1906 Burnham Fall Regatta

The fall meeting of the British Motor Boat Club, held at Burnham brought out in the racing class only Yarrow-Napier and Napier III. It was hoped that Daimler II, Lord Howard de Walden's new boat, would be tuned up in time to enter, but it was found necessary to make some changes in the motors, and they were sent to the Daimler co., and not returned in time to allow her to enter. The meet covered three days, Yarrow-Napier winning each day. On the first day Yarrow- Napier covered the course in 1:13:33, no handicaps being given; Napier III took 1:19:36 under the same conditions. This figures out for Yarrow-Napier a speed of 22.9 nautical miles and for Napier III 21.2. On the second day handicaps were allowed under the Marine Motor Association rating, Yarrow-Napier being the scratch boat, and allowing Napier III 2 m. 43 s. The latter, however, did not do as well as on the previous day, and was beaten by about 19 m. This race was for the Motoring Illustrated challenge cup and gold medal. The third day, in addition to the handicap, in which Napier III and Yarrow-Napier were both entered, a flying mile event was run off. In the handicap race Napier III failed to finish, and the event went to Yarrow-Napier. In the flying mile trials Yarrow-Napier took 2:15 3-5 with the tide and 2:39 3-5 against, which gives a speed of 26.58 knots and 24.06 knots, or an average of 25.32. The time of Napier III with the tide was 2:33 3-5 and against the tide 2:47 1-5, which works out an average speed of 22.49. The time of Yarrow-Napier was about two nautical miles better than her time for the motorboat mile championship at Southampton, but slightly below that made by Standard on the Hudson. Yarrow-Napier was running in her best form, and Napier III also did much better than at any previous appearance. The events for the smaller classes were won by Takumono and Brooklet, the former of which has been a very good performer in all the races in which she has entered.

Transcribed from The Motor Boat, Oct. 10, 1906, pp. 11-12.

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

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