1905 Columbia Yacht Club Regatta
Hudson River, New York City, NY, June 3, 1905

Challenger is Beaten

Panhard II Defeats Brokaw Boat on Time Allowance in Columbia Races

Motor Boat enthusiasts who have been looking forward to the races of the Columbia Yacht Club, more than realized their expectation of good contests yesterday afternoon on the Hudson River. They saw a number of interesting events, all well contested and spirited, although the water and wind prevented anything like record time. Considering the conditions, the time made was very fair indeed.

The main interest centered in the showing of the Challenger. The Brokaw boat was pitted against A. Massanet's Panhard II and was beaten on time allowance by 5 minutes and 1 second.. The Panhard had an allowance of 12 1/2 minutes, so the showing of the Challenger is well regarded. She averaged 2 minutes and 28 seconds, while the Panhard averaged 3 minutes and 4 seconds. Two of the Challenger's miles were times at 2:01 each.

The races were run over a six-mile course, two miles upstream with the wind and tide from Eighty-sixth Street to One Hundred and Twenty-ninth and then three miles downstream to Sixty-sixth Street, and one mile back to Eighty-sixth. This course was traversed twice by Classes I and J and three times by the others.

It so happened that twice when the Challenger was coming downstream, there were New York Central trains coming down on the east bank. On both occasions, although the flier had to plow against the ride and wind, she left the train behind.


CLASS J - - 12 nautical miles
Boat Owner Start Finish Elapsed Time
The Reliance A. Z. Stratford 2:35:54 3:54:21 1:18:27
G.S.M.S. A. McDougall 2:35:00 4:18:56 1:43:56
CLASS I - - 12 nautical miles
Simplex C. R. Mabley 2:50:40 3:42:47 0:52:07
Mary C. G. Gates 2:47:38 3:50:55 1:03:17
Santoy II W. S. Barrows 2:47:08 3:55:40 1:08:32
Skibo Bess M. Jermys


Did not finish

CLASS C - - 18 nautical miles
Queen Bess P. R. Branson 2:55:57 4:23:47 1:27:50
Alishe P. R. Branson 2:53:00 4:27:51 1:34:51
CLASS B - - 18 nautical miles
Argonaut G. Piel 3:43:48 4:18:24 1:18:24
Beldame H. A. Lozier Jr 3:14:02 4:20:29 1:06:18
Green Dragon G. W. Baxter 3:09:56 4:22:44 1:12:48
Lucania Jr. W. J. Hewlett 3:00:12 4:33:34 1:33:16
My Lady F. Klewing 2:58:00 4:41:53 1:43:53
CLASS R - - 18 nautical miles
Panhard II A. Massanet 3:30:00 4:25:13 0:55:13
Challenger W. Gould Brokaw 3:42:37 4:30:14 0:47:57
CLASS S - - 18 nautical miles
Colonia F. G. Bourne 3:15:00 4:21:45 1:06:45
Mercury H. T. Ottman 3:28:42 4:29:33 1:01:51
Shooting Star H. A. Lozier Jr. 3:25:12 4:33:57 1:08:39

(Transcribed from the New York Times, June 4, 1905, p. 21.)

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Columbia (N.Y.) Y.C. Power Boat Race

The best power boat race probably ever held in this country was that under the auspices of the Columbia Y.C., Saturday, 3rd inst.

The attendance, while not large, was representative, the number and quality of competing boats was eminently satisfactory, the plans of the race, as laid out by the regatta committee, showed good forethought and careful attention to detail.

There were six classes all told, with handicap starts in each case. The first four made two laps, while the last two covered the course once more. In this arrangement the finish on the second and third crossing of the line showed the relative progress of each boat in overcoming handicap, or increasing the handicap lead.

In the first race were started Gsmah, A. McDougall, Col. Y.C., rating 39.46, and Reliance, A. C. Stratford, also Col. Y.C., rated 39.93. These boats were raced last season. Reliance easily won by 24 minutes and 35 seconds, besides handicap of 54 seconds, running the 12-mile course in 1 hour, 18 minutes and 27 seconds.

