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September 2013 MAINE COASTAL NEWS Page 15. Maine Lobster Boat Racing Season Comes to End

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CRY BABY loves nothing more than beating the V-8 racers.

the winner today. As the racers headed up the course a sailboat began running across the end of the race course. MISTY was in the lead with THREE STARS and WILD ONE just behind. This sailboat could create an issue and the last thing we needed was being the main story on the six o’clock news. I asked for the race to be stopped and just at that moment WILD ONE went dead in the water. I fi gured Scott had seen the boat in the course and killed his engine. However he radioed in saying that this was not the case and the race should stand. The other two competitors were asked if they were fi ne with that and they said “Yes.” Next was Class J with two boats entered and this was won by Scott Keenan’s DEAR ABBIE with second going to Allan Dugas’ DELUSIONAL. Also running with them was LISA MARIE, since he was the only entrant in Class K. Six boats were signed up for Class M and a good battle ensued between the top two boats, Mike Davis’ PRETENDER and Hugh Bowen’s LONG HAUL, but PRETENDER was able to slide over the line fi rst. The last Diesel Class race was N and it was no surprise when WHISTLIN’ DIXIE roared across the line for the win, followed by 4 GIRLS and Keith Jordan’s BAILEY & BELLA. In the Wooden Boat Race LORNA R. lead all the other competitors up the course. In the Novi Boat Race, John Harriman’s

SHEARWATER was able to cross fi rst with Lee Schatvet’s YESTERDAY’S STORM second.

In the Gasoline Free-for-All we all knew that this was FOOLISH PLEASURE’s race. Next over the line were STRETCHED VETTE, CRY BABY and LORNA R. The closest race of the day took place in the Diesel Free-for-All between WHISTLIN’ DIXIE and LISA MARIE. As they neared the line four judges watched their bows and the mark on the opposite side of the course. All four agreed it was WHISTLIN’ DIXIE, but only by a foot. Now came the fi nal race of the day

and year, Fastest Lobster Boat. FOOLISH PLEASURE had no trouble staying out in front of WHISTLIN’ DIXIE who had a two boat length lead on LISA MARIE. This ended this year’s lobster boat racing season, which overall went very well. Some people have already begun looking towards next year. I have already put together a tentative schedule and have started to ask what changes should be made for next year. One suggestion is there has been no entrants in Gasoline Class D and there are some that were bothered by pure race boats competing in Class C. The thought is to put the pure race boats in Class D and leave the working boats in Class C. All in all it was a great year and now we are readying for the year end annual meeting and awards banquet at Stonington on 12 October. For those planning to attend do it soon there are not many rooms to be had in Stonington.


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