Several East End fishing boats and the local fishermen who operate them will appear on the Season 27 finale of CBS’s Emmy-winning reality contest The Amazing Race on Friday, December 11 at 8 p.m.
The show’s final episode, Leg 12, was filmed in part on Hampton Bays-based fishing boats The Outcast with Captain Kenneth Jayne and first mate Meredith Daniell; The Clover with Captain Christopher MacGuire and first mate Bob Gregor; and The Annie K with Captain Russell Brisson.
In July of 2015 the production crew of The Amazing Race approached local fishermen at the Commercial Fish Dock in Hampton Bays looking for three lobster boats to include in the filming of the program’s final challenge. Contestants, who had spent the previous 11 episodes, or “Legs,” traveling the globe and completing various physical and mental challenges, were asked to haul lobster pots on lobster boats in Shinnecock Bay. In reality, the local fishermen explained months after filming, lobster fishing is not allowed in Shinnecock Bay and the challenge was staged for the show.
Captain Jayne of local boat The Lady J—known for supplying fresh fish to local farmers markets in the Hamptons—has extensive experience as a lobsterman and was able to supply all of the equipment needed for the challenge. Captain MacGuire and Captain Brisson own tuna fishing boats. Captain Jayne says all involved were proud to lend authentic experience and equipment to the finale challenge on The Amazing Race.
Before reaching Long Island’s South Fork, The Amazing Race took contestants to locales around the world, including Venice Beach, California and Rio de Janeiro; Buenos Aires; San Antonio de Areco, Argentina; Victoria Falls along the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe; Paris, France; Rotterdam in the Netherlands; Krakow, Poland; and Agra, India. The teams will face off in Hong Kong and Macau for Leg 11 of The Amazing Race this Friday, December 4. The remaining contestants, who our local fishermen would not name, will then head to the Hamptons for Leg 12 and the show’s finale.
Watch the final teams haul lobster pots in Shinnecock Bay off Hampton Bays on CBS next Friday, December 11 at 8 p.m.
Photos courtesy Meredith Daniell and Kenneth Jayne of Lady J Seafood.