Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 17, 2014
Lobster boat races turn Stonington Harbor into high-speed race track
The Kimberly Allison flies by spectator boats lined and tied up to watch the Stonington Lobster Boat Races on July 13, 2014 in Stonington, Maine.
by Anne Berleant
It’s no-holds-barred when the Maine Lobster Boat Race circuit hits Stonington. With spectator boats lined up and tied up along the race course, lobster boats of all sizes and class rocked the harbor, competing for prestige and prizes on July 13.
“This is the best venue on the coast,” said Roger Kennedy, owner of the Calvin Beal-built Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot, crowned as the Fastest Lobstah Boat Afloat. “Always the fastest boats, and always the best prizes.”
Sporting a 600 horsepower motor, the 28-foot, non-working boat out of Steuben is a newcomer to the races and reached a speed of 47.4 miles per hour in the final race, edging out Little Girls. It also won the Diesel Class I race and Diesel Free For All (46.2 mph) races.
Andy Gove’s Uncle’s UFO retained its title as the Fastest Working Lobstah Boat, with a top speed of 43.7 mph, and won in the Class K race for diesel-powered boats over 28 feet of 701 to 900 horsepower. The working lobster boat out of Stonington placed second in the Diesel Free For All and fifth in the final race for fastest boat afloat.
Seventy-one prizes worth $12,000—including gift certificates from Paradise Tattoos to Winterport Furniture to many Stonington businesses—were awarded in random drawings open to all racers. The grand prize, a 14-foot Carolina Skiff with a 20 hp Yamaha 4 stroke, was won by Derrick Beal. Cash prizes amounted to $7,000.
The Stonington races fall in the middle of the Maine Lobster Boat Race schedule. With the races in Friendship canceled, the next venue is in Harpswell on July 27.
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