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THE STATE OF MAINE'S BOATING NEWSPAPER Volume 24 Issue 9 September 2011


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Maine Coastal News FREE LOBSTER BOAT RACING SEASON ENDS AT PORTLAND


Alfred Osgood's STARLIGHT EXPRESS leading the top diesel boats with a speed of 55.6 mph in the Diesel Free-for-All at the MS Harborfest at Portland on 21 August.


FRIENDSHIP/HARPSWELL – The big ques- tions at any race are always how many racers will sign up and which hot-boats will be there? This year 41 racers signed up for both Friendship [Saturday 23 July] and Harpswell [Sunday 24 July], which was slightly up over last year.


The northeast was still in the grips of an unusual heat wave with temperatures in the 90s. Saturday morning began overcast with a sprinkle here and there at Friendship, but the ‘F’ word, fog, was thankfully nowhere to be seen. For hot boats there was just Galen Alley’s FOOLISH PLEASURE [Custom 30- footer, 638 cid Merlin]. Just before the races began at Friendship Alley said that he thought he had an engine issue and that after this race he was going back to Beals Island and see what was wrong.


There were three Work Boat Classes with 12 racers entered. In Class A, Skiffs 16- feet and under with outboards up to 30 hp, Operator 18 years and younger, Kara Poland’s LITTLE E [O/B, 25-hp Mercury] took first with Gavin Holland’s BABY BARON [Holland 14, 30-hp Yamaha] second. In Class B, Inboards, outboards or outdrives, 31 to 90 hp, Nick Poland was now at the helm of LITTLE E. and he won this class against Ed Upham’s VALKYRIE [Otis, 65-hp Johnson]. In Class C, Inboards, outboards or outdrives, 91 hp and up, just two boats came to the line, Steve Johnson’s LYNN MARIE [Jingle Johnson 28, twin 454 Chevrolet and twin 200-


hp Yamaha O/B] and David Starr’s no named racer [Caroline Skiff, 115-hp Yamaha] and it was LYNN MARIE at the finish. Eight boats were signed up in the Gaso- line Classes. In Class A, 4 & 6 cylinder 24 feet and over, there was just one boat, D. & L. Boatworks’s CRY BABY [D&L Boat Works 25’, 292 cid Chevrolet] so she was combined with the three entrants in Class B, V-8 up to 375 cid, 24 feet and up, Chris Smith’s LINDA CAROL [Repco 30, 350 cu. in. Chevrolet], Jason Hall’s JENNY C. [30-footer, 318 Gas], and Wayne Woodman’s MAYBE [Padebco, 350 cid Chevrolet]. CRY BABY streaked up the course crossing the finish line first fol- lowed by LINDA CAROL, JENNY C. and MAYBE. For the first time this season Sean Lash brought out his SEA FLEA [Lash Broth- ers, 427 cu. in. Chevrolet] and he went up against Randy Durkee’s BLACK DIAMOND [Holland 32, 454 cid Chevrolet] in Class C, V- 8, 376 to 502 cid, 24 to 29 feet and got the win. LYNN MARIE was back out for Class D, V-8, 376 to 502 cid, 30 feet and over. He was up against FOOLISH PLEASURE, who quickly took the lead and went on for the win. When he neared the finish Alley hit the throttle and the engine made a bad sound and died, She


Following the lobster boat races in Portland the tugboats took to the course. had to be towed into the dock.


For the first time this season Charles Gray brought his BLUE THUNDER [North- ern Bay 28, 230-hp Steyr] to compete in Diesel Class A, Up to 235 hp, 24 to 31 feet. She took first with with Gary Clifford’s HARD TO FATHOM [Jason 28, 200-hp, Styer] second and Gary Hatch’s QUEEN’S LADY [Paul


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Publisher's Note Calendar of Events Down East Cookin' Gundalow


Castine Classic Race


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Maine Retired Skipper's Race Waterfront News


Hamlin Marine


Portland Brew Festival MMA News


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9 10 Commercial Fishing News


Shrimp Hearings Scallop Fishery


Misc. Commercial Fishing News Boat Yard News


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Lobster Boat Racing Final Results 22 Classified Ads


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Chapman, 210-hp John Deere] third. Only one boat was entered in Class B, Up to 235 hp, 32 feet and over, Matthew Taylor’s TRACY COLE [Crowley 36, 220-hp John Deere]. Class C, 236 to 335 hp, 24 to 34 feet, saw Michael Gray’s VENOM [Muscle Ridge 28, 250-hp Sisu], Adam Kimball’s MISS ATTITUDE [Holland 32, 265-hp John Deere] and Raymond Carter’s WHO’S BUYN [Flower 33, 300-hp John Deere] come to the line. It was all VENOM with MISS ATTITUDE second. In Class D, 236 to 335 hp, 34 feet and over, it was


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