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High-speed thrills at the Stonington Lobster Boat Races

Big boats, big engines and big crowds filled the harbor July 9 as the Stonington Lobster Boat Races roared into town. With 106 participants in 30 racing events, this was the largest stop on the Maine lobster boat racing circuit.

Exhibition race

Exhibition race

From left, Uncle’s UFO, White Lightning and La Bella Vita race for honors as the fastest local lobster boat.

Photo by Anne Berleant

Uncle’s UFO

Uncle’s UFO

Andy Gove’s Uncle’s UFO, a crowd favorite and regular winner, races past spectator boats to a first-place finish in the local boats-only exhibition race. See pages 2 and 3 for story and results.

Photo by Anne Berleant

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Spectator boats

Spectator boats

Spectator boats tie up along the race course for front row seats.

Photo by Anne Berleant

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Big diesel

Big diesel

Audrey Aileen leads Jarsulan 4 in the second heat of the diesel-powered boats 40 feet and over 750+ horsepower race.

Photo by Anne Berleant

From land and water

From land and water

Spectators scrambled to top viewing perches from land along the Stonington waterfront.

Photo by Anne Berleant