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THE STATE OF MAINE'S BOATING NEWSPAPER Volume 29 Issue 8 August 2016


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Maine Coastal News FREE WILD WILD WEST Sets New Diesel Record at Bass Harbor


Cameron Crawford at the helm of WILD WILD WEST while she set the new diesel speed record when she was clocked at 60.6 mph at Bass Harbor.


BASS HARBOR – What another great day of racing! On Sunday 26 June racers from as far Downeast as Beals Island-Jonesport and to the west’ard Owl’s Head came and enjoyed a perfect day of racing, bright sun shine and a nice cool breeze. As perfect as the day was no one expected birthday boy Cameron Crawford and WILD WILD WEST to scream down the race course and set a new record! Bass Harbor started as mostly a local


race in 2011, but soon the traveling racers were enticed to come and complete and it is now one of the most favorite venues on the coast. When sign ups were completed we had 60 boats entered, which is the most to date this year. Some new boats showed up, one that


had just hit the water the day before: Eric Beal’s KIMBERLY ANN [Calvin Beal 42, 750-hp FPT], which was fi nished off by Lights Fiberglass in Steuben. Another new boat was Dana Rice’s SEANNA ROSE [Wesmac 46, 1,000-hp Caterpillar], also fi nished off by Lights Fiberglass. Before the races it was learned that Steve Johnson was getting closer to getting his race boat together [Repco 30, 1,100- hp gasoline engine] and out racing. He developed a transmission problem before Boothbay and ordered a new one, which is not expected to arrive until Thursday (30 June). In the Gasoline Classes there was no one signed up in Class A (4 & 6 cylinder


24 feet and over), Class D (V-8, 376 to 540 cid, 28 feet and over) or Class E (Anything turbocharged, 28 feet and over). All three boats were sent down together with two competitors in Class B (V8, Up to 375 cid, 24 feet and over), which was won by Wayne Rich’s WIDE OPEN [26’ Robert Rich; 350 Chevrolet] and the winner of Class C (V8, 376 to 525 cid, 24 feet and over) was Randy Durkee’s BLACK DIAMOND [Holland 32, 454 Chevrolet]. In Class B (up to 235-hp, 32 feet and


over) there were six boats on the line. It was a close race between Everett Beers’ MISS KARI LYNNE [Mitchell Cove 32; 220-hp John Deere] and Ed Glover’s GRACIE [33’ Calvin Beal, Jr.; 160-hp John Deere], with MISS KARI LYNNE just getting by for the win with third going to Cory McDonald’s HELLO DARLIN’ II [Holland 32, 220-hp Izusu]. Seven boats were entered in Class C (236 to 335 hp, 24 to 33 feet) and it was a re-match between Julie Eaton’s CAT SASS [Crowley 28; 305-hp Cummins] and Winifred Alley’s LAST DESIGN [E. Libby, Jr., 31; 300-hp Caterpillar]. At the line there


were just several feet between the stems with the win going to LAST DESIGN. DIANA DAWN II [RP 35; 265-hp John Deere], owned by Scott Harper, took the win in Class D (236-335-hp, 34 feet and over). There were three entrants in Class E (336 to 435-hp, 24-33 feet) that we knew would have a very close fi nish. As the fi ve entrants headed up the course, the three, Kenton Feeney’s BAD INFLUENCE [Holland 32, 350-hp Yanmar], Steve Carver’s BIGGER DIRLS [Holland 32, 400-hp John Deere] and Nick Wiberg’s MISS KATIE [Holland 31; 355 hp Cummins], broke out in the lead. In a surprise, BIGGER DIRLS took the win followed by BAD INFLUENCE and MISS KATIE. In Class G (436 to 550-hp, 28-35 feet), Gregg Lewis’ RACHEL IRENE [Mitchell Cove 35; 500-hp Cummins] upset Todd Ritchie’s SEACOCK [Calvin Beal 34; 436-hp Sisu]. Cameron Crawford’s WILD WILD WEST [West 28; 1,050-hp Isotta] went up against Ed Shirley’s MISS KARLEE [Mitchell Cove 32, 1,000-hp Cat- erpillar] in Class L (901-hp and over, 28 feet and over) and the win went to WILD WILD


The above article is a summary of our newsletter. For those looking for additional coverage, "Maine Coastal News" produces a newsletter after each race, which has indepth coverage and lots of colour photographs. Also follow us on Facebook: friend - Jon Johansen


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Publisher's Note Calendar of Events


Searsport Maritime Days Boothbay Harbor Festival U. S. Navy News


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6-8 Waterfront News


Obituary: Cappy Sargent Hodgdon Fuel and Award


Maine Maritime Academy News Vendee Globe


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Commercial Fishing News DELA Director's Report


Misc. Commercial Fishing News Boat Yard News


Lobster Boat Race Results


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Maritime History


History from the Past Classifi ed Ads


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WEST. In Class M(B) (40 feet and over, 501 to 750-hp) just launched the day before was KIMBERLY ANN and with little time in the water she still bested the fi eld. In the Wooden Boat Race (A) (up to 35


feet 11 inches) was won by WIDE OPEN. WIDE OPEN headed back down and


won the Gasoline Free-for-All with BLACK DIAMOND second. Next up was the Diesel Free-for-All


and it was all WILD WILD WEST with the record breaking speed of 60.4 mph. WILD WILD WEST and LA BELLA


VITA headed down and were the only entrants in the Fastest Lobster Boat Race. Well the question was, could she back up the speed she had in her last race and the answer was yes. When she crossed the fi nish line she was clocked at 60.6 mph.


BEALS ISLAND-JONESPORT – The fourth race of the season took us to Moos- abec Reach off Beals Island-Jonesport, scheduled for 2 July. Before heading down one always wonders if we will be able to run the races as fog can be a problem. The fore- cast was not bad, but when we arrived at the U. S. Coast Guard station it was obvious the fog and a strong westerly wind were going to be a problem. The race committee looked at their options and decided to postpone the races till the following day. When we arrived


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