Second annual Saltbox Dory Challenge coming up

by Kevin Mcbain


Row, row, row your dory, right around the course...

Dory racers, or for anyone that wants to try racing one, Mahone Bay's Saltbox Brewing Company is hosting their second annual Dory Challenge August 4.

The company started the challenge last year as part of the Heritage Boatyard Weekend. It was dubbed a success and they decided to host a second one in Mahone Bay. This year the event will start at 10:00 a.m. and continue until noon.

A second location, because of their expansion to Bridgewater (King Street Brewery) has been added to the challenge. The race will take place at Pijinuiskaq Park from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Cost to enter is $100 per two-man team and the registration deadline ends July 27.

To register, you can enter at www.saltboxbrewingcompany.ca for the Mahone Bay race or www.kingstreetbeer.ca for the Bridgewater race or you can stop by either location.

"It's all for fun," said Andrew Tanner, of Saltbox Brewery. "It's a challenge to navigate those dories. They're very hard to get moving, then once you get them moving, it's hard to slow down."

He said they are still looking for teams and suggested that businesses could maybe challenge one another for bragging rights.

The Lunenburg-based Canadian Dory Rowing Association will provide boats, or you can bring your own.

The competitions will be single elimination events with the Canadian Dory Rowing Association, based in Lunenburg, receiving 50 per cent of the proceeds, while the other 50 per cent will go to the charity of the winner's choice.

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