One lucky raffle ticket winner is going to row away with a brand new boat.
Falmouth Marine School is holding the raffle to raise money for local children’s charity, Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).
First prise is an incredible Grand Banks Dory Replica Boat, worth £2,000. The second prize winner won’t be stuck on dry land though and will get a powerboat trip around the coast of Falmouth.
Third prize is a three-month gym membership at Cornwall College Camborne or St Austell campus.
The idea of a raffle came from the boatbuilding apprentices who built a replica of a Grand Banks Dory and asked if they could give it away in order to raise money for charity.
Boatbuilding apprentice Stacey Lozynski commented: “I think it is fantastic we are able to raise money for the Children Hospice, I have two young boys and know how much they need and want, but just to put a smile on someone’s face is great.”
“I feel like I have learnt a lot from the whole process, continued Stacey. I have never seen a boat built from scratch, so to be involved in building one was a fantastic experience. Being able to then see that being used for such a good cause is the icing on the cake.”
Raffle tickets are available from Falmouth Marine School reception and cost £2. The winners will be announced at the Colleges Community Open Day on the 27th May.
As the name suggests the Grand Banks Dorys’ main purpose was to fish for cod off the coast of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. The earliest documentation of the dory was in North America is 1710, the boats were between 5 and 10 metres in length and constructed of pine.
The boats were originally used by the French fishermen; typically there were two men in each dory. They would land their catch into the mother ship which would have been a Grand Banks Schooner. This vessel was born out a necessity to catch fish. It was of a very practical design, one feature for instance was its ability to be stacked 8 high one inside the other on the deck of the schooner.
In 1830, there were thought to be 600 to a 1000 of these small boats fishing in these waters. This coast is well noted for its severe weather and fog banks this led on occasions to the dorys’ being separated from the mother ships and the two man crew arriving in Ireland 3 weeks later. Truly this job was not for the faint hearted.
Whilst working in Canada Course Tutor Adrian Grigg was fortunate enough to row and sail these fantastic boats. He said: “The two man Banks Dory which we are raffling for charity is a very seaworthy and stable craft still being built today in Nova Scotia for fishing and pleasure purposes. It is propelled by sail, oars or motor. It was a privilege to build a dory with the Falmouth Marine School Apprentices and wonderful that we can raise money for charity now the project is complete.”