1907 September Regatta


British Motor Boat Club

Ideal racing weather favoured the opening day of the British Motor Boat Club's annual regatta at Burnham-on-Crouch yesterday. The programme consisted of seven races, for which there were exactly 50 entries, which is a record for a motorboat meeting in Greatly Britain. The prizes included a number of challenge cups presented by Mr. A. J. Wilson, while the cabin-cruisers raced for a cup presented by the Ostend Yacht Club. Nearly all the boats entered started, and a capital day's sport was the result. Owing to one of the mark boats shifting, the first three races were declared off, and were run off again in the afternoon along with the handicaps. it was decided that the 40-footers, Daimler II and Daimler III, should re-sail their race for the Wilson challenge cup to-day (Saturday), when the first-named will be fitted with a new propeller. The cruiser race resulted in a win for Mr. Waterhouse's Leonid by the narrow margin of 2sec. from Captain Dixon's Sphinx. Details:--

Race for Cabin Cruisers. 15 1.2 sea miles. First prize, silver cup, presented by the Ostend Yacht Club; second prize, 5 pounds; third prize, silver metal.

Start 1 1:30 a.m. All the boats entered started, the order across the line being Sphinx, Leonid, Napier Major, K. L., Lethe, Istemono, Tomoye, and Halcyon, the last-named being a minute and a half late. It was a capital race, the handicap working out very fairly so far as the first four boats were concerned. Times:--

   

Time Allowance

Finish

Corrected Time

Napier Major

S. F. Edge

27:04

1:33:03

1:10:59

Tomoye

F. C. Blake

51:13

2:18:15

1:17:02

Lethe

E. White

22:04

1:42:01

1:19:57

Leonid

L. M. Waterhouse

15:44

1:21:54

1:06:10 (winner)

K. L.

T. D. Sanders

Scratch

1:22:18

1:22:18

Sphinx

Captain Dixon

7:09

1:13:21

1:06:12 (second)

Istemono

W. Miall Green

35:14

1:44:30

1:08:44 (third)

Halcyon

D. G. E. Davis

9:15

1:46:36

1:37:21

Race for Motor-boats exceeding 25ft. and not exceeding 35ft. over all. Under M.M.A. rating and time scale. Time allowance on 1 1 sea miles. First prize, Challenge cup, presented by Mr. A. J. Wilson, and gold medal; second prize, 5 pounds.

Start 4 p.m. Fairbanks was a non-starter. A good race ensued, the finishing and corrected times being :--

Maudslay

C. C. Maudslay

25:29

4:58:02

4:32:33 (winner)

Lotus

H. W. Hutchinson

5:53

4:39:55

4:34:02 (second)

Fairbanks

R. N. Fairbanks

12:34

did not start

 

Baby II

Mawdsley Brooke

Scratch

4:44:16

4:44:16

Race for Motor-boats not exceeding 25ft. over all. Under M.M.A. rating and time scale. First prize, Challenge cup, presented by Mr. A. J. Wilson, and gold medal; second prize, 5 pounds; third prize, silver medal.

Start 4 p.m.. Rita and Sleuthhound were absentees. The times were:--

Takumono

W. Miall Green

28:06

4:54:52

4:26:52 (second)

Fleurette

Oswald B. Coils

22:18

4:44:09

4:21:50 (winner)

Cheripika

E. W. Shave

45:54

5:43:56

4:58:02

Rita

J. Day

46:22

did not start

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Skidbladnir

G. W. Cobham

---

5:45:49

---

Sleuthhound

E. P. Maxstead Robinson

Scratch

did not start

---

Race for Motor-boats not exceeding 40ft. over all. Under M.M.A. rating and time scale. First prize, "Motoring Illustrated' Challenge Cup and Gold Medal; second prize, 5 pounds; third prize, Silver Medal.

Start 4 p.m. The non-starters were Rita, Daimler II and Sleuthhound. Owing to the Y.R.A. ratings of several of the boats not being known, it is impossible to give the result of the race, the finishing times of which were:--

Baby II

Mawdsley Brooke

4:44:16

Daimler III

Lord Howard de Walden

4:26:44

Maudslay

C. C. Maudslay

4:58:02

Fleurette

Oswald B. Coils

4:44:09

Defender

F. May

4:38:52

Takumono

W. Miall Green

4:54:52

Skidbladnir

G. W. Cobham

5:45:49

Lotus H.

W. Hutchinson

4:39:55

Fairbanks

R. N. Fairbanks

4:53:10

Handicap Sweepstake for Motor-boats not exceeding 15 knots. First prize, one-half; second prize, one-third; third prize, one-sixth of entry fees, with 2 pounds added by the Club.

Takumono

W. Miall Green

24:52

4:54:52

4:30:01 (winner)

Fleurette

Oswald B. Coils

8:00

4:44:09

4:36:09

Cheripika

E. W. Shave

60:00

5:43:56

4:44:56

Baby II

Mawdsley Brooke

10:00

4:44:16

4:24:16 (second)

Defender

F. May

1:35

4:38:52

4:37:17

Maudslay

C. C. Maudslay

22:00

4:58:02

4:36:02 (third)

Skidbladnir

G. W. Cobham

50:30

5:45:49

4:55:19

Lotus

H. W. Hutchinson

Scratch

4:39:55

4:39:55

Fairbanks

R. N. Fairbanks

12:22

4:53:19

4:40:48

Rita

J. Day

43:55

Did not

start

Sleuthhound

E. P. Maxstead Robinson

Scratch

Did not

start

Handicap Sweepstake for cabin cruisers. Course same as the fourth race. First prize, one-half; second prize, one-third; third prize, one-sixth of entry fees, with 2 pounds added by the Club.

Start 4 p.m. Leonid won again, with Sphinx second. Lethe taking the third prize by l0 sec. from Napier Major. Times:--

Napier Major

S. F. Edge

24:39

6:14:54

5:50:15

Tomoye

F. C. Blake

43:52

Not timed

 

Lethe

E. White

28:01

6:18:00

5:50:05
(third)

Leonid

L. M. Waterhouse

7:31

5:54:16

5:46:45
(winner)

K. L.

T. D. Sanders

8:23

6:17:22

6:08:59

Sphinx

Captain Dixon

Scratch

5:48:45

5:48:45
(second)

Istemono

W. Miall Green

29:19

6:25: I 1

5:55:52

(Transcribed from the Times of London, Sep. 14, 1907, p. 12)

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


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