It’s getting to be that time of the year for anyone who loves fast boats and the screaming sound of ramped up diesel and gasoline engines. I’m talking the 2019 Maine lobster boat-racing season, which is due to start in a little more than a month.

This year’s races are dedicated to the late Galen Alley who was a dominating force on the racing scene for a good 10 years, setting the record of 72.8 mph in the Foolish Pleasure. Alley died on Wednesday, Jan. 16, in a single-vehicle accident outside of Jonesport.

The first race is June 15 at Boothbay and concludes 10 races later on Aug. 18 at the MS Harborfeast Race in Portland. All races start at 10 a.m., except for Long Island, which begins at 3 p.m.

Michael Crowley is the former Boats & Gear editor for National Fisherman.

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