In the second race starters were Skibo, M. Jermyn; San Toy II, W. H. Barron; Charmary, C. G. Gates, and Simplex, C. R. Mabley, all Col. Y.C., rated respectively 41.37, 48.03, 48.46 and 50.95.

Skibo crossed the line with bu one engine running and abandoned the race after the first round, Simplex took the lead on the first round, overcoming handicap of 13 minutes and 40 seconds, finishing in 52 minutes and 7 seconds, with Charmary 8 minutes and 8 seconds later, second; elapsed time 1 hour, 3 minutes and 17 seconds, and San Toy II third, 4 minutes and 45 seconds later, elapsed time 1 hour, 8 minutes and 32 seconds.

This was the first public appearance of Charmary, built by the Electric Launch Co., and equipped with a 25 h.p. Standard engine. Course was 12 knots.

In the next or third race there were two contestants, Alisbe, G. R. Branson, and Queen Bess, Cauley & Dodge, both Col. Y.C., rated 33.50 and 34.65. Queen Bess easily won by 4 minutes and 4 seconds in 1 hour, 27 minutes and 50 seconds elapsed time, handicapped 2 minutes and 57 seconds. Course 12 knots.

The fourth race was between My Ladye, Frank Koewing; Lucania Jr., W. J. Hewlett; Argonaut, G. Piel; Green Dragon, G. W. Baxter, and Beldame, H. A. Lozier, all Col. Y.C., rated 41.67,42.96, 45.33, 49.95 and 53.62.

Argonaut won over Beldame by 1 minute and 56 seconds, with Green Dragon third, 2 minutes and 24 seconds later, followed by Lucania, with My Ladye last. Elapsed time, Argonaut 1 hour, 14 minutes and 36 seconds; Green Dragon, 1 hour, 12 minutes and 48 seconds; Lucania Jr., 1 hour, 33 minutes and 22 seconds, and My Ladye, 1 hour, 27 minuets and 51 seconds. Had Beldame done as well on the first lap, when she made up but 3 minutes and 22 seconds, as she did on the last, when she made up 4 minuets and 56 seconds of her handicap, she would have been a close second. Course 12 knots.

The fifth race between Colonia, Co,. F. G. Bourne, N.Y.Y.C., rated 55.9; Shooting Star, H. A. Lozier, rated 64.12, and Mercury, H. I. Ottman, N.Y.A.C., rated 67.44, promised to be interesting. Colonia had been in the Manhasset Bay Y.C. races, pitted against Simplex an Beldame.

During a trying out run in the morning Colonia had broken her propeller, and the one replaced did not seem to suit her so well as the previous one.

Mercury was out for her first public run and was from the same builders as Colonia. She was a handsome craft and the sharps predicted a good show for her. This was the first race three times over the course or 18 knots with turns.

Colonia was an easy winner over Mercury by 7 minutes and 48 seconds, with Shooting Star 4 minutes and 24 seconds later. Elapsed time, Colonia 1 hour, 6 minutes and 45 seconds; Mercury, 1 hour and 51 seconds, and Shooting Star, 1 hour, 8 minutes and 39 seconds. Owing to fouling a mooring just previous to her gun, Shooting Star lost 3 minutes and 52 seconds.

The last race between Panhard II and little Challenger was exceedingly interesting. Panhard II, owned by A. Massenat, Col. Y.C., rated 70.76, while Challenger, w. Gould Brokaw, N.Y.Y.C., rated at 88.35, owing to her extremely high power, was handicapped 12 minutes and 37 seconds.

Panhard got across the line limping, as at Manhasset Bay. In the first round Challenger gained 3 minutes and 3 seconds of her handicap, the second round gained 2 minutes and 13 seconds, and on the final round 2 minutes and 20 seconds, or a total of 7 minutes and 36 seconds, losing to Panhard II by 5 minutes and 1 second. Elapsed time, Panhard II, 55 minutes and 13 seconds, and Challenger, 47 minutes and 37 seconds. The former at the rate of 18.96 knots and the latter 22.68 knots, including six sharp and two easy turns, or 21.83 and 26.11 miles respectively.

If this is to be taken as a fair sample of this season's power boat racing, it promises some rare contests.

(Transcribed from Power Boat News, June 10, 1905, p. 172. )

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