LOBSTER BOAT RACES
28 August 2005
On 28 August nearly 50 racers headed to Winter Harbor for the final race of the year. Since this race was cancelled earlier in the month due to fog some of those that signed up did not return.
There were six racers in the Gasoline Classes. Les Parritt’s Early Dawn (Clinton Beal, 300 cid Ford) won Class A. Isaac Beal’s Christopher (Mariner Beal, 502 cid Chevrolet) ran unopposed in Class C. Two boats came to the line in Class D, which was won by Wyatt Beal’s Moxie (Mariner Beal, 535-hp Chrysler) over Fred Young’s Wanda Lou (Repco 30, V-8 Oldsmobile).
There were three Diesel Class which had just one entrant. Sid Eaton’s Kimberly-Belle (AJ-28, 370-hp Volvo) was the only entrant in Class F; Bill Haass’ Duncan & Blake (Mitchell Cove 35, 500-hp MAN) Class I; and Skip Young’s Silver Spoon (Mitchell Cove 35, 65-hp Volvo) Class L.
Christopher Beal’s Little Ladies (Osmond 27, 220-hp John Deere) won Class A with Jesse Fogg’s Pisscuttah (Webber’s Cove 26, 220-hp John Deere) taking second. In Class B, nine boats came to the starting line. First went to Steve Carver’s Bigger Dirls (Holland 32, 225-hp John Deere) followed over by his brother Ronald Carver’s Mr. T. (Wayne Beal 32, 235-hp Sisu) and Brent Davis’ Hee Haw (Wayne Beal 34, 220-hp John Deere) took third. In Class C Travis Otis’ took the helm of Venom (Northern Bay 28, 250-hp Sisu) and easily beat Danny Walker’s Rebecca Lynn (RP-31, 250-hp Cummins) to the finish line. Just two boats came to the line in Class D, which was won by Aaron Smith’s Why Knot (Libby 34, 300-hp Caterpillar) over Patrick Faulkingham’s Gramp’s Bird (Osmond 34, 300-hp Cummins). One of the nicest looking boats on the coast has to be Thurman’s Alley’s Melanie Jean (Willis Beal 38, 300-hp Caterpillar) and she won Class E. Second went to Oscar Beal’s Papa’s Pride (Wayne Beal 36, 300-hp Caterpillar) and third was Wayne Rich’s Rich Tradition (Robert Rich, 315-hp Cummins). In Class G Clair Whitten, Jr.’s CC & Water (Mitchell Cove 35, 350-hp Yanmar) took first with Phil Torrey’s Back n Black (Duffy 35, 430-hp Cummins) got second. The easy winner in Class H was Jim Minott’s Hooked Up (Crowley-Beal 33, 375-hp John Deere) and Bruce Fernald’s Barbara Ann was second. In Class J Mystery Machine (Northern Bay 38, 410-hp Sisu) owned by Ira Guptil finished first and second went to Larry Torrey’s Brenda Lee (Osmond 40, 450-hp John Deere) followed by Tom West’s My Rozario (Osmond 42, 580-hp Cummins). As at Searsport Steve Johnson’s Wild One (Crowley-Beal 33, 892 GM) took on the plane Hate Me Rose II (28-footer, 270-hp) and got first. For the first time this season James West’s Wild, Wild West (28-footer, 466 cid International) came out to race and only got second with first going to Perley Fogg’s Poseidon (Calvin Beal 38, 800-hp Caterpillar). The big race of the day was a rematch of Alfred Osgood’s Starlight Express (Northern Bay 36, 900-hp Mack) and Andrew Gove’s Uncle’s UFO (Northern Bay 36, 900-hp Mack) and after making numerous attempts Osgood was finally successful in beating Uncle’s UFO in Class N. Dana Rice’s Unpredictable (Duffy 42, 575-hp Scania) won Class O. In Diesel Class P Richard Hilding’s What’s Left (RP 40, 800-hp Caterpillar) took first and second went to Jon Chipman’s Isabelle M.
Christopher won the Gasoline Free-for-All and second was Moxie.
Just two came to the line for the Diesel Free-for-All, Starlight Express and Uncle’s UFO, which was won by Starlight Express.
Seven entrants started the Lady Skipper’s Race, which was won by Julie Eaton on Kimberly-Belle. The only qualified winner for the season in this Class was Brenda Robbins.
In the Wooden Boat Race Christopher took first, second went to Moxie and third was Melanie Jean.
In the Fastest Lobster Boat race Starlight Express won once again with Uncle’s UFO second.