Clocking a record speed of 68.1 mph June 20, Galen Alley’s Foolish Pleasure won the 2010 Rockland Lobster Boat Race.

The event was the second in a series of weekend races that began the previous day in Boothbay Harbor and will culminate Sunday, Aug. 22, in Portland.

According to a 1997 article in National Fisherman, Alley built his 30-foot racer for speed rather than work. He installed an engine designed for land-based drag racing in the cockpit of a one-off fiberglass hull built by Ernest Libby Jr. of Beals Island, Foolish Pleasure’s home port.

The record-breaking speed was achieved during the final heat of the Rockland race. There were 24 heats and a total of 69 boats in the June 20 event.

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