They are seafaring, nautical drag racers. Men and women whose need for speed — as well as creating wakes and making waves — turns working lobster boats into suped-up vessels that, ultimately, transform into raging, take-no-prisoners, water-moving machines.

On Saturday, June 27 in Rockland Harbor just inside the breakwater, there was no time for these usual working vessels to stop and pick up a pot because the race finish was in sight and there were bragging rights on the line. In this case, the lobsters had to wait.

In beautiful, early-summer weather, in front of hundreds of spectators on the breakwater and dozens of moored boats that had traveled far and wide from Maine's watery nooks and crannies, and, on this day, combined to create a small floating city in the harbor, the annual Rockland Lobster Boat Races turned out to be a roaring — with emphasis on roaring — success.

Watch video and see more than 120 photos below.

It was one of the annual Maine Lobster Boat Race events held off the state's coast. A handful of the 2020 events in the race series have been cancelled or altered due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Saturday's event hosted by Journey's End Marina in Rockland (with help from other event and community supporters, contributors and volunteers), which began in the late morning and finished in the early afternoon, saw races that included motor boats and lobster boats.

Coronavirus-weary people were more than ready to head outdoors, climb into a craft and get on the water to enjoy good old-fashioned Maine fun.

There was much to marvel, including the speed of the boats with all manner of creative and personal names, along with their ports of call. There were high-flying flags and even a political message or two, as well as dips in the still cold Penobscot Bay/Atlantic Ocean.

"The races went well," said Nick O'Hara of Journey's End. "In the three years I have been involved we had a high of 61 boats enter. Operation of the race went smooth. The other committee members Mike Mayo, Jamie Boutin, Ross Alex and Kevin Glover did a great job. Pace boat operation was on top of getting boats organized and Don Shields did a great job getting them there and announcing the winners. USCG was present and didn’t bring up any concerns. Even though social distancing on the deck of a lobster boat may have been a little unrealistic I think that you will find most of those people were already operating within that group of people outside of the races.

"We thought that it was important this year to have the races for a couple of reasons. The first reason was because everything else was getting canceled this summer, boating was permissible by the state and it wasn’t like you are crowded with a bunch of strangers at a fair or concert. Once we decided to move forward we knew that given the economic conditions of local businesses that it would be hard to raise enough money for our normal first, second and third prizes. So with that we came up with the idea to donate all our entry fees and any sponsorships we could come up with to the [Maine Lobstermen's Association] defense fund. Once we were approved by the City of Rockland and the USCG we were a go."

Most races ended with clear winners, however, a few had photo finishes or saw late surges by boats to take the victory in the popular event.

There were fast times, cheers and plenty of partying — all under the watchful eye of the United States Coast Guard.

On this day, there were plenty of moments of people letting off a little steam and having fun in the sun and sea after being moored close to home due to the pandemic.

Boats roared down the course south to north next to the Rockland Breakwater with the fastest boats closing in on 50 miles per hour.

On Saturday, there often were two to four competitors on the line for a race, but sometimes as many as 10 or 11 competed side-by-side down the course. In some years, as many as 14 or 15 would go at once.

The Maine Lobster Boat Race schedule usually includes Boothbay, Rockland and Bass Harbor events in June, followed by Moosabec Reach, Stonington, Friendship and Harpswell in July and Winter Harbor, Long Island, Portland and Pemaquid races in August.

Boothbay, Pemaquid, Stonington and Harpswell events have been cancelled this year.

O'Hara said the Rockland races have been around since 2006 and the event's current committee took over between the 2017-2018 races.

The following are the results, with boat name and captain listed when available, along with the winner's speed, from the Rockland event:

Work boats under 24 feet

Race 1 — Class A Skiffs 16 feet and under with outboards up to 30 hp, operator 18 years and younger: 1, Jenily, Jennifer and Emily Noyes (32.7 mph).

Race 2 — Class B Inboards, Outboards or Outdrives, 31 to 90 hp: 1, Zippin’ Too, Jacob Noyes (39.1 mph); 2, Zippin’, David Noyes; 3, Diana, Frank Bennett; and Death Trap, Josh Audet, did not start.

Race 3 — Class C Inboards, Outboards or Outdrives, 91 hp and up: 1, Casco Miss, David Johnston (48.4 mph); 2, Delusional, Ron Pottle; 3, Myron Wotton; and Indian Outlaw, Robert Curtis, disqualified.

Gas powered work boats 24 feet and up

Race 4 — Gasoline Class A – 4 & 6 cylinder 24 feet and over: 1, Cindy Jen, Jon Johansen (15 mph).

Race 5 — Gasoline Class B – V-8 up to 375 cid, 24 feet and up: 1, Wide Open, Wayne Rich (33.1 mph).

Race 6 — Gasoline Class C – V8, 376 to 525cid, 28 feet and over: 1, Black Diamond, Lindsey Durkee.

Race 7 — Gasoline Class D – V-8, 376 to 540 cid, 28 feet and over: No entrants.

