By Carla Allen
THE COAST GUARD
A dory race hosted by the junior international rowing team will take place on Saturday, June 5 at the Barrington Causeway.
The Row for Nanny’s Cure is a charity race in memory of the late Melvina Nickerson who recently lost her battle with cancer, and for those still fighting their battle. Proceeds from the event will go to the Rosalin Nickerson Care Fund, which provides financial help to those fighting cancer in the area.
In the past year both members of the junior international rowing team, who are also members of the Queen of Hearts Dory Club, have had grandmothers diagnosed with cancer.
“They wanted to do something to honour their grandmothers and to help out other families dealing with this illness,” said organizing committee member, Bethany Nickerson.
Businesses are invited to enter teams, with a minimum sponsor of $25 requested.
There will be two quarter-mile children’s races with each child paired with a dory club member. International mixed champions- Rob and Nicole Hurlburt will be competing against international over-40 champs: Angus Atkinson and Johnny Penney in a half-mile row. Adult races will feature each adult paired with a dory club for a quarter-mile row. Councillors from Clark's Harbour and Barrington will also be competing.
International women's champions- Natalie Jones and Nicole (Jones) Hurlburt will be rowing half-mile against international junior champions- Connor Swim and Holden Nickerson.
“The Queen of Hearts Dory Club have been so great in the support of these races and have helped in every aspect. Many of them will row more than one race throughout the day and some up to three races,” said Nickerson.
Novice rowers from Yarmouth, Cape Island, Barrington area, Halifax and possibly Cape Breton will be competing in memory of, or for, family members with cancer.
The event has also been planned to encourage the international dory champs as they head to Gloucester two weeks after.
BBQ items and tickets on a lobster pot will be sold on site. For more information or to sponsor a rower, call 902-742-9490 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org