The lobster boat races have been part of Beverly Homecoming since the mid-1990s, and they were the idea of Harbormaster Dan McPherson.
During the race, boats are categorized by length, hull type and engine size and then they race together. There are also head-to-head competitions and free-for-all races in which all boats churn up the ocean, regardless of type. Prizes include lobster pots or even a free hauling, Deinstadt said.
The lobster boat captains readily admit lobster boats are not cigarette boats. Deinstadt's boat's top speed is 16 knots, and he normally cruises at 10. None of the captains wanted to brag about their chances.
"This boat here is faster than I am, I know that," Deinstadt said, motioning to one of his competitors. One of the boats, Farrah & Ryan, blew away its competitors even after some boats were given a head start. Another fast boat was the Sea Anchor, captained by Therese Sauvageau, which had an easy victory in the second heat.
"This isn't a fast boat," said Rich Malewicki of the Riley Too. "I just come out to participate."
Malewicki's brother, Mike, the captain of the Janie M. and a commercial lobsterman, also downplayed his chances.
"My boat is a little bit sick," he said. He also said it has been tough to make a living lobstering.
"The last five years have been tough," Mike Malewicki said.
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