1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Regatta
Lake Washington, Seattle, WA, July 3-10, 1909

Endurance Motor Boat Race Today
Wolff II
and Rival, the Pacer, Will Meet Once Moore
Handicap Twenty-Mile Event
Final Events on Week’s Racing Programme

A.-Y.-P. Exposition Speed Boat Regatta

Fast Speed-boats Will Start on the Lake Tomorrow

Motor-boats to Speed Up Today

Wolff II Fast in Speed-boat Race

Captain Spencer Talks About Wonderful Run of Wolff II

Wolff II and Pacer Win Races

Wolff II Again Defeats Pacer

Portland Motor Boat is Sure-Enough Flyer

Thirty-Two-Foot Class Motor Boats Race Today

Wolff II Wins in Final Heat

Wolff II of Portland Again Defeats Pacer

Endurance Motor Boat Race Today

Fast Motor Boat Breaks Propeller

Pacer Breaks Propeller and has to Quit Race

Exposition Races at Seattle

Regatta of the Northwestern International Yacht Racing Association on Puget Sound

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Speed Boat Regatta

The last of the series of motor boat races held under the supervision of the Seattle Motor Boat Club will be run off this afternoon at 3 o’clock. The races will be over the usual ten-mile triangle, start to be made at the exposition wharf.

The feature event this afternoon is the sixty-six-mile free-for-all race, and this event will test not only the speed, but the endurance qualities of the motor craft. The twenty-mile handicap race will no doubt prove exciting, as the Wolff II, which has cleaned up everything thus far, will be placed on an equal footing with the other entries, the boats being handicapped according to the best time they have made in competition.

The longest race the boats have run thus far has been over a thirty-mile course, and the sixty-six-mile event is causing no little attention, as enthusiasts who have been keeping in touch with the Wolff II, are anxious to learn if the Portland speed marvel can take the long journey in record time. The Wolff II holds the world’s best mark for thirty miles over a circular course, and her owners believe the boat can hang up another record in the longer course.

The Pacer must be taken into account, however, and may surprise Wolff supporters. In the three previous heats the Pacer’s engine has balked, but she has had a thorough overhauling, and will run smoothly today.

The Seattle Spirit and Lawana will probably enter both races in competition for the handsome silver trophies offered for first place by the exposition.

(Transcribed from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 10, 1909, p. 10.)

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

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