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GRAMP'S BIRD and OBSESSION in a close battle in Diesel Class M at Stonington on 10 July.

BEALS ISLAND/JONESPORT – The third lobster boat race of the season was held on the second of July at Moosebec Reach. There were 66 entrants signed up for the event and 15 of them were boats that had not been entered before. Ten of these were in the Work Boat classes, one was in the Gasoline classes and four in the Diesel classes. One of the biggest worries of the Race Committee is fog, which was fortunately absent for this year’s event. Many times over the years the races have been delayed, or partially, and at times, totally cancelled to be run another day. The bright sunshine was only complimented by a slight sou’west breeze and this made for perfect race conditions for the day’s event.

The Moosebec Reach race committee changed some of their rules for last year’s races and this included the addition of different races in the Work Boat Classes. There was only one boat, BABY BARON (Holland 14, 30-hp Yamaha), owned by Gavin Holland of Belfast, in Class A, Skiffs 16 feet and under, Outboards up to 30 hp, operators up to 18 years old. In Class B, Clam/Wrinkle Boat, up to 90 hp. four boats entered and there was no question that Ralph Davis’ ALPEX (Alpex, 90 hp Johnson) was the favourite. In Class C, Working Lobster Boat (Mounted Hauler), up to 60 hp, it was Danny Gray’s (18-footer, 60-hp Mercury) followed by Joseph Guptill’s GOLDEN STARR (Libby 15, 40-hp Mercury). In Class D, Working

Lobster Boat (Mounted Hauler), 61 hp and over, saw Troy Alley enter DOUBLE TAKER. Alley built this boat this spring and she is a 31-footer powered with twin 250-hp Yamaha outboards. She sped up the course DOUBLE TAKER taking first with a speed of 50 mph.

Only two boats came to the line for the Wooden Boat Race, which was won Rocky Alley’s LORNA R. (Riley/Adrian Beal, Wood, 1973, 496 Chevrolet) over Julian Fischer’s O. M. P. from Port Clyde. It has been a long time since O. M. P. competed and that was when she was ALCIA B. back in the late 1980s, early 1990s. This 32 foot torpedo stern lobster boat was built by Willis Beal in 1987 and is powered with a V-8 Chevrolet engine.

The most expected race of the day was between Galen Alley’s FOOLISH PLEASURE (Custom 30-footer, 638 cid Merlin with 1471 injection) and Ellery Alley’s UNDERDOG (Custom Libby 29, 548 cid Chevrolet). The rumour on Friday night was the UNDERDOG was not going to race because he was waiting on a part. On Saturday morning it was learned that he was ready to run, but making a repair with JB

Shane Hatch's JILL CAYDEN competing in Diesel Class M at Searsport on 9 July.

Weld. The two boats lined up and when the flag was dropped FOOLISH PLEASURE jumped out to a lead. As the two shot up the course it looked like a close race, but then UNDERDOG shut down as FOOLISH PLEASURE streaked across the finish. Ellery said that his problem was a fuel line fitting leaking fuel and thought it too dangerous to

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continue. A quick look at the radar gun showed an unbelievable 72 mph for FOOLISH PLEASURE and a new record. Next came the diesel classes. In Class A, Up to 235 hp, 24 to 31 feet, the only entrant was Richard Alley’s FAMILY ALLIANCE (Webber’s Cove 26, 210 Cummins). There were three boats in Class B, which was won by Ennis Wright’s ERIKA & KYLE (Young Brothers 33, 210-hp Cummins). Class C, 236 to 335 hp, 24 to 33 feet, has been a competition between Osmond and Calvin Beal, Jr. the last

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