BOOTHBAY HARBOR  — Maine lobstermen are putting their boat engines to the test as the annual lobster boat race season kicks off.

The first race of the season takes place Saturday in Boothbay Harbor. The second race is Sunday in Rockland.

The races are action-packed contests where boats with souped-up engines roar and scream across the water at speeds of 60 mph and more, leaving roostertails and rolling swells in their wake. Specators line the shores and watch from boats that crowd the race course.

Lobstermen compete for cash, prizes and bragging rights. There are 10 races scheduled this season.