1908 Harmsworth Trophy
Huntington Bay, New York, July 27-28, 1908


The International Cup

Challenger for the International Trophy
International Trophy Challenge
Nine Boats Ready to Defend the Trophy
International Trials Postponed Until July 27 and 28
Dixie II Will Help Defend Motor Cup
Waiting for Motorboats
English Motorboats Here
Motorboats Race To-Day
The International Cup
Motorboat Race Off
Predict Fast Time for Motorboats
The International Motor-Boat Cup
Crew in Collapse as Dixie II Wins Cup
International Motor Boat Race for the Harmsworth Trophy
The British International Trophy Race
British International Trophy Race
Preparations for the International
How Dixie II Defended the Harmsworth Trophy
International Trophy Race of 1908

(From Our Correspondent)

New York, Aug. 2.

A high wind prevented the running of the motor-boat race for the International Cup yesterday afternoon at Huntington Bay, and the race was postponed until to-morrow. The ten-mile course to be run three times is on Long Island Sound, outside the bay, where waters were covered with turbulent whitecaps, which made the running of small fragile craft, especially American boats built for speed in smooth waters, out of the question. A fashionable crowd foregathered at the Chateaux des Beaux Arts, opposite the Bay, while numerous automobiles lined its grounds. The bay was crowded with private yachts and launches, as though all the society summer colonies in the neighbourhood were present in force. For the benefit of the disappointed spectators one of the American defenders, Dixie II, and two other boats gave demonstrations of their powers round the bay. Dixie II, on which Americans depend to retain the Cup, impressed the spectators by the speed at which she cut the waves with her nose above water, leaving a ribbon of foam behind her. The two feared British challengers, Wolseley-Siddeley and Daimler II, quietly rocked at their anchorages inside the Bay while Dixie II made her lively spurt. The two other American defenders are the Usa and the Den.

(Transcribed from the Times of London, Aug. 3, 1908.)

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


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