by Jimmy Tarantino
One of the great traditions of Gloucester is our participation in the International Dory Races. For 63 years the best dory rowers from New England (mostly Gloucester) have competed with the best dory rowers from the Maritime Provinces of Canada (mostly Nova Scotia). I believe that most New Englanders possess an honest, genuine character because our environment forces us to endure nature at its harshest in winter. Add to that the struggle of fishermen working on the powerful North Atlantic and you have the Finest Kind.
Nova Scotians, being even farther North and East have that strong composition as well, perhaps to an even greater extent. As a result the International Dory Races have become so much more than just a competition. Having been blessed to be part of this great tradition for a quarter century, I’ve had the opportunity to experience many of the Finest Kind of the Southeast shore of Nova Scotia, seen their hometowns, met their families, shared their joys and pains over the years.
If you can, put down whatever you’re doing tomorrow morning, (Saturday, June 20) from 10 ’til noon, and come down the State Fish Pier and meet some of the most genuine souls on the planet!
I’d like to pay tribute to my friends from Nova Scotia with my sincere gratitude for their friendship:
Toast to the Northeast Coast
Jones, Atwood, Brackett and Croft
We’ve known throughout the years
Spindler, Hyson, Mawhinney and Swim
shared laughter and we’ve shared tears
Atkinson, Nickerson, Mossman and George
Kindred spirits of Sea and Tide
Henneberry, Zwicker, Knickle and Heisler
All share our Fishermen’s Pride
From Sambro down to the Hawk’s rugged coast
All along that beautiful shore
We raise our glass, with respect, we toast
And welcome our friends once more!
Jimmy Tarantino is a Gloucester native, a doryman, and a passionate advocate of Gloucester’s heritage.