1908 Monaco Regatta
Monte Carlo, Monaco, April 1-13, 1908

Motor-Boat Racing

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1908 Monaco by Kevin Desmond
The Motor Yacht Race Week at Monaco


While the Italian boat F.I.A.T. Galpinari racing motor-boat, which was to take part in the forthcoming competitions here, was making a trial trip off Monaco to-day, a fire broke out on board, and the vessel sank. her crew of three jumped into the sea, and were picked up by a tug. Two are somewhat seriously injured about the hands. The F.I.A.T. Galpinari was considered to have a very good chance in the large class.—Reuter

MONACO, April 5.

The Monaco motor-boat week opened to-day with the 50 kilometres race for boats of less than 6 metres 50 centimetres. There were 11 starters. The result was:—1st, Mais Je Vais Piquer, 1h. 42min. 50sec.; 2nd, Siam Scat, 1h. 52min. 8sec.; 3rd, Delahaye Nautilus, 1h. 56min. 11sec. Delahaye Nautilus had, in consequence of an error, to do a supplementary round of the course. Fourth, Lanturlu, 1h. 56min. 41sec.—Reuter

(Transcribed from the Times of London, April 6, 1908, p. 11. )

Motor-Boat Racing. British Success at Monaco

MONACO, April 6.

The motor-boat races were resumed at half-past 9 this morning in a fresh breeze and rough sea.

The contest for cruisers with motors of one cylinder of 100 millimetres bore over a course of 50 kilometres resulted in a victory for La Sizaire et Naudin in 2h. 20min. Passe-Partout-Nautilus, which was second, was beaten by 16 2-5sec. and over two laps. Ten boats started, but most of them did not finish.

The start for the 50 kilometres race, open to all racers, without distinction, was made at half-past 3. Five boats started. Grand Trefle fell out at the third lap. The Wolseley-Siddeley boat was first in 56min. 17 2-5sec., after a splendid struggle, the Panhard-Levassor second in 58min. 30sec., Jeanette third in 1hr. 0min. 53sec., and Lorraine fourth. The English boat was enthusiastically cheered by the onlookers.—Reuter

(Transcribed from the Times of London, April 7, 1908, p. 11. )

Motor-Boat Racing


The race for cruisers of 6m. 50 to 8m. (four cylinders), minimum weight 800 kilos, over a course of 50 kilometres, started at 10 o'clock this morning. The result was:— 1. Mors-Ulysee, 1h. 30min. 37sec.; 2. Mais Je Vais Piquer, 1h. 34min. 39 4-5sec.; 3. Lanturlu IV, 1h. 39min. 17 2-5sec.; 4. Excelsior-Buire II, 1h. 39min. 18 4-5sec.—Reuter.

The race for motor-boat cruisers of 8 metres to 12 metre length, four cylinders of 130 mm. diameter, and minimum weight 1,200 kilos, over a course of 50 kilometres, started at 3 p.m. There were eight starters. The result was:—1. DelahayeNautilus VIII, 1hr. 17min. 42.2sec.; 2. Mors-Calypso, 1hr. 18min. 18.3sec.; 3. Mais-je-vais-quande meme, 1hr. 30min. 18sec.; 4. Isabelle-Gnome, 1hr. 32min. 8sec.—Reuter.

(Transcribed from the Times of London, April 8, 1908, p. 14. )

Motor-Boat Racing


The race for motor-boat cruisers of 12 metres to 18 metres length, four cylinders of 155mm. diameter, and minimum weight 2,000 kilogrammes, over a course of 50 kilometres, started at 10 o'clock this morning. There were three starters. The result was:—1. Lorraine III, 1hr. 37min. 50 2-5sec.; 2. Jacqueline IV; 3. Togo. The last was several laps behind at the finish.

The handicap race for motor-boat cruisers over a course of 25 kilometres was held this afternoon. The result was:—(1) Takumono; (2) Mirame-Mutel; (3) Isabelle-Gnome; (4) Togo; (5) Lorraine III; (6) Sec.—Reuter.

