Spectators and lobstermen alike are getting revved up for Boothbay Harbor's Charlie Begin Memorial Lobster Boat Races set for Saturday, June 18, at 10 a.m. You're picking up “good vibrations” already, aren't you? This year marks the 31st year of lobster boat races in Boothbay Harbor. Interested in entering the race? Sign up starts at 9 a.m. at Brown's Wharf - just look for the table.
The race course runs in front of Tumbler Island toward the finish line at the Maine State Aquarium. Event organizer Ashlee Lowery says she expects 60, yep, 6-0, boats this year — some from way up north and over the Maine border.
“I've been talking with a couple of boats from Canada and they are looking forward to coming to Boothbay Harbor to show off — and create havoc just for fun,” Lowery said. “I hear these boats are really fast — 70 mph — but they are two-seaters with open hulls and big engines. Our (Maine) rules say the boats must be working lobster boats.”