THE 2018 MAINE LOBSTER BOAT RACE SCHEDULE!

18 April 2018
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The first Maine Lobster Boat Race of the season opens at Boothbay Harbor in mid-June, and there are plenty of opportunities throughout the summer to watch lobster boat races throughout the summer in other areas around Maine.

Since the early 1900s the lobster fishermen of the State of Maine have been competing to see just who has the fastest boat. It began with sloops and evolved to power boats with the development of the internal combustion engine. First it was the make-and-break engines, which were followed by the typical automobile gasoline engine of 200 hp and now the boats are diesel powered with engines putting out as much as 1,200 hp.

THE MAINE LOBSTER BOAT RACE SCHEDULE 2018


June 16 – Boothbay Harbor Lobster Boat Races.  These races are best viewed via boat.

June 17 – Rockland Lobster Boat Races. These races are best viewed via Rockland Breakwater.

June 24 – Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races. These races are best viewed via boat.

June 30 – Moosabec Reach Lobster Boat Races (Jonesport Beals). These races are best viewed from the Beals Island bridge.

July 8 – Stonington Lobster Boat Races.  The Stonington lobster boat races are best viewed by boat and Isle au Haut Boat Services runs a charter for flatlanders who want to view the action on the water (for further details email amanda@isleauhaut.com).

July 22 – Friendship Lobster Boat Races. These races are best viewed via boat.

July 29 – Harpswell Lobster Boat Races. These races are best viewed via boat.

August 4 – Kennebec Reach Lobster Boat Races. This is a new addition to the 2018 lobster boat races schedule.

August 11 – Winter Harbor Lobster Boat Races. These races are best viewed via boat. The lobster boat races form part of a wider Downeast Maine Lobster Festival held in the town that day.

August 12 – Pemaquid Lobster Boat Races. These races are best viewed from the top of the tower at Pemaquid Colonial Park.

August 18 – Long Island Lobster Boat Races

August 19 – Portland Lobster Boat Races (MS Harborfest). These races are best viewed from Fort Allen Park/the Eastern Promenade (including the walk-way below).

For more information on the Maine Lobster Boat Races, please visit the MAINE-LY Lobster website or this Facebook page

You may also contact Jon Johansen, President of Maine Built Boats and publisher the monthly newspaper Maine Coastal News. Watch Jon’s YouTube video on the Evolution of the Lobster Boat.



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