Maine lobsterman sets speed record of 68 mph

Posted June 21, 2010, at 5:29 a.m.
&quotQuick Step" left, and &quotEmily Grace," right, head down the race course during a lobster boat race in Rockland, Maine Sunday, June 20, 2010.  In all, more than 110 boats raced over the weekend as Maine's annual lobster boat racing season kicked off. (AP Photo/Joel Page)
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"Quick Step" left, and "Emily Grace," right, head down the race course during a lobster boat race in Rockland, Maine Sunday, June 20, 2010. In all, more than 110 boats raced over the weekend as Maine's annual lobster boat racing season kicked off. (AP Photo/Joel Page)
A lobster boat race spectator jumps off a boat during a race to put on a survival suit Sunday, June 20, 2010 in Rockland, Maine.  In all, more than 110 boats raced over the weekend as Maine's annual lobster boat racing season kicked off. (AP Photo/Joel Page)
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A lobster boat race spectator jumps off a boat during a race to put on a survival suit Sunday, June 20, 2010 in Rockland, Maine. In all, more than 110 boats raced over the weekend as Maine's annual lobster boat racing season kicked off. (AP Photo/Joel Page)
&quotWhy Knot" heads down the race course during a lobster boat race in Rockland, Maine Sunday, June 20, 2010.  In all, more than 110 boats raced over the weekend as Maine's annual lobster boat racing season kicked off. (AP Photo/Joel Page)
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"Why Knot" heads down the race course during a lobster boat race in Rockland, Maine Sunday, June 20, 2010. In all, more than 110 boats raced over the weekend as Maine's annual lobster boat racing season kicked off. (AP Photo/Joel Page)
Spectators and participants gather along the race course Sunday, June 20, 2010 during a lobster boat race in Rockland, Maine.  In all, more than 110 boats raced over the weekend as Maine's annual lobster boat racing season kicked off. (AP Photo/Joel Page)
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Spectators and participants gather along the race course Sunday, June 20, 2010 during a lobster boat race in Rockland, Maine. In all, more than 110 boats raced over the weekend as Maine's annual lobster boat racing season kicked off. (AP Photo/Joel Page)
&quotLisa Marie" left, and &quotSeacock," right, head down the race course Sunday, June 20, 2010 during a lobster boat race in Rockland, Maine. Seacock beat Lisa Marie to finish first in their class.  In all, more than 110 boats raced over the weekend as Maine's annual lobster boat racing season kicked off. (AP Photo/Joel Page)
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"Lisa Marie" left, and "Seacock," right, head down the race course Sunday, June 20, 2010 during a lobster boat race in Rockland, Maine. Seacock beat Lisa Marie to finish first in their class. In all, more than 110 boats raced over the weekend as Maine's annual lobster boat racing season kicked off. (AP Photo/Joel Page)

ROCKLAND, Maine — A lobsterman in a souped-up boat set a new speed record Sunday on the Maine lobster boat racing circuit.

Galen Alley, of Beals Island, was clocked at 68.1 mph in his 30-foot fiberglass boat, Foolish Pleasure, at lobster boat races in Rockland, said Jon Johansen, president of the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association. Alley beat the old record of 64.5 mph, which he set last summer.

“He’s in the record book,” Johansen said.

In all, more than 110 boats roared their engines and sprayed roostertails over the weekend as Maine’s annual lobster boat racing season kicked off.

Sixty-nine boats competed Sunday in Rockland, a day after the first races of the season drew 45 boats to Boothbay Harbor, Johansen said.

The races are annual action-packed contests where lobstermen race their vessels as spectators watch from shore and from boats that line the race courses. Racers compete in several different classes, with many having souped-up engines built for speed.

Alley’s gas-powered boat is equipped with a massive dragster-style engine mounted on its deck. In the diesel class, Alfred Osgood, of Vinalhaven, had the fastest showing on Sunday, clocking in at 54.7 mph aboard the Starlight Express.

There are 10 lobster boat races this season, in Boothbay Harbor, Rockland, Jonesport-Beals Island, Searsport, Stonington, Friendship, Harpswell, Winter Harbor, Pemaquid and Portland.

Last week, the racing association announced it had signed an agreement with a Portland marketing company, Aura360, to produce a television series based on the races. The company had two video crews on hand in Rockland to record footage that it intends to turn into a pilot that it can pitch to television networks, said Aura360 spokeswoman Lauren St. Clair.

The idea is to create a series similar to the hit cable TV show “Deadliest Catch,” which focuses on fishermen aboard Alaska’s crab-fishing boats, she said.

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