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THE STATE OF MAINE'S BOATING NEWSPAPER
U.S. Postage Paid, #256
Bangor, Maine 04401
Maine Coastal News
Volume 22 Issue 5 May 2009 FREE
GEARING UP FOR LOBSTER BOAT RACING!
There is about a month to go before the Unfortunately it was learned at our annual The posters have been published and entered the races at Winter Harbor. This was
first lobster boat race of the season and meeting at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in will be distributed during May. We a costly endeavour for those involved,
things are slowly shaping up at the offices of Rockland early in March that there was a published two different sizes, 20 x 24 and 8½ mainly the supplier of the fiberglass and the
the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association scheduling conflict. The Town of Pemaquid x 11. The smaller ones were requested by a one building the hull, but it certainly
(MLBRA). The posters are done and opted to move their date a week later, which number of businesses because they did not increased the turnouts. MLBRA will be
heading out, the official website is being fell on the same day the Portland race was have the space to deal with the bigger poster. offering a 28-foot hull to race participants
designed, the details on the hull are being scheduled. This would have made logistics There is no question that these should have with the hope of increasing the number of
worked out, and the race program is going difficult and thus after consulting the MS been available at the forum, and in the future participants at each venue. Anyone who
together. With the economy looking like it is Society we decided to cancelled. However, it they will be. races is eligible and for each race they get one
moving in a positive direction, and if fuel is still hoped that we can schedule a race Due to the amount of incorrect chance, for a total of nine chances. One can
prices remain low, the price of lobster there next year. A lot of people were really information published in other sources, the also get a chance by becoming a member of
remains strong, we could have a memorable looking for this to happen and it should be a MLBRA decided to create an official website the MLBRA, however you must have
year. great event. at www.mainescoast.com. This site will be competed in at least one race.
It was great to announce at the Award’s The Awards Banquet will be held again up and running by the start of the season in So what is in store for the upcoming
Banquet last September that Motor Services at the Trade Winds Motor Inn in Rockland June. season on the race courses? Well we know
Hugo Stamps would again sponsor Maine on 26 September. Now the biggest news this year will be that Galen Alley, owner of FOOLISH
lobster boat racing. This is a major boost to All rule changes are instituted at the the hull we are giving away at the end of the PLEASURE, has purchased a blower for his
the MLBRA, since it pays for the racing Annual Awards Banquet in September. Last year. Over the years there has been several engine and hopes to break the 70 mph barrier.
insurance, which has doubled in price over September the only changes made was to hulls given as a prize to someone who This in itself is well worth coming out to see!
the last two years. Last September the have all boats with kill switches and
MLBRA decided to publish their own race everyone must remain inside the cockpit.
program to help raise funds to offset the The only class change came in the gasoline
costs of posters, awards and building a hull class, the elimination of Gasoline Class E,
to give away at the end of the season. which was combined with Class D. That
Again there will be the usual nine races: means that Class D, for engines 502 cid and
Boothbay, 20 June; Rockland, 21 June; over, will also allow for blowers and
Moosebec Reach, 4 July; Searsport, 11 July; superchargers. The reason for the change is
Stonington, 12 July; Friendship, 25 July; that there was no entrants in Class D last year
Harpswell, 26 July; Winter Harbor 8 August and in the hope of saving race committee’s
and Pemaquid, 16 August. There had been a money by hosting one less race. Next year,
plan to have a race associated with the MS some of the Diesel Classes should be looked
Regatta at Portland on 16 August. at to if any of them can be eliminated.
C o n t e n t s
Publisher's Note 2
Lighthouse News 8 Winter Flounder 12
Maritime History - Lake Steamers 30
Calendar of Events 2
Jackson's Hardware - 100 Years 8 Sturgeon Study Funded 12
Classified Ads 31-39
Saco River Rowing 4
Russia's Race for Arctic Control 9 Law Enforcement Accreditation 12
Profile: Giffy Full 5
Compass Project Grants 9 Canadian Fishing News 13
The Hinckley Company 6
Atlantic Challenge's New Director 9 Boat Yard News 17
Waterfront News
Commercial Fishing News New Products 24
MMA News 7
Misc. Commercial Fishing News 10 Maritime History - 1901 & 1904 27
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