1908 Regatta of the M.V.P.B.A. at Muscatine

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Regatta at Muscatine

The first annual regatta of the Mississippi Valley Power Boat Association, for which elaborate preparations have been made during the past few months, and which has been looked forward to as the event of the season in this part of the country, is now a thing of the past. This regatta occurred on July 3 and 4. When we say that the races came fully up to the anticipations of the motorboatists along the Mississippi, it means that they were exciting and interesting to the last degree. On July 3 there was one event, the full cabin cruiser race to Davenport and return, Sparks II, Sparks and Viviane III being the contestants. The distance was 56 miles, and Sparks II covered it in 5:22:30, winning first prize; Sparks was second in 5:43:30, while Viviane III's time was 6:40:30.

The rest of the races were run off on the Fourth. The Class B race, for less than full cabin cruisers, over a course of 15 miles, brought out only one starter Duro III, owned by Commodore R. H. Combs, of St. Louis, whose time was 1h. 17m. Class F was a five-mile race for boats 20 feet and under, and Niagara, one of the Muscatine Launch Club fleet, won in 20:36, with Jamie second and Glenn 8 third. Class E was also a five-mile event for 20 to 22-foot boats, and Columbia covered the distance in 30:34 with Dachshund II second.

A unique feature of the meet was a two-mile novelty race, the object being to run continuously over a straight course as slowly as possible, the winner, Iona, taking 1h. 2m. 54s. to cover the two miles. Doodle Bug was second and Water Wagon third. Class D was also run over a five-mile course and was for 22 to 26-foot boats. Teaser won in 17:10, and 8. 8. was second in 18:58. Class C was for 26 to 36-foot boats, which ran over a ten-mile course, and the well known Lamb IV was the winner in 30:40; Red Top came second in 32:35 and Arvilla was third.

The last race of the day was the one which was watched with the keenest interest, as it was for the championship of the Mississippi Valley Power Boat Association. The course was for 20 miles, and Minnie C, owned by E. Corsepius, of Ft. Madison, covered it in the fast time of 47:45, showing an average speed of better than 25 miles an hour. Teaser was second, and Lamb IV third.

Nearly all the Association clubs sent good-sized delegations, both to compete and to view the races. Perhaps the most notable cruise was that of the St. Louis Power Boat Association, from its home city to Muscatine, a distance of nearly 400 miles; there were twelve boats in line. The Thistle, with Melvin E. Trux and Myron Savage on board, was on hand, and created a good deal of interest. Thistle and her crew are making the trip from the head waters of the Mississippi to the Gulf for Motorboat, and, incidentally, Mr. Trux is stirring up the newspaper en-route to create interest in motorboating. Summary of the races:

JULY 3

Class A, full cabin cruisers, Muscatine to Davenport and return--56 miles

Club

Boat

Start

Davenport

Finish

Time

St. Louis P.B.

Sparks II

1:46:30

5:02:15

7:09:00

5:22:30

St. Louis P.B.

Sparks

1:46:30

5:16:45

7:30:00

5:43:30

K. L. C.

Viviane III

1:46:30

6:17:30

8:27:00

6:40:30

All with perfect

engine scores

       

JULY 4

Class B, Less than full cabin cruisers not eligible in Class A, Course 15 miles, to Fairport and return, 60 per cent on speed, 40 per cent on performance. Duro III, owned by R, H, Combs, St. Louis P.B. Association, had no competitor. Time 1 hour, 17 minutes.

Class F--Twenty-foot boats and under. Course five miles.

Boat

Owner

Club

Time

Niagara

F. Schermer

Muscatine Lch. Club

20:36 winner

Jamie

P. G. Hitch Jr.

Ft. Madison Lch. Club

20:52 second

Glen 8

H. F. Barnard

Muscatine Lch. Club

third

Mary

J. S. Smalley

Muscatine Lch. Club

 

Iris

R. C. Lutz

Burlington Launch Club

 

Viking

S. Sregrean

Burlington Launch Club

 

Wooglin

Worrall Dow

Davenport Boat Club

 

Pippin

Ed Lenck

Muscatine Launch Club

 

Merry Widow

Smith & Simpson

Davenport Boat Club

 

Class E--Twenty to twenty-two-foot boats

Columbia

J. E. McClung

Muscatine Lch. Club

30:34 winner

Dachshund II

A. Grossheim

Muscatine Lch. Club

second

Novelty race

Course two miles

   

Iona

F. E. Carson

Island City Boat Association

1:02:54 winner

Doodle Bug

   

1:00:00 second

Water Wagon

   

third

Spray

Bishop & Hagerman

Muscatine Lch. Club

 

Gilfred

Julius Goos

Davenport Boat Club

 

Belina

T. W. Bennett

Ft. Madison Launch Club

 

Pippen

Ed Denck

Muscatine Launch Club

 

Highball

C. H. Sandvos

Muscatine Launch Club

 

Big 4

Walter Molis

Muscatine Launch Club

 

Glen B

H. F. Barnard

Muscatine Launch Club

 

Dachshund

A. Grossheim

Muscatine Launch Club

 

Class D--Start 1:39:40 Twenty-six to twenty-two-foot boats. Course same as Class F

Teaser

J. A. Moritz

Quincy M. B. Club

17:10 winner

B. B.

Wm. Henzen

Davenport Boat Club

18:59 2nd

Star III

J. C. Brewster

Ft. Madison Lch. Club

22:20 3rd

Spray

Bishop & Hagerman

Muscatine Launch Club

 

Red Boy

H. W. Bennett

Island City Boat Association

 

Slowpoke

Edward Brien

Island City Boat Association

 
 

Ralph McManus

   

Doughnut

Carl Braun

Muscatine Launch Club

 

Class C--Thirty-six to twenty-six-foot. Course ten miles

Lamb IV

F. B. King

Muscatine Lch. Club

30:40 winner

Red Top

W. E. Huey

Davenport Boat Club

32:35 second

Arvilla

B. A. Clayton

Davenport Boat Club

37:00 third

Minnie C

]no. Hamilton

Burlington Launch Club

 

H. & M.

James Moeller

Davenport Boat Club

 

Mercury

Wm. Stock

St. Louis P. B. Association

 

Championship Mississippi Valley Power Boat Association 

Minnie C II

E. Corsepius

Ft. Madison Launch Club

47:45 winner

Teaser

J. A. Moritz

Quincy M. B. Club

54:45 second

Lamb IV

F. B. King

Muscatine Launch Club

59:35 third

Red Top

W. E. Huey

Davenport Boat Club

1:02:15

Marcella

W. H. & T. C. Gosch

 

1:09:30

(Transcribed from MotorBoat, July 10, 1908, p.5)

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


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