Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 12, 2018
High-speeds on the open seas
Stonington Lobster Boat Races largest on the coast
Andy Gove’s Uncle’s UFO, a crowd favorite and regular winner, races past spectator boats to a first-place finish in the local boats-only exhibition race. See pages 2 and 3 for story and results.
by Anne Berleant
The Maine Lobster Boat Races roared into Stonington Sunday, July 8, turning the harbor into a scene of big boats with big engines leaving a big wake and the scent of fuel and salt in the air.
With 32 different races, including a couple Stonington-only events— the Jimmy Stevens Cup and the Fastest Working Lobstah Boat—the turnout was the best yet on the Maine lobster boat race circuit.
“What a day of racing,” reported Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association President Jon Johansen. “We had 106 racers signed up, making this the largest race of the year. The weather was absolutely perfect.”
Stonington boats Hello Darlin’ II, raced by Cory McDonald, Cat Sass, helmed by Julie Eaton, and Robbie Eaton’s U-2, raced to first place finishes, with Hello Darlin’ II also placing third as the Fastest Lobster Boat Afloat.
Island boats also swept the Wooden Boats over 36 feet event, with Nathan Jones in Sailor’s Way placing first, followed by Ryan Larrabee in Resolute, John Williams in Khristy Michelle and Ben Weed in Emma & Andrew. In the Deer Isle-Stonington Exhibition Race, crowd favorite Uncle’s UFO, raced by Andy Gove, took first at 39.4 mph.
Wild Wild West, raced by Cameron Crawford of Lamoine, swept the Diesel Free For All for the third year, although its 54.8 mph speed didn’t break its own 2016 record of 60.4 mph. The 1,000 horsepower diesel lobster boat then notched it up a sliver and took home honors as the Fastest Lobster Boat Afloat.
“We had another great day of racing, with beautiful weather and a fantastic turnout,” race organizer Genevieve McDonald said, thanking community sponsors and supporters. “We look forward to doing it again next year.”