Fun Day in a Dory

Organization Sponsor: Lunenburg Dory Racing Club

Organization Partner: Lunenburg Fishermen's Picnic and Reunion (Lunenburg Waterfront Seafood Festival)


Program Description

Fun Day in a Dory, held on the Lunenburg waterfront, was an opportunity for young people ages 12-18 to learn about dory racing, meet some of the past Canadian and international champions, even try their own hands at rowing. There were prizes, a free barbecue and music. The only thing people had to bring was their own PFD or life-jacket.

Wander down to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, located on the waterfront, on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and join in on a Fun Day in a Dory sponsored by the Lunenburg Dory Racing Club. Learn about the history of dory racing from past champions in the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic; row a dory on the Lunenburg waterfront and enjoy a free barbecue lunch.

This activity is part of a Lunenburg Waterfront Festival that originated in 1919 to celebrate the life and traditions of fishermen.

Program Approximate Cost: 


Funding Sources: 

Fisherman's reunion and picnic, Lunenburg Dory Club ,Luenburg WaterFront and Seafood Festival.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

All the equipment was provided by local organizations enabling the event to be free. Its purpose was to help create dory rowing and racing as a form of exercise for local kids.

Impact Of Program: 

Each year about 25 kids participated in the days events. The Fun Day in a Dory lead to the creation of the Lunenburg Dory Club which eveolved into the Canadain Dory Racing Association and promotes various dary events at local festivals. many of the Sea School like Class Float that sponsor sailing adventure on a Square Rigger now teach daory skills to their participants.

Evaluation Tools: 

Feedback from participants.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Support by volunteers and having the event as a part of a larger festival. The dory is one of the safest of water craft so a good boat for inexperienced users.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

The hardest part was to get volunteers to help with this event and the main reason why it has continued but in different froms.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This project was held for 3 years but evolved into a variety of other dory events like racing.

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