Page 14. MAINE COASTAL NEWS September 2013 Maine Lobster Boat Racing Season Comes to End
hp Caterpillar] owned by Pete Speaches. In the Novi Race there was a new entrant YESTERDAY’S STORM owned by Lee Schatvet.
LITTLE GIRLS upsets FOOLISH PLEASURE in the Gasoline Free-for-All at Winter Harbor. Continued from Page 5.
WHISTLIN’ DIXIE with THREE STARS second and 4 GIRLS third. In the fi nal race of the day, Fastest
Lobster Boat Afl oat, FOOLISH PLEASURE showed her stern to them all and thundered up the course for the win. WHISTLIN’ DIXIE took second and THREE STARS grabbed third.
PORTLAND LOBSTER BOAT RACES The last race of the season was now upon us as we headed to Portland on Sunday 18 August. Again we were greeted with bright sunshine, a warm day and a slight breeze. This is fast becoming one of the major races on the coast and it is all for a great cause, the MS Society. A number of boats were signed up at Andy’s on Commercial Street, who is
the host of the pre-race party on Saturday night. In the end we had 65 entrants, which was up fi ve boats from last year. There were three new skiffs racing, six new entrants in the Diesel Class and one Novi. In the Diesel Class there were three in Class B, which were: DÉJÀ VU II [Repco 37, 205-hp Caterpillar] owned by Don Harriman of Cape Elizabeth; HARD SHEL [Duffy 35, 225-hp John Deere] owned by Sheldon Pope of Biddeford Pool; and JENNY M. [Herb Baum 35, 173-hp GM] owned by Anthony DeLima of Mystic, CT. There were two in Class F: ODD BALL [Holland 38, 375-hp John Deere] owned by Josh Conover and VENGEANCE [Calvin Beal 36, 435-hp 3208 Caterpillar] owned by Jon Nunan of Kennebunkport. In Class N there was ERIN & SARAH [45’; 800-
The opening ceremony has the Portland Fire Department’s fi re boat coming down the harbor while shooting water in all directions. We were back to running under the MLBRA classes and would open with the three Working Boat Classes. In race one there were two entrants and as they headed toward the fi nish line, it was obvious that Matt Johnson’s WHITE DEVIL was going to be the winner, but just before he crossed the fi nish line he slowed and turn to the side. We were than getting ready to call T. J. Flynn, who was running in second, the winner when he did the same thing. Before the race started we told the racers that the fi nish line was between BAILEY & BELLA and FIRST TEAM. Apparently they did not get the memo. Keith Otis on FIRST TEAM tried signaling both boats, but only T. J. Flynn saw him and turned and crossed the line for the win. There was another battle about to take place as six boats came to the line in Class B. The dominate boat all year has been Marshall Spear’s J-BIRD and today CLUSTA was hoping to upset his winning streak, but at the line it was J-BIRD by two boat lengths. In the third Work Boat race fi rst went to Harry Wright’s DENALI ANN followed by Dave Johnston’s CASCO MISS and Jim Koehling’s MALAGO. In Gasoline Class C two boats were on the line, LORNA R. and Randy Durkee’s BLACK DIAMOND, which was won by LORNA R. There were no entrants in Class D and two in Class E. All year Steve Johnson
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has wanted to race his STRETCHED VETTE against FOOLISH PLEASURE and today he had his chance. As they came up the course they were pretty even until Galen decided to give it to her and his lead grew quickly as there was over a 20 mph difference.
As we started running the Diesel Classes it was obvious that there was a problem. The committee boat was getting repeated calls that racers were in the wrong class. It was discovered that the race schedule was correct, which is what the racers had picked up at sign in, but due to an issue the previous year the computerized entry form was not. Last year a Gasoline Class was missing and Classes D and E were denoted as race 7A and 7B and that was perpetuated this year. This threw off all the Diesel Classes in relation to the race number. When it was realized we went by just the classes and not the race number. Following the race it was realized that some of the boats had not competed in their proper class, but at that point it was too late to open that can of worms.
There was only one Diesel Class that had no entrants, Class L. In Diesel Class A six boats came to the line and the winner was David Grant’s EASY MONEY. In Class B Jed Spear’s SEA NILE would lead the way to the fi nish line with Tim Flynn’s DOTTIE MAE second. In the Class C there was a close battle between the top two boats, MERGANSER and Nick Page’s ALL OUT, which was won by MERGANSER. Somehow Class D was split and three boats ran in the fi rst race, which was won by Vincent Olsen’s MISS GUIDED with second going to GRASSHOPPER. The other two, MELANIE JEAN and LIZZIE were raced together and MELANIE JEAN was the winner. In Class E Michael Gray’s VENOM was the fi rst boat down the course followed by MISS KARLEE and Leland Murray’s DIRTY BUSINESS. In Class F we know that MS. ROSE would be the fi rst to the fi nish line, but who would be next. Second over the line was Jon Nunan’s VENGEANCE followed by Parker Poole IV’s DETERMINATION. There was just one entrant in Class G, which was HAPPY HOUR. There were only two boats in Class H and this one was won by FIRST TEAM, followed by Nick Martinez’ PRETTY WOMAN. For the past two seasons there has been a real battle in Class I. Would it be MISTY, THREE STARS or WILD ONE
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