Lobster Boats Set to Race Saturday In Winter Harbor

WINTER HARBOR — Come Saturday, it will once again be Lobster Festival time in Winter Harbor, and that means most of Maine’s serious lobster boat racers will be in the harbor for what should be some fierce competition.

With seven of the coastwide championship series’ nine races complete, the top point-getter remains to be determined in several classes.

Perhaps of most interest locally will be the diesel Class M race for boats 40 feet and longer with engines up to 750 horsepower.

The current class leader is Size Matters, Dixon Smith’s Libby 41 from Beals Island. Nine points behind him is Winter Harbor’s own Patrick Faulkingham in Gramp’s Bird. Out of the running for the points title but likely to be a tough competitor Saturday is another Winter Harbor boat, Billy Bob Faulkingham’s 51, which finished second between Size Matters and Gramp’s Bird in the only two races it ran.

Among the gas-powered classes, Randy Durkee’s Ford-powered Holland 32 Black Diamond has a 10-point lead over Rocky Alley’s Chevy-pumped Lorna R. If Alley wins at Winter Harbor and again in Portland on Aug. 21 he could capture the Class D trophy.

At Stonington this past July, Alley’s brother Galen set a 72.8 miles per hour lobster boat speed record in Foolish Pleasure. No other boat has come near that speed.

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Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]