1904 Manhasset Bay Yacht Club Decoration Day Regatta

Auto Boat Measurement
Effects of the Protest Against the Japansky --- A.A.A. Races Doubtful

Fast Time by Auto Boats
The First American Auto-Boat Contest
Auto Boat Measurement
Annual Race of the American Power-Boat Association
Japansky Wins "Auto" Boat Race in Fast Time

Secretary Anson H. Cole of the American Power Boat Association said yesterday that a measurement of the auto boat Japansky had been ordered, and he expected to have an official report within a few days. The boat was protested on the score of measurement by C.H. Tangeman after the power boat races at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club on Decoration Day. According to its measurement at that time the boat was the only one in its class which won handily, besides making the fastest time over the course of all the competing boats.

The protest has revived the question of proper measurement of motor boats and suggestions have been made that a stricter ruling on this point be made. Mr. Cole said that the question was fully covered in the regular rules of the association. The requirements had been made practically as strict as possible, but in getting at the exact figures it has been necessary to take the owner's word regarding the number of revolutions made by the engine per minute.

"We naturally expect," said Mr. Cole, "that amateur owners of auto boats will at least be honest in stating that fact which goes with other requirements in ascertaining a correct horse-power rating of the boat. It is necessary to assume that honest statements will be made by the owner. If doubt arises, a protest will bring the falsity, if it exists, to light, and such a result can hardly fail to react uncomfortably upon the owner. In the present case I am sure there was no intention to mislead, and the new measurement, I am sure, will satisfy both sides."

The Japansky is owned by F.H. Waldorf of the New Rochelle Yacht Club, and it is expected she will start in the power boat races to be held to-morrow off the Columbia Yacht Club, foot of West Eighty-sixth Street. She is 40 feet long, and is built entirely of Spanish cedar and supplied with seven bulkheads, being non-sinkable. The boat was built as a fast pleasure craft, and has accommodations for twelve persons. Nevertheless, in the present contests against several boats built purely for racing, the Japansky led, covering the course of 19 nautical miles in the fast time of 1:06:29.

In view of the quiet attitude assumed recently by the American Automobile Association regarding motor boat racing, the impression is gaining ground that the Association has virtually deemed it wise to reconsider its recent activity on promulgating special rules for auto boat races and leave the racing field to the American Power Boat Association. No attempt has been made since the rules were issued to put into practical effect the claim advanced by the American Automobile Association at the time that it "is the sole authority in America for the regulation and control of strictly high-speed motor boats."

Whether any special races will be held this season under the auspices of the American Automobile Association and its own rules, is a doubtful question.

The American Power Boat Association has races arranged at various yacht clubs for nearly every week from the present time through August and a number of special events will probably be added to the list during the season.

(Transcribed from the New York Times, June 10, 1904, p. 7. )

[Thanks to Greg Calkins for help in preparing this page —LF]

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