Lobster boat races roil Bass Harbor



Photo By Mark Good

Ocean Bounty, formerly boatbuilder Arvid Young’s 45-footer Tenaru River, shows off its speed and power during Sunday’s Bass Harbor lobster boat races.

TREMONT — The roar of lobster boats running at full throttle echoed throughout the harbor here Sunday during the third annual Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races.

The event, which has grown considerably since its inception, attracted 60 boats, racing in 15 classes.

Wayne Rich, who organizes the races along with his 11-year-old son, Colyn, said the event is not sanctioned by the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association (MLBRA) but is designed to be a friendly get-together where friends, old and new, can compete for bragging rights. Local businesses donate numerous prizes, all of which are presented, not to the winners, but by a draw from a hat.

According to MLBRA President Jon Johansen, there has been some talk of adding the Bass Harbor event to the slate of races that count toward a season-long championship. For now, though, the sentiment seems to be to leave well enough alone.

“It is all about fun and that has been missing recently,” Johansen said in his post-race wrap-up on Facebook.

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