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Great day for crate race in Camden Harbor

Camden Windjammer Festival Day 2
By Susan Mustapich | Sep 03, 2017
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Channing Rice of Massachusetts wears a winning smile as he runs the crate race for the first time. He ranked third, traversing 298 crates. His brother William won first place.

CAMDEN — The winners of the Camden Windjammer Festival Lobster Crate Race stayed dry, while running a course of crates floating on a chilly Camden Harbor Sept. 2.

The winners ran the full two minutes, without any missteps, and stayed high and dry on the crates.The first- and third-place winners, two brothers from Massachusetts, had never run a crate race before.

William Rice took first place, running 312 crates. Second place went to Lucas Drinkwater of Standish, who ran 307 crates, and third place went to William's brother, Channing, who ran 298 crates.

First-, second- and third-place winners received trophies and gift certificates from Camden National Bank.

Charlie Moss did not place, but ran an exceptional 234 crates in 54 seconds, before taking a dip in the harbor.

When asked how he did it, William Rice said his strategy was "just run, stay in the middle and don't step on the sides." The boys' father, also William, said they were both skiers, which explained their skill at balancing on the crates.

Lucas Drinkwater said his race strategy involved not stopping to rest.

Strong races were run by Caleb Vacchiano, 273 crates, Robbie Fawcett, 234 crates, Michael Brennan, 208 crates, Destiny Turner, 193 crates, Britta Denny, 190 crates, Aliyah Turner, 179 crates, Sophia Fawcett, 150 crates, Oliver Danner, 143 crates, Eileen Young, 140 crates, Nathan Askjaer, 136 crates, Lily Enggass, 127 crates, Jeremy Blackman, 121 crates, Adella Brainerd, 104 crates and Matthew Clayton, 104 crates,

Camden National Bank sponsored the race, and bank employees ran the registration, timing, the race start and awards. Eager participants lined up to register, starting at 9 a.m.. Altogether, 44 racers signed up, ranging in age from 6 to 14 years old. The race started at 10 a.m., due to an early high tide.

Camden Harbormaster Steve Pixely and Seth Silverton of Camden National Bank emceed. Jody Landrith and Mark O'Donal from CNB ran the start of the race. Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley and CNB's David Ackley manned the east end of the crate run, and helped cloak racers who took a dip in the cold harbor in cozy CNB towels. CNB employee Jessica Silverton ran registration and Carissa Christie and Melissa Dalinis timed and scored the runners. Camden firefighter Matt Heath and Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Lowe wore dry suits and stood by in the water on either side of the crate run, in the service of safety first.

Before the race started, Pixely explained a change in how the crate run was built. In past years, a rope ran along the sides of the crates. This year, for the first time, crates were connected with industrial-size zip ties and the side ropes were no longer used. Pixely said the change might make the crates more tippy. The race had to be paused twice while Health and Lowe replaced broken zip ties.

Courier Publications reporter Susan Mustapich can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at

Crate Race
Lucas Drinkwater (Video by: Susan Mustapich)
William Rice of Mass. flew off the dock as he ran back and forth across the crates at the Camden Windjammer Festival Sept. 2, taking first place. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
It was all or nothing for William Rice of Mass. who won first place in the Camden Windjammer Festival crate race Sept. 2, running across 312 crates in 2 minutes. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Lucas Drinkwater took second place in the Camden Windjammer Festival crate race, crossing 307 crates in 2 minutes. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Lucas Drinkwater of Standish, who won second place in the Camden Windjammer Festival crate race Sept. 2 crossing 314 crates, has won the race before. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
From left, Jody Landrith of Camden National Bank, a fuzzy pink mascot, and Camden Windjammer Festival Lobster Crate Race winners, Channing Rice, third place, William Rice first place, and Lucas Drinkwater, second place. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Charlie Moss flew over 234 crates in 53 seconds before taking a dip in the harbor. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Matthew Clayton, 44 seconds, 104 crates (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Destiny Turner 2 minutes 193 crates (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Dominick Turner 22 seconds 31 crates (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Aliyah Turner 1.28 minutes, 179 crates (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Eileen Young 1.16 minutes 140 crates (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Britta Denny 2 minutes 190 crates (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Robbie Fawcett 1.59 minutes 234 crates (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Sophia Fawcette 1.13 minutes 150 crates (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Oliver Danner 1.03 minutes 143 crates (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Michael Brannon 2 minutes 208 crates (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
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