Lobster Boat Racing
Lobster boat racing returned to Portland in 2010 and is now one of the premier lobster boat races on the coast. One of the crowd pleasers in the Gasoline Class is Galen Alley’s FOOLISH PLEASURE, a custom 30-footer powered with an alcohol-fueled Chevrolet engine. She has a new engine and the rumors are that she has been clocked at 80 mph. In the Diesel Classes there were a number of boats that captured the attention of the spectators, but the star is Alfred Osgood’s STARLIGHT EXPRESS powered with a 900-hp Mack with four turbos. She currently holds the diesel record with a speed of 58.9 mph. Following the lobster boat races the tugboats take to the same course and put on incredible show.
This is the tenth race of the season and the last points race. The year begins at Boothbay in June as a number of racers battle through the summer up and down the coast for points in their classes. Racers compete in three work boat classes (boats 24-feet and under powered with an outboard, inboard or outdrive); five gasoline classes; 14 diesel classes; a wooden boat class; and three free-for-alls.
Registration will take place at the waterfront of Portland Yacht Services at 58 Fore Street, Portland starting at 0800 with the races starting at 1000. The registration fee for participating is $20.
For those interested in viewing these races from shore the Eastern Promenade is an excellent site as well as down on the walk-way below. There will be a speaker system there giving race commentary or one can use channel 10 on a VHF radio.
Following the races all participants are treated to a huge barbeque at Portland Yacht Services’ waterfront were the day’s awards are handed out.
For more information, contact Maine Coastal News at 207-223-8846.
Maine Lobsterboat Association Racing Schedule