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Andrew Taylor's new BLUE EYED GIRL, a Morgan Bay 38 powered with a 900-hp Scania, on her way to winning Class K. In the Background is Gary Genthner's LISA MARIE.

BASS HARBOR – With the Boothbay Harbor and Rockland lobster boat races complete next up were the Bass Harbor races on 25 June. Bass Harbor has become one of the more popular races on the coast. No one showed for the fi rst race of the

day, Work Boat Class A (Skiff s 16-feet and under with outboards up to 30 hp, Operator 18 years and younger). In the next race, Class B (Inboards, outboards, or outdrives 31-90 hp) three boats were on the line and when the fl ag dropped Austin Lunt’s MR POWERS jumped into the lead and won. The last Work Boat Class, Class C (Inboard, Outboard or Outdrive, 90 hp and over) had three boats on the line and Cole McEnroe’s DIRTY DEEDS blasted its way through the chop to victory. In the fi ve Gasoline Classes we had

three entrants. There were no entrants in Class A (4 & 6 cylinder 24 feet and over), Class D (Gasoline Class D - V-8, 376 to 540 cid, 28 feet and over) and Class E (Over 525 cid, 28 feet and over, Turbos/superchargers). With two entrants in Class B (V8, Up to 375 cid, 24 feet and over) and one in Class C (V8, 376 to 525 cid, 24 feet and over) they all raced up together. First over the line was Randy Durkee’s BLACK DIAMOND who won Class C. Second over the line was Michael Clayton’s J. T. BEAN and he won Class B.

There were a number of diesel boats entered in all the classes and many of them

were local boats we do not see at other ven- ues. In Class A (up to 235 hp, 24-31 feet) three racers were on the line. Jason McMil- lan’s SEA YA slipped out ahead for the win. The next race had six competitors come to the line, and as they came up the course the leaders began to separate themselves. The win went to Everett Beers’ MISS KARI LYNN by a boat length. As the four boats came up the race course in Class C (236 to 335 hp, 24 to 33 feet) it was obvious that Winifred Alley’s LAST DESIGN, which has not lost a race in this class since she began racing last year, was being beaten by Daniel Eaton’s WHITE LIGHTNING. Scott Harper’s DIANA DAWN II lead the other two competitors in Class D (236-335 hp, 34 feet and over) to the fi nish line. No one was surprised to see Nick Wiberg’s MISS KATIE running away from the other competitors in Class E (336 to 435 hp, 24-33 feet). In Class F (336-435 hp, 34 feet and over) Parker Murphy's BAND-IT took the win. One of the most competitive classes this year has been Class G (436 to 550 hp, 28-35 feet).

Todd Ritchie’s SEACOCK had been the dominate boat, but Dana Beal repowered his RIGHT STUFF and now he is the top boat. RIGHT STUFF jumped right into the lead with Greg Lewis’ RACHEL IRENE right next to him and they came across the line stem to stem. In the re-race RIGHT STUFF crossed with a boat length between them. Close races seemed to be the order of the day as Class H [436 to 550 hp, 36 feet and over] also had a tight fi nish. Travis Otis’ FIRST TEAM was on the left side with Brian Tripp’s ENGINUITY in the middle and at the line it was FIRST TEAM slipping by for the win. There was just one entrant, Patrick Faulkingham’s MARGARET E., in Class I (551 to 700 hp, 28-35 feet) and one, David Myrick’s JANICE ELAINE in Class J (551 to 700 hp, 36 feet and over) so they came up together with each getting fi rst in their class. There was only one entrant in Class K (701 to 900 hp, 28 feet and over), Gary Genthner’s LISA MARIE so he ran up with the next race. Everyone was waiting to watch hometown racer Cameron Crawford’s WILD WILD WEST in Class L (901 hp and over, 28 feet

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Port Safety Forum News

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70s Memories - Eugene Thurston 6 U. S. Coast Guard News U. S. Navy News

7 8-9 Waterfront News Thou Shall Knot Exhibit Commercial Fishing News From the Director - DELA 11 Misc. Commercial Fishing News 12-13 10 Boat Yard News BYN - Hinkley at White House

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BYN - Hodgdon Launches Tenders 15 Lobster Boat Racing Results

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and over). He was up against Ed Shirley’s MISS KARLEE and Tom Clemon’s MOTI- VATION and WILD WILD WEST jumped out into the lead and took the win. Six boats were entered in Class M(A) (40 feet and over, up to 500 hp) and the winner was Chris Pope’s OLD SCHOOL. No one was surprised to Eric Beal’s KIMBERLY ANN best the other fi ve racers in Class M(B) (40 feet and over, 501 to 750 hp.). Those who have followed lobster boat racing for a cou- ple of decades would remember Bill Haass’ DUNCAN & BLAKE. She was a dominate boat in the early 2000s. This year a new DUNCAN & BLAKE showed up, she is a Mussel Ridge 42 powered with a 1,000-hp MAN and easily won Class N (40 feet and over, 751 hp and over). In the Wooden Boat Race A (up to 35

feet 11 inches), LILY ANN, the former GRACIE, got the win and in Wooden Boat Race (B) (36 feet and over) Wayne Rich’s RICH RETURNS was the winner. It was not surprising that BLACK DI- AMOND won the Gasoline Free-for-All. Would WILD WILD WEST maintain

her dominance or would MOTIVATION be able to get by in the Diesel Free-for-All? It was all WILD WILD WEST with MOTIVA- TION a close second. Only two boats came to the line for the

Fastest Lobster Boat Race and again it was Continued on Page 19.

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