Race 8 — Gasoline Class E – V-8, Over 525cid, 28 feet and over, superchargers/turbos: No entrants

Diesel powered work boats 24 feet and up

Race 9 — Diesel Class A – Up to 235 hp, 24 to 31 feet: 1, High Hopes, Kevin Hornby (26.1 mph); and 2, Queen’s Lady, Gary Hatch.

Race 10 — Diesel Class B – Up to 235 hp, 32 feet and over: 1, Merganser, Don Drisko (28.9 mph); 2, Karen Lynn, Bill Oliver; and 3, Rich Returns, Wayne Rich.

Race 11 — Diesel Class C – 236 to 335 hp, 24 to 33 feet: 1, Last Design, Roy Fagonde (36 mph); and 2, Venom, Steven Osgood.

Race 12 — Diesel Class D – 236 to 335 hp, 34 feet over: 1, Briella Grace, Kaleb Campbell (24 mph).

Race 13 — Diesel Class E – 336 to 435 hp, 24 to 33 feet: 1, Miss Kylee, Ed Shirley (38.5 mph); 2, High Voltage, Dan Sawyer; 3, Audrey May, Randy Durkee; 4, Laureta Aubrey, Lucas Cocks; and 5, Bad Obsession, Sean Haskell.

Race 14 — Diesel Class F – 336 to 435 hp, 34 feet and over: 1, Aiden Mariner, Winfred Alley (33.3 mph); 2, Southern Comfort, Avery Waterman; and 3, Karamal, Josh Audet.

Race 15 — Diesel Class G – 436 to 550 hp, 28 to 35 feet: 1, Right Stuff, Dana Beal (41.7 mph); 2, Lisa Marie, Gary Genthner; and 3, Entrapment, Tom Cloutier.

Race 16 — Diesel Class H – 436 to 550 hp, 36 feet and over: 1, All In, Jeremy Tyler (35.2 mph); 2, Risky Business, Kyle Look; 3, Judith Ann, Rusty Candage; 4, Starlight Express, Tyler Bemis; 5, First Team, Travis Otis; and 6, Easy Money, Nathan Thompson.

Race 17 — Diesel Class I – 551 to 700 hp, 28 to 35 feet: 1, Maria’s Nightmare, Jeremy Beal (46.8 mph); 2, Misty, Chris Smith; and 3, Sea Borne.

Race 18 — Diesel Class J – 551 to 700 hp, 36 feet and over: 1, Gold Digger, Heather Thompson (40.8 mph); 2, Dear Abbie, Scott Keenan; 3, Easy Money, Nathan Thompson; and 4, Quickstep, Kevin Glover.

Race 19 — Diesel Class K – 701 to 900 hp, 28 feet and over: 1, Blue Eyed Girl, Andrew Taylor (49 mph); and 2, Triple X, Colby Oakes.

Race 20 – Diesel Class L – 901 hp, 28 feet and over: No entrants.

Race 21 — Diesel Class M(A) – 40 feet and over, up to 500 hp: 1, Old School, Chris Pope (27.2 mph); and 2, Sea Urchin, Alan Knowlton.

Race 22 — Diesel Class M(B) – 40 feet and over, 501 to 750 hp: 1, Kimberly Ann, Eric Beal (39.2 mph); 2, Alexsa Rose, Matt Shepherd; 3, Renegade, David Ames; and 4, Noah & Lily, Eric Harjula.

Race 23 — Diesel Class N – 40 feet and over; 750 hp and over: 1, Miss Amity, Jason Chipman (36.1 mph); 2, Sunday Money, Murray Thompson; 3, Mallory Sky, Tad Miller; and 4, She’s All Wet, Charles Gigen. No position given: Carson Emma, Andrew Simmons; Decadence, Ryan Haskell; Kayla Anne, Joshua Beal; Maxed Out, Spencer Thompson; and Obsession, Frank Thompson.

Race 24 — Class O. Non-working boats, any length, any horsepower: No entrants.

Race 25 — Gasoline Free for All: 1, Wide Open, Wayne Rich (32.4 mph); and 2, Black Diamond, Lindsey Durkee; and 3, Cindy Jen, Jon Johansen.

Race 26 — Diesel Free for All: 1, Blue Eyed Girl, Andrew Taylor (48.4 mph); 2, Maria’s Nightmare, Jeremy Beal; 3, Gold Digger, Heather Thompson; and 4, Kimberly Ann, Eric Beal.

Race 27 — Wooden Boats A (up to 35 feet 11 inches): 1, Wide Open, Wayne Rich (32.4 mph); 2, Merganser, Don Drisko; and 3, Queen’s Lady, Gary Hatch.

Race 28 — Wooden Boats B (36 feet and over): 1, Sari Ann, Vance Bunker (15 mph); and 2, Rich Returns, Wayne Rich.

Race 29 — Fastest Lobster Boat: 1, Maria’s Nightmare, Jeremy Beal (40.3 mph); 2, Gold Digger, Heather Thompson; 3, Kimberly Ann, Eric Beal; and 4, Triple X, Colby Oakes.