(Transcribed from the Times of London, April 9, 1908, p. 11. )

Motor-Boat Racing. Championship of the Sea

MONACO, April 9.

The big event of the Monaco motor-boat meeting was held to-day, when the 200 kilometres contest for the championship of the sea, for which all boats at the meeting were eligible, was run. It was expected that a great fight would be between the British Wolseley-Siddeley and the French La Rapiere III, as these two boats had proved the fastest thus far. Unfortunately, however, the British boat broke a bolt as she was going out to the starting line. The event did not go to Rapiere, as might have been expected by the failing of the British boat, as, although the former quickly took the lead, she was displaced by Panhard-Levassor, which won the race in 3hrs. 45min. 2sec, making a speed of about 53 kilometres, or 33 miles an hour.

The conditions of the race were good; the sea was calm, and this was considered to add to the chances of La Rapiere III. There were 21 competing craft, and they all got away to a splendid start, Calypso leading the way over the line four seconds after the gun was fired. The others followed in a bunch, except Leman, which was three minutes late, and Ricochet XVII, which came after. La Rapiere took the lead, but before the first turn had been made to give way to Panhard-Levassor. At the end of the first lap Panhard led Rapiere by 60 yards, Delahaye X being 300 yards behind, and Grand-Trefle another 500 yards to the rear. In the second lap, Panhard led Rapiere by 1,500 yards. Trefle, being third, an additional 800 yards away. When another circuit had been covered, Panhard had raised her advantage to a mile and a quarter. Trefle was still third, but had gained about 200 yards on Rapiere. At the end of four laps, the leading times were:—Panhard-Levassor, 26min. 55sec.; La Rapiere III, 30min. 8sec.; Grand-Trefle, 30min. 44sec. A plucky effort had been made with the Wolseley, but she had not by this time completed the first lap, so that she was quite out of the contest. Leman had retired at the end of the first circuit. Delahaye X, after covering four laps in 35min. 27sec., gave up; while Essembi and Lorraine IV also retired.

For eight laps, when a distance of 50 kilometres—a quarter of the journey—had been covered, the times were:—Panhard-Levassor 51min. 35sec.; La Rapiere III 61 min. ; Grand-Trefle, 61min. 6sec. At the half distance, the order of the first three was the same, but Panhard had gone still further ahead, while Rapiere had also gained on Trefle. The times were:—Panhard-Levassor 1hr. 51min. 34sec.; La Rapiere III 2hrs. 3min. 20sec.; Grand-Trefle 2hrs. 6min. 52sec.

With 20 laps covered Delahaye VIII had gone up into third place, Trefle retiring, and there was another change in the position by the completion of the 24th circuit. Panhard still led in 2hrs. 48min. 28sec.; but Rapiere, after rounding the mark in 3hrs. 6min. 30sec., retired from the contest. Delahaye VIII therefore went up into second place, while Jeannette ahd overtaken Calypso, and was third. The Panhard's time for 28 laps was 3hrs. 17min. 2sec., so that she still held a commanding lead. Jeannette, however, had come through the other boats in fine fashion, and, at this point, had passed Delahaye VIII, and took second position. Delahaye was 6min. behind, and Calypso another minutes to the bad. This order was maintained to the finish, the result being as follows:—1. Panhard-Tellier, 3hrs. 45min. 2sec.; 2. Jeannette, 4hrs. 57min. 56sec.; 3. Delahaye VIII, 5hrs. 7min. 59 1-5sec.; 4. Calypso, 5hrs. 8min. 13 3-5sec.; 5. La Lorraine, 5hrs. 38min. 17 4-5sec.; 6. Isabella, 5hrs. 39min. 8 2-5sec.

The English boat Scarlet-Runner did eight laps in 1hr. 49min. 35sec., and then retired.

The first prize was 8,000 francs, the second 2,000 francs, the third 1,500 francs, and the fourth 1,000 francs, while 2,000 francs was set apart for the first cruiser, which proved to be Delahaye VIII, and 500 francs for the second cruiser, Calypso.

(Transcribed from the Times of London, April 10, 1908, p. 13. )

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

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