1904 APBA Gold Cup[second running]
Record For Auto Boat
Making due allowance for the fact that the upper stake boat was anchored a mile short of its proper place yesterday, making the course, in the American Power Boat Association's first race of a series of three, thirty miles, instead of thirty-two, William K. Vanderbilt, jr., with his new boat, Mercedes VI, has beaten all records to date, for he covered the course in 1 hour, 21 minutes, 30 seconds, which is at an average speed of 22.86 knots an hour, or 26.197 statute miles an hour. There was a strong head wind and a head tide for the run north, and a fair wind and tide back, so the conditions were about even.
This time beats that made by the Standard in the former race for the gold cup last July, 20.53 knots; also that made by the Vingt et Un II, at Newport, which was 22.32 knots.
Mr. Vanderbilt, attired in a sweater and overalls, and wearing a pair of automobile goggles under a yachting cap, steered his own boat, having with him only one man, the engineer. C. H. Tangeman's Macaroni, steered by her owner, was the second boat to finish, and C. L. Seabury's Speedway was third.
Fully a thousand persons saw the start from the wall fringing Riverside Drive, at Eighty-sixth-st., from the clubhouse lawn and piazzas, and from a dozen steam yachts lying at anchor off the clubhouse. It was a handicap later, A. J. Buschmann's Josephine being sent away first, at 3:-05, and the others each starting as soon after the gun as possible. The Mercedes VI started twelve seconds after the gun, the Mercedes U.S.A. nine seconds, and the Vingt et Un ten seconds after.
W. K. Vanderbilt, jr.'s boat outran the four that started ahead of him, and he found the stake-boat, which was a schooner rigged motor boat, had not reached her station off Ardslay. When they saw him coming, the boat was hurriedly anchored , a mile below the place originally set, and the Mercedes VI rounded her at 4:16:30, 2 minutes 8 seconds ahead of the next boat, the Josephine, and 6 minutes 30 seconds ahead of the Shooting Star. She increased her lead as she came flying back for the finish, there to be received with salutes and cheers from all present.
(Transcribed from the New York Daily Tribune, September 23, 1904, p. 5.)
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