1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Regatta
Fast Motor Boat Breaks Propeller
After making a better showing than in any of the previous races, the motor boat Pacer, entered by R. F. Cox, of Portland, and driven by Eddie Roesch, of Seattle, broke every propeller blade in the third lap of the 60-mile contest on Lake Washington yesterday.
The Pacer struck a floating stick of wood and ruined the propeller, putting her completely out of the race. It was on the third lap, off Medina, and the craft was driven with some difficulty to the east shore of the lake and there beached. Eddie Roesch and the others in the crew were drenched with water and the boat narrowly escaped foundering.
Roesch has had a lot of hard luck all through the series of races and the final misfortune capped them all. The Pacer had beaten the Wolff II, of Portland, in a handicap race earlier in the day and in the long-distance contest was going along nicely when the accident happened.
The Wolff II won the 60-mile race and the trophy cup. In this contest the Pacer went across the starting line eight seconds after the gun was fired, the Wolff II 51 seconds later. The official time was as follows:
First ten miles, Pacer, 20:45; Wolff, 20:09.
Second ten miles, Pacer, 19:32 2-5; Wolff, 20:24 2-5.
Third ten miles, Wolff, 19:39
Fourth ten miles, Wolff, 21:27.
Fifth ten miles, Wolff, 20:37 2-5.
Sixth ten miles, Wolff, 20:35 4-5.
Total, 2 hours 2 minutes 43 seconds.
The Pacer lost a minute and a half at the start of the third lap because steam Aquila crossed the bows.
In the 20-mile handicap race, the motor boat Lawana, with a handicap of 5 minutes 22 seconds over the Wolff II, won, with the Pacer, which had a handicap of 1 minute 12 seconds, close behind. In this race the Pacer held its handicap over the Portland boat and had 3-5 of a second to spare.
Frank M. Foulser, secretary of the Pacific International Power Boat Association, says that the Wolff IIs time for the 60-mile race is a new worlds record.
(Transcribed from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 11, 909, Sect. II, p. 3.)
[Thanks to Greg Calkins for help in preparing this page --LF]
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