ROCKLAND — Maine lobstermen are competing for cash, prizes and bragging rights as the annual lobster boat racing season gets underway.

The season’s first races were held Saturday at Boothbay Harbor. Fishermen were back at it on Sunday with more races in Rockland.

Lobster boat racing dates back to the early 1900s, with modern-day races dating back to the 1960s.

The races are action-packed contests where the fastest of the souped-up boats reach speeds of more than 60 mph, leaving roostertails in their wakes as spectators watch from shore and on boats that crowd the race course.

Additional races are planned for Bass Harbor, Jonesport, Long Island, Searsport, Stonington, Friendship, Harpswell, Winter Harbor, Pemaquid, Portland and Eastport.


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