THE STATE OF MAINE'S BOATING NEWSPAPER Volume 26 Issue 11 November 2013
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Maine Coastal News FREE Maine Lobster Boat Racers Gather for Annual Meeting &c.
The lobster boat racer LISA MARIE, owned by Gary Ganthner of Round Pond, competing at Friendship. The lobster boat racing season conclud-
ed at the Annual MLBRA (Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association) Awards Banquet at the Fishermen’s Friend Restaurant in Stonington on 12 October. The schedule of events began with a year-end meeting, followed by dinner, awards presentation and a dance. All had a great time, but I wonder if there were not some that did not quite remember what happened.
There were a number of people who showed up for the year-end meeting to hear how and what the Association was doing for next year and voice their opinions as to any changes.
The meeting was opened by MLBRA President Jon Johansen thanking the spon- sors (Cummins and Mack Boring) who supported the organization’s endeavours. He said that it would be good to have three or four, but the organization can survive on just two. The Treasurer’s Report showed that there was money in the bank ($2,700) had that when all the bills were paid (about $2,300) there would still be some left over to open up with next year. The 2014 budget will be just about the same as 2013. Income: sponsors, $4,000 (two at $2,000); member- ships, $1,100 (55 members); and program, $2,500 for a total of $7,600. Expenditures: Insurance, $4,100; program, $750; posters, $700; and trophies $1,700 for a total of $7,250. Two more can be added and this
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is being worked on, but another source of revenue would be from the program. Jon thought that this should bring in between $5,000 to $10,000 in advertising from coastal businesses wanting to advertise to those attending these events. Lisa Kimball and Amy Tierney have offered to help sell advertising for the program this winter and spring to see if this goal can be reached. Next on the agenda was the election
of offi cers. The 2013 the offi cers were Jon Johansen, president; Travis Otis, vice president; Rachel Elward, secretary and treasurer. The group was asked if anyone would like to serve as an offi cers, but there were no suggestions. Jon added that he had talked with Lisa about becoming the secre- tary and she said that she and Amy would be happy to accept. The proposed 2014 slate of offi cers were: Jon Johansen, president; Travis Otis, vice president; Lisa Kimball and Amy Tierney, secretary; and Rachel Elward, treasurer. This was voted on and unanimously accepted.
There were no rule changes up for
discussion. There was a suggestion made by Erick Blackwood about the safety issue with alcohol. A brief discussion took place and the Association said they would look into seeing what other events do that have alcohol powered engines competing. There were several class changes up
for discussion. The fi rst was proposed by Jon, who scores all the races, and that was
to make the Work Boat Classes all the same with the exception of those that use the Pemaquid race classes. He explained that by having a number of variations make it very diffi cult getting people in their proper class and that creates problems out on the race course. All agreed and there will now by three Work Boat Classes and they are:
WORK BOATS UNDER 24 FEET
Class A, Skiffs 16 feet and under, Outboards up to 30 hp, operators up to 18 years old. Class B, Inboard, Outboard or Outdrive, 31 to 90 hp.
Class C, Inboard, Outboard or Outdrive, 90 hp and over.
One proposed that we change the horse- power rating for Class B to read 31 to 60 instead of 90. The consensus thought this would create a problem in Class C, making that a wider range of horseport, and was thus defeated.
Next up for discussion was to modify the Gasoline Classes. The fi rst sugges- tion was to create a separate class for the non-working boats. Well, that started some heated discussions between several of the racers. A number of options were suggested, discussed and thrown under the bus. Finally, it was suggested that since there had been no entrants in Class D let us eliminate this class and change the class to read the same parameters as Class C (V8, 376 to 525 cid,
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24 feet and over). A little bit more discussion took place and they agreed but opted to raise the cubic inches of the engine to 540. So the Gasoline Classes will now read: GAS POWERED WORK BOATS 24 FEET AND OVER
Class A, Four and Six Cylinder, 24 feet and over.
Class B, V8, Up to 375 cid, 24 feet and over. Class C, V8, 376 to 525 cid, 24 feet and over. Class D, V8, 376 to 540 cid, 24 feet and over (Non-working racer). Class E, V8, Over 525 cid, 28 feet and over, Turbos/superchargers.
As for the next year’s schedule it all seems to be about the same, but there are a couple of questions. The fi rst was Friendship and whether they want to race on Saturday or Sunday. That should have this answered be- fore the fi rst of the year. The other is whether Harpswell is going to happen. Following the Harpswell race last summer Henry Barnes informed race offi cials that he was not going to do it again next year. On the way back in Roy Knight said that one way or another they would make it happen. It was also heard that they wanted to change the site and move the racing back around to Pott’s Harbor off Dolphin Marina. Most agreed that would be better. However a few weeks later race offi cials got a call saying they were done
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