1907 Miami Regatta
Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida, February 5-8, 1907
Dixie'sRecord Try Fails
MIAMI, Fla., Feb. 7 -- With ideal conditions of water and weather, the second day of the big regatta here was eminently successful to-day. There were scores of brilliantly decorated boats on the bay and the scene was as brilliant as that at Palm Beach. E. J. Schroeder's Dixie, again showed the best rate of speed, but did not equal her performance at Lake Worth. She showed two miles in 2:21 1-5 and 2:22 2-5 in a trial for record, and averaged a bit over twenty-five miles an hour.
Another accident befell the Western flyer Secret, from which so much was expected before she came here, and she was finally rendered hors du combat. In transit her gasoline feed pipes were frozen and they were responsible for her first woes. Then she broke a fly wheel, the whole engine going to pieces as a result.
B. J. Southall's Hot Stuff III, and E. H. Godschalk's Sparrow had an exciting race this afternoon, and in a stirring finish Hot Stuff won. She covered the 8.4 statute miles in 28:03 actual time, and won by a very narrow margin. Sparrow's actual time was 25:19. Dixie was withdrawn prior to the start and neither Skeeter nor Simplex VIII appeared on the starting line. Mera failed to finish.
Sparrow won the second race from Hot Stuff III over a 4.2 statute mile course. She covered the distance in 12:17, with Hot Stuff III, one minute and thirty-eight seconds behind her. Simplex VIII made the distance in 15:08, and Skeeter in 22:29.
The other events were a dory race won by Ajax, a milling canoe race won by Klondike, and a race for working launches, which Hoosier won. Klondike's time was 2:53:50, while none of the other four competitors succeeded in finishing within the time limit of three hours.
(Transcribed from the New York Times, Feb. 8, 1907, p. 7.)
[Thanks to Greg Calkins for help in preparing this page. LF]
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