Fast boats and big wakes
The Stonington Lobster Boat Races roared through the harbor on Sunday, July 7, as big boats with bigger engines competed for bragging rights across 32 race classes, including the fastest lobster boat in Deer Isle-Stonington, won by Miss Katie as captained by Nick Wiberg. Above, Stonington’s Sailor’s Way, helmed by Nathan Jones, races neck and neck with Deer Isle’s Emma & Andrew, captained by Ben Weed, in the Wooden Boat Race. A total 110 boats registered across 32 race classes, with boats traveling from as far as New Hampshire. Stonington is the fifth stop on the Maine Lobster Boat Races, which begin in Boothbay Harbor and end in Portland.
Watching from land
Spectators tuck in between stacks of traps behind the Stonington Lobster Co-op for prime viewing .
Neck and neck
Stonington’s Sailor’s Way, helmed by Nathan Jones, races neck and neck with Deer Isle’s Emma & Andrew, captained by Ben Weed, in the Wooden Boat Race.
The Isle au Haut Boat Company offered seats on the Otter, complete with lobster rolls and a close-up view of the races.
Miss Katie, helmed by Nick Wiberg and Heather Thomspon’s Gold Digger race past spectator boats in the Diesel Class J event. Later, Miss Katie wins the Deer Isle-Stonington Exhibition Race.
F/V Khristy Michelle, helmed by John Williams, competes in the Stonington Lobster Boat Races July 7.
Judith Ann and Intuition
Judith Ann, raced by Rusty Candage, places second, and Intuition, with Tony Bray at the helm, places fourth, in the Diesel Class H race.