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Maine Coastal News FREE Canadians Steal Show at Moosabec Lobster Boat Races

DODGE IT, a 30-foot Canadian racer, came down to run against Galen Alley's FOOLISH PLEASURE, but all did not go well for the Americans.

MOOSABEC REACH/BASS HARBOR/ STONINGTON/FRIENDSHIP – With two races down (Boothbay and Rockland) we were scheduled to head to Bass Harbor next, but Mother Nature had other ideas with lots of rain and wind gusts up to 40 mph. The rain would not have stopped the event, but the wind could be a factor and thus the Bass Harbor race committee decided to move their event to the day after the Moosabec Reach races, which were scheduled for Sat- urday the fourth. This made for a two race weekend and since both were points races it could draw more people, and did. The week before Moosabec and Bass Harbor some racers were scrambling to either make repairs or just get ready. Shawn Alley’s LITTLE GIRLS [28’ Calvin Beal Jr.; 514Ford] developed a keel issue. The keel was built in two pieces and they were starting to separate. Shawn with assistance from his brother Thurman and Calvin Beal, Jr., were able to make the repairs in time for the races. One my run Downeast I stopped by C. & C. Machine in Ellsworth to see how WILD WILD WEST [West 28; 1,050-hp Isotta] was progressing. Looking in the cockpit it was obvious that there was a problem with the gear, it was not even in the boat. Glenn Crawford was on the phone looking to see who had something he could use. He had just three days before the race and things were not looking good. Further done the coast, I stopped over on Beals and

saw Galen Alley, who said that the engine for FOOLISH PLEASURE [30’ Custom Riley Beal; 712 Ford] was going in the boat that day and that LORNA R. [30’ Riley Beal; 496 Chevrolet] was ready. He also said that the Canadians were defi nitely coming over with one boat.

As the weekend neared the weather reports were calling for great weather and on the morning of the Moosabec races we were greeted with beautifully clear skies. When sign ups were done, we had 90 boats entered one of them being the Canadian boat DODGE IT [30’, 450 hp Dodge]. There were also a lot of spectators wanting to see the Canadian boat run against FOOLISH PLEASURE. The fi rst race of the day was for Recre- ational boats and Craig Church’s EGADS got the early lead no one could catch him. At other venues we run three work boat classes, which are for boats under 24 feet in length. Moosabec has several classes of work boats. In Work Boat Class A (Skiffs 16 feet and under, Outboards up to 30 hp, opera-

LISA MARIE and LA BELLA VITA battling it out at Friendship on 19 July.

tors up to 18 years old) we had three entrants and the winner was Gavin Holland’s BABY BARON (Holland 14, 30-hp Yamaha). In the

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next race, Work Boat Class B (Clam/Wrin- kle Boat, up to 90 hp) the dominate boat over the years has been Ralph Davis’ ALPEX [16’, 90 hp Johnson]. However, as the boats were running to the fi nish line he was being seriously challenged, but right at the line he got ahead for the win. After the races it was discovered the other boat had more than 90 hp and was disqualifi ed. Next up was Working Boat C, (Mounted Hauler up to

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