STONINGTON — Lobstermen put away the traps and opened the throttles this weekend at the Stonington lobster boat races.
About 75 boats participated in the races this year, with a strong local presence and a contingent for Vinalhaven and North Haven, said Jon Johansen, the president of the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association.
Choppy waters that plagued Bass Harbor at the end of June were absent at the Sunday races, and a new record was set.
Cameron Crawford’s Wild Wild West, always a top contender at the races, clocked 61.6 mph, setting a new diesel record by about 1 mph, en route to first place in the diesel free for all, Johansen said.
Shawn Alley’s Little Girl had a good showing, taking first in the gasoline free for all and the wooden boat race.
Blue Eyed Girl, Andrew Taylor’s boat, also came up big, winning the fastest working lobster boat over Jeremy Beal’s Maria’s Nightmare II and Jeff Eaton’s La Bella Vita. Taylor also came home with the gold in the fastest lobster boat afloat, which was missing big names like Wild Wild West and Foolish Pleasure. Eaton took second and Heather Thompson’s Gold Digger placed third.
The racing circuit now moves on to Friendship this coming weekend followed by Harpswell on July 25. Winter Harbor will follow on Aug. 14. That is the last race in Hancock County.