On August 18, Portland, Maine, hosted the last of the summer's Maine lobster boat races. The competition runs the gamut from ethanol-powered, flat-bottomed pure racing machines to a floating tiki bar. Don't miss the fireboat, flaming engine, tug muster and full-throttle races.

For a full roundup, read Michael Crowley's Around the Yards Northeast article "Lobstermen race for more than prizes" on page 36 of the November issue.

 

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Travis and Keith Otis of Searsport, Maine, have the First Team tied up and ready to head out into Casco Bay for Portland's lobster boat races.

 

 

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 The KonTiki Bar — Hate Me Rose gets dressed up for the races.

 

 

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Launching Galen Alley's Foolish Pleasure, a fiberglass version of the wooden Lorna R. They both have relatively flat bottoms and ethanol engines.

 

 

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Jeremy Chandler, skipper of the Lorna R and Galen Alley's cousin, gets ready for the race, sporting his Foolish Pleasure team t-shirt.

 

 

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Off to the races! What? Your sternman doesn't have a couch?

 

 

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Open skiffs coming down the line!

 

 

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Emergency crews and good Samaritans respond
when an oil leak sparks a fire in the wheelhouse of the wooden Lorna R during her first race. Skipper Jeremy Chandler quickly extinguishes it and gets back in line to win a second race.

 

 

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The Stretched-Vet cruises down the raceway.

 

 

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Race organizers point the radar gun aboard the Bailey & Bella.

 

 

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Skipper Tom Clemons of the 4 Girls comes out on deck to check in with First Team skipper Travis Otis after a tight field and a close race in the Diesel Free-For-All. Watch the video here.

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Launching Galen Alley's Foolish Pleasure (a fiberglass version of the wooden Lorna R) and revving her ethanol engine.

The Lorna R takes her first race

Whistlin Dixie wins

Lorna R wins the wooden boat race

Foolish Pleasure takes a race

The all-diesel race is a close call

The all-diesel race is a close call

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