradition!
For more information on the races or how you can contribute to the new dory build, please contact the Canadian Dory Racing Association via their website at http://www.canadiandoryracingassociation.com/ or give us a call.