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THE STATE OF MAINE'S BOATING NEWSPAPER Volume 27 Issue 8 August 2014 The Best Racing We've Seen in Years!


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Roger Kennedy's WHISKEY-TANGO-FOXTROT just getting by Bruce Engert's THUNDERBOLT for the win in Fastest Lobster Boat at Bass Harbor. In the fi rst Diesel Class race of the day,

NEWS FLASH Long Island Races (16 August)

are now Points Races.

BASS HARBOR – The forecast was for a beautiful day (29 June) and we could not have asked for a better one for the Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races. We had bright sunshine, light wind and temperatures in the mid-70s.

Who was going to show up? Glenn and

Cameron Crawford’s WILD WILD WEST [West 28; 1,050-hp Isotta] was getting close to be done. The question now was how would she go? It was known that she was running in the mid-40s.

Bass Harbor has a majority of local boats that do not compete anywhere else. This has created some interesting races in the past and it would again this day. With THUNDERBOLT [South Shore 30; 496 Chevrolet], WHISKEY-TAN- GO-FOXTROT (WTF) [28’ Northern Bay, 560-hp FPT], WILD WILD WEST, and UNCLE’S UFO all running in the 40s it was going be real interesting to see just who would come out on top. In the fi rst race of the day, Work Boat

Class A (Skiffs 16-feet and under with out- boards up to 30 hp, Operator 18 years and younger); there was just one entrant, Jason Bulger’s CHARLIE’S PRIDE [17’ Sea-

way, 30-hp Honda]. In Class B (Inboards, outboards, or outdrives 31-90 hp.), the winner was Marshall Spear’s J-BIRD [16’; 90-hp]. In the last Work Boat race, Class C (Inboards, outboards or outdrives 90 hp and over) was won by Jordan Hodgdon’s THUNDER STRUCK [23 Sea Ox; 200-hp Evinrude E-tec] with second going to Parker Murphy’s CRABBY II [Mitchell Cove 20, 50-hp Yamaha].

There were only fi ve boats entered in the Gasoline Classes, one in Class A (4 & 6 cylinder 24 feet and over) Patrick Hanley’s BITTERSWEET, two in Class B (V8, Up to 375 cid, 24 feet and over) Walter Rich’s WIDE OPEN [26’ Robert Rich; 350 Chevro- let] and Erin Hanley’s ERIN’S WAY [Gener- al Marine 25; 350 Chevrolet]; one in Class C (V8, 376 to 525 cid, 24 feet and over) Randy Durkee’s BLACK DIAMOND [Holland 32, 454 Chevrolet]; one in Class D (V-8, 376 to 540 cid, 28 feet and over) THUNDERBOLT, and there was no entrant in Class E. With so few racers they were all run together and the race offi cials only needed to note the winner in Class B, which was WIDE OPEN.

Class A (up to 235 hp, 24-31 feet) four boats were entered. Over from Stonington came BLACK THUNDER II, which was able to just out pace Neal Snow’s MISS CHIF [Mitchell Cove 28; 225-hp John Deere]. There were ten boats registered for Class B (up to 235 hp, 32 feet and over). Race organizer Wayne Rich split out four of the slowest boats and the winner was MARTHA with a speed of 15.4 mph. Now on the line was the other six boats fi ghting for the top spot. As the racers headed for the fi nish Ste- vie Carver’s BIGGER DIRLS [Holland 32, 225-hp John Deere] had the lead with David Schlaefer’s CAITLIN [Osmond 32; 225-hp John Deere] back by a boat length in second. Class C (236 to 335 hp, 24 to 33 feet) Jo- seph Lunt’s UNCLE BUBBA [Osmond 32; 355-hp Cummins] just got by Chris Pope’s OLD SCHOOL [28’ Crowley-Beal, 270-hp Cummins]. Dana Beal brought his RIGHT STUFF [Libby 34; 300 hp Caterpillar] all the way up from Beals Island to compete in Class D (236-335 hp, 34 feet and over) and took the win with ease. There were fi ve boats

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entered in Class E (336 to 435 hp, 24-33 feet). The dominate boat last year was Ed Shirley’s MISS KARLEE [Mitchell Cove 32, 440-hp Sisu] and he has been the boat to beat this year so far and she won by a boat length. Missing from Class F (336-435 hp, 34 feet and over) was Ed Torosian’s MS. ROSE [Mitchell Cove 35; 350-hp Cummins], and the win went to LeBaron Libby's GRAMP’S LEGACY [Libby 34; 410-hp Iveco]. There was just two boats entered in Class G (436 to 550 hp, 28-35 feet) and this was won by Todd Ritchie’s SEACOCK [Calvin Beal 34; 436-hp Sisu]. There was an upset in Class H (436 to 550 hp, 36 feet and over), which has been dominated by Travis Otis’ FIRST TEAM [Northern Bay 36; 410-hp Sisu 645] for the last several seasons. The winner was Robert Alley’s ANGEL’S BABY [Calvin Beal 36, 550-hp John Deere] just sneaking by FIRST TEAM for the win.There was only one entrant in Class I, WHISKEY-TAN- GO-FOXTROT (WTF) [Northern Bay 28, 560-hp FPT], so she was run with Class J (551 to 700 hp, 36 feet and over), which had two entrants: Scott Keenan’s DEAR ABBIE [Northern Bay 38, 610 hp Cummins] and Brian Eaton’s DEFIANCE [South Shore 38, 660-hp Caterpillar]. The winner of Class J was DEAR ABBIE. Next up was Class K (701 to 900 hp, 28 feet and over) and since there was only one boat in Class L (901 hp

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