1908 Hudson River Carnival
Dixie II Captures
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Leads Den handily in Thirty-Mile Free-For-All race on the Hudson River
ENGINES RUN SMOOTHLY
Defeated Boat Beats the Champion on Last Ten-Mile Round, Averaging 29 Statute Miles
Dixie II scored her second victory of the week yesterday in the Hudson River motorboat carnival. In the free-for-all race over a thirty-nautical-mile circuit, starting off the Colonial Yacht Clubhouse, near the foot of West 138th Street, Dixie II beat her only competitor, Den, by 17 minutes and 8 seconds. G. F. Baker Jr's Vim, which competed in the mile championship trials on the first day of the carnival, was entered, but did not come out, as she was undergoing repairs in preparation for the long-distance race to-day to Poughkeepsie and return.
The two boats yesterday ran three times over a ten-mile course, the first leg leading up the river toward the east shore of Spuyten Duyvil, then down the river toward the west shore to a point off Shady Side, thence back to the starting point. The boats had the benefit of an almost flood tide on the first two rounds, and on the last round the tide was beginning to run up the river.
Capt. S. Bartley Pearce and engineer Albert Rappughn, who had charge of the international cup victor, did not force her to her utmost, being content to make the rounds in the consistent times of 22:13, 22:14, and 22:24, respectively. Commodore Joseph H. Hoadley's Den made exceptionally fast time for a boat of her size and horse power on the last ten miles, 22 minutes 7 seconds, beating Dixie II's best time for a single round. This was at an average of 25.53 nautical miles, or 29.39 statute miles, about the best Den has ever done. It was 10 minutes faster than Den's second round. Den's horse power is 71.6 as against Dixie II's 200, and her length is 31 feet, Dixie being a shade under 40 feet.
(Transcribed from the New York Times, Sep. 23, 1908, p. 10. )
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