TREMONT — Travis Lunt, skipper of Steppin’ Up, took home the coveted Bass Harbor’s Fastest Lobster Boat award Sunday during the final race of the lobster boat races here.
More than 60 boats competed in 24 classes at the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association-sanctioned event. The races are part of the Bass Harbor Days celebration and had been rescheduled from the previous Sunday due to heavy rain.
As usual, the races attracted a large crowd that lined the shoreline to view the action. Many others watched from boats, often rafting their boats up with friends and adding to the party atmosphere of race day.
While each race is important to the contestants, the bragging rights that go along with having the fastest lobster boat in the Bass Harbor fleet makes that competition a favorite with homeport fishermen. This year, second and third place, respectively, went to Greg Lewis in Rachel Irene and Jamey Thurlow in Family Tradition. Scott Harper in Diana Dawn II was fourth and Charlie Dillon in Jana D. was fifth.
The races were followed by the presentation of prizes and other activities at the Bernard Town Wharf. Rev. Wayne Buchanan of the Tremont Congregational Church conducted a blessing of the fleet.