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REDISCOVERING THEIR COMMERCIAL ROOTS.

Long before yacht racing got its reputation as an expensive hobby for the idle rich, fishing boat skippers developed boatspeed tactics and alertness to the shifts in order to get the catch to shore (preferably, in those pre-mechanical refrigeration days, before it spoiled) first in order to set the market.

Apparently the tradition lives on, if, among Maine lobstermen, with somewhat more expensive craft involved in the racing.
Maine lobster-boat races. It sounds like a goof, like the fall pumpkin races that they hold in Damariscotta, where they mount outboard motors on giant gourds and race around the harbor. But it’s serious, an annual circuit with events up and down the coast.

Some of the boats are purpose-built racers, trailered to each event, cammed-up big-blocks bursting through their decks. They’re lobster boats in the same way that Joey Logano’s Nascar race car is a Mustang. But most of the entrants are actual commercial fishing vessels, work boats that happen to be screamin’ fast. Their owners might make a 100- mile trip, or more, just to race for a minute or so.
Being wicked fast back to the dock to set the market still has commercial value